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Beef and Broccoli

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This beef and broccoli recipe makes tender cooked vegetables and savory meat covered in an easy and delicious Chinese-style sauce.
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  1. Beef and Broccoli Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Beef and Broccoli Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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With ingredients that pack an authentic Chinese flavor, this quick-to-make beef and broccoli stir fry recipe is sure to become a go-to family favorite. A tasty and rich sauce, juicy sirloin steak, and fresh vegetables make this dish even better than takeout. 

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Beef and Broccoli Ingredients

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You’ll need: 

  • ¾ to 1 pound of top sirloin steak, cut across the grain into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, plus 1 tablespoon for the marinade
  • 2 tablespoons mirin or rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon roasted garlic paste
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 broccoli crowns, cut into small florets
  • 2 to 3 green onions
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

GINGER / GARLIC: You can substitute fresh ginger and finely minced garlic for their respective pastes if you prefer.

OYSTER SAUCE: You can use soy sauce, hoisin sauce, or a blend of the two if you don’t have any oyster sauce.

RICE VINEGAR: You can substitute equal parts of white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, although the flavor will be slightly different.

VEGETABLES: You can add all kinds of vegetables, just adjust the cooking time accordingly. If you want to add a lot more veggies, consider doubling your sauce.

OIL: You could also choose to use sesame oil in place of the vegetable or canola oil.

SPICE: Kick up the spice a notch in this recipe by adding a dash of red pepper flakes.

How To Make This Beef and Broccoli Recipe

STEP ONE: Combine the thin slices of steak with 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of mirin. Set aside to marinate while working on the sauce.

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STEP TWO: In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the stir fry sauce: the remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger paste, garlic paste, and brown sugar.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Adjust the sweetness by adding or reducing the amount of brown sugar. Adjust the by adding or reducing the amount of soy sauce. You may wish to add a bit more soy sauce if you use a light or regular soy sauce – the dark soy sauce has a more intense flavor and also adds quite a bit more saltiness.

STEP THREE: Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the beef broth into the cornstarch and stir to dissolve.

STEP FOUR: Mix both the cornstarch mixture and the remaining beef broth into the rest of the stir-fry sauce.

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STEP FIVE: Drain the marinated steak and discard the juices.

STEP SIX: Heat the oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat until the oil is nearly smoking and a drop of water in the pan sizzles immediately.

STEP SEVEN: Drop the drained meat into the pan and stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes until the meat is browned on both sides.

STEP EIGHT: Remove the meat from the pan and set it aside.

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STEP NINE: Add a thin layer of water to the bottom of the pan, just a few tablespoons to steam/simmer the broccoli in. You can use a clean pan or the pan you’ve just used to cook the meat.

STEP TEN: Add the broccoli florets to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Simmer over medium-high heat, tossing the broccoli a few times until it begins to soften and turns vibrant green, about 3 to 4 minutes. 

STEP ELEVEN: When the broccoli turns a vibrant green, add about half of the prepared sauce to the broccoli and bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes longer until the sauce thickens.

PRO TIP:

You do not need to cook the broccoli all the way through when steaming/simmering it as it will cook a bit more when the sauce is added. Undercooking here will give you the best results as you don’t want to end up with soggy broccoli. We’re just giving it a head start. 

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STEP TWELVE: Add the cooked meat back into the pan and add as much of the remaining sauce as you’d like. This recipe makes a very saucy dish.

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STEP THIRTEEN: Heat the meat through and simmer long enough to thicken any additional sauce you have added.

STEP FOURTEEN: Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired.

How To Serve

Beef and broccoli is a wonderful recipe to serve over white rice, brown rice, or fried rice. The savory sauce complements many different side dishes as well.

While this beef broccoli dish is fantastic to enjoy on its own, it pairs perfectly with our other Chinese-inspired dishes such as our sesame chicken or even served with our chicken lo mein.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: In the refrigerator, store your easy beef stir fry leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: If you’re looking to store this great recipe a while longer, store it in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag for about 3 to 4 months.

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Loaded with tender beef, fresh broccoli florets, and a delicious selection of sauces, this easy-to-cook beef and broccoli recipe is simple to prep and cook, and is packed with flavor. Since the entire dish comes together in one skillet, it’s great for busy nights when you want Chinese food without the takeout prices!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What other vegetables can I use in this recipe?

There are plenty of different vegetables you can use including snap peas, zucchini, mushrooms, carrots, edamame, bean sprouts, and bok choy.

Can I freeze Chinese beef and broccoli?

This delicious recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 4 months.

Can I prepare beef and broccoli ahead of time?

You could prepare all of the parts of this recipe: mix sauce ingredients together, chop meat and vegetables, and marinate the steak and then everything is ready to cook when you are.

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Beef and Broccoli

5 from 2 votes
This beef and broccoli recipe makes tender cooked vegetables and savory meat covered in an easy and delicious Chinese-style sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ to 1 pound top sirloin steak, cut across the grain into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce, plus 1 tablespoon for the marinade
  • 2 tablespoons mirin, or rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon roasted garlic paste
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or canola oil
  • 2 broccoli crowns, cut into small florets
  • 2 to 3 green onions
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • Combine sliced steak with 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of mirin. Set aside to marinate while working on the sauce.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the stir-fry sauce: the remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce, oyster sauce, ginger paste, garlic paste, and brown sugar.
  • Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the beef broth into the cornstarch and stir to dissolve the cornstarch.
  • Mix both the cornstarch mixture and the remaining beef broth into the rest of the stir-fry sauce.
  • Drain the marinated steak and discard juices.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat until the oil is nearly smoking and a drop of water in the pan sizzles immediately.
  • Drop the drained meat into the pan and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes until the meat is browned on both sides.
  • Remove the meat from the pan and set it aside.
  • Add a thin layer of water to the bottom of the pan, just a few tablespoons to steam/simmer the broccoli in. You can use a clean pan or the pan you’ve just used to cook the meat.
  • Add the broccoli florets to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Simmer over medium-high heat, tossing the broccoli a few times until it begins to soften and turns vibrant green, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add about half of the prepared sauce to the broccoli and bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer 1 to 2 minutes longer until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the cooked meat back into the pan and add as much of the remaining sauce as you’d like. This recipe makes a very saucy dish.
  • Heat the meat through and simmer long enough to thicken any additional sauce you have added.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds, if desired.
  • Serve over white rice or fried rice

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Notes

  • Adjust the sweetness by adding or reducing the amount of brown sugar. Adjust saltiness by adding or reducing the amount of soy sauce. You may wish to add a bit more soy sauce if you use a light or regular soy sauce – the dark soy sauce has a more intense flavor and also adds quite a bit more saltiness.
  • You do not need to cook the broccoli all the way through when steaming/simmering it as it will cook a bit more when the sauce is added. Undercooking here will give you the best results as you don’t want to end up with soggy broccoli. We’re just giving it a head start.

Nutrition

Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1273mg | Potassium: 1377mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1954IU | Vitamin C: 273mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. Amy says

    5 stars
    I made this tonight. It was delicious! I substituted cocoanut aminos for the soy sauce and I honestly forgot the brown sugar. But, because the aminos are so much less salty than lower sodium soy and even Bragg’s Aminos, it was just fine without the sugar. I thought I had messed up the recipe, but it worked marvelously! I will be using this recipe regularly!

  2. Nat says

    Just a quick question wanting to make this but in ingredients says 2 tsp mirin and in the other part says 2 tbs? Thanks in advance for clarity