Easy Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Crisp-tender broccoli and lean sirloin is quickly stir-fried with a flavorful ginger, garlic and soy sauce mixture to create this easy weeknight dinner.
Beef and Broccoli - The Lemon BowlIf there is one dinner our family tends to gravitate towards on a weekly basis it is most definitely an Asian stir fry of some sort. It’s a great way to place vegetables on the center stage of the dinner plate while still incorporating lean protein such as sirloin, chicken breasts or ground turkey.

Asparagus at Farm Stand - The Lemon BowlThroughout the year, I will change up the vegetables based on what is fresh and in season that week. In the spring, I love using asparagus in place of broccoli as I did with this simple Pork and Asparagus Stir Fry. In the summer, green beans are overflowing from farm stands which inspired my Szechuan Green Beans and Ground Turkey, a popular dish and reader favorite. Come winter, napa cabbage is my veggie of choice in a simple Sesame Chicken and Napa Cabbage Stir Fry.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry - The Lemon BowlBy eating seasonally, your body naturally gets a wide variety of nutrients throughout the year.  Not only is eating seasonally more cost effective but it’s a great way to keep from getting bored with the same dinners week after week. As always, my recipes are more of a method than a strict rule book. I encourage you to use whatever meat and whatever veggies you have on hand. If you want to kick the spice up a notch, add more chili paste. To make the dish on the sweeter side, add another teaspoon of sugar. Make it your own and have fun.

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Easy Beef and Broccoli Recipe
 
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Crisp-tender broccoli and lean sirloin is quickly stir-fried with a flavorful ginger, garlic and soy sauce mixture to create this easy weeknight dinner.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 16 oz lean sirloin steak - thinly sliced in 2 in. pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce - low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger root
  • 2 garlic cloves - grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ tablespoon sambal oelek chili paste - optional
  • 1 cup chicken broth - low sodium
  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • brown rice to serve - optional
  • black roasted sesame seeds - optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Place sirloin steak in a glass bowl or resealable plastic bag.
  2. In a small bowl. whisk together soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, sugar, cornstarch and sambal oelek. Pour over sirloin steak and marinade for 20 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Pre-heat wok or large non-stick skillet over high heat. Spray with cooking spray and place steak in pan - careful not to overcrowd.
  4. After the beef starts to brown on one side, toss to the other side to brown. Should take about 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. When beef is nicely browned, remove from pan and reserve for later.
  6. Add chicken broth to the hot pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits at the bottom. Bring to a simmer then add broccoli. Cover and let broccoli steam for 3-4 minutes until bright green and crisp-tender.
  7. Place the beef and any accumulated juices back in the pan along with the broccoli and stir in the oyster sauce. Toss until well combined and cook until warmed through, about 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve with brown rice and black roasted sesame seeds if you wish.
Notes
While cooking the beef, don't be afraid to walk away for a minute so that it can caramelize and brown. Home stoves are rarely as hot as restaurant cooktops which is why I don't suggest continually stir-frying/moving the beef around like you see with restaurant woks.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 cups stir-fry Calories: 322 Fat: 15.4 g Saturated fat: 5.8 g Unsaturated fat: 9.6 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 19.3 g Sugar: 6 g Sodium: 636 mg Fiber: 4.1 g Protein: 28.9 g Cholesterol: 54 mg

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Love your tips on eating seasonally! I really do need to get better at that!
    Beef and Broccoli is one of my favorite Asian dishes! Totally in love with your version that looks about 100 times healthier than takeout! Yum-o-rama!

  2. says

    Eating seasonally definitely gives my meals more excitement around the year, not to mention saving me money. I recently started freezing fruits seasonally so that I can buy them when they’re on sale, and save a few frozen berries for a future fruit smoothie. I’m sure you can do this with vegetables, too.

  3. erica says

    I don’t have oyster sauce and don’t think I would use it again if purchased. Can I just omit it from the recipe or use something else in place of it?

  4. says

    Liz,
    Combining what’s fresh from the farm share with some sauce and protein, and serving it over rice, is a common way to eat around here as well.
    Food just tastes better when you eat with the seasons, I think, and it sure makes me look forward to each season (for example, I’m enjoying butternut squash and spinach right now, but thinking ahead to that gorgeous asparagus!).
    Thanks!

  5. says

    I also keep going back to Asian meals. Mostly because I love any meal that’s packed with fresh vegetables with a little meat. I even have some black sesame seeds in the cupboard. Now I know what to do with them. In fact, I have all these ingredients and if my beef wasn’t frozen, I’d be making this tonight. Definitely this weekend.

  6. Marcia says

    Liz, your little guy is absolutely darling & you are feeding him well!

    I just printed out your Easy Beef and Broccoli Recipe, as well as the other stir fry recipes you mention. I just had to tell you that for any of your fans who happen to be using the Fast Metabolism Diet, these recipes all work with just a little tweaking. Arrowroot instead of Cornstarch, Low Sodium Tamari instead of Low Sodium Soy Sauce, and skip any sugar (or substitute Stevia.) With those adjustments, these recipes are custom made for the diet and I’m so excited to try them all!

  7. says

    I’m terrible about eating seasonally. I’m sure my budget would like me a lot more if I did. I definitely need to make this recipe though. My mother has been asking for beef and broccoli!

  8. Corry Oosterhouse says

    Wow, how time flies!! Two months old already?? He’s so cute!! Yes, you are blessed!! Glad you are enjoying every minute with him, your hubby and big brother! Good for you to get back to the gym, I’ve been sort of side-lined with a knee injury and sciatica!! Lots of pain and not able to exercise much! Also getting ready for surgery next week to check a problem with my pacemaker! Great start to the New Year, huh?
    The recipe looks awesome too!

  9. marilyn Norfleet says

    So excited to see this recipe, and read all the comments. My husband is excited, too. I do not have the oyster sauce but will add some additional herbs maybe. I love to cook but I have been stuck a little with the same things over and over. My beloved husband would eat the same soup for a week. Thank the Lord he is easy to please, but I need some variety. You are a doll and so are your followers. Very nice to not have drama going on, haha.

  10. Lindsay says

    Can I use ground sirloin for this recipe? Do you think it would be ok? I have some I need to use up and I was looking to try something new. This sounds delicious!

  11. Elissa says

    Thanks for this method recipe. I’ve made it several times now – I generally use chicken and frozen broccoli since that’s what my kids like. Their favorite Chinese restaurant food is Chicken and Broccoli and this is the only recipe that I’ve tried that comes close to it and that they will actually eat. Other recipes are either too spicy or too bland. This is spot on in terms of flavor!

    I use hoisin sauce instead of oyster sauce and my daughter likes to put cashew nuts in at the end!

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