Skip the takeout and whip up a fast and fresh recipe for Easy Beef and Broccoli in 20 minutes or less.

Easy Beef and Broccoli in a nonstick sauté pan, white rice in a small brown bowl and sesame seeds in a small white ramekin with chopsticks resting on top.

Yes, you read that correctly … 20 minutes! As in, you are less than half an episode of Fixer Upper away from digging your chopsticks into a big ol’ bowl of the most flavorful, tender, saucy Easy Beef and Broccoli.

Beef in nonstick sauté pan.

The classic takeout dishes (think Orange Chicken, Pad Thai and Chicken Egg Rolls) were one of my many cravings during my second pregnancy so I decided a fast and fresh version of beef and broccoli was a must!

Broccoli and onions in nonstick sauté pan.

There are just two tablespoons of oil in this entire dish, and you better believe it’s still packed with all that sweet, tangy, garlicky soy sauce flavor. After all, isn’t the best part of beef and broccoli the gravy-like sauce?

Nonstick sauté pan with broccoli and beef with sauce being poured into pan.

It has to be thick enough to coat the tender slices of beef and the broccoli florets, without weighing down the entire dish. And most importantly, there has to be just enough sauce so that the accompanying rice also gets a chance to soak up all that glorious garlicky gravy. Want to see for yourself? Tune in below!

Mouth watering yet? Grab your knife and get ready to slice and dice your way to Easy Beef and Broccoli that’s guaranteed to kick those takeout menus to the curb.

Easy Beef and Broccoli in a nonstick sauté pan, white rice in a small brown bowl and sesame seeds in a small white ramekin with chopsticks resting on top.

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Easy Beef and Broccoli

Skip the takeout and whip up a fast and fresh recipe for Easy Beef and Broccoli in 20 minutes or less.
4.87 from 709 votes
Easy Beef and Broccoli in a nonstick sauté pan, white rice in a small brown bowl and sesame seeds in a small white ramekin with chopsticks resting on top.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1 pound flank steak, cut into thin 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup sliced white onions

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Add the beef to the bowl and toss to combine.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch with the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger. Set the sauce aside. 
  • Heat a large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil and once it is hot, add the beef and cook, stirring constantly until the beef is almost cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a plate and set it aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pan and once it is hot, add the broccoli florets and sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is tender, about 4 minutes. (See Kelly’s Notes.) 
  • Return the beef to the pan then add the prepared sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until the sauce thickens slightly. Serve with rice or noodles. 

Kelly's Notes:

  • To guarantee bright green broccoli, blanch the florets in boiling water then drain and dry it very well before adding it to the pan. If you opt for this additional blanching step, reduce the cooking time of the broccoli to 2 minutes. 
  • The sauce must come to a boil in order for the cornstarch to work as a thickening agent. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 1156mg, Potassium: 772mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 565IU, Vitamin C: 83.2mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 3.1mg

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  1. 4 stars
    This is a quick and easy recipe. I used a sliced precooked pot roast that I bought at Costco instead of flank steak. Coated the meat as directed. Quickly cooked for 3 minutes on medium heat as to not dry out the meat. Followed the remaining directions.

  2. 5 stars
    My husband loves this. I substituted riced cauliflower for the rice since he is on Keto. He said this is restaurant quality! Easy and delicious! I have made it several times!

  3. 5 stars
    Loved this dish! Very quick and easy to put together. I used dry ginger but not enough. Thinking of adding mushrooms and shoestring carrots next time.

  4. 5 stars
    This is authentic Chinese restaurant quality food. This is quality food that you prepare at home. Absolutely delicious.

  5. 5 stars
    Awesome! Because of the diet requirements, I did not serve it with rice, but I doubled the amount of broccoli- it turned out really good.

  6. 5 stars
    really quite good. I added some a few tables spoons oyster sauce and some cayenne to give it an added kick.

  7. 5 stars
    Delish. I pre seasoned the beef before slicing and mixing with the cornstarch. Had this recepie with yellow rice and it turned out amazing.

  8. thank you! so easy to adjust for our low sodium and low carb diets, and a great way to get veggies into my hubby!

  9. 4 stars
    I made this tonight and added some fresh pineapple to it. I am not crazy about ginger but I wanted to add a zest to it. I did add a dash or two of ginger seasoning. My husband and I both enjoyed the dish, but felt like it needed something else. (I guess more ginger. huh?)

  10. 5 stars
    Very nice, great for a quick weeknight meal, I used left over steak from the weekend, just sliced it up and added to the dish a couple of minutes before it was done.

  11. 5 stars
    Five stars!! I substituted the beef for tofu and added a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce!!! So delicious! Can’t wait to try it with the beef!!!!

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