Skip the greasy 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. But rather than feel the greasy guilt often associated with the heavily salted and oil-drenched restaurant versions of those dishes, 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!

 

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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 greasy takeout and whip up a fast and fresh recipe for Easy Beef and Broccoli in 20 minutes or less.
4.87 from 614 votes
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. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner! This was really good! My only problem (which was something I probably did) was that it was a tad salty. Next time I’m going to try and add a touch of honey to counteract the salt, and maybe lay off the soy sauce! Otherwise this was delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  2. So I have been craving Chinese food and thought I would give it a try at home. I was impressed with my efforts, thank you, saving this recipe as a go to for our household. Absolute yum!

  3. 5 stars
    I have searched and searched for beef and broccoli recipes that are not sickeningly sweet and this was a winner. I used leftover tenderloin and frozen broccoli florets and it was a HUGE hit with me and my family! Thanks for such a great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    This is really good, I’ve made it twice, but my beef sticks to the pan really bad. How do you get around that?

    1. Hi Rachel! Are you using a nonstick pan and are you allowing the oil to become hot before adding the beef? You might also want to try adding more vegetable oil to your pan next time. :)

  5. 5 stars
    Sooo good! I substituted chicken for the beef (cause it’s what I had on hand) and added some sliced red bell pepper just because. Served over rice, and ate two full plates! 10/10, would make again!!! Can’t wait for my leftovers tomorrow. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Great to make this at home, so it’s healthier and so delicious. I added more ginger. I really like ginger!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic and as easy to make as promised! I was looking for some new meals to make for my family of 4 and this was the perfect addition. I tried it a week ago for the first time and my husband has already requested I make it again! It is now his new favorite for sure and mine as well! Thank you!

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