Crispy Orange Ground Beef and Broccoli
Need a dinner recipe to feed the whole family in a hurry? This crispy orange beef and broccoli is super easy to make, is loaded with flavor, and makes eating cruciferous veggies enjoyable.
And if you’re a calorie conscious foodie, each serving has 30 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs, and only 270 calories!
How to Make This Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli
Thanks to a few convenience ingredients, you should have this recipe on the table in 30 minutes or less. In terms of technical kitchen skills, the most advanced requirement is zesting an orange.
Don’t have a zester? No worries, you can use orange juice and skip the zesting altogether. Orange you glad you found this recipe?
Beyond the citrus, the rest of the recipe is as simple as browning ground beef, microwaving frozen veggies, and adding them to a pan. Seriously, that’s it.
Crispy Orange Beef Ingredient Modifications
This is a pretty barebones recipe, but I’ll briefly run through a few ingredient questions you may have below.
What is hoisin sauce?
This is my backwoods Arkansas explanation: a thick, slightly sweet garlic sauce made with ingredients like soybeans, sesame seeds, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and sometimes peppers
You can find hoisin sauce in most grocery stores (I find it at Walmart and Kroger in my neck of the woods). If you have trouble finding hoisin, you could try something like the gochujang and brown sugar or honey combo from my Korean Ground Beef or Spicy Coconut Ground Chicken recipes.
Do I have to include the orange zest?
You could use a lite or sugar free orange juice if you’re looking for a shortcut.
Can I use ground turkey or chicken?
Absolutely. I find these options don’t get as crispy on their own. But you can remove the cooked meat and pat dry with a paper towel, add a bit of black pepper and other spices, and return to the pan to improve this.
Will olive oil or coconut oil work instead of sesame oil?
Feel free to use any oil you want to fry the cauliflower rice and broccoli. Though the sesame oil brings an awesome flavor to the table. You’ll notice the recipe doesn’t call for any additional seasoning in the rice and broccoli other than soy sauce thanks to the sesame oil.
So, if you use another oil, you may want to incorporate some spices and definitely add some toasted sesame seeds as a topping.
Can I skip the oil completely?
Yes, but you should prepare yourself for slightly less crisp and flavorful cauliflower rice. Similar to the sesame oil, though, you can help alleviate with extra spices or ingredients. Adding a bit of minced garlic and ginger goes a long way!
Can I use fresh cauliflower and broccoli?
For sure. Like I suggest in my sticky sweet ground beef and broccoli recipe, you’ll want to steam the broccoli before adding to the pan in step 3 of the recipe.
Also, you could experiment with other veggies altogether. My sweet chili ground beef and brussels sprouts comes to mind.
Final Crispy Orange Beef Notes
I tend to keep my recipes as simple as possible to make them approachable for all the minimal cooks out there. You’re highly encouraged to get creative with additional ingredients. Make it your own!
If you do get creative with this crispy orange beef (or make it as-is), I want to see it! Take a photo of your creation and tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff. Or you can join my free Facebook group and share it with the Proton Party.
Crispy Orange Beef
Fried Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli
For the Ground Beef
For the Fried Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli
Yield: 4 Servings
Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270Total Fat: 8gCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 30g
If you’re a fan of southwest flavors, my Tex-Mex ground beef and rice skillet and chipotle sweet potato nachos are must try recipes. And two of the most popular recipes on my blog happen to use ground beef. The 50-calorie cheeseburger bites and high protein taco soup are reader favorites I never get tired of.