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beef and broccoli in a large pan

Easy Beef and Broccoli

This takeout style easy beef and broccoli recipe comes together in just 30 minutes, loaded with tender slices of flank steak and vibrant green broccoli all coated in the most perfect, sweet and savory ginger-garlic sauce. It’s quick, easy to make and made with mostly pantry staple ingredients.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword beef, beefandbroccoli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 349kcal


  • 1 lb. beef Flank Steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 small knob ginger, minced, ~1 tsp.
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar

Other ingredients needed

  • 3 tsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped ~1 1/2 cups
  • White rice or Chow Mein Noodles
  • 2 stalks green onions
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)


  • Slice the flank steak into 1/4 in. strips carefully on a cutting board using a sharp knife. Be sure to cut against the grain.
  • In a large bowl, toss the Flank Steak with the cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce.
  • Cook the Flank Steak: Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once nice and hot, add in the flank steak strips. Using tongs, flip occasionally to cook on both sides. This won’t take long since the pan is hot and the beef is thin, ~3 minutes. Transfer beef to a plate and set aside.
  • Steam the broccoli: To the same pan, add in the bite-sized broccoli and turn the heat down to medium. Pour in the water and cover pan with a lid to steam the broccoli. Allow to steam for 3-4 minutes or until broccoli is bright green and tender yet still has a slight crunch.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce in a 2 cup measuring cup or small bowl.
  • Add the cooked beef back into the pan on top of the broccoli. Pour the sauce over the beef and broccoli and lastly add in the scallions. Toss this all together until the sauce thickens and coats the beef and broccoli ~1 minute.
  • Garnish with more green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Serve with rice or Chow Mein Noodles. Enjoy!


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 847mg | Potassium: 928mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1007IU | Vitamin C: 137mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 3mg