Teriyaki Ground Beef and Broccoli is an easy one pan dinner that can be on the table in about 30 minutes. It’s delicious served as rice bowls and a takeout inspired meal the whole family will love!
You can never have too many one pan recipes when you need something quick and easy to make for dinner. This Teriyaki Ground Beef and Broccoli checks those boxes and happens to be great for leftovers too.
Ground beef isn’t something we eat frequently, but it is nice to occasionally change things up from the usual ground turkey or ground chicken.
Normally, my go-to ground beef dinner is this Southwest Ground Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet. It’s a great balanced dinner and everyone always loves it.
When I’m not craving Southwest flavors, I love to go with something Asian inspired. Since I already have a great homemade teriyaki sauce recipe that I used on these Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Bowls, I decided it was time to add a beef version to my recipe collection.
Ingredients For Teriyaki Ground Beef And Broccoli
Ground Beef – I like to use 90% lean ground beef for this recipe. You can use a higher fat ground beef, but you may need to drain off excess grease.
Low Sodium Soy Sauce – Soy sauce is a common ingredient in Asian cooking. It adds a salty umami flavor. For a gluten-free alternative use tamari.
Maple Syrup – Instead of using sugar to sweeten the teriyaki sauce, I prefer to use a natural sweetener like maple syrup. You can also use honey.
Rice Vinegar – Rice vinegar is made from fermented rice and is a common ingredient in Asian cooking.
Sriracha – Sriracha is made from chile peppers, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and salt. It adds a bit of heat to the teriyaki sauce. If you prefer to not have a spicy element, skip it.
Ground Ginger and Garlic Powder – If you really love garlic add extra. The ginger adds a fresh and zesty kick.
Cornstarch – Acts as a thickener for the teriyaki sauce. Be sure to mix it into the sauce before adding the sauce to the ground beef. Arrowroot powder can be used as an alternative to cornstarch.
Green Onions – Green onions have a milder flavor than yellow onion. They are used in both the ground beef mixture as well as for a garnish.
Broccoli Florets – You can either chop your own from a head of broccoli or save time and buy a package of pre-cut broccoli florets.
How To Make Teriyaki Ground Beef
Start by making the teriyaki sauce. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, water, ginger, garlic, sriracha, and cornstarch to a measuring glass or bowl then whisk them together until the cornstarch dissolves.
Next, add the broccoli florets to a large skillet. Pour in 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet with a lid. Let the broccoli steam for a few minutes until it turns bright green.
Once it’s crisp tender, remove it from the skillet and onto a plate. Add a little bit of oil to the skillet or spray it with cooking spray. If you’re using ground beef with a higher fat content you probably don’t need to add any additional oil.
Add the ground beef to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to break up the beef and crumble it. Add in the green onions.
Once the ground beef is cooked through add the broccoli back into the skillet and pour in the teriyaki sauce. Stir everything together until the sauce thickens.
Top with sesame seeds and additional green onions if you’d like. See below for serving suggestions.
Substitutions And Variations
- Ground turkey or ground chicken can be used as an alternative to ground beef.
- Swap the broccoli with sugar snap, snow peas, shelled edamame, or red bell pepper, carrots, or bok choy.
- An alternative to cornstarch is arrowroot powder. Use the same amount.
Ways To Serve Teriyaki Beef And Broccoli
- Serve over white or brown rice like I did in the photos.
- If you love noodles serve on top of rice noodles or ramen noodles.
- For a lower carb option use it as a filling for lettuce cups.
- Quinoa is a good option if you’re looking for a carb that’s higher in protein.
Freezer and Storage Instructions
Store the cooked teriyaki ground beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. To reheat it, simply microwave or warm it in a pan on the stove over medium-low heat.
The great part about this recipe is it can easily turn into a freezer meal. Simply follow all the steps to make it and let it cool completely. Put it into an airtight freezer container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Can I Make This Without Meat?
If you’re looking for a vegetarian or vegan teriyaki recipe, I suggest trying my Sheet Pan Crispy Teriyaki Tofu and Broccoli rather than trying to manipulate this recipe.
More Asian Inspired Dinners
- Teriyaki Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
- Asian Turkey Meatball Bowls
- Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups
- Korean Sloppy Joes with Sweet and Spicy Cucumbers
- Teriyaki Turkey Burgers with Grilled Pineapple and Onions
Did you make this Teriyaki Ground Beef and Broccoli? I’d love if you’d leave a recipe rating and review below.
Ground Beef and Broccoli
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/4 sliced green onions, plus extra for garnish
- Rice for serving
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sriracha (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, water, ginger, garlic, sriracha, and cornstarch to a measuring glass or bowl then whisk them together until the cornstarch dissolves.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot add in the broccoli florets and a 1/4 cup of water. Cover the skillet with a lid and let the broccoli steam for 3 minutes, until it turns bright green.
- Once it's crisp tender, remove it from the skillet and onto a plate. Spray the skillet with cooking oil and add in the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper and use a wooden spoon or potato masher to break up the beef and crumble it. Add in the green onions.
- Once the beef is cooked through add the broccoli back into the skillet and pour in the teriyaki sauce. Stir everything together until the sauce thicken, about 3 minutes.
- Taste for seasoning and top with sesame seeds and additional green onions.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 561mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 35g
Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a registered dietician for the most accurate nutritional information.