Asian Beef And Broccoli

Ginger and garlic make a bold statement in my Beef And Broccoli recipe. This simple, delicious meal can be made entirely at the campsite, or it can be prepared as one of your “dump & cook” make-ahead meals.

Asian Beef And Broccoli by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with fluffy white rice topped with stir-fried beef strips and broccoli then topped with sliced green onions.

I like cooking it in a Dutch oven over a campfire. When fire restrictions are in place, I make it on a Blackstone or over a propane stove. Whichever method you choose, this is one of those quick-cooking camping dinner ideas that will be on your table in under 30 minutes!

Why I Love This

When flat iron steak is on sale I stock up to make meals like this one. The secret to tender, flavor-packed meat is in the marinade. My simple homemade recipe includes apple cider vinegar which helps to break down the beef so it tenderizes in a short period of time.


Key Ingredients & Substitutions

For the marinade

Asian Beef And Broccoli Marinade Ingredients by CampingForFoodies features ingredients on a table including sliced flat iron steak, a measuring cup filled with beef stock, measured dried ginger, cornstarch, red pepper flakes, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and minced garlic.

For cooking & serving

Asian Beef And Broccoli Serving Ingredients by CampingForFoodies features ingredients on a table including a package of jasmine rice, broccoli florets on a plate and sliced green onions in a bowl.
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Beef stock
  • Flat iron steak
  • Fresh broccoli florets

Apple cider vinegar: This is the acid that helps to tenderize the meat. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar, you can substitute white wine vinegar or distilled vinegar. Use a 1:1 ratio.

Beef stock: I like using a good quality organic beef stock. You can substitute beef broth, but it won’t provide as much flavor. If I have to use broth, I like to dissolve a beef bullion cube into the broth before adding it to my recipe.

Flat iron steak: This is an affordable cut of beef, I like to stock-up when it’s on sale. I freeze it in its original package for later use. You can also use flank steak or hanger steak.

Fresh broccoli florets: You can’t beat the texture of fresh broccoli in stir fry meals. You can use frozen florets but they will suffer when it comes to the mouth feel. They will be slightly soggy and less crisp than fresh broccoli.


Key Equipment

I love the versatility of cooking equipment that can be used with this meal. You can use:

  • Dutch oven
  • Blackstone
  • Skillet with lid

Dutch oven: I prefer using a cast iron Dutch oven over a campfire when cooking this dinner. I use my 12-inch classic oven that holds 6 quarts for this meal.

Blackstone: My favorite flat-top griddle is the Blackstone. The surface area is perfect for this recipe and the lid is handy to keep heat in, especially in windy cooking conditions.

Skillet with lid: I recommend using a cast iron skillet if you’re cooking this recipe on a stove. Make sure it is large enough to handle the meat and broccoli together. A 14-inch pan is a good size here. If your skillet doesn’t have a lid, just use a large piece of aluminum foil or a cookie sheet to cover the pan.

How To Make

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Preparation

Step 1. Place ingredients in freezer bag. You’ll combine ginger, red pepper flakes, cornstarch, garlic cloves, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, beef broth and flat iron steak directly in a gallon freezer bag. Work out the air as you close the seal on the bag.

Make the marinade by CampingForFoodies features a hand holding a small container of soy sauce that is being poured into a plastic food storage bag. Sliced beef strips and beef broth are in the background.
  • If making-ahead and freezing: Write on the bag so you know what is in it, how to cook and serve at the campsite. Now, just lay it flat in the freezer and defrost it at the campsite when you are ready to cook.
  • Camping Tip: To make camping meals as simple as possible … do a double batch. 1 mess = 2 meals! One meal is for the campsite and one is for home! Label the bag with the name of the recipe, date you put it in the freezer and cooking instructions. (After it freezes I don’t want to look at it and say, “Looks like a “mystery dinner” night because I don’t know what is in this bag!” LOL)

Step 2. Place sealed bag in a refrigerator, cooler or freezer to let the meat marinate for at least one hour or overnight.

  • If you froze it ahead: Defrost, dump and cook. At the campsite, defrost the freezer bag far enough in advance of your dinner so you are not dealing with trying to do a quick thaw.

Cooking

Step 3. Get your cooking equipment ready. A Dutch oven, Blackstone or skillet with lid all work here.

Asian Beef And Broccoli Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies
  • When I am making my “dump and cook” recipes, I like to use a Dutch oven hanging from a tripod so I can raise or lower the pot to adjust the cooking temperature. You can also use your Dutch oven on a grill grate or even a camp stove or RV stovetop. Alternatively, use a Blackstone or frying pan with a tight-fitting lid.

Step 4. Dump the contents of the freezer bag into your pot using only enough liquid to cover the meat. Simmer till almost cooked through.

Cook the meat by CampingForFoodies features a Blackstone grill filled with marinated beef strips and marinade. A person is arranging the meat in a single layer on the flattop griddle.

Step 5. Now, you’ll add the broccoli and continue cooking until the meat and broccoli are fully cooked.

Cook the broccoli by CampingForFoodies features a mixture of beef strips and broccoli florets begin tossed on a flat top griddle under a layer of steam from cooking.

Step 6. Prep the rice and toppings. While the beef and broccoli are simmering, cook the jasmine rice according to package directions and slice the green onions for serving.

Make the rice by CampingForFoodies features a pot of rice on a propane camp stove being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Expert Tip

You need enough liquid for cooking and steaming, but not too much for charring.

  • You only want to use enough liquid to cook the meat and steam the broccoli. If there is too much liquid, the meat won’t get a nice charred texture. If you have too much marinade when cooking, use a paper towel to sop-up the excess liquid and throw it in the trash. Dispose of any unused marinade once cooking is complete.
  • Make sure you allow the beef to cook about halfway through before adding the broccoli to the meat. The beef needs a head start and the marinade needs to evaporate a bit before it’s time to add the broccoli. Otherwise, the broccoli will get overcooked and have a mushy texture.

Pairings

This dish has it all with the meat, veggies and rice. But, if you want to add a starter, I recommend a salad with Asian veggies and dressing. I like the convenience of using a salad kit here. But, I always make sure we will be eating it early in our trip because these kits can begin to wilt within a few days if they are not super fresh when you purchase them. Prepared heat-and-eat spring rolls and potstickers are nice too.


FAQs

How do I know when the broccoli is done?

During the cooking process, test a piece after it has been cooking a few minutes. You can always let it cook longer, but if it gets overcooked, you’re stuck with it. When you’re cooking with fresh broccoli it should have a bright green color when it’s done, and the texture should be tender but still have a bite to it. If it has a dark green color and you can easily cut it with a fork, it is overdone.

How can I keep broccoli fresh on my camp trips?

Purchase the freshest broccoli you can find. Air circulation will help it stay fresh in your refrigerator or cooler.

1. Remove it from tight packaging.
2. Loosely cover it with a paper towel-lined plastic bag that remains open when stored.
3. Don’t let it get wet in a cooler with melted ice.

It should keep for 3-5 days at the proper temperature in a cooler or RV refrigerator crisper drawer. See more tips on how to keep camping vegetables fresh.

Can I freeze broccoli?

Broccoli can be frozen but it has a soggier texture after it is defrosted and cooked as compared to fresh broccoli. This Beef And Broccoli Freezer Meal actually combines the meat, marinade and broccoli all in one bag. You freeze it flat, then defrost, dump & cook at camp.


Leftovers

Let leftovers cool, then place in a food storage container and refrigerate up to 3 days. Reheat in a microwave or in a covered pan with a little liquid. You can freeze them up to 6 months but the texture of the broccoli will not be as crispy once the food is defrosted and reheated.


Servings

This recipe serves 4 adults. You can adjust the number of servings using the tool in the recipe card. If you increase the recipe servings, make sure you use cooking equipment that’s large enough to handle the increased quantity.


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Recipe

Asian Beef And Broccoli by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with fluffy white rice topped with stir-fried beef strips and broccoli then topped with sliced green onions.

Asian Beef And Broccoli

Camping For Foodies Dinner Camping Recipes: This flavor-packed dinner is easy to prep and quick to cook.
4.87 from 15 votes
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Course: Dinner Camping Recipes
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 361kcal
Author: Kim Hanna

Equipment

  • Dutch oven, Blackstone or skillet with lid for cooking meat
  • Pot with lid for cooking rice

Ingredients

Marinate Meat (at home or campsite)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can beef stock or broth
  • 1 1/2 pound flat iron steak cut in thin strips

Cook & Serve (at camp)

  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 4 servings jasmine rice fully cooked
  • 2 fresh green onions sliced thin

Instructions

Prep At Home Or At Campsite

  • In gallon freezer bag, combine ginger, red pepper flakes, cornstarch, garlic cloves, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, beef stock and flat iron steak. (I like using a plastic freezer bag holder to hold the bag open while I’m filling it.)
  • Work out air and seal bag closed. Let meat marinate in a refrigerator or cooler for at least 1 hour or overnight. (see Note #1)

Cook At Camp (see Note #2)

  • Prepare equipment for cooking over medium-high heat.
  • Dump all of the meat and enough liquid to cover the meat from the bag into your Dutch oven, on your Blackstone or in a skillet. Reserve the remaining liquid in the bag. Simmer covered until almost cooked through, about 10 minutes. (see Note #3)
  • Now, add the broccoli, toss together and finish cooking covered until broccoli is tender and meat is fully cooked through, about 10 more minutes. If you need more moisture to steam the broccoli, add liquid reserved in the bag. If you have enough liquid, dispose of the liquid in the bag.
  • While the beef and broccoli are simmering, cook or reheat the rice.
  • Serve over jasmine rice and top with green onions.

Notes

  1. If preparing as a freezer meal, label outside of bag with name, cooking and serving instructions. Seal and lay flat in freezer.
  2. If prepared as a freezer meal, allow enough time to defrost freezer bag prior to cooking.
  3. There is quite a bit of liquid in the bag, it’s the liquid that will steam the broccoli during the cooking process.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 858mg | Potassium: 984mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 508IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 5mg

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2 Comments

  1. Good idea, love to do it but mg questions are…

    How do you put in in the cooler for 3 nights of camping?
    Any tips on how to stay them frozen for 3-5nights at the camping site?

    Thank you in advance for the advice..

    Have a happy camping moments

    -Mavic

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Mavic! Thanks for the question! We have an entire post dedicated to answering your questions. You can find out how to pack a cooler for camping including tons of tips. Happy Camping, Kim