Beef and Broccoli

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Perfect Chinese takeout-style Beef and Broccoli, made in about 30 minutes, right in your own kitchen! 

When you order takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant, do you have a favorite dish?  For me, it’s a toss-up between cashew chicken and beef and broccoli.  Lately though, it’s been beef and broccoli stir fry just about every time!

There’s something so ridiculously fabulous about the combination of sweet, savory and spicy in this easy beef and broccoli recipe! This beef and broccoli sauce just can’t be beat.

Beef and broccoli in wooden bowl on a bed of rice

But what I love more than the flavor combination, is how easy it is to make.

What Cut of Beef Is Best for Beef and Broccoli?

I’m a big fan of using flank steak for homemade takeout-style meals like this beef broccoli recipe or my famous and Easy Mongolian Beef.  Once it’s cut properly, flank steak becomes so melt in your mouth tender!  To properly slice flank steak, you’ll need to examine the meat first.  You’ll see lines running along the length of the beef.  That’s called the grain, and it looks very similar to the grain on a piece of wood.  If you cut alongside those lines (or WITH the grain), the steak becomes very tough and chewy.  So instead, you’re going to cut across the lines (AGAINST the grain), which breaks down the connective fibers and gives you super tender pieces of meat.

Helpful Tip:  It’s MUCH easier to slice flank steak thinly when the beef is partially frozen, so pop them in the freezer for 30-45 minutes before slicing!

How Do You Tenderize Beef?

In this recipe we’re tenderizing the beef 2 ways.  First, we’re marinating the meat, which does more than just infuse the beef with great flavor… it breaks down some of the tough proteins in the beef.  Secondly, we sliced the beef thinly, and across the grain, which breaks down the muscle fibers into much smaller pieces… yielding a super tender beef and broccoli!

Beef and broccoli in a stainless steel skillet with bowl of rice with chopsticks in the background

The rice is optional in this recipe, but I find it goes so well with the dish. You could also serve it on cauliflower rice or easy fried rice.

How do you make easy beef and broccoli?

It is easy to learn how to cook beef broccoli Chinese style. Flank steak is cut against the grain, then marinated in three simple ingredients at room temperature. This helps to tenderize and flavor the beef.

While the meat is marinating, a homemade beef and broccoli sauce is prepared. This sauce is super flavorful, making this beef and broccoli recipe tasty as can be!

Cook the beef, cook the broccoli, and cook the garlic and ginger. Then the magic happens, when everything is added together in this easy beef and broccoli dish. It’s that simple!

Do You Have to Cook Beef and Broccoli in a Wok?

Absolutely not.  If you have one, by all means, go for it!  But if you’re like me, and just don’t have room for one in your kitchen pan arsenal, a trusty skillet works just as well.  Normally I like to use my huge cast iron skillet, but for this one, I used my stainless steel pan.  The only kind of pan you really don’t want to use is a non-stick pan, as you don’t usually get a good sear with those.

Bowl of beef and broccoli with rice in a wooden bowl and rice on the side

So the next time you get a craving for classic Chinese food, put down that takeout menu.  You can make your favorite meal in about the same time it would take for delivery… and you are in complete control of the ingredients, heat level, garnishes and more!  While you’re at it, go ahead and whip up a batch of these Asian Style Chicken Nuggets or Sesame Noodles to have alongside!

More Chinese style dishes you’ll love

 

Bowl of beef and broccoli with rice
Print Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Beef and Broccoli
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
 
Author: Amanda Batcher
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: beef and broccoli

Perfect Chinese takeout-style beef and broccoli, made in about 30 minutes, right in your own kitchen!  

Ingredients
MARINADE:
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
SAUCE:
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine (NOT rice vinegar)
  • 6 Tablespoons beef broth (low sodium is best)
  • 7 Tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 6-7 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
STIR FRY:
  • 1 pound flank steak sliced thinly across the grain
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil divided use
  • 3 - 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup water
  • sliced green onions (for garnish)
  • sesame seeds (for garnish)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine sliced flank steak with all marinade ingredients (1 tablespoon hoisin sauce, 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch).  Let sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes (or refrigerate for up to 4 hours).

  2. Whisk together sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.  Gather all stir fry ingredients and set aside.  The key to a great stir fry is preparation!

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in large skillet over MED-HIGH heat.  Cook beef in a single layer, 1-2 minutes, turning halfway through.  If you need to, cook the beef in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.  Transfer cooked beef to a plate.

  4. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to same skillet and add broccoli florets.  Cook broccoli 1 minute, then add water and cover the skillet to steam the broccoli for approximately 2-3 minutes.  Remove broccoli to a plate.

  5. If needed, add a small drizzle of vegetable oil to the same skillet, then add garlic and ginger.  Cook 30 seconds, being careful not to burn the garlic.  Add cooked beef and broccoli to the skillet and stir to combine.

  6. Whisk sauce ingredients again to make sure they're combined, then add them to the skillet.  Cook everything 1-2 minutes, stirring nearly constantly, until sauce is thickened to your liking, and all beef and broccoli is coated.

  7. Remove from heat and sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds if desired and serve.  Can be served as is, or over white rice.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 356, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 1562mg, Potassium: 484mg, Carbohydrates: 27g, Sugar: 18g, Protein: 25g, Vitamin A: 0.7%, Vitamin C: 3%, Calcium: 5.4%, Iron: 11.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

REPIN this Fantastic Recipe

Beef and Broccoli served in a wooden bowl

 

Oh so savory with a little sweetness and kick of heat, this beef and broccoli stir fry will soon be your favorite weeknight meal! #spendwithpennies #easyrecipe #easydinner #withbeef #withbroccoli #chineserecipe #takeout #stirfry #simpledinner
Oh so savory with a little sweetness and kick of heat, this beef and broccoli stir fry will soon be your favorite weeknight meal! #spendwithpennies #easyrecipe #easydinner #withbeef #withbroccoli #chineserecipe #takeout #stirfry #simpledinner

Amanda Batcher

Amanda is the creator behind the food blog The Chunky Chef, where she shares comforting family meals, and the healthy food blog Smart Skinny Recipes, where she shares delicious family recipes that are on the lighter side. She firmly believes life is all about balance; eat a salad, but enjoy some bacon along with it! When she’s not in the kitchen, you’ll find her behind a camera, reading, and spending quality time with her husband and 2 children! You can visit her at The Chunky Chef and Smart Skinny Recipes!

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