If you’re wondering what to serve with your beef and broccoli, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for beef and broccoli.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with beef and broccoli are pineapple fried rice, grilled bok choy, and chow mein. For some crunch, you can serve vegetable egg rolls, a Chinese cabbage salad, or a ginger carrot salad. Egg drop soup and Chinese chicken wings are great starter options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
When you think of Chinese food, chow mein is never far from your mind.
It’s the go-to takeout side, and luckily it’s really easy to make at home.
The savory sauce will match well with the sauce on your beef, and you can pack it with vegetables or just have the noodles.
Check out the full recipe here (it’s better than take-out – I promise).
Psst… I like thin noodles in my chow mein, but you can swap them for your favorite type of noodles.
Grilled bok choy
Chinese food has a reputation for being pretty heavy and unhealthy.
But it doesn’t have to be with a light side like grilled bok choy.
This healthy veggie side takes less than 10 minutes to make and it will add a nice crunchy texture to the meal.
In this recipe, baby bok choy is marinated in soy sauce, oil, lemon, and garlic powder.
There are even red pepper flakes in the marinade for some extra heat.
Chinese cabbage salad
This Chinese cabbage salad is loaded with a delicious combination of crunchy shredded vegetables including cabbage, carrots, peppers, and red onions.
The sesame vinaigrette is super refreshing.
But my favorite part of this dish is the sweet bites you get from the juicy mandarin oranges in the mix.
Serve this with your beef and broccoli for an easy summertime meal.
Chinese chicken wings
These chicken wings are American-Chinese fusion at its best.
The wings are tossed in an addicting sticky sauce made from an impressive 11 ingredients – imagine the flavor!
There’s the comforting notes of five spice, sweetness from hoisin sauce, acidity from lemon, and some nuttiness from sesame oil. YUM!
They’re a bit of effort to make, but these Chinese chicken wings are well worth it.
Looking for a unique way to serve your beef and broccoli?
Serve it with some Chinese scallion pancakes.
They’re flaky and chewy and crispy all at the same time. And come with a ginger-sesame soy dipping sauce that you can drizzle over the beef for a burst of extra flavor.
Place a few pieces of beef on top of the pancake and eat it like a sandwich. It’s delicious!
Psst… you only need store cupboard ingredients to make these scallion pancakes.
Ginger carrot salad
Add a satisfying crunch to your beef and broccoli using a 15-minute carrot salad.
It’s fresh, stunning to look at, and extremely healthy.
The ginger will bring a fantastic tangy flavor to the table, which will contrast with the sweet-but-savory beef.
Go on, give it a try.
Psst… dress the salad just before serving so the carrots keep their crunch.
Pineapple fried rice
Wondering how to make egg-fried rice a little more exciting?
Easy – add some pineapple!
The sweetness of the pineapple contrasts beautifully with the salty soy sauce on the rice. And the citrusy notes will cut through the richness of the beef.
Follow Damn Delicious’ lead and drizzle sriracha sauce over this dish for a deliciously spicy kick.
Noodles and rice are traditional pairings for beef and broccoli but don’t feel limited to these carbs.
Quinoa is a healthier alternative that’s packed with protein and fiber, so it will keep you fuller for longer.
It’s got a slightly nutty flavor that pairs really well with the sweet beef sauce, and you can add some veggies and herbs to the mix so it’s not boring.
This 30-minute quinoa pilaf is a simple side that lets its herby flavors do all the talking.
Vegetable egg rolls
No Chinese feast would be complete without a side of egg rolls (or spring rolls).
They’re fun and crunchy, and you can fill them with whatever you want.
To go with beef and broccoli, I’d choose a veggie filling like these ones from pickled plum.
The best thing about these egg rolls? They’re freezer friendly, so you can make a big batch and take them out whenever you fancy.
Oh and don’t forget to serve these crispy beauties with a dipping sauce (I like sweet chili).
Egg drop soup
Egg drop soup is a simple dish that adds warmth to your beef and broccoli.
You can serve it as a starter, or alongside the beef. Both options work.
If you’ve never tried it before, the idea of it can sound gross. And it does have a slightly strange texture, but once you taste it you’ll be hooked!
It’s super easy to cook too. All you need is 15 minutes.
Check out gimme some ovens for the full guide.
Thai cucumber and pineapple salad
Brighten up your meal with a salad that’s bursting with Asian flavors.
This Thai salad will add a wonderful pop of color to your dining table.
It features fresh pineapple slices, crunchy cucumber, and a zesty lime dressing that will keep the beef main from getting too heavy.
Give this easy 20-minute salad a shot – it has a little bit of everything.
Scallion oil noodles
I know this is the second noodle dish, but they work so well with beef and broccoli.
These noodles are a simple dish. They only need 6 ingredients (one of them being a LOT of scallions).
But I can guarantee your guests won’t have tried them before.
With how effortless this dish is to prepare, you may be tempted to make these spicy scallion noodles every week.
End your beef and broccoli meal with a gorgeous Asian dessert.
Almond jelly with lychees is a light and fruity treat that cleanses the palate and will satisfy any sweet tooth.
All you need are six ingredients and 15 minutes to bring this dessert to life.
And don’t worry if you can’t find lychees, you can easily swap them out for peaches or mango.
The best side dishes for beef and broccoli
- Chow mein
- Grilled bok choy
- Chinese cabbage salad
- Chinese chicken wings
- Scallion pancakes
- Pineapple fried rice
- Quinoa pilaf
- Vegetable egg rolls
- Egg drop soup
- Thai cucumber and pineapple salad
- Scallion oil noodles
- Almond jelly
What To Serve With Beef And Broccoli
- 1 portion beef and broccoli
- Prepare your beef and broccoli according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: chow mein, grilled bok choy, Chinese cabbage salad, Chinese chicken wings, scallion pancakes, pineapple fried rice, quinoa pilaf, vegetable egg rolls, egg drop soup, Thai cucumber and pineapple salad, scallion oil noodles, and almond jelly.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!