Make beef and broccoli in your own kitchen with tender pieces of flank steak, sauteed broccoli, and a yummy dark sauce.
Best Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Beef and broccoli is hands-down my favorite takeout recipe. I’ve been trying to recreate this Chinese-American dish for ages and I think we’ve perfected it!
Our beef and broccoli recipe is inspired by the classic takeout dish and made with super tender beef, an easy dark sauce, and fresh broccoli. The sauce is sweetened with honey and made with beef broth, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.
What does beef and broccoli taste like?
Beef and broccoli is a savory dish that has flavors of soy, garlic, and hints of sweetness.
Why you’ll love it!
Easy to make
Serving of veggies
What is in beef and broccoli?
- Beef: beef and broccoli is made with thin slices of beef. We’re using flank steak.
- Broccoli: we always recommend using fresh broccoli so that the end result doesn’t come out mushy.
- Sauce: beef and broccoli sauce is made from the basis of beef broth and soy sauce but uses other ingredients such as honey, chili garlic sauce, garlic, and ginger.
What kind of beef do you need for beef and broccoli?
We recommend using flank steak for beef and broccoli because it’s inexpensive and easily tenderized. Other cuts of beef that work include:
What is beef and broccoli sauce made of
Beef and broccoli sauce is made primarily with beef broth and soy sauce. You also need freshly grated ginger, garlic, honey, chili garlic sauce, water, and cornstarch.
How to thicken sauce
The easiest way to thicken your sauce is with cornstarch. We recommend dissolving the cornstarch in the sauce before adding it to the dish, but you can also make a cornstarch slurry.
How do you make beef tender?
The best way to tenderize beef for beef and broccoli stir fry is with a meat tenderizer. Pound the flake until it’s around 1/2 inch thick. This will tenderize the tendons in the beef making it easier to chew and digest.
Is beef and broccoli healthy?
Beef and broccoli is high in protein and made with a hefty serving of veggies. You can make the sauce healthier by using an all-natural sweetener such as honey or maple syrup instead of sugar.
There are many add-in opportunities for this recipe. Add any of the following veggies for more color and nutrition:
- Bell pepper
Cast Iron Pan
The Great Jones King Sear is our favorite cast iron pan. It’s definitely worth the splurge to add to your kitchen collection!
If you have leftover beef and broccoli stir fry, let it cool completely. Then, transfer it into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.
To reheat: reheat in the microwave for 60-90 seconds.
Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.