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This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! Find out my secret tip to make the beef extra tender.
This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! | Beef Recipe | stir fry | flank steak recipe | Chinese food | Takeout fake out | Quick dinner recipe | Easy dinner recipe

This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! | Beef Recipe | stir fry | flank steak recipe | Chinese food | Takeout fake out | Quick dinner recipe | Easy dinner recipe

Raise your hand if you are a big fan of Chinese food!  Well, friends, I sure am, and if you are too I have a recipe for you.  Easy Beef and Broccoli that you can make at home in about 30 minutes! And even better – this is just as good, if not BETTER than the Beef and Broccoli you pick up at your local take out place. Here is how to make the Best Beef and Broccoli at home.

This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! | Beef Recipe | stir fry | flank steak recipe | Chinese food | Takeout fake out | Quick dinner recipe | Easy dinner recipe

How do you make Chinese Beef and Broccoli?

Making Beef and Broccoli is actually quite simple.  One trick will make this taste just like the beef and broccoli you get at your favorite Chinese place.  Whisk together a quick marinade of oyster sauce, cornstarch, water and baking soda.  Yes, baking soda!  It seems odd, but this will result in more tender meat.

While the beef sits in the marinade, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.  We are using soy sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, sesame oil, oyster sauce, cornstarch and beef stock.  With stir fries it is best to have your sauce ready to go since everything cooks so fast.

The cooking process is quick. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  You want it hot enough to brown the meat without over cooking it. Add the beef – it is best to cook the meat in batches so you don’t over crowd the pan.  When the meat is done, return all of it to the pan.  Add the broccoli and sauce, then cover.  Allow the broccoli to cook for a few minutes.  And that is it!  I like to serve this over rice – it would be great with my Coconut Rice!

This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! | Beef Recipe | stir fry | flank steak recipe | Chinese food | Takeout fake out | Quick dinner recipe | Easy dinner recipe

What meat is used for Beef and Broccoli?

For this Beef and Broccoli Recipe we are using Flank Steak.  Flank Steak is very flavorful and best cooked quickly.  It is also relatively inexpensive and easy to find.This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! | Beef Recipe | stir fry | flank steak recipe | Chinese food | Takeout fake out | Quick dinner recipe | Easy dinner recipe

What is the Sauce for Beef and Broccoli?

The sauce for this Beef and Broccoli uses ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.  Soy sauce, brown sugar, beef broth, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and cornstarch.  It is quick and easy to whisk together while the beef is marinating.

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Beef and Broccoli

4.92 from 36 votes
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! Find out my secret tip to make the beef extra tender.

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak thinly sliced against the grain
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

For The Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions 

  • Slice the flank steak thinly against the grain. in a large bowl, whisk together the 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon water and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Add the sliced meat and toss to fully coat, set aside.
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the sauce, set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add 1 tablespoon canola oil (or oil of choice). When oil is hot, add the flank steak.  You may need to work in batches to avoid crowding the pan.  Cook until beef is browned on the bottom, about two minutes.  Stir and continue cooking until beef is browned, 2-3 more minutes.
  • Add broccoli and sauce to pan, stir to coat everything, and cover.  Allow to cook until broccoli is bright green crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir again to coat in sauce and serve.

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Notes

If you don't have oyster sauce, you can sub 1 tablespoon soy sauce + 1 tablespoon brown sugar.  It won't have quite as much umami flavor, but will do in a pinch.
Be sure to cut flank steak AGAINST the grain.  See which direction the muscle fibers are running, then slice across it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 1351mg | Potassium: 861mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 425IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Did you like this recipe?Please comment, rate and share! And don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @foxandbriar AND #foxandbriar so I can see what you made!

Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country

This Beef and Broccoli is better than takeout!  Make this easy Beef and Broccoli at home in under thirty minutes! | Beef Recipe | stir fry | flank steak recipe | Chinese food | Takeout fake out | Quick dinner recipe | Easy dinner recipe

Hello! I’m Meghan.

I am so glad that you are here! I am the recipe developer, photographer, and writer here at my blog Fox and Briar. I am a passionate, self-taught home cook and believe that most things are better homemade and that good food doesn’t need to be complicated.

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96 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Loved this sauce. We used sirloin and it was tasty and tender. I gave this 5 star even though it was abit too salty for us (low salt for health issues). Was out of low salt broth and tried Better than Boulion, think that’s what added the extra salty taste. I’ve been disappointed with most of Asian sauces I’ve made, but this is best by far. It’s a keeper. Glad I found it. Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Haven’t made it yet, but will this week. What is the purpose of making the cornstarch sauce and then you say set the meat aside after mixing the sauce with it. Then you immediately brown it in pan. So, the flank steak doesn’t need to be in the sauce marinating for any length of time before browning it?

    1. Hi Laurie,
      It marinates while you make the sauce. So it doesn’t need to be a long time, just the amount of time it takes you to prepare the other ingredients.

  3. 5 stars
    Meghan: You are a genius. The marinade with the tiny amount of baking soda for tenderizing is perfect, and the sauce recipe is the best I’ve ever encountered. No more do I have to search online for the quintessential Asian brown sauce recipe, which I have been doing for years. By any chance do you have a recipe for Asian white sauce (for seafood stir fries)? Like others, I now plan to peruse your other recipes. If you took donations, I would gladly provide one. I am so happy to have this recipe.

  4. I didn’t like the flank steak at the grocery store so I bought a sirloin. I tenderized the sirloin with baking soda for three hours… the steak was very tender… I’m going to use baking soda more often! I added a jar of Publix mushroom. Super easy recipe and it was very good but, it didn’t seem very Chinese to me. I’m going to keep this recipe maybe I’ll add more Oyster sauce, I don’t know… I gotta figure that out.

  5. Hi! This recipe was wonderful! I doubled the meat and broccoli, and tripped the sauce. I didn’t have fresh ginger, so I just used the thr ground ginger I had on hand. Just sprinkled it in after I added the sauce and broccoli. Worked well. This was my first time trying something like this, and I will be making this again!! Thank you for posting it!!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious! Easy. I have made this dish 3 times. Love it. My son and my sister love it too. I have tried other beef and broccoli recepies , but the ones without the baking soda aren’t as successful. I follow the recipe and don’t make any changes each time because it’s already perfect. Thank you for sharing it.