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This colorful 20 Minute Sticky Ginger Sesame Pineapple Beef is my secret to busy weeknight cooking. The ground beef is cooked in a spicy-sweet chili garlic sauce before adding fresh broccoli and chunks of sweet pineapple. Serve this simply with steamed rice and a cucumber salad. The Thai chili sauce and pineapple are the key ingredients. This dish is saucy, salty, tangy-sweet, and has just the right amount of spice!

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You may not have noticed, but I’m really working to incorporate more beef recipes onto the website. I haven’t shared many beef recipes in the past. But many of you have requested that I work them into the lineup a bit more so I’m having fun with them!

Beef dinners can be so delicious, plus quick and easy too! I love to use ground beef, especially since it cooks up so quickly. I’ll make burgers, tacos, quick skillet stir-fries, and meatballs. So many new recipes to share!

I’ve been loving the combination of pineapple and beef, so I wanted to incorporate the two in a quick dinner served over rice. I wanted to add traditional stir-fry favorites like broccoli, cilantro, and basil.

This dinner takes just minutes to prep and minutes to cook. It’s wonderful to serve family and friends on busy nights.

Another huge bonus – I almost always have these ingredients on hand, either in the pantry or the freezer!! A great “I don’t know what to make, dinner”!

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Here are the steps

Step 1: start the rice and cook the beef

If you’re not using leftover rice, start a batch of rice. Now, using a big skillet, brown the beef with chili flakes and black pepper. If you have them, I love to use Korean chili flakes for this recipe.

When the beef has browned, some of the fat should have rendered. I don’t usually have much fat, so I add a couple of tablespoons of butter. Next, add the garlic and ginger. I like to use pickled ginger (sushi ginger) for this. It’s so yummy and adds a special touch to the dish.

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Step 2: mix in the broccoli and pineapple

When you smell the garlic and ginger, it’s time to add the broccoli and the pineapple. Mix those in. Next comes the sauce.

Step 3: mix in the sauces

I use tamari (soy sauce is a good substitute), then sweet Thai chili sauce, and a few tablespoons of juice from the pickled ginger jar.

Cook until the sauce coats the beef and the beef starts to get crispy. Now you can mix in the green onions and sesame seeds.

Step 4: make the salad

Mix pineapple chunks with chopped cucumbers, cilantro, basil, and peanuts. Then squeeze over the lime juice.

Hopefully, you either started some rice or have some leftover. Now take the beef, broccoli, and pineapple and spoon it over bowls of rice. Then top with the cucumber/pineapple salad.

A note

Since most store-bought sweet Thai chili sauce is full of sugar, I like to make my own chili sauce. I use a mix of honey, chili paste, a touch of ketchup, some garlic, ginger, and lime!! It’s really easy to mix up if you’re looking for a healthier sauce option.

These bowls come together so quickly and have so much flavor! I really appreciate all the color too – the best kind of recipe!

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Looking for other quick weeknight dinners? Here are some favorites:

Chili Crisp Chicken Mango Cucumber Rice Bowl

30 Minute Caramelized Shallot Beef Ramen Noodles

Healthier Homemade One Pot Hamburger Helper

Coconut Popcorn Chicken with Sweet Thai Chili Lime Sauce

30 Minute Sticky Thai Meatballs with Sesame Noodles

Better Than Takeout Sweet Thai Basil Chicken

Spicy Chipotle Honey Salmon Bowls

Lastly, if you make this 20 Minute Sticky Ginger Sesame Pineapple Beef, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

20 Minute Sticky Ginger Sesame Pineapple Beef

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 497 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. In a large skillet, combine the beef, black pepper, and chili flakes. Cook over medium heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, garlic, and ginger. Cook 2 minutes, until the butter browns and the beef gets crispy.
    2. Mix in the broccoli and 3/4 cup pineapple. Pour over the tamari, sweet chili sauce, and 1-2 tablespoons of ginger juice from the pickled ginger. Cook until the sauce coats the beef, 2-3 minutes. Mix in the green onions and sesame seeds. Remove from the heat.
    3. In a bowl, toss 3/4 cup pineapple chunks with the cucumbers, cilantro, basil, lime juice, and peanuts.
    4. Serve the beef and broccoli over bowls of rice. Top with the pineapple herb salad. Add the chopped green onions, and if desired. Enjoy!


Homemade Sweet Thai Chili Sauce: Mix 1/3 cup honey, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1-2 tablespoons chili sauce, 2 teaspoons lime zest, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, and 1 clove grated garlic in a glass jar. Shake or stir well. Use as directed. 
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    1. Thanks so much!! Unfortunately, we only have the estimated calorie count at this time, so sorry! Let me know if you give this dish a try! xT

  1. Hi there,
    Regarding the Homemade Sweet Thai Chili Sauce ingredients…

    What exactly do you mean by chili sauce? At first I thought it’d be a heat source for the recipe (like sriracha or hot chili oil) but I looked at the stores and all I see are bottles of
    “sweet chili sauce” so I’m assuming that’s what you’re calling for in the recipe, but I just want to be sure!


    1. Hi there,
      If you are making the homemade recipe, you’ll want to use something like sriracha. if you want to skip making the sauce from scratch, you can just buy Sweet Thai Chili Sauce. I hope this makes more sense:) xT

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! Perfect combination of flavors, and a quick way to add something a little different to the weekly menu!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made this for myself since my husband is out of town. I will definitely be making it again.

  4. Delicious! I cooked the broccoli longer than the recipe said and it still wasn’t cooked enough. Is that how the recipe is meant to taste?

  5. 2 stars
    Just made this recipe with some tweaks to make it Whole30 compliant. I used a combination of 1 lb. ground pork and 1/2 lb. ground beef. I added some chopped scallions, grated ginger, 1 tsp. ground black pepper and 1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt to the meat. Mixed well and let marinate at room temperature while I prepped everything else.

    In short it took an hour from start to finish. Meat never got “crispy” and definitely took more than 20 minutes to cook. Would I make it again? Don’t know but one thing’s for sure … I’ll be eating leftovers the rest of the week.

  6. 2 stars
    Cucumber, cooked/raw pineapple, cooked brocolis, dont mix well! I won’t be redoing this recipe! I didn’t finish my plate… 🙁

  7. I did this recipe for a crowd at my work place, and it was an utter crowd pleaser.
    I had two people ask me for the recipe. 🥳
    Only one comment is, I got mixed up where the Thai chilli sauce was meant to go, because its called tamari, sweet chili sauce in the method. (I had a bit of a blonde moment and added them in as two ingredients (Soy sauce & sweet chilli) rather than the actual premade sauce). So I just added the remaining sauce in to the recipe at the end, I dont believe anyone noticed a difference.

  8. 3 stars
    This recipe uses rice, but rice isn’t listed as one of the ingredients when you go down to the recipe section. I had to make two trips to the store instead of one.

  9. 4 stars
    i didn’t have ground beef so i made it with ground turkey (it was fine, but when i make again, i won’t use ground turkey bc i could pick up on the hint of gaminess or something). i served over cauliflower rice instead of jasmine. my husband gives the recipe 5 stars. i give it 4 bc of the turkey (which i realize is my fault as the recipe doesn’t call for ground turkey). i will share a comment when i make with beef. thank you- great recipe (although, i am slower to prep than you!!! took me a total of 40 minutes start to finish).