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This healthy beef and broccoli stir fry is better than takeout! This recipe combines thinly sliced and seared steak and crisp tender broccoli, and it’s all tossed in a super flavorful savory sauce. The entire recipe cooks up in one pan and is paleo and Whole30! Serve alone or over rice or cauliflower rice for the perfect weeknight stir fry.
Got a busy week ahead? Add this healthy beef and broccoli recipe to your meal planning list! This quick and easy asian-inspired beef and broccoli stir fry is a rendition of one of my favorite takeout dishes. It’s packed with protein, perfectly crisp-tender veggies, and is covered in a savory stir fry sauce. In fact, this recipe is even better than takeout! And best of all, you can make it quicker than the time it would take to get takeout delivered.
As a mom of two, it’s hard to find dishes that the whole family will eat. This paleo beef and broccoli recipe is one that everyone will gobble up. It’s got just the right amount of seasoning, and the sauce is a little salty, savory, and sweet.
And it’s a one-pan dish! I love when I only have one skillet to clean. With prep work, the whole thing comes together in just 30 minutes. It also fits a variety of needs, and is totally paleo, whole30, and low carb!
Better Than Takeout: Healthy Beef and Broccoli
An excellent beef and broccoli stir fry starts with the right cut of beef. While a variety of cuts can work in this dish, I’ve found flank, skirt, and sirloin work best. Thinly slice the steak against the grain into strips that are about 1/4 inch thick. If the steak is rather wide, you can cut the strips at an angle, or cut longer strips and then cut them in half so they’re about 3 inches long.
To cook the broccoli, add the broccoli, water, and just a pinch of sea salt to the pan, and cook for 4-5 minutes until the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender. The water and salt helps the broccoli to cook up quickly and it will have a nice steamed (but not soggy) texture.
Once the broccoli is cooked, remove it from the pan. You can whisk all of the ingredients together for the sauce while the broccoli is cooking. It’s best to get all of the ingredients for the sauce prepped before you start cooking.
Then, you’ll sear the beef before adding the sauce, broccoli, and green onion to the pan to create the most delicious healthy beef and broccoli stir fry!
The Secret Lies in the Skillet
For the perfect golden color, make sure your pan is hot before adding the beef. When you place the beef in, you should hear a sizzling sound. Sear the beef in one layer without disturbing it for about 2 minutes, and then flip to the other side. Stay close—you want the golden color to appear, and then get it out of the pan. I highly recommend cooking the beef in two batches. This will cut down on cooking time, and allow the beef to get a nice sear without overcooking.
Once you’ve cooked the second batch, add the first batch back and pour the sauce overtop. Stir and let the sauce simmer for 2-3 minutes. It should start to thicken up. Then, add the broccoli and green onion, and let all the flavors meld together for about a minute. I love to serve this healthy beef and broccoli stir fry over of rice or cauliflower rice. It’s better than takeout!
Serving + Storage for Paleo Beef and Broccoli
I love serving this healthy beef and broccoli recipe over rice, roasted vegetables, or rice noodles. If you want to make it a paleo beef and broccoli recipe, serve it over cauliflower rice!
This recipe cooks up in one pan, and stores great in the fridge or freezer, which makes it great for meal prep! You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you want to freeze this recipe for meal prep, simply store it sealable silicone storage bags. It will last in the freezer up to 4 months.
When you’re ready to eat it, just let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then, reheat it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through. Serve it with fresh rice or cauliflower rice.
Cooking Tips + Tricks
- Skirt steak, flank and sirloin work best in this healthy beef and broccoli recipe.
- To make it easier to cut the steak thinly, freeze the thawed steak for 30 minutes prior to cutting the slices.
- The strips of steak should be no longer the three inches long.
- I highly recommend using avocado oil for this recipe as has a high smoke point.
- Make sure to use coconut aminos for the sauce, not liquid aminos.
- For the perfect golden color, make sure your pan is hot before adding the beef. Sear the beef in one layer without disturbing for about 2 minutes, and then flip to the other side.
- When searing the beef, don’t overcrowd the pan. Even with a larger 12-inch skillet, you’ll get better results working in two batches.
- Swap out the fresh garlic for 1/4 tsp garlic powder.
- Don’t pack in the freshly grated ginger when making your measurement. It will compact down and release water and you’ll end up overdoing it.
What I Love About This Healthy Beef and Broccoli Recipe
- I kid you not, this healthy beef and broccoli recipe tastes better than takeout!
- This recipe contains simple, nourishing ingredients. It’s packed with veggies and protein.
- While this dish is unique and flavorful, the prep work is kept to a minimum. The entire dish comes together quickly at the end.
- This is a one-pan paleo beef and broccoli recipe!
- This dish can be made with a variety of cuts of beef, so use whatever you got in the freezer!
- The recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, low carb, Whole30, and paleo.
Stocking the Pantry
I personally use Thrive Market for most of my pantry needs because it saves me some cash—especially when it comes to commonly used items like coconut aminos and Red Boat fish sauce. For a complete list of my recommend pantry items and what I use in my home, check out my Baking and Cooking Resources Page.
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What did you think about this healthy beef and broccoli stir fry? Let me know in the comments below!