30-Minute Beef and Broccoli

This Beef and Broccoli recipe is ready in about 30 minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner. Tender beef and broccoli florets cook in a delicious stir fry sauce – pile it all on rice for a meal that’s better and less expensive than takeout.

a bowl of beef and broccoli

It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve been making some favorite Chinese takeout dishes at home, like beef and broccoli, because I spent a good part of my life thinking it was just too hard, would take too long, and just wouldn’t be the same as what I might have delivered to my house in a brown bag.

And while my version of my favorite take-out dishes might not be authentic – I don’t use a wok and I make do with ingredients I can find at my regular grocery store – I’ve been surprised at how easy it is to make these dishes at home and how close they are to the originals in appearance and in taste. As is the case with this easy beef and broccoli, I prefer my simple make-at-home version.

This recipe makes two generous servings, but you can easily double it to serve more.

Ingredients

  • Sirloin steak
  • Vegetable oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Ginger paste or grated ginger
  • Brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cornstarch
  • Broccoli
  • Cooked white rice

Substitutions

Beef: I prefer sirloin but tenderloin, tri-tip, or strip steak are also good. Flank steak is another option, but I recommend marinating it first. To do this, just double the sauce and use half of it to marinated the steak.

Oil: Any high-smoke point oil will work. Don’t use olive oil.

Heat: Instead of red pepper flakes, add a squeeze or two of sriracha sauce when you mix up the sauce.

Extras: For garnish, add some sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

sauce in a measuring cup with broccoli and meat in the background

How to Make It

It’s basically a broccoli stir-fry with steak, which cooks fast. It’s a good idea to have all of your ingredients prepped beforehand so everything is ready to go.

Cook the broccoli and beef: I like to cook the broccoli first in a large skillet with oil, followed by the beef which only needs a couple of minutes until it’s ready. Remove all of it from the pan.

Cook the sauce: From there add the sauce mixture and simmer it until it starts to thicken before adding the beef and broccoli back in to cook for a few minutes in the sauce. Toss it all together before serving – so easy.

My beef and broccoli recipe has evolved over the years and here are some questions I often get about the recipe!

Do you need to marinate the beef?

If you use a tender cut of beef, you don’t have to marinate it. If you want to use flank steak, you will want to marinate it first so it’s tender. You can double the beef and broccoli sauce recipe and use half of as a marinade.

Should you use regular or low-sodium soy sauce?

This is up to you. I use regular soy sauce because I usually serve the beef and broccoli with plain white rice and I find the saltiness is balanced out. If you’re sensitive to salt I recommend using low-sodium soy sauce.

Also, this beef and broccoli recipe is extra-saucy. Some readers have reduced the amount of soy sauce to make less sauce with success, so keep that in mind.

How long does beef and broccoli keep?

This recipe is great for meal prep because beef and broccoli keeps well in the refrigerator for three to four days. If you want to make it ahead, I recommend waiting to cook the rice until you’re ready to serve it. Rice dries out in the fridge and so a fresh batch tastes better.

Reader Reviews

Here are what some readers are saying about this recipe!

  • “A+. Very easy. One pan. Delicious.”
  • “I made this for lunch the other day – better than my local Chinese restaurant! I will definitely make this again.”
  • “I’m making this for my second time now. This is an amazing recipe.”
  • “Love, love, love this recipe!”

Make it the next time you get a craving for Chinese food – it won’t disappoint!

If you want more recipes for one or two people be sure to check out my cookbook, Gourmet Cooking for One (or Two), or browse more small-batch recipes here on the blog.

Happy cooking!

beef and broccoli in a skillet.

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Beef and Broccoli

beef and broccoli in a skillet.

30-minute beef and broccoli! Be sure to prep all of the ingredients first because all of it cooks very fast. Serve it with rice, noodles, or all on its own. No take-out menu required.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese-American

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 12 oz sirloin, sliced thin
  • Cooked white rice, optional

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, ginger paste, and cornstarch until combined. Set the sauce aside.
  2. In a 10-inch skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until it’s hot, but not smoking. Rotate the pan to ensure the oil evenly coats the bottom of the pan. Adjust the heat to medium and add the broccoli to the pan. Cook it in the oil, stirring frequently, until it’s crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the same pan. Once it’s heated, add the sliced sirloin in an even layer. Cook the beef for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the beef to the plate with the broccoli and set aside.
  4. Pour the sauce into the pan. Simmer the sauce for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it thickens. Add the broccoli and beef to the pan and stir to coat it in the sauce. Cook them in the sauce for a minute or so. Serve with the cooked white rice.

Notes

Soy sauce: If you are sensitive to salt, use low-sodium soy sauce. You can also reduce the soy sauce to make the dish less saucy.

Leftovers: This recipe makes two generous servings and can be doubled. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for three to four days.

The nutrition estimate does not include the rice.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 452
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 4117.7mg
  • Fat: 20.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.8g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.4
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 45.9g
  • Cholesterol: 100.5mg

Keywords: easy beef and broccoli recipe, quick beef and broccoli, homemade beef and broccoli

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Post updated from the archives. First published in January 2015.

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31 Comments

  1. Wow this looks incredible! Love your photography style.. Hm I am not a huge rice lover and I always think of anything else but rice. Just yesterday when I made a sticky soy sauce chicken I served it with rice NOODLES. 🙂
    your recipe sounds delicious.. ingredients are exactly what I love.. so I ll give it a try 🙂

    1. Thanks, Claudia! I thought about serving it with noodles, but thought I needed at least one recipe with rice 🙂

  2. I am making this! You don’t even know how excited I am!! I used to only order General Tso’s Chicken, until I branched out and tried Beef & Broccoli – and now that is my favorite! This looks delicious! Pinned!

  3. I’m making this for my second time now. This is an amazing recipe. Blows Panda and my local chinese joints out of the water. I think I’ll probably eat this every week for at least awhile.

  4. I made this for lunch the other day – better than my local Chinese restaurant! I will definitely make this again.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! If you reduce the soy sauce you might want to increase the water the same amount 🙂 Thank you for sharing your feedback!

  5. A+. Very easy. One pan. Delicious. Next time I will cut back on the soy sauce. I noted your comment above about replacing with water. In addition to the broccoli, I added a bag of frozen Chinese vegetables and served with rice. This is way better than the local Chinese restaurants that we have tried.

  6. This is one of my favorite dishes to eat and cook. It’s fresh goodness and less expensive than if you ordered take out and you know exactly what I’m it and no MSG!!! Love Love Love

  7. LOVE homemade versions of take-out dishes like this beef and broccoli. Thank you for this one!

  8. This is one of my favorite things to get when ordering take out. Now I can make it at home, thanks!! 😀

  9. This was really good! The whole family enjoyed it, even the kids. I will reduce the amount of ginger by about 25% next time but won’t change anything else. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  10. First off, I’m the type of “cook” that could burn water. But I decided to give this a try since my wife is a massive broccoli beef lover (and very picky about it) and the directions seemed easy to follow. The results were amazing and my wife is already planning out days on the calendar that she wants me to remake it. Going to go through the rest of your recipes and start trying something new each week.

  11. I liked the technique in this, and the broccoli was the perfect texture… but the sauce was WAYYYY too salty, even though I used a low-sodium soy sauce. To give you some perspective, I am a salt lover and I’m not shy about salting my food or sensitive to salt in the least. It was just too salty even for me! I think next time I’ll use half the soy sauce this recipe calls for and sub in some white wine or water for the rest. This recipe is a good base technique I’ll be using for now on, however.

  12. Perfect flavors! This was so delicious. I used fresh ginger instead of the ginger paste, it turned out great. It was a hit for the whole family. Very quick and easy for a weeknight meal. Thank you!!

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