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Broccoli Beef Soba Bowl

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Calories: 683
Broccoli and beef soba noodles in a bowl with sesame seeds

This broccoli beef soba bowl recipe is a healthy-ish stir-fry drizzled with a spicy-sweet sesame sauce that everyone will love—we’ve done the heavy lifting, all you have to do is make it.

Classic Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry, With a Twist

We’ve taken the classic Asian combination of sesame beef with broccoli, stir-fried in a sweet-spicy sesame sauce, and made it into a one-pan meal thanks to the addition of toothsome Japanese soba noodles. Thin, fast-cooking buckwheat noodles are a favorite in our homes. Not only are they delicious, because they’re made with buckwheat, they’re a good source of iron and protein, therefore substantially healthier than their white-flour counterparts. We love how they compliment the flavors and textures of this easy Asian one-pan dinner.

ingredients laid out for broccoli beef soba bowl buckwheat noodles cilantro soy sauce garlic
thin strips of beef with cornstarch in a bowl
marinated beef in a glass bowl
stir fry sauce in a bowl with a spoon

Spicy Beef Soba Bowl Sauce—AKA Our Secret, Make-Everything-Delicious Sauce Recipe

Our beef and broccoli noodle recipe is really just a beef stir-fry with some soba noodles added to it for a little extra bulk and texture. What makes it truly delicious is the lightly spicy, slightly sweet Asian-ish sesame sauce. The broccoli florets really soak it up, and it slicks the soba noodles perfectly, too. Here’s what you’ll need for this heavenly broccoli beef soba bowl sauce:

  • Soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos
  • Honey
  • Limes
  • Sesame oil
  • Sriracha
  • Bird’s eye chili. These are also sometimes just called “Thai chilis”. If you have a hard time finding fresh chilis, you can substitute red pepper flakes.
  • Fresh garlic and ginger.
thin slices of marinated cooked beef on a plate.
steamed broccoli

How to Make This Broccoli-Beef Soba Bowl Recipe

Five easy steps—and about 20 minutes—are all that stand between you and a hearty, healthy, dinner. Here’s how to make this beefy soba noodle bowl:

  1. Slice your skirt steak (unless a kindly butcher did it for you!) and marinate the slices in cornstarch, honey and soy sauce (or tamari, or coconut aminos.)
  2. Simmer that soba! Most packages soba noodles only need 3-4 minutes to cook. Be sure to boil them in lots and lots of water—they like to have room to move around.
  3. Steam your broccoli florets. You can use fresh or frozen—whatever you prefer.
  4. Sauce! Whisk together that gingery, garlicky spicy sesame sauce.
  5. Stir-fry! Stir-fry the marinated beef, and then add the broccoli, and finally the soba noodles. And voila! Time to dish up! You just made broccoli beef noodle bowls!
Broccoli beef soba noodles in a sauce pan
Broccoli beef soba noodles in a sauce pan

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More Bowl Recipes

Customizable, and often pretty healthy, we whip up some version of “bowls” for dinner more often than we’d care to admit. They’re just so perfect for a busy night, and we always feel pretty good about serving them to our family. Here are a few of the recipes we rely on week after week:

broccoli Beef Soba Bowl with buckwheat noodles
broccoli Beef Soba Bowl with buckwheat noodles with chop sticks

Stir-Fry Success!

We hope you love this broccoli beef soba bowl! Let us know how it turned out. Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see. We love to celebrate your successes!

Broccoli Beef Soba Bowl

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 25 min
  • Calories: 683

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs Skirt or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 4 cups Broccoli florets
  • 12 oz Soba noodles
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil
  • Green onions, optional
  • Sesame seeds, optional
  • Cilantro, optional

Spicy Sesame Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Lime zest
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 Birds eye chilis, minced or 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Ginger, grated
  • 4 Garlic cloves, minced

Method

  1. In a medium bowl mix cornstarch, 1 tablespoon honey and 1/2 cup soy sauce together until combined. Add beef and toss until the meat is coated. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. While beef is marinating cook soba noodles according to package instructions and set aside.
  3. Prepare a steam basket over boiling water adding broccoli once steam is produced. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Set broccoli aside.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients for the spicy sesame sauce and set aside.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet, or wok over high heat. Once the oil is smoking, add the beef in small batches cooking until edges are crispy. Continue with the rest of the beef.
  6. Add beef, broccoli and noodles to the pan along with the the sesame sauce. Cook and toss together over medium heat until everything has combined.
  7. Serve hot with green onions, cilantro, extra chilies and sesame seeds.