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Healthy Broccoli Beef Skillet Dish

An easy, healthy version of that classic Chinese food favorite!  Fresh broccoli, flank steak, soy sauce and a few other ingredients, mix up in one pan to create a quick, easy and yummy dinner recipe that will be sure to satisfy the whole family!

I am not a big fan of Chinese food because a lot of it is heavily sauced and everything seems fried.  James and Ethan love Panda Express.  Our compromise?  This meal.  I made this for the boys and they ate it all.  No leftovers.  Man approved and kid approved!  Plus it’s on the healthier side!  Serve this with some brown rice or quinoa to make this a complete meal!

Everything cooks up quickly so you need to get the sauce made and all the ingredients cut and in place, before you get the heat going on your skillet.


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Trim the excess fat from the flank steak and then cut into bite sized pieces (about 1-2 inch cubes).

The broccoli, steak and sauce all cook up individually first before you add them all together in the pan.

There should be more broccoli but someone didn’t get enough when then went to the grocery store….

Healthy Broccoli Beef Skillet Dish

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 10-Minutes


  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1-pound flank steak, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 pounds broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces



Prepare the sauce first by whisking together the soy sauce, cold water, cornstarch, garlic, ginger and brown sugar until combined, in a small bowl. Set aside. Cut the trimmed flank steak into bite sized pieces or 1-inch cubes. Set aside. Cut the broccoli florets into bite sized pieces. Set aside.


In a large skillet on medium-high heat on the stovetop, add the tablespoon of canola oil. Let oil heat up for a minute and then add just the broccoli to the skillet. Let broccoli cook in the pan for 2-3 minutes. Remove the broccoli from the pan and set aside on a plate. Add the cubed flank steak to the skillet and let brown on one side for a minute, before flipping the steak to brown on the other side. This should take less than a minute. Remove the steak from the pan and set aside on a plate. Add the sauce to the pan and stir until thickened (you can add more water if sauce is thicker than you like). Add the broccoli to the sauce and let cook in the pan for a minute, then add the steak into the pan. Let steak and broccoli cook in the sauce, stirring continuously, until desired doneness of the broccoli and steak is reached (2-3 minutes). Remove pan from heat.


To top with toasted sesame seeds: In a small sauce pan, put the sesame seeds in the pan and heat over medium heat on the stovetop. Keep a constant eye on the seeds because they can go from toasted to burnt quickly. Stir seeds while toasting to ensure the are evenly browned. Immediately top the broccoli beef with the sesame seeds. Serve with rice or quinoa if desired.


Do not season the broccoli or beef with salt during the cooking process. It will make this way too salty because of the soy sauce. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. To reheat, you can use the microwave or reheat in a skillet on the stove until warmed through.

I got a little crazy with the sesame seeds 😉

Mmmmmm…that sauce!  Add rice or quinoa with this dish to make it a complete meal.  I personally am not a big rice or pasta person, so I prefer eating it without!  And don’t forget the Sriracha!!



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  • Reply
    Maria Doss
    January 24, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    I love that its “man approved and kid approved”:) Panda is one of the go-to for our home too. Kids love that orange chicken….

    • Reply
      January 25, 2017 at 6:36 AM

      Oooooh orange chicken….maybe I need to come up with a recipe for that!! Panda is great for a quick grab and go dinner, but when I have the time I love to make dinner at home 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply
    Maria Doss
    January 25, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    That will be awesome Kelly, homemade is always the best! You are so sweet, xoxo

  • Reply
    Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
    January 1, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on the #Celebrate365 Healthy Eats Blog Party!

    • Reply
      January 1, 2018 at 9:55 PM

      Thanks Val! And thanks for hosting! You guys always have the funnest parties 🙂 XOXO

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