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Beef and Broccoli

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This Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipe is better than takeout and ready in about 30 minutes! It is a quick and delicious meal made with sirloin, broccoli, soy and oyster sauce, fresh ginger and garlic, and some cornstarch to thicken the savory sauce.

Strips of beef and broccoli florets coated in sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds in a large bowl.

Beef and Broccoli is the perfect go-to meal when you are short on time and looking for something simple to throw together.

📋 Beef and Broccoli ingredients

Beef and Broccoli ingredients in small bowls.
  • First we will marinate the sirloin strips with a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, dry sherry, cornstarch and minced garlic.
  • A simple cooking sauce is made by combining oyster sauce, soy sauce, chicken stock, cornstarch, brown sugar, minced ginger, and sesame oil together.
  • Fresh broccoli florets add crunch and balance to this meal, and toasted sesame seeds add even more flavor (not shown above).

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How to make Easy Beef and Broccoli

Mix beef strips, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, dry sherry, and minced garlic together in a large bowl.

Strips of beef, cornstarch, minced garlic, and sesame oil in a large bowl.

Marinate for 15 minutes.

Make the Cooking Sauce

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, chopped ginger, and chicken stock. Set aside.

Beef and Broccoli Sauce in a small bowl.

Lightly Cook the Broccoli

Option 1 – place broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. Cover and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Option 2 – place the broccoli in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove with a strainer and place in a bowl.

Heat the wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil and marinated beef strips.

Marinated beef in a hot wok.

Cook the beef until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the wok from the stove, place the beef in a bowl, and set aside.

Return the wok to the stove, reduce heat to medium and add the cooking sauce. Stir and scrape the bottom with a wooden turner to remove any cooked on bits. Heat sauce until it starts to simmer.

Stir in the beef strips and broccoli and toss to thoroughly coat.

Beef strips, broccoli florets, and sauce tossed together in a wok.

If sauce thickens too much, add additional chicken stock to thin.

Beef and Broccoli with toasted sesame seeds in a large serving bowl.

Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve with Steamed Rice, Cauliflower Rice, or cooked noodles for a quick and delicious meal without leaving the house!

🥦 Why do you cook the broccoli separately?

I like my broccoli al dente, not mushy, and not raw. If I cook it separately in the microwave, or in boiling water, it will be perfectly cooked!

🔵 To Make Whole30 or Paleo beef broccoli

Substitute tapioca flour for cornstarch, and substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce.

📍Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Substitute black pepper for the white if you like. White pepper is spicier, so it has more of a kick. Add cayenne pepper for even more heat if desired.
  • Chinese wine can be substituted for the dry sherry, if you can find it.
  • Chicken stock adds a richer flavor than beef stock, but either will work. Water can be substituted if needed.

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Beef and Broccoli with toasted sesame seeds in a large serving bowl.

Beef and Broccoli

Beef strips and tender broccoli in a flavorful sauce make this Beef and Broccoli a quick dinner favorite that is better than takeout.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: easy beef and broccoli stir fry
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

For the Marinated Beef

  • 1 pound beef sirloin cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free)
  • 2 Tablespoons dry sherry
  • 0.5 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger finely minced
  • teaspoon white pepper

Cooking Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 0.5 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 0.5 cup chicken stock

To Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli cut into small florets
  • toasted sesame seeds to garnish

Instructions

Marinate the Beef

  • Mix beef strips, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, dry sherry, and minced garlic together in a large bowl. Marinate for 15 minutes.

Make the Cooking Sauce

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, chopped ginger, and chicken stock. Set aside.

Lightly Cook the Broccoli

  • Option 1 – place broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with 1 tablespoon of water. Cover and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Option 2 – place the broccoli in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove with a strainer and place in a bowl.

To Stir Fry

  • Heat the wok over medium-high heat. Add the oil and the marinated beef strips.
  • Cook the beef until browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the wok from the stove, place the beef in a bowl, and set aside.
  • Return the wok to the stove, reduce heat to medium and add the cooking sauce. Stir and scrape the bottom with a wooden turner to remove any cooked on bits. Heat sauce until it starts to simmer.
  • Stir in the beef strips and broccoli and toss to thoroughly coat. If sauce thickens too much, add additional chicken stock to thin.
  • Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve with Steamed RiceCauliflower Rice, or cooked noodles

Notes

To make Paleo: substitute tapioca flour for cornstarch, and substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce.
  • Substitute black pepper for the white if you like. White pepper is spicier, so it has more of a kick. Add cayenne pepper for even more heat if desired.
  • Chinese wine can be substituted for the dry sherry, if you can find it.
  • Chicken stock adds a richer flavor than beef stock, but either will work. Water can be substituted if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 1148mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 708IU | Vitamin C: 102mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg

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12 Comments

  1. I love stir fry too because you can chop all the ingredients and set up the rice anytime during the day when you have time, and then throw it together quickly when the evening “crush” sets in and I am running kids around and helping with homework and such….

    1. In a bowl 😉 The recipe is towards the bottom Andi.
      (Cooking Sauce)
      1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
      1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger (finely grated)
      1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      2 Tablespoons dry sherry
      1 and 1/4 cup beef stock
      toasted sesame seeds (to garnish)
      I cannot figure out how to make Cooking Sauce bold so it stands out!

  2. This would be a big hit in out house. The Hardworking Husband and I both love beef and I have broccoli in the fridge right now. I think I will make this this weekend.

  3. My husband’s favorite Chinese food is beef and broccoli. Thank you so much for stopping by Saturday Dishes and linking up.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread com

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