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Broccoli Beef Soba Bowl

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.


Broccoli and beef soba noodles in a bowl with sesame seeds

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:

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Broccoli Beef Soba Bowl

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  20 min
  • Cook Time:  25 min
  • Calories: 470


  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ pounds skirt or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces soba noodles
  • 4 cups broccoli florets

Spicy Sesame Sauce

  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2½ tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

For Serving (optional)

  • Thinly sliced, green onions
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Marinate the beef. In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, cornstarch and honey. Add the steak and turn to coat. Let marinate for 10 minutes.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the soba noodles and cook according to package instructions, drain.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare a steam basket over boiling water. Add the broccoli, cover and steam until the broccoli is bright green, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Make the sauce. In a small bowl whisk together the soy sauce, honey, lime zest and juice, 1½ tablespoons of the sesame oil, sriracha, red pepper flakes, ginger and garlic.

  5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Once the oil is smoking, add the steak in small batches, cooking until the edges are crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining steak.

  6. To the same skillet, over medium heat, add the broccoli, noodles and the sauce. Transfer the beef back into the skillet along with any collected juices. Cook, tossing together, until the broccoli is tender and the sauce is thick enough to coat the noodles, about 3-4 minutes.

  7. Serve hot, topped with green onions, cilantro, sesame seeds, and additional red pepper flakes, if using.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories470
  • Protein28 g
  • Carbohydrates51 g
  • Total Fat5 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol65 mg
  • sodium711 mg
  • Total Sugars8 g

Broccoli Beef Soba Bowl

Questions & Reviews

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  • Steve

    Woah. I’m gonna try this instead of making beef and broccoli next time!! Thank you

    Yay. Let us know how you like it!

  • Carole

    Delicious and so easy! Just follow the directions and take your time with the beef….worth the few extra minutes!

    Thanks Carol, glad you enjoyed it!

  • LeslieB

    Loved this!

    Thanks Leslie!

  • MeredithP

    Made this tonight. DELISH! Super easy and flavors were my jam!

    Thanks MEredith!

  • Jenn

    So so so good! Skip takeout and make this, it's awesome.

    Thank Jenn, glad you liked it!