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

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Beef and broccoli stir fry in a pan
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.
Prep Time: 17 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people

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

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

385kcal Calories22g Carbs29g Protein21g Fat4g Saturated Fat68mg Cholesterol902mg Sodium800mg Potassium3g Fiber11g Sugar706IU Vitamin A102mg Vitamin C101mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
385
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
21
g
32
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Cholesterol
 
68
mg
23
%
Sodium
 
902
mg
39
%
Potassium
 
800
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
29
g
58
%
Vitamin A
 
706
IU
14
%
Vitamin C
 
102
mg
124
%
Calcium
 
101
mg
10
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: beef and broccoli
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 385
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  • Kim
    June 20, 2024

    Love this recipe!! Easy and super delicious!

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  • Kristina Makela
    June 20, 2024

    The flavor was on point! Absolutely amazing dinner. We did half broccoli and half cauliflower. I will definitely save this recipe for future dinners.

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  • Whitney K
    June 18, 2024

    This has already become my favorite and a weekly staple at my house. I don’t like other recipes with oyster or hoisin. I’ve already made this a good half dozen times but tonight kicked it up with a chopped habanero and handfull of chopped cilantro and holy smackaroli it was hot and good. I also have experimented with the corn starch level a bit and added another teaspoon or so, I think to account for some extra water because I use frozen broccoli and that helped stabilize the sauce more. Love this and love your site!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 19, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing, Whitney!

      Reply

  • Jordan
    June 18, 2024

    While I had to cook the meat in batches, this recipe came out AMAZING. So rich and flavorful, it was perfect!

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  • Savanna
    June 18, 2024

    Oh my goodness this is so good I haven’t found a good recipe for beef an broccoli but this one I will be sticking too. Thank you for the recipes!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 18, 2024

      You’re so welcome, Savanna!

      Reply

  • Karen Hintz
    June 18, 2024

    This recipe makes the best beef and broccoli I’ve ever had! Everything about it is perfect.
    Thanks for making my b&b craving happy.

    Reply

  • Jackie Bouchard
    June 16, 2024

    Forgot to give it 5 star💥💥💥💥💥. Every recipe I’ve made of yours has been wonderful.

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  • Jackie Bouchard
    June 16, 2024

    The sauce is superb! This will be my go to beef and broccoli recipe from now on, perfection.

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  • Little Lease
    June 14, 2024

    This sauce is perfect and right on target. I always make extra. My husband isn’t wild about Chinese food but really likes this. I can’t believe the one bad review – clearly that person hasn’t worked with sesame oil before cause I always add slowly no matter how much the recipe calls for – this recipe is awesome!! Thank you 😊

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  • Noms
    June 10, 2024

    Delicious! I’ve made it several times now and it hasn’t failed, though I like to double the sauce sense my family like to coat the rice in it.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 10, 2024

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipe.

      Reply

  • Nicole
    June 10, 2024

    Excellent recipe ! I always follow your recipe but was inspired today to add orange zest , red pepper flakes to the sauce as well as fried the beef & vegetables with coconut oil. Delicious ! Thank you Natasha for all of your amazing recipes !

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 10, 2024

      That sounds great. You’re very welcome Nicole!

      Reply

  • Carol
    June 7, 2024

    It was perfect !!! Made this exactly as written …. Didn’t change a thing which frustrates me when people give a review and write I added this and changed that … no need for this recipe. You did great Natasha, but then you always do!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2024

      Thank you for your kind and lovely comment, Carol! I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • June
    June 7, 2024

    I’ve made this before and we love it. It is definitely my go to. I sometimes add bamboo shoots & water chestnuts. I also sprinkle a littler red pepper flakes. Soooo good

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  • Tonya Foreman
    May 29, 2024

    This is absolutely delicious!! It is a part of my meal rotation. My family loves it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2024

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Tonya!

      Reply

  • Lis
    May 28, 2024

    Have been making for years, and it is a family favorite. What is the serving size for the nutrition information? Thanks.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 29, 2024

      Glad to hear that! You can divide the recipe into 4 to get the exact per serving

      Reply

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