This easy keto dinner recipe is an easy fix, coming together in under 30 minutes. Loaded with flavor, fiber, and plenty of meaty goodness, this tasty pick is one everyone will love! Hungry? Read on and I, Chef Jenn, will show you all my tips and tricks to make this keto Ground Beef and Broccoli turn out perfectly every time!
Asian flavors don’t have to be complicated ones, and in this dish, you’re making a simple sauce that’s full of umami goodness. Umami is a fancy culinary term for a kind of savory flavor that is deep, rich, and satisfying.
Pair the meaty chunks of beef with tender-crisp broccoli for a winning dish that you can serve any night of the week.
What you Need To Make Keto Ground Beef and Broccoli
- A large skillet – you’ll need a large enough skillet to hold everything, as this is basically a 1-pot meal
- Broccoli – fresh is best but frozen works too (see below)
- Ground beef – lean or 80/20 is a good pick for this recipe
- Ginger – fresh, not powder
- Sesame oil
- Avocado oil
- Fish sauce – look for a brand that’s sugar-free
- Coconut aminos or soy sauce
- Brown sugar substitute – I love So Nourished brand but you can use your favorite
- Beef broth – look for low-sodium or no salt added
- Xanthan gum – optional
Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Broccoli in Keto Ground Beef and Broccoli?
If you use fresh broccoli, you’re going to blanch it first. Blanching is a method of quick-cooking that’ll keep the broccoli bright green and still tender-crisp. I’ll tell you below how to blanch the broccoli.
If you use frozen broccoli, you don’t need to blanch it first. Simple thaw it and go! The broccoli has already been blanched as a part of the freezing process.
How to make this keto Broccoli Recipe
- Blanch the broccoli (see below) and set it aside.
- Add the avocado and sesame oil to a large skillet and heat it up. Add the ground beef and cook it without breaking it up too much. You want to preserve the big, meaty chunks.
- Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook until the onion is translucent.
- Meanwhile, mix the coconut aminos (or soy sauce), So Nourished brown sugar substitute (or your favorite brand) and fish sauce together in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved.
- When the beef is thoroughly cooked, add the fish sauce mixture and beef broth to the skillet. Heat through and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Thicken with xanthan gum (optional) and add the broccoli. Toss to coat and heat through. Serve topped with green onions and sesame seeds (optional).
How to Blanch Broccoli
- Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add a good pinch of salt.
- Add the broccoli and bring the pot back to a boil.
- Drain the broccoli and submerge the broccoli in ice cold water. Drain and set aside.
Chef Jenn’s Tips
- Love it spicy? Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or top with a drizzle of Sriracha sauce.
- Switch up the ground beef with ground pork, ground chicken, or ground turkey for a slightly different flavor
- Don’t overcook the broccoli! Once it’s been blanched, it just needs a quick toss with the sauce and beef to reheat it.
- Fish sauce is optional but it adds such a subtle touch of flavor that really elevates this dish.
- Thicken this dish with 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum but resist the urge to add more! Alternatively, youcan thicken it with arrowroot powder or cornstarch if you don’t mind an extra carb.
What To Serve With Keto Ground Beef & Broccoli
Cauliflower Rice is a natural pick with this dish, but you can eat it just as it is. Or, build a Chinese food feast with other tasty dishes – see the images below.
Is keto Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry Freezer Friendly?
Yes, you can freeze this dish. You’ll lose some of the crunch from the broccoli and it’ll be a bit more watery when you thaw it and reheat it, but you can freeze portions of it to enjoy later.
To freeze it, chill it overnight in the fridge. Then, wrap it tightly in freezer-safe containers or plastic and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat it in the microwave.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Any home cook of any skill level can master this recipe. Plus, it’s a quick fix, ready in under 30 minutes.
Absolutely! Simply put a layer of cauliflower rice into the bottom of a bowl. Spoon on a hearty portion of the ground beef and broccoli dish, top it with sliced green onions and sesame seeds, and enjoy!
Yes! This recipe is totally keto-friendly. Use coconut aminos if you’re doing strict keto (soy sauce has inflammatory properties), or use more commonly available soy sauce. Broccoli is high in fiber and low in natural carbs, and if you use So Nourished brown sugar substitute, you’ll be all set for a low net carb meal.
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Step by Step Process
Keto Ground Beef & Broccoli
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1/2 cup sliced onions
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp So Nourished brown sugar substitute
- 1 cup low sodium beef broth
- salt, to taste
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum optional
- sliced green onions for garnish
- sesame seeds for garnish
- Blanch the broccoli (bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the broccoli florets and bring back to a boil, drain, chill in an ice water bath) and set aside.
- Add the sesame and avocado oil to a large skillet. Add the ground beef and brown the beef. About 5 minutes.
- Add the onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes until the onion is translucent. Drain off the excess oil.
- Mix the fish sauce, coconut aminos (or soy sauce), and brown sugar substitute to a small bowl. Mix well to combine.
- Add the sauce to the beef along with the beef broth. Bring to a boil and turn down the heat to simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and thicken with xanthan gum (optional).
- Add the blanched and drained broccoli to the beef mixture, and toss well to combine. Heat it through and serve, topped with green onions and sesame seeds.
A Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed. Erythritol carbs (sugar substitutes) are not included in the carbohydrate counts as they have been shown not to impact blood sugar, and they have zero calories and zero carbs. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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