Beef and Broccoli over Zucchini Noodles

Beef and Broccoli over Zucchini Noodles
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This lighter version of a Chinese takeout classic is packed with veggies and low in carbs. You can make "noodles" out of zucchini at home with a special "spiralizer" tool, or use a vegetable peel to create ribbons. Zucchini noodles are also available at many grocery stores now—check the freezer aisle by the vegetables, or in the produce section for fresh, packaged zucchini noodles. To make this dish gluten free, be sure to use gluten free soy sauce, and confirm that the corn starch and beef broth are gluten-free.
  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    10 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    2 cups
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    2 cups
  • Amount per serving Calories 250

  • Total Fat 9g
    • Saturated Fat 2.4g
    • Trans Fat 0.1g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 500mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 15g
    • Dietary Fiber 5g
    • Total Sugars 6g
    • Added Sugars 0g
  • Protein 29g
  • Potassium 950mg
  • Phosphorus 330mg

Choices/Exchanges: 3 Nonstarchy vegetable, 3 Lean protein, 1/2 Fat



  • no-salt-added beef broth
    1 cup
  • Cornstarch
    1 tbsp
  • lower sodium soy sauce
    2 tbsp
  • garlic (minced)
    2 clove
  • minced fresh ginger
    1 tbsp
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • toasted sesame oil
    2 tsp
  • medium onion (sliced)
  • sirloin beef (sliced)
    1 lbs
  • fresh or frozen broccoli florets
    4 heaping cups
  • small zucchini (spiralized into noodles, or 4 cups prepared zucchini noodles)
  • sesame seeds
    2 tbsp


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the broth, cornstarch, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.

  2. Spray large sauté pan or wok with cooking spray, add sesame oil, and place over high heat.

  3. Add the onion and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the beef and stir-fry 3 more minutes.

  4. Add the broccoli and spiralized zucchini and stir-fry 3 more minutes.

  5. Add the broth mixture and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any brown bits. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes.

  6. Stir in sesame seeds and serve.

  • Recommended

    Almost like broccoli beef but there was something missing from this recipe and I don't know what it is. It was really close but not quite however the zucchini noodles were delicious and added more flavor, I just wish I knew how to improve the flavor in this recipe because like everyone else review something was missing.

  • Recommended

    First recipe I made from this website. It was super delicious. I cooked it with half cauliflower since some of my family doesn't like broccoli. Everyone loved it. I would definitely make it again.

  • Recommended

    This recipe was definitely missing something....not sure what. Perhaps sauté the garlic with the onions and beef??? Maybe a pinch of pepper flakes? Will try again with these changes and see if it improves the final product.

  • Recommended

    This was excellent (other than my choice of veggie spirals were not so spirally). My family did decide we want more garlic (2x) and less ginger (1/2) in the next batch, but it was still great.

  • Recommended

    10/26/2021 - We tried making this for the first time today and decided this will definitely be a recipe that we put in to our regular rotation. We didn't utilize the spiralized zucchini and instead substituted for ramen noodles due to availability (chicken flavor, but omitted the seasoning pack; once cooked, we added straight into the pan with the broccoli and beef). 10/10 would recommend this recipe; can't wait to try with actual spiralized zucchini.

  • Not recommended

    This was rather bland. My husband like it minus the zucchini noodles.. if there is a next time we will try something different as our noodle and add in a little more seasoning.