Beef and Broccoli is easy, loaded with flavor, and has the best silky sauce! This simple stir fry recipe is perfect for weeknights and tastes better than take-out.

We love easy Dinner Recipes like our General Tso’s Chicken and Honey Garlic Shrimp so this recipe is a winner because it is just as easy!

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli is one of the most popular take-out dishes that is so easy and fast to make at home! My family loves stir fry dishes so this recipe is a winner because it makes the best silky, flavorful sauce, tender meat, and perfectly cooked broccoli.

Most recipes don’t produce enough sauce for family’s taste so this recipe makes a good amount that makes for a great meat to sauce ratio! If you love Asian dishes you have to give this Better than Takeout Recipe a try.

Why This Recipe Works

My secret to making this Beef and Broccoli recipe is to slice the meat thinly against the grain and cook it hot and fast. This really helps to get tender meat without having to marinate it before cooking which I always find a pain during the week.

If you’re looking for more easy Dinner Recipes while you’re here, try out our Chicken and Mushroom Pasta or our reader favorite Pork Medallions with Blue Cheese Sauce.

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients

Which meat to use for Beef and Broccoli

I prefer to not use pre-cut beef (e.g., stir fry beef) for this recipe because buying a piece of meat is less expensive and you can cut it as thin as you need it. A lean cut works best for Beef and Broccoli.

Flank Steak: This lean cut works best and is affordable. The marbling of the meat makes is super flavorful but it tends to be tougher than other cuts of beef so slicing against the grain and using high heat to sear it are important.

Top Sirloin: This is also a lean cut that is a bit more tender but generally more expensive.

Beef and Broccoli Sauce

This recipe makes lots of sauce! To make the most delicious silky sauce for Beef and Broccoli you need:

  • ¼ cup Oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup Hoisin sauce (or more Oyster Sauce)
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
How to Make Beef and Broccoli

How to make Beef and Broccoli

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and season the beef.
  2. Heat oil in a large enough pan, add broccoli florets and 1/4 cup water to the pan. Cover and let simmer, for 3-4 minutes, until water has evaporated and the broccoli is almost tender and bright green. Remove broccoli from pan and set aside.
  3. Add oil to the pan and spread out steak pieces in it. Fry for 2 minutes then flip and fry for another minute. Add minced ginger and garlic, cook 30 seconds more.
  4. Pour in the sauce and toss to coat, bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in the cornstarch slurry, put back on heat and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli back in and stir until sauce has thickened.
  6. Serve over rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Tips for making Beef and Broccoli:

  • Use low sodium broth and low sodium soy sauce if you are sensitive to salt
  • The brown sugar can be replaced with honey
  • Freeze the flank steak for about 30 minutes to make it easier to slice
  • Slice the flank steak thinly against the grain
  • Use an oil with a high smoke point like avocado or peanut oil, don’t use olive oil
  • Make sure the pan is hot before you add the beef
  • Use a large pan so you can spread out the beef in a single layer
  • If you don’t have hoisin sauce increase the oyster sauce to 1/3 cup and add 2 Tbsp of sugar instead of what the recipe calls for
  • Adding the corn starch separate from the sauce lets you decide how thick you want the sauce
  • You can also use chicken breasts instead of beef
Beef and Broccoli Recipe

What to serve with Beef and Broccoli?

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Servings: 4

Beef and Rice

Beef and Broccoli is easy, loaded with flavor, and has the best silky sauce!
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Beef and Broccoli
Calories: 311.84kcal

Ingredients

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup Hoisin sauce, (see above for alternative)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar, optional

For the Stir Fry:

  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil, divided
  • 3 cups broccoli florets, bite-sized
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch, dissolved in 3 Tbsp of cold water

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce and season the beef.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large enough pan, add broccoli florets and 1/4 cup water to the pan. Cover and let simmer, for 2-3 minutes, until water has evaporated and the broccoli is almost tender and bright green. Remove broccoli from pan and set aside.
  • Add 1 Tbsp oil to the pan and spread out steak pieces in it. Fry for 2 minutes then flip and fry for another minute. Add minced garlic and ginger, cook 30 seconds more.
  • Pour in the sauce and toss to coat, bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the cornstarch slurry, put back on heat and bring to a simmer. Add the broccoli back in and stir until sauce has thickened.
  • Serve over rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds.
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Beef and Broccoli Recipe