Ground Beef and Broccoli that is full of flavor and comes together in minutes. Use ground beef and Korean-inspired sauces and spices to create this easy weeknight dinner.
Korean-Style Beef and Broccoli
I realize that this is not a traditional Korean dish, nor is it a traditional beef and broccoli recipe (here I use ground beef instead of flank steak or tenderloin). The flavors in this easy beef and broccoli recipe are Korean-inspired (sweet, spicy, earthy) and simplified for ease.
Ingredients in Ground Beef and Broccoli
For this recipe you will need to keep a few staple Asian sauces on hand. The good news is that they keep for a long time! For this recipe, you will need:
- Ground beef
- Soy sauce
- Hoisin sauce
- Brown sugar
- Ground ginger
- Garlic powder
- Sesame seeds (optional)
I use ground ginger instead of fresh ginger root because I rarely have ginger root on hand. Occasionally I have some tucked away in my freezer after making homemade kimchi, but I prefer to simply use the ground ginger I keep stocked in my pantry for this recipe.
I also use a pinch of brown sugar to sweeten this dish instead of a more traditional pear juice or other fruit juice, like when making bulgogi. Again, the reason for that is because I wanted this easy beef and broccoli to be made with items I always have on hand.
This meat chopper tool makes it so easy to quickly break up ground beef! I prefer to use 80/20 or 90/10 beef in this recipe.
Easy Beef and Broccoli
When dealing with such small amounts of these ingredients (and when cooking for four kids), I don't mind occasionally sacrificing the traditional ingredients for ones more readily available, especially when they hardly taste second best. This flavorful dish comes together in minutes and is even better the next day. Trust me!
What to Serve with Beef and Broccoli
Make a batch of super easy Instant Pot Sticky Rice and don't forget the kimchi or ssamjang to help punch up the heat. I like to top my ground beef and broccoli bowls with crushed red pepper flakes and a squeeze of Sriracha for extra spice.
Sometimes I make seaweed rolls (thin sheets of nori seaweed, a spoonful of a rice, a spoonful of this beef and broccoli) as a sort of crude gimbap for Eli. He loves it!
More Korean-Inspired Recipes
- 1 lb ground beef (80/20 or 90/10)
- 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- 6 oz broccoli
- Sesame seeds (optional)
- Cut the broccoli into 2-inch pieces. Set aside.
- Cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until browned and no longer pink.
- Drain any excess grease from the pan and discard.
- Over low heat, add the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger to the pan with meat. Mix well to combine.
- Add the broccoli to the pan and continue tossing for 6-8 minutes, until crisp tender.
- Remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds (optional).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 34g
The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate generated by a calculator.