Ground Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki is a quick, easy, and healthy meal that the entire family will love. It costs just $9.56 to make and $1.60 per serving!
Chinese food is so yummy. Japanese food is yummy, too. Why not combine the two into one easy dish? Well, that’s exactly what we did with this Ground Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki recipe. We took the beef and broccoli from Chinese cuisine, and teriyaki from Japanese and put them both together. Our kids all LOVE this beef and broccoli recipe. In fact my 5 year old asks almost weekly if we are having the broccoli dinner! I will gladly make it weekly if they are asking for it!
Instead of using steak, we use ground beef in this teriyaki recipe for 2 reasons.
- It makes this dish super easy to make.
- It keeps it on-budget!
Ground Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki Questions Answered:
What is teriyaki sauce made of?
Teriyaki sauce is your basic Asian sauce used for seasoning or as a marinade. It is made with soy sauce, sake, sugar, and ginger.
Where does teriyaki come from?
Teriyaki is believed to have originated in Japan, however, it is not typically found on Japanese menus. It is actually more of an American menu item. Teriyaki refers to a cooking style. Yaki means grilled. So when speaking of teriyaki in Japan it is referring to the preparation of the food and not the meal itself as we in America expect it to be.
How do you know when ground beef goes bad?
Color and odor are two key ways to tell when ground beef has gone bad. If the ground beef is gray or brown, that is the first sign that it is starting to go bad. If the ground beef smells weird or is slimy or sticky, that is another sign it is bad and you should throw it away.
How to Make Ground Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki:
- To make this beef and broccoli dish begin by preheating the vegetable oil for one minute.
- Next, add the beef, onion, ginger, and garlic to the skillet. Brown the meat and then drain off the oil and grease before returning it to the skillet.
- Then stir the teriyaki sauce and broccoli into the beef mixture.
- Finally, bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook for another 3-5 minutes until sauce thickens and the broccoli is cooked.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
We’re strong believers at Easy Budget Recipes that if you get your kids involved in making food, then they will be more likely to try the food that is served to them. This will eventually lead to them learning to like new foods!
- Ages 2-3: Let your little one add in the broccoli to the skillet. They can also garnish their food with sesame seeds and/or green onion.
- Ages 4-5: With your supervision, let them add the ingredients to the skillet. Also, teach them how to fluff the rice once it’s done.
- Ages 6-8: Teach them how to brown the ground beef in the skillet and let them mix in remaining ingredients.
- Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
- Ages 12+: Let them Teach them how to brown the ground beef in the skillet and let them mix in the other ingredients.prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Discover why we love getting the kids involved in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved In Cooking article.
The flavor and Recipe Variations:
- You can mix this recipe up by serving it as lettuce wraps or over rice. This is a great, healthy recipe this is filling, too!
What to Serve with Ground Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki:
- A simple Asian salad kit from the grocery store or an Asian Chopped Salad would be fabulous!
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How long is this good for:
- Serve: You can keep this at room temperature for no longer than 90 minutes.
- Store: Store the beef, rice, and lettuce separately. In doing so, leftovers will keep for about 3 days in the refrigerator.
- Freeze: The meat mixture will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Just note that the broccoli will be a little sad looking. A solution to this is to just freeze the meat mixture and then add the broccoli when you reheat the meat.
How much will this Ground Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki cost:
RECIPE COST: $9.56
PRICE PER SERVING: $1.60
To find out more on how we price our recipes, check out Budget Recipes Explained.
- 1 ½ teaspoon olive oil – $0.09
- 1.5 pounds lean ground beef – $5.40
- 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion – $0.25
- ½ teaspoon dried ground ginger – $0.06
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder – $0.02
- 12 ozs frozen broccoli florets – $1.44
- ½ cup teriyaki sauce – $0.68
- 5 cups cooked rice – $0.98
- ½ head iceberg lettuce for lettuce wraps – $0.64
Ground Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki
- large skillet
- chef's knife
- cutting board
- 1 ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
- ½ teaspoon dried ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅔ cup teriyaki sauce
- 12 ozs frozen broccoli florets
- 5 cups cooked rice
- ½ head iceberg lettuce for lettuce wraps
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Sliced green onions
- In a large skillet heat 1 ½ teaspoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat for about 1 minute.
- Add beef, onion, ginger, and garlic to skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat as you stir until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is tender (about 5-7 minutes). Drain off the oil and grease, and return meat to skillet.
- Stir teriyaki sauce and frozen broccoli into the beef mixture. Bring to a low simmer and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, just until sauce thickens slightly and the broccoli is cooked.
- Serve over rice or in lettuce cups. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions (both optional).