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Beef and Broccoli with the Best Sauce (VIDEO)

Beef and Broccoli is an easy, 1-pan, 30-minute meal that is loaded with fresh broccoli, tender nutrition-packed beef, and the best stir fry sauce. Thank you to Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff for sponsoring this recipe which is perfect for the busy back to school season.

Stir fry recipes like our Beef Stir Fry and Fried Rice have become reader favorites because they are fast and healthier than going out. This Beef and Broccoli Recipe definitely satisfies the craving for takeout. Watch the video recipe below and see how easy it is!

Beef and broccoli recipe in fry pan garnished with sesame seeds

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Beef and Broccoli Recipe:

Beef is delicious and protein-packed to give you the sustained strength you need to get through the back to school season. We also made sure to add plenty of broccoli for a balanced meal. Beef is so versatile for stir fry. You can add your favorite vegetables to this recipe like snap peas, bell peppers, carrots, and even mushrooms.

Close up of beef and broccoli recipe with the best stir fry sauce

What is the Best Cut of BEEF for Stir Fry?

The best beef cuts for stir fry are tender and lean. We love Flank Steak which is lean and easy to chew when thinly sliced against the grain. More great beef cuts for stir fry include:

Ingredients for broccoli beef with the best cut of beef for stir fry

How to Make Beef and Broccoli:

This recipe moves fast and comes together in 1 skillet, so you want to have all of your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you fire up the stove. It is just 6 steps in one skillet!

  1. Slice beef strips
  2. Make stir fry sauce
  3. Cook broccoli and remove from pan.
  4. Cook beef
  5. Add stir fry sauce
  6. Return broccoli to the pan

Step by step photos how to make broccoli beef

The Best Beef and Broccoli Sauce:

Many stir fry recipes have gone wrong with a poorly made sauce. We tested this recipe over and over until we arrived at the perfect balance of sweet and savory. For the best stir fry sauce:

  • Use low sodium soy sauce (or Gluten Free Tamari)
  • Use the right amount of fresh ginger – it has strong flavor so don’t overdo it.
  • Do not skip the sesame oil as it gives authentic flavor
  • Simmer sauce at least 3 minutes to mellow out garlic and ginger
  • For a thinner sauce, add 2 Tbsp water at the end

How to make sauce for beef and broccoli

How to Ensure Tender Beef?

The right cut (see list above) can make all the difference in a stir fry. Here are our best tips to achieve tender beef:

  • Freeze steak 30 minutes for easier slicing
  • Use a sharp knife to cut super thin slices against the grain
  • Add steak to a HOT skillet to sear and seal in juices
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan or it cools quickly and will steam cook

Tender beef with broccoli in homemade stir fry sauce.

Can I Make Beef and Broccoli Ahead?

This saucy beef and broccoli recipe reheats really well so it’s perfect for weekly meal prep and to-go lunches for school and work. The protein and nutrients found in beef give you and your family the strength and energy you need to get through the busy school season.

For meal prep: add cooled rice to a heat-safe container and top with the Beef Broccoli Stir Fry, then cover and refrigerate until ready to heat and serve (Beef and Broccoli can be refrigerated up to 4 days).

How to Pack a Hot Thermos:

Pack a hot thermos in the morning and it will be warm at lunchtime. A hot thermos can keep food hot for 5 hours before it’s eaten, and this Broccoli Beef is the Best. School. Lunch. Ever!

  1. Heat the thermos first by filling 3/4 full with boiling water (do not overfill), cover with lid and let sit 5 min and drain just before adding food.
  2. Meanwhile, heat food to 165˚F. Place into the heated thermos and close with lid.

Meal prepped broccoli beef served over white rice in to-go box or thermos

More Beef Recipes that Reheat Well:

Any recipe that reheats well can be used for meal prep, school and work lunch. This is a great list to help you get through the back to school season.

Watch Natasha Make Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry:

I hope this Beef Broccoli Stir Fry video recipe becomes a favorite for you. It’s such a treat to enjoy home cooking when you’re on the go. For more great beef lunch ideas, visit Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.

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Beef and Broccoli Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 17 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Beef and Broccoli is an easy, 1-pan, 30-minute meal that is loaded with fresh broccoli, tender nutrition-packed beef, and the best stir fry sauce. We love this over steamy white rice.

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $14-$18
Keyword: beef and broccoli
Calories: 385 kcal
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients:

  • 1 lb flank steak very thinly sliced into bite-sized strips
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil), divided
  • 1 lb broccoli (cut into 6 cups of florets)
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds optional garnish

Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp fresh ginger grated (loosely packed)
  • 2 tsp garlic grated (from 3 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 6 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce (or GF Tamari)
  • 3 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Prep: Start cooking white rice first so it's ready when the stir fry is done. Cover and freeze steak 30 minutes for easier slicing.

  2. Combine all stir fry sauce ingredients in a bowl, stir well to dissolve the sugar, and set aside.

  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp oil.  Add broccoli florets and sauté 4-5 minutes, partially covered with lid, stirring or tossing several times until broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender then remove from pan. Tip: If you prefer softer broccoli, add 2 Tbsp water before covering with the lid and it will steam cook the broccoli.
  4. Increase heat to high heat and add 1 Tbsp oil. Add beef in a single layer and sauté 2 minutes per side or just until cooked through. Quickly pull out a piece to test for doneness.
  5. Add the sauce, reduce heat to medium/low and simmer 3-4 minutes. It will thicken. Add broccoli and stir to combine. Stir in 1-2 Tbsp water to thin the sauce if desired. Serve over white rice.
Nutrition Facts
Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 902mg39%
Potassium 800mg23%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 706IU14%
Vitamin C 102mg124%
Calcium 101mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Tay
    September 11, 2019

    I made this last night and it was delicious! Making sure everything is prepped out and the freezer trick for the meat is a must. I used 1.5 lbs of top sirloin and doubled the sauce. I also cooked the meat in batches. I added thinly sliced yellow and orange peppers. Next time I might add carrots as well. Happy to add this wonderful recipe to our rotation! Thank you! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 11, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Tay! And thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Chris Whalen
    September 5, 2019

    Natasha, I adapted this to thin sliced pork, with fresh green beans and carrots….everyone loved it…We thought fresh sauteed mushooms would be a good addition and maybe those baby corn ears…plus the sauce is so flavorful, a good helping of rice is important. Thanks so much for this recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 5, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Chris. Thank you for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Katie C.
    September 4, 2019

    I made this tonight and it was yummy!😋 I used less oil with the water for the broccoli. Next time, I’m going to cook the meat in two batches. The pan was too crowded so it stewed at first 🥴. Instead of flank steak, I used a steak the was on sale for $5.99/pound. The freezing tip was definitely worth doing. Maybe next time I’ll add a little Asian hot sauce to the liquid. I did add a little water to the sauce to thin it out.

    This is definitely a meal that can be put on the table in the time that it would take to order it out. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 4, 2019

      That’s so awesome, Katie! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Anna
    September 4, 2019

    Can I freeze this recipe Reply

    • Natasha
      September 4, 2019

      Hi Anna, I haven’t tried but I imagine it does freeze and reheat well. Reply

  • Madi
    September 3, 2019

    So so good and so easy to make! Thank you  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2019

      You’re welcome, Madi! I’m so glad you enjoyed that. Reply

  • Laura Reese
    September 3, 2019

    This is such an amazing dish! THANKS. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Laura! Reply

  • Mary Kulak
    September 3, 2019

    OMG!! Amazing Natasha, the sauce is so good, I had to use frozen broccoli cause I didn’t have fresh, next time, but my husband loved it. Thankyou again for another wonderful recipe Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Mary! Reply

  • Theresa Falco
    September 2, 2019

    Natasha – I’m going to make this recipe, but my husband loves extra sauce. In this recipe it seems to have cooked down a little, so should I just make two batches of sauce, or would just adding the extra water, give me more sauce without losing any flavor? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2019

      Hi Theresa, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work with extra sauce. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

      • Theresa Falco
        September 3, 2019

        Will do! Thanks so much. Reply

  • USnTHEM
    September 2, 2019

    Just finished making your Beef Broccoli! And it turned out great! I did add rice wine vinegar to marinate the meat while getting everything prepared. Once done cooking goes fast, so everyone take note, have ingredients prepped makes the process go smoothly. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 3, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review and for that suggestion. Reply

  • Tebogo
    September 2, 2019

    Thanks for the recipes they are easy to prepare and also save money because they are affordable ,my husband kids enjoy my foods everyday because of your recipes Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 2, 2019

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles! Reply

  • August 31, 2019

    Ooooo I’m craving this dish now! Reply

  • Hayley
    August 31, 2019

    Sounds delicious, how many people does this recipe cater for please? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 31, 2019

      Hi Hayley, this recipe serves 4. Reply

  • Kenna
    August 31, 2019

    Could I substitute ground ginger in the sauce? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 31, 2019

      Hi Kenna, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe. Reply

  • Tammy
    August 30, 2019

    This look amazing! Would it work in the crock pot? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2019

      I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe, Tammy! Reply

  • Anna
    August 30, 2019

    Best beef and broccoli EVER! We loved every bite! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Anna! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Suzy
    August 30, 2019

    One of my all time favorites! I love how simple and easy this is! Making it asap! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Suzy! Reply

  • Lauren
    August 30, 2019

    I can’t wait to make this! This is my kids’ favorite take out! YUM! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2019

      Hi Lauren, that is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great! Reply

  • Tara
    August 30, 2019

    The sauce is so luscious — can’t wait to make it again! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 30, 2019

      That’s so great, Tara! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

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