Korean Beef and Broccoli

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5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes

Korean Beef and Broccoli is a great recipe to make on busy weeknights as it takes a total time of 25 minutes start to finish. So fresh and delicious and full of flavor.

This Korean Beef with Broccoli recipe is so easy and delicious and doesn’t take a lot of time to make which is why this has become a staple meal for my family during the week. If you’ve never tried Korean cuisine before this is simple recipe that will introduce you and family to those flavors.

To learn more about the nutrients facts of ground beef, visit the USDA.


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What We Love About This Recipe

  • 25 Minute Meal: Have dinner on the tale in less than 25 minutes.
  • Easy Ingredients: All you need is handful of ingredients to make this Korean beef and broccoli meal. Most are pantry staples.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Heat this up for leftovers for lunch and it will taste just as good as it when it was fresh.

Ingredients of Beef Broccoli

  • Ground Beef: You can a your choice of lean ground beef or one with a higher fat ratio.
  • Soy Sauce: You can use regular or low sodium. For a gluten-free alternative use tamari sauce, for lower sodium content use coconut aminos. Or a low-sodium soy sauce to control the salt.
  • Brown Sugar: You will need light brown sugar.
  • Gochujang: If you can’t find gochujang, you can also use sriracha sauce.
  • Broccoli: You can use fresh or frozen broccoli florets.
  • Rice: You will need cooked white or brown rice.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Korean Broccoli and Beef

These are the basic steps for making Korean Beef and Broccoli. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions. Check Instagram or Pinterest for more.

Making the beef in broccoli in the skillet.

STEP 1: COOK THE BEEF

In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until no pink remains this should take 5-7 minutes. Then stir the cornstarch into the cook beef and cook for an additionally 2-3 minutes until the beef gets a crispy coating.

STEP 2: STEAM THE BROCCOLI

Using a steamer basket, steam the broccoli over boiling water for about 4 minutes.

STEP 3: MAKE THE SAUCE

In small bowl, mix together the gochujang, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and sesame oil. Pour over the beef, add the broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the sauce is absorbed.

Creating the vegetables and sauce.

STEP 4: FINISHING TOUCHES

Serve beef with broccoli and white rice, garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, follow the steps as usual and store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat on the stove top.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store Korean beef and broccoli in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the fridge.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze this ground beef and broccoli recipe in a freezer safe bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat beef and broccoli in skillet on the stove top over low-medium heat until hot. You can also reheat in the microwave in a glass dish for 1-2 minutes until hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I SUBSTITUTE CAULIFLOWER RICE IN PLACE OF WHITE RICE?

For a low carb alternative you can use cauliflower rice in place of serving with white rice.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, just increase or decrease the ingredients proportionally and cook as usual.

WHAT IS BEEF AND BROCCOLI SAUCE MADE OF?

The sauce from this beef and broccoli dish is made of brown sugar, soy sauce, gochujang, and sesame oil.

Expert Tips for Making Asian Beef and Broccoli

  • Spicy: To add some spice to this Korean ground beef add red pepper flakes to sauce mixture. Fresh Ginger brightens the dish too.
  • Veggies: To make this more of a beef and vegetable stir fry, add other veggies such as red bell pepper, green onions, cabbage, edamame,
  • Noodles: I served this Korean beef and broccoli with rice, but you can also serve with your favorite Asian style noodles.
  • Kimchi: Kimchi is great to serve with this dish, it has a spicy and sour yet umami flavor.
  • Beef: Replace the ground beef with a thin flank steak.

What to Serve with Korean Beef and Broccoli

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Korean Beef and Broccoli Noodles

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Korean Beef and Broccoli is a great recipe to make on busy weeknights as it takes a total time of 25 minutes start to finish.
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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Gochujang, optional or to taste (can use sriracha)
  • 3 cups Broccoli Florets
  • 3 cups Cooked Rice, for serving
  • Sesame Seeds, optional, for serving

Instructions

  • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until well-browned and no pink remains, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, steam the broccoli in a steamer basket over boiling water for approximately 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the cornstarch until the ground beef is well-coated and cook for 3 additional minutes until beef is dark brown and crunchy.
  • In a small bowl or measuring cup, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic cloves, sesame oil and gochujang until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour the mixture over the beef and stir to combine.
  • Cook for 2 minutes, then stir in the steamed broccoli and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until sauce is completely absorbed by the beef and broccoli.
  • Serve on rice and garnished with sesame seeds.

Expert Tips

  • Spicy: To add some spice to this Korean ground beef add red pepper flakes to sauce mixture. Fresh Ginger brightens the dish too.
  • Veggies: To make this more of a beef and vegetable stir fry, add other veggies such as red bell pepper, green onions, cabbage, edamame,
  • Noodles: I served this Korean beef and broccoli with rice, but you can also serve with your favorite Asian style noodles.
  • Kimchi: Kimchi is great to serve with this dish, it has a spicy and sour yet umami flavor.
  • Beef: Replace the ground beef with a thin flank steak.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 686kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 433IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 5mg
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Course: dinner, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Keyword: beef, broccoli, korean

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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