Healthy beef and broccoli recipe that is made in just one pan in under 20 minutes! This is a weekly staple that must be on your rotation!
Hello friends! This post is OLD! It’s from September 2017, pre-kids. The old post talked mainly about Nala getting a GI bug at the dog park. Real appetizing, right?
But it’s one of our favorite recipes, and we make it at least once a month. In fact, it’s on my top 10 healthy recipes we make again and again list. So, I figured it was time it got an upgraded photo from when I used to put flowers in all my pictures and call it done. Also, from when I thought carbs were evil. We rarely eat this recipe with cauliflower rice anymore. It’s all about the brown jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s. (PS, this is a Trader Joe’s friendly dinner recipe!)
Here is what I love about this recipe:
- My kids love it
- We love it
- It’s made in less than 20 minutes, 30 minutes tops
- Minimal ingredients
I’m currently going through EVERY SINGLE old post on the blog, one month at a time. And I’m slowly picking recipes and posts to bring back to life. Starting with the ones I love the most, like this one! Now, without further ado, let me show you how easy it is to make this recipe!
How to Make Healthy Beef and Broccoli
Back in the day, I used to use TJ’s steam-in-the-bag broccoli as a cheat for this recipe. That was before I knew how easy it was to steam broccoli in a pan on the stove. It literally takes less than five minutes. No chemicals from the plastic, and you’re dirtying the pan anyways.
Add about 1/2 cup of water with the 20 ounces of broccoli and steam on medium-high heat for about 30 minutes. I tend to turn down my heat because I use a cast iron skillet that retains heat REALLY well. I cook my broccoli until lightly steamed, just fork tender.
Set broccoli aside, temporarily.
Then, season your meat and cook it until just cooked in sesame oil. Depending on how thin you cut the strips, they will cook within 2-10 minutes. Mine took 5-6 minutes because I mostly used steak tips.
Next, you’ll add coconut aminos. As the coconut aminos heat, it will thicken, creating a delicious, simple sauce.
The trick is pulling it from the heat when enough sauce is left to coat the broccoli. So you want to watch the coconut aminos and remove them from the heat as it thickens, then toss with the broccoli, garnish and serve!
Swaps and Substitutions
- Flank Steak – I use flank steak or steak tips from Butcher Box. You can also use any thinly sliced steak you want to slice apart. I wouldn’t use tougher cuts of meat thought like roast etc.
- Seasonings – Adjust at your own risk! These are what we love and enjoy!
- Sesame Oil – Nothing brings an Asian dish to life like sesame oil. You could use another type of oil like avocado or coconut, but it won’t have the same authentic taste.
- Broccoli – It won’t be beef and broccoli without the broccoli but feel free to substitute this with whatever other veggie you need to get out of your fridge that sounds good. Cauliflower or asparagus would be delicious, as would green beans.
- Water – Do not sub.
- Coconut Aminos – You can not substitute soy sauce here without adding a thickener like corn starch. If you do that, feel free to sub soy sauce!
How to Freeze and Store Healthy Beef and Broccoli
To Store: Store in an airtight container for up to three days in the fridge.
To Freeze: Freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the microwave or under refrigeration. Reheat in the microwave to 165F.
What to Serve With Healthy Beef and Broccoli?
- Brown Rice – Love Jasmine Brown Rice
- Wild Rice
- Cauliflower Rice
- Siracha for those who like it spicy!
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Healthy Beef & Broccoli
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 lb flank steak
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 20 ounces broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup water
- ½ cup coconut aminos
- Cut steak into strips (or if using steak tips, slice large pieces apart to get uniform size pieces).1 lb flank steak, 1/4 tsp ginger powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Sprinkle steak with one-half of all seasonings and toss to coat. Sprinkle with remaining seasonings and toss a final time.
- Add 20 ounces of broccoli florets to a skillet with 1/2 cup of water. Place the lid on the skillet and cook on medium-high for 5 minutes or until broccoli reaches desired tenderness. Remove broccoli from the skillet and set it aside. Drain any leftover water.20 ounces broccoli florets
- Add sesame oil to the skillet. Add steak to the skillet and cook until almost cooked throughout. About 3-4 minutes, depending on how thinly sliced your steak is.1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Add coconut aminos and cook until sauce thickens into a syrup consistency. About 2-3 minutes, it's pretty fast, so stand there stirring every 20-30 seconds! Remove from heat.½ cup coconut aminos
- Add back in the broccoli and toss to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds and chives.sesame seeds, chives