Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli

Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli

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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!

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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 sauce in my Korean Ground Beef recipe that uses gochujang and brown sugar. 

healthy korean ground beef

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. 

crispy orange beef in a white bowl with broccoli, fried cauliflower rice, and half an orange

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. 

broccoli added to a skillet with fried cauliflower rice

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 in a white bowl with broccoli, fried cauliflower rice, and half an orange
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Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli

4-ingredient sweet and spicy beef paired with low carb fried cauliflower rice and broccoli. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 270 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

Crispy Orange Beef

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef I used 96/4
  • 1/4 C (68g) Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 medium Orange
  • 1-2 Tbsp (15-30g) Sriracha to spice preference

Fried Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli

  • 12 oz bag Frozen Cauliflower Rice
  • 12 oz bag Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Sesame Oil divided
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Soy Sauce
  • 1-2 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds optional topping

Instructions

  1. Microwave the cauliflower rice and broccoli unless you've thawed ahead of time or are using fresh. Be sure to drain any excess water from both. 

Crispy Orange Beef

  1. Add the ground beef to a large skillet over high heat. Cook until no pink remains and the beef starts to crisp. (If you use a fattier cut of beef, you may want to drain some of the fat to help it crisp up.)

    ground beef in a skillet
  2. While the beef cooks, zest and orange and add the zest to a small bowl. Cut the remaining orange in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl with the zest. Add the hoisin and sriracha, stirring well. 

    orange sauce with orange zest and hoisin for crispy orange beef
  3. Add the orange sauce to the beef when it's crisp and reduce the heat to low-medium, stirring occasionally.

Fried Cauliflower Rice and Broccoli

  1. In a separate pan, heat half sesame oil over high heat before adding the cauliflower rice.

    cauliflower rice after frying in a skillet
  2. Leave the rice untouched for 4-6 minutes or until it begins to crisp and slightly char. 

  3. Push the rice to one half of the pan and add the remaining sesame oil and broccoli. Cook for another 4-6 minutes or until the broccoli is as crispy as you'd like. Add the soy sauce towards the end of cooking to both. 

    broccoli added to a skillet with fried cauliflower rice
  4. Add the rice and broccoli to a bowl or plate and top with beef and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

  • Each serving has 5 Smart Points.
  • 1 serving = 1/4th the entire recipe 
  • macros do not include the additional sesame seeds as a topping
  • macros for crispy orange beef only (entire recipe): 743 calories, 97g protein, 42g carbs, and 18g fat
  • If you need assistance figuring out the nutrition facts with different ingredients or portion sizes, use my guide to using a food scale for tracking macros.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Protein 30g60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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