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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.

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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 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 45 mins
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Servings: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 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)

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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

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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Liz DellaCroce

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

55 Comments

  1. Minus chili paste, sesame seeds & beef (on a tight budget) I used chicken which I pressure cooked half way so it would be juicy, & I always freeze the strained broth for my next recipe. I used some cayenne pepper & crushed red pepper spice, which I always have on hand in place of the chili paste. Wish I had the sesame seeds though, one of my faves, fresh from the oriental market. Not a better topper than that! Wish my budget would allow oyster sauce. Been wanting to try it for sometime. Only had basmati rice on hand, but I added vermicelli to it. I brown it.1st, sauté it in some oil, then add the rice which has already been soaked, lightly salted, add in Maggie Boulton & a sprinkle of yellow cooking color & boiling water. Thnx for the inspiration :)

  2. This sounds delicious! Broccoli beef is one of my favorite Asian meals. Unfortunately, due to an autoimmune disease, I have to stay away from all wheat and gluten. I noticed this recipe calls for reduced sodium soy sauce…is that for health or flavor? They do not make aminos or gluten free soy sauce in low sodium (that I’ve found). Will it be too salty if I don’t use low-sodium? Thank you!

    1. 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!

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

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