Beef and Broccoli

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Looking for a meal that’s quick, tasty, and even better than your go-to takeout? Well, you’re in for a treat with this amazing beef and broccoli recipe! It’s a flavor-packed dish that combines tender beef with perfectly cooked broccoli, all drenched in a delicious sauce.

beef broccoli and rice

And the best part? It’s super easy to make, so you’ll have a fantastic meal ready in no time. Plus, you’re using fresh, quality ingredients, making it a healthier choice compared to your usual takeout order. The result is a mouthwatering combination of juicy beef, crisp broccoli, and a sauce that’s bursting with flavor.

So why settle for the same old takeout when you can enjoy this incredible homemade version? Give it a shot and experience the wonderful difference of homemade cooking. Your taste buds are in for a real treat!

It’s super quick and easy to make, so you can make this Chinese beef and broccoli recipe again and again guilt-free. The ingredients are also super simple. All you need is some tender beef, soy sauce, cornstarch, minced garlic, and fresh broccoli florets. With a little prep and cook time, this great recipe will be ready in just 30 minutes. I love weeknight dinners like this and luckily so does my family!

If you’re on the hunt for healthier versions of takeout favorites, check out these other recipes: slow cooker cashew chickenchicken lettuce wraps recipe, and chicken fried rice.

beef and broccoli ingredients

Ingredients Needed To Make Beef and Broccoli

  • Fresh broccoli
  • Soy sauce (low sodium soy sauce is fine)
  • Corn starch
  • Black pepper
  • Minced garlic
  • A pound of top sirloin

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Beef and Broccoli

Cut beef into strips.

To begin with, cut your sirloin into thin strips.

A few weeks back a blogger buddy of mine had someone get irate with her for talking in terms of “your sirloin” and “your crockpot” when she gave instructions for recipes. I realized that I tend to talk like that back when I filmed cooking videos for Southern Living and the director had to correct me a few times. But I got to thinking about it when I was writing this post and really if it isn’t “your” sirloin then I don’t think you have a right to be cutting it. So unless folks go stealing ingredients to make their recipes with, I reckon calling it “yours” is a pretty good specification. 🙂

Cut sirloin against the grain.

You want to cut your sirloin against the grain

You do this so that it’s tender and easy to eat. A good way of knowing if you are cutting it right is to take a cut piece and gently pull it apart. This pulled apart pretty easily so I know I’ve got my dogs on the right trail here. Note: That is how easy it will come apart when you eat it, too!

 mix up cornstarch and pepper

Mix up your cornstarch and pepper in a bowl. Just stir them kinda good like this.

Mix the sirloin up in the cornstarch mix

Put all of your sirloin pieces in it and stir them up really well until they are coated. I tend to pick up the strays and press them down in the cornstarch to coat them.

Cook sirloin in a skillet.

Take a big old skillet and pour about two tablespoons of vegetable oil into it. Place this on medium-high heat for a few minutes. Add beef and cook, stirring often, until brown and no longer pink in the center.

Cooked beef in skillet.

Like this.

Now remove that cooked beef to a clean bowl and set it aside.

 add broccoli to skillet with garlic and oil

After you have removed the cooked beef, add the remaining tablespoon of oil, broccoli, and minced garlic to the skillet.

Have Extra Broccoli On Hand

If you’re like me, you’ll need to add extra broccoli to replace the broccoli that you ate while getting to this point in the cooking process.  Putting raw broccoli (or carrots) within arms reach of me and expecting me not to eat them is an unrealistic expectation that everyone on the planet should just go ahead and cast to the wind.

Reduce heat to medium and cook the broccoli, stirring often, until tender (about 3-4 minutes).

Add beef back to broccoli in pan.

Add the meat back to the pan.

add soy sauce and water to skillet.

Combine soy sauce with 1/3 cup of water and add this to the skillet.

cook beef and broccoli til sauce is thickened

Continue to fry sauce, stirring often, until sauce is thickened (about 3-4 minutes or so).

serve the beef and broccoli over rice

Serve over hot cooked rice and enjoy!

Yum yum yum, delicioso!

How To Store Beef and Broccoli

Store beef and broccoli leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can also place them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating in the microwave.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is an alternative to using rice in order to keep the meal guilt-free and low carb?

I recommend trying cauliflower rice.

What benefits come with using cauliflower rice over white rice?

There is a HUGE decrease in calories and carbs when you compare cauliflower rice versus white rice. You can find more details in this article.

What are some different options to serve with the beef stir fry?

You can serve it with brown rice or noodles for a different twist.

How can you add more flavor to the soy sauce?

Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, a tablespoon of sesame oil, and 2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger. Stir these ingredients together before adding to the recipe.

What are some garnishes you can use for the main dish?

You can garnish it with sesame seeds and chopped green onion if you like.

What are some good substitutes for sirloin in this recipe?

The best beef substitutes for sirloin include flank steak, skirt steak, or chuck steak.

Can you use different types of soy sauce in this recipe?

Yes, feel free to use whatever you have on hand, whether that’s low sodium soy sauce, light soy sauce, or dark soy sauce.

Can you use frozen broccoli instead of fresh in this Chinese broccoli stir fry?

Yes, you can definitely use frozen broccoli in this Chinese broccoli stir fry.

How can you add some heat to the dish?

You can add a dash of red pepper flakes for some extra heat.

What can you do to increase your veggie intake in this recipe?

You can add chopped bell pepper and carrot to boost your veggie intake.


beef broccoli and rice

Beef and Broccoli

Quick, easy, and better than the takeout version. What's not to love about this delicious beef and broccoli recipe?
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, broccoli
Servings: 4
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Christy Jordan, featured in her book, Come Home To Supper


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound top sirloin cut into thin strips
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli cut into small florets (about 4 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the cornstarch and pepper in a medium bowl and stir to combine. Add beef strips to the bowl and stir until strips are coated.
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 pound top sirloin
  • Transfer the beef strips to the hot skillet and cook, stirring often to prevent sticking, until the meat is lightly brown and no longer pink in the center (about 4-5 minutes). Remove beef from the skillet and set it aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. To this, add the broccoli florets and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until the broccoli is tender (about 3-4 minutes).
    3 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 pound fresh broccoli, 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Return beef to the skillet along with the soy sauce and a 1/3-cup of water. Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens (about 3-4 minutes). Serve over hot cooked basmati rice or cauliflower rice.
    1/4 cup soy sauce


Calories: 331kcal
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  1. Thank you for tip about cutting the meat across the grain! I guess it should be obvious for most folks, but sometimes I just can’t really tell!

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