Vegan “Beef” & Broccoli: A Must-Try Recipe!

This sensational vegan twist on the classic dish “Beef” & Broccoli will leave you craving more. Not only does it surpass takeout in taste and quality, but it also takes just 20 minutes to whip up. The perfect combination of flavors and textures makes this a must-try recipe. Serve it with rice for a satisfying and complete meal.

A Plant-Based Delight

Originating from a Chinese dish called Gai Lan Chao Niu Rou (芥兰炒牛肉), Beef & Broccoli has become a popular fusion dish, with American broccoli commonly replacing Chinese broccoli. This plant-based version is not only hearty and packed with flavor but also offers a great source of greens and protein. In just 30 minutes, you can enjoy a delicious, satisfying meal that will leave you feeling nourished and fulfilled.

hand using chopsticks to pick up pieces of vegan "beef" from bowl of vegan beef and broccoli

Ingredients for Vegan “Beef” & Broccoli

The majority of the ingredients for this recipe are pantry-friendly, with a few “special” additions that elevate the flavors:

  • Soy Curls: Acting as the vegan “beef” in this recipe, soy curls provide a delightful meaty texture. They can be found in select stores or purchased online.
  • White Onion & Broccoli: These classic beef and broccoli vegetables add volume and flavor to the dish. Fresh broccoli is preferred for its firm bite and vibrant color.
  • Garlic & Ginger: The essential flavor combination for stir-fries, garlic and ginger add depth to this recipe.
  • Spices & Seasonings: Coconut sugar, low-sodium tamari, dark soy sauce, vegan “beef” flavored bouillon, and toasted sesame oil enhance the body and taste of the imitation “beef!”
  • Arrowroot Powder: This ingredient thickens the sauce and gives it a glossy finish.
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soy curls, broccoli, and half an onion arranged with sauce ingredients on marble countertop

Decoding Dark Soy Sauce

Dark Soy Sauce differs from its light counterpart as it is aged for a longer period and often contains thickeners. With its darker color, thicker texture, and more intense flavor, it is sparingly used in recipes. In this dish, dark soy sauce is primarily used to give the soy curls a more beef-like appearance.

While there is no substitute for dark soy sauce, it can be found in Asian grocery stores or purchased online. If the color of the soy curls is not a concern, it can be omitted. In that case, consider adding extra tamari to enhance the salty flavor.

Preparing Vegan “Beef” & Broccoli

large pan of beef & broccoli with wooden spatula scooping a serving portion out of it

Apart from rehydrating the soy curls, this Vegan “Beef” & Broccoli recipe follows a simple and straightforward process:

  1. Rehydrate the soy curls in imitation beef broth, then sauté them in dark soy sauce for a richer color.
  2. Sauté the aromatics, then add the broccoli and pour in the sweet and savory sauce.
  3. Simmer until the broccoli is steamed to perfection and the sauce has thickened.
  4. Serve this delectable dish and relish in the explosion of flavors!

Thanks to the addition of dark soy sauce and carefully selected spices, the soy curls magically transform into juicy, protein-packed “beef” that will impress even the most discerning palates. While traditionally served over fluffy jasmine rice, this dish pairs excellently with rice noodles as well. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days, if there are any left!

beef and broccoli over rice in white bowl on marble countertop

If you’re a fan of Asian-inspired takeout recipes, you’ll undoubtedly enjoy the Vegan Sesame “Chicken,” Vegan Black Pepper Tofu, and Saucy Peanut Tempeh Bowls.

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Finally, should you decide to prepare this recipe and share it on social media, don’t forget to tag @FromMyBowl and use the hashtag #FromMyBowl. We love seeing your mouthwatering recreations! Enjoy and happy cooking!

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