Spicy Beef and Broccoli

Growing up my family referred to this meal as ‘Marley’s favorite dish’ because my sister, Marley, used to request it almost daily! My entire childhood I thought everyone referred to beef and broccoli as ‘Marley’s favorite dish’. My 8 year old self was shocked when I learned that was not the name of this recipe. Fast forward and I still make this Spicy Beef and Broccoli recipe with a few added tweaks to help fit my performance goals.


  • Shaved Beef Skirt Steak: The heart of this dish lies in the tender and flavorful beef. Opting for shaved beef skirt steak ensures quick cooking and maximum flavor absorption from the sauce. Skirt steak is known for its rich flavor and tenderness, making it a perfect choice for this recipe.
  • Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos: For that savory umami flavor, I use soy sauce or coconut aminos as the base of the sauce. Soy sauce adds depth and richness to the dish, while coconut aminos offer a slightly sweeter and milder alternative, perfect for those with soy sensitivities or following a gluten-free diet.
  • Minced Garlic: Garlic brings aromatic intensity to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Brown Sugar or Honey: A touch of sweetness balances out the savory and spicy elements in the dish.
  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch serves a dual purpose in this recipe. It acts as a thickening agent for the sauce, giving it a perfect texture. Additionally, it coats the beef, sealing in its juices for maximum flavor.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Red pepper flakes, add a fiery kick to the dish. Whether you prefer a mild heat or an intense spice, you can adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to suit your taste. 
  • Broccoli: Broccoli adds vibrant color and crisp texture to the dish. Rich in vitamins and minerals broccoli not only enhances the visual appeal of the meal but also boosts its nutritional value.
  • Avocado Oil:When it comes to cooking oil, I opt for avocado oil for its high smoke point and mild flavor.


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  • Spread the chopped broccoli evenly on the prepared baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil. If desired, season the broccoli with garlic powder, salt, and pepper for added flavor.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the broccoli for about 35 minutes, or until it’s tender and beginning to brown around the edges.
  • While the broccoli is roasting, heat a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop. Add the shaved beef skirt steak to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown and cook through.
  • While the beef is cooking, prepare the sauce by combining soy sauce (or coconut aminos), minced garlic, brown sugar (or honey), 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  • Once the beef is almost fully cooked, pour the prepared sauce over it in the skillet. Stir well to coat the beef evenly with the sauce.
  • As you stir the beef and sauce mixture, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch into the skillet. This will help thicken the sauce slightly and give it a nice glaze.
  • Continue cooking the beef until it’s fully cooked and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
  • Once the beef is done, sprinkle additional red pepper flakes or sesame seeds on top for extra flavor and presentation.
  • Serve the spicy beef hot alongside the roasted broccoli, and pair it with your favorite carbohydrate for a complete and satisfying meal.

Spicy Beef and Broccoli

Recipe by Jenna Fisher, RDCourse: Recipes, MainDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 package of shaved beef skirt steak – about 1 lb

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos

  • 1 tbsp minced garlic

  • 1 tbsp brow sugar or honey

  • 1.5 tbsp cornstarch

  • 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 2 heads of broccoli, chopped

  • 1 tsp avocado oil


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Add broccoli to lined baking sheet and drizzle with avocado oil
  • Option to season with garlic powder, salt and pepper
  • Bake for 35 minutes or until soft and beginning to brown
  • Heat skillet over medium heat
  • Add beef and begin to brown
  • While meet is cooking, combine soy sauce, minced garlic, brown sugar, 1 tbsp of cornstarch and red pepper flakes to a bowl
  • When beef is nearing fully cooked, add the soy sauce mixture to the skillet and stir While stirring add the remaining 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch to the skillet to thicken any remaining liquid
  • Once steak is fully cooked, top with red pepper flakes or sesame seeds Serve warm with roasted broccoli and pair with your favorite carbohydrate!



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