This Whole30 ground beef and broccoli skillet is perfect for a quick weeknight meal or meal prep recipe. It comes together in under 30 minutes, has a simple ingredient list which makes it budget friendly, and reheats well! It’s also paleo, low carb, and gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy it. Made in only one pan, so you won’t have to spend time on clean up either!
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Whole30 Ground Beef & Broccoli Ingredients
To make this recipe, you will only need a pound of ground beef, a few cups of broccoli florets, green onions, and then the sauce ingredients. For the broccoli, I prefer to chop the florets into smaller, bite size pieces. I think this gives the skillet a better taste, and it also doesn’t take as long to sauté the broccoli if it’s smaller. You can leave them larger if you’d like, it’s just more of a personal preference!
For the sauce you will need coconut aminos, broth, rice vinegar, sesame oil and coconut sugar, which you will omit if you’re keeping it Whole30. Either chicken or beef broth can be used for this sauce. Lastly, you will need a few spices to mix in with the liquid sauce ingredients. These include onion powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, salt, pepper and Chinese 5 spice if you have it.
To thicken the sauce, you can use arrowroot flour, or if not keeping it Whole30, you can opt for a gluten-free 1:1 flour. For arrowroot flour, you will want to stir that into a tablespoon of water until it’s dissolved prior to adding it to the sauce.
One Pan Cooking Instructions
The cooking process for this Whole30 ground beef and broccoli goes very quickly. You will first start by adding the oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then adding in the broccoli florets. Sauté those for about 3 minutes, until they’re a bright green color and have softened a bit but are still fork tender. Transfer the broccoli to a bowl or plate.
Next, add the ground beef into the skillet. You’ll want to cook the ground beef until it’s browned and crumbled, and then drain the grease. While the beef is browning you can use that time to add your sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Whisk all of the sauce ingredients together really well so that the spices are combined with the liquid.
Transfer the drained ground beef and sautéed broccoli back into your skillet, and then pour in the sauce. Over medium heat, you’ll stir the sauce into the beef and broccoli as it heats up and begins to thicken. Keep stirring for about 3 minutes until the thickened sauce has coated all of the ground beef and broccoli, and the beef and broccoli is hot. Top with the green onions, or stir them in.
For additional cooking methods, use the instructions for Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli and Instant Pot Beef & Broccoli
Serving and Storing
Serve your ground beef and broccoli over cauliflower rice (or white rice, for non-Whole30 options), or with additional vegetables such as sautéed bok choy or green beans. You can top with additional green onions, red pepper chili flakes, or sesame seeds.
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- 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
- 3 cups chopped broccoli florets
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (omit for Whole30/sugar-free)
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour, mixed in 1 tablespoon water until dissolved
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder (can omit if you don’t have it)
- 2 green onions, diced
- Optional: red pepper chili flakes, to taste
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, and then add the broccoli florets. Sauté the broccoli for about 3 minutes, until bright green and fork tender but still crisp. Transfer the broccoli to a plate or bowl
- Add the ground beef to the skillet and brown, for about 10 minutes, until crumbled and cooked through. Drain the excess grease and return the ground beef to the skillet
- While the ground beef is cooking, add the remaining ingredients except the green onions to a small bowl. Whisk them together until the spices are incorporated into the liquid
- After the ground beef has been returned to the skillet, add the broccoli florets back in and then pour in the sauce. Stir on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes until the sauce has thickened and is coating the ground beef and broccoli
- Remove from heat, garnish with green onions and serve with cauliflower rice
- If not keeping this Whole30, you can use 1:1 ratio gluten-free flour in place of arrowroot
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