Chinese 5-Spice Steak with Crispy Broccolini

avatarJennafer Ashley

Chinese 5-spice lends its deep flavors to tender steak and crispy broccolini in this deliciously aromatic recipe.

Paleo-friendly coconut aminos stands in for soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Gluten and soy-free, it imparts bold flavor and adds depth to the steak. Meanwhile, honey adds balance and a touch of sweetness to the marinade. Fresh minced garlic intensifies in flavor when it grills atop the steak.

Flank steak is the ideal cut of beef to soak up this marinade; it’s affordable and easily feeds a crowd. Typically sold in large, flat pieces, it slices up perfectly tender once grilled.

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All that steak pairs with crispy broccolini, which beats out the flavor of plain old steamed broccoli any day of the week.

What Is Chinese Five-Spice Powder?

If you’ve never used Chinese five-spice powder, it’s a blend of warm spices including cinnamon, clove, fennel, star anise, and Sichuan pepper. This ingredient is common in Chinese and Taiwanese cooking, and a balance five key flavors: sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.

You’ll find it used in recipes for everything from pork belly to chicken wings. It doesn’t take a lot of the spice blend to add heaps of flavor to a recipe. For this marinade, only a teaspoon is needed.


Helpful Tips to Get Started:

  • Cut your flank against the grain. This will ensure each bite is tender and juicy.
  • Substitute with other beef cuts. If you’re out of flank, try using hanger steak or skirt steak instead.
  • Cook with what you have. If broccolini isn’t available, regular broccoli will work just fine.
  • Indoors or outdoors? Either works. This recipe can be made on an outdoor grill or a cast iron grill pan for easy indoor cooking.
Jennafer Ashley


Total time:2 hrs
47 mins

Inactive Time:2 hrs 10 mins 2 hours 10 minutes

Cook Time:27 mins 27 minutes

Prep Time: 10 mins 10 minutes

Nutrition facts:26 grams of protein15 grams of carbohydrates20 grams of fat

Chinese 5-Spice Steak with Crispy Broccolini

Recipe by:author Jennafer Ashley

Infuse steak with a five-spice marinade and pair it with crispy broccolini for a Chinese-inspired steak dinner.


For the Marinade:

For the Steak and Broccolini:


Looking for Paleo ingredients? Here are a few we’d recommend:
Avocado oil (Bella Vado)
Raw honey (Bee Farms)
Sesame seeds (McCormick)

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