Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry – One Pan

Beef and broccoli stir fry is a one-pan dinner, ready in just thirty minutes. Recreate in your own kitchen the taste of Chinese take-out beef and broccoli. If you have extra time, marinating the beef will infuse it with extra flavor.

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

This Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry is one of the easiest dishes to put together. All you need is a few simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Making it at home is also cheaper, healthier, and more delicious. It will beat any take-outs!

Also, this meal is full of proteins, so it will feel you up quickly. It is great to make it ahead and store it in the fridge for days to come. The beef is flavorful, but the best part about this recipe is the sauce. It is so delicious and garlicky, with the right sweet and spicy balance. 

Enjoy it over some white or brown rice. It is simple, affordable, and very delicious!

What is beef broccoli?

The quintessential Chinese dish of beef with broccoli is a family favorite.  Ideally, beef and broccoli stir fry will have tender strips of steak, crispy broccoli florets and a brown sauce that tastes of garlic and ginger.

My version of this Asian stir fry recipe is made in just one pan- either a large cast-iron pan or wok, making clean up quick and easy. Because it reheats well, beef and broccoli stir fry is a great meal prep recipe.

What is the sauce on beef and broccoli?

The sauce on beef and broccoli is a combination of:

  • beef broth
  • soy sauce
  • oyster sauce
  • ginger
  • garlic powder with
  • cornstarch, to thicken it

Cooking the beef in the sauce gives it the distinctive taste everyone recognizes and loves.

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

What meat is used for beef and broccoli?

  • I recommend using Flank or round steak cuts of beef for this dish because they are naturally the most tender.
  • Also, by slicing the meat thinly and across the grain, the medallions of beef will be tender and soak up the flavors of the sauce.
  • If you want to save more time, many grocery stores and butcher shops have pre-cut beef strips that are perfect for stir fry recipes.

How can I make my beef tender?

  • By cooking the beef slowly in the sauce of the recipe, the tough tendons of the meat will break down, making it less chewy.
  • Also, additional tenderness can be achieved by pounding the beef with a meat tenderizer before slicing and cooking it.
  • Marinating the beef in the sauce for 30 to 60 minutes before cooking it will also soften the tendons and provide an extra burst of flavor.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

How do I stir fry broccoli?

To cook the broccoli for the beef and broccoli stir fry:

  1. First, add the cooking oil to the pan and make sure the pan stays hot before adding the broccoli.
  2. Then, toss the broccoli occasionally as it cooks, just until it just starts to get tender.
  3. Once done, stir it in the sauce to coat completely.
  4. After that, cook for another three minutes, until broccoli is tender but not soft.

Can I Make This Recipe With Chicken or Pork?

Yes! This recipe is very versatile and can be made with other proteins. So, feel free to use chicken, pork, shrimp, or even tofu. All work great here, and taste equally delicious!

Recipe Tips

  • Try cutting the meat into even pieces. That way, it cooks evenly. Also, if you are having difficulties cutting the flank steak, I recommend putting it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then, slice it with a sharp knife. 
  • Also, you can use other cuts, such as skirt steak or New York strip.
  • To store leftovers, simply transfer to an airtight dish, and refrigerate up to 4 days. 
  • Best to serve it over white or brown rice, and noodles. For a healthier option, serve it over cauliflower rice. 
5 from 7 votes
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Beef and broccoli stir fry is a one pan dinner, ready in just thirty minutes. Recreate in your own kitchen the taste of Chinese take-out beef and broccoli. If you have extra time, marinating the beef will infuse it with extra flavor.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Beef and Broccoli
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 285 kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet
  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs beef top round steak or flank steak sliced into 1/8 inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil canola or sesame oil
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger root
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce low sodium
  • 1/3 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds
  • Chopped green onions
  1. Add all the "Sauce" ingredients to a bowl, whisk until fully combined.
  2. If you have time, add the sliced beef to a large ziplock bag and pour the sauce on top. Transfer to the fridge and marinate for at least 30 minutes to one hour for extra flavor. Or leave in the marinade overnight.
  3. When ready to cook, place a stir fry wok or cast iron pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil, and once hot, add the broccoli florets. Toss and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until tender. Transfer cooked broccoli to a plate.
  5. Add the beef and the sauce to the skillet over high heat in one layer. If needed cook in batches.
  6. Cook the beef without moving for 1 minute, to get a nice sear on it. After that continue to cook while stirring and tossing, until the beef is no longer pink and the sauce forms a glaze, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Return the cooked broccoli to the pan, and stir until the broccoli are heated through and everything is well coated in sauce, about 3 minutes.
  8. Serve garnished with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.
Nutrition Facts
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 944mg41%
Potassium 645mg18%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 61.2mg74%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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