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 Bowl

If 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.

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Throughout 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 Bowl

By 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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Beef and Broccoli - The Lemon Bowl

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.
PREP: 30 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 45 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 16 oz lean sirloin steak (thinly sliced in 2 in. pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ tablespoon 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)


  • Place sirloin steak in a glass bowl or resealable plastic bag.
  • 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.
  • Pre-heat wok or large non-stick skillet over high heat. Spray with cooking spray and place steak in pan – careful not to overcrowd.
  • After the beef starts to brown on one side, toss to the other side to brown. Should take about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • When beef is nicely browned, remove from pan and reserve for later.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve with brown rice and black roasted sesame seeds if you wish.


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.


Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 19.3gProtein: 28.9gFat: 15.4gSaturated Fat: 5.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9.6gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 636mgFiber: 4.1gSugar: 6g

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55 thoughts on “Easy Beef and Broccoli Recipe”

  1. Corry Oosterhouse

    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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!).

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

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