This Weight Watchers Beef & Broccoli is also a delicious copycat of my favorite Chinese takeout dish! A rich homemade teriyaki sauce and loads of fresh broccoli make this a very healthy dinner option! This has quickly become a favorite because you can make it in about 10 minutes.Jump to Recipe
I have been on Weight Watchers since Jan 1 and have done pretty well – the points on this recipe are 8 points for the green plan, purple plan and blue plan – more on that later. But I can promise the non-WW folks – there’s no compromise on flavor here! I’m all about healthy recipes that are also delicious! Serve with cauliflower, brown or white rice and enjoy!
What’s in this Copycat Broccoli Beef recipe?
Here’s the ingredient list for Copycat Panda Express Broccoli Beef. Some of these are sort of Asian-centric so I provided swaps if you don’t have them. None of them are too expensive though – and you’ll be surprised how often you use them once they’re in the cupboard.
- Shaved steak (more on this below)
- Mirin – you can swap with dry white wine or rice vinegar – just add 1/2 tsp sugar for every 1 tbsp of your substitute
- Sesame oil – you can swap olive oil but the sesame oil adds so much flavor – even just a tiny bit!
- Broccoli – be sure to use fresh broccoli!
- If you want MORE veggies – you can add thin slices of red bell pepper
- Ground Ginger
- Hoisin and Fish Sauce – the flavors are similar but I used both in this recipe. If you don’t have one/both – just use one if you only have that – or swap with a oyster sauce or a combo of molasses and Worcestershire or soy sauce
- Stevia – I used Stevia because of Weight Watchers – but you can swap sugar or your fav sugar substitute
- Soy sauce – I like low sodium soy sauce – same flavor but less sodium
- Sesame seeds
- Red Pepper Flakes – these are optional – if you like some spice – throw some on top!
What is the best cut of beef for broccoli beef?
I like to use Shaved Steak for this broccoli stir-fry recipe which I find at Kroger or Meijer – which I discovered when I made my Copycat Penn Station Philly Cheesesteak. If you can’t find that – I would recommend buying a good cut of steak with some fat to it (I recommend ribeye, NY Strip, flank steak or potentially sirloin – don’t get the leanest cut – be sure to use the tender beef cuts). Then, either slice it into super thin strips or small bite-size pieces – or freeze it for a bit so it’s harder and then use a mandolin to make a similar “shaved” cut.
How to make Weight Watchers Broccoli Beef
This recipe comes together very quickly – which I love when I’ve been working all day – I don’t want to spend another hour cooking dinner just for me! Here’s the quick overview:
- Marinate your shaved steak in cornstarch and mirin for about 30 minutes before hand if you can
- While that’s going – prep your broccoli by partially steaming it
- Also – mix together your sauce ingredients (lots of goodies in there) – whisk it together so it’s ready to go for when you’re cooking
- Now – heat your large skillet on high – you want it HOT before adding anything to the pan. Once you add your first ingredients – this recipe goes QUICK!
- I recommend either a large nonstick wok or a large deep skillet – you want room for the broccoli & beef to all have skillet surface area so they sear!
- Add your sesame oil – it should ripple and pop!
- Once you heat oil, add your steak and garlic – sear for just 1-2 minutes until browned – stirring constantly
- Add in your broccoli florets – mix together and get the broccoli hot and a little browned
- Turn down to medium-high heat and stir your sauce to make sure the cornstarch hasn’t settle and then pour it in the pan.
- Turn OFF the heat and quickly toss to combine. This sauce will thicken quickly and coat all the broccoli beef!
- Add a few red pepper flakes if you want some spice!
- Serve over cauliflower rice to be extra healthy and sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish.
Tell me more about Weight Watchers
I love that it’s good for weight loss because I’ve been on Weight Watchers since the beginning of the 2021. On WW, there are a lot of low calorie zero points food that you can have as much of as you like – broccoli is one of them! This recipe is 8 Weight Watchers points on the previous purple/green/blue plans and makes a great filling dinner! They’ve switched their points plan again so everybody’s points are unique – but that should give you a range.
What to serve with Easy Weight Watchers Beef & Broccoli
You can serve this delicious beef & broccoli stir fry recipe with cauliflower or brown rice – or even on top of zoodles if you like. It’s a tasty dish for the whole family any way you serve it! It really has everything all in one – but here’s my favorite recipes to make along side this recipe:
- Copycat PF Chang’s Fried Rice (another classic Chinese food favorite!)
- Copycat Panera Thai Salad (leave out the chicken for a great side salad)
- Air Fryer Grilled Pineapple
More Weight Watchers Recipes
I never let calories get in the way of making delicious recipes – here are some of my favorite Weight Watchers meals:
- Weight Watchers Taco in a Bowl
- Weight Watchers Crustless Quiche
- Copycat Starbucks Kale & Portobella Egg Bites
Weight Watchers Beef & Broccoli (Copycat Panda Express)
- 12 oz shaved steak
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 3 tbsp mirin or 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar + 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 3 tsp minced garlic or 3 cloves
- 2.5 cups broccoli florets
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
- 4 tbsp fish sauce or oyster sauce
- 2 tbsp mirin
- 4 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp stevia or sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- Add the beef, 2 tbsp cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of the mirin together in a ziploc bag and squeeze the bag a few times to combine.
- Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 min
- Partially steam broccoli florets for 2 min in microwave steamer (or bowl covered with plastic wrap) and 2 tbsp water
- In a separate bowl, combine ginger, hoisin, fish sauce, water, 2 tbsp mirin, stevia, soy sauce and corn starch and whisk together. Be sure cornstarch dissolves completely
- Heat a non-stick skillet on high – the hotter the better
- When pan is hot, add sesame oil to the pan – it should ripple and pop a little
- Add shaved steak and minced garlic
- Sear on high for 1-2 minutes – stirring so it doesn't stick
- Add in broccoli and toss gently
- Stir sauce in bowl to be sure corn starch hasn't settled. Then add to the pan with beef & broccoli
- Turn off the heat and quickly toss to combine – the sauce should thicken quickly and coat all of the beef & broccoli
- Serve with rice or cauliflower rice and top with sesame seeds for garnish