Beef and Broccoli Recipe – Easy Beef with Broccoli Stir Fry

What is the beef and broccoli stir fry?

The beef and broccoli recipe is an easy stir fry made of beef with broccoli in a sauce.  It takes a few minutes to have a delicious side dish or a stir fry for your boiled white rice. Beef is very versatile and can be combined with vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, cabbage, and many more, In today,s beef recipe, we will combine it with broccoli. Beef and broccoli stir fry is a Chinese dish that is also common in some Chinese-American restaurants and can be a nice dinner recipe you could enjoy with the family.

The best cut of beef to use for beef and broccoli is the flank, sirloin steak, or skirt steak because these beef parts are very easy to cook quickly.

Ingredients

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients
Beef and Broccoli Ingredients
  • 1 head of Broccoli cut into smaller florets
  • 500 grams of Sirloin Beef – cut into strips
  • 1 small sliced Onion
  • 1 tbsp of light Soy Sauce
  • 4 tbsp of Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp of Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp of Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 tbsp of chopped Spring Onions
  • 2 tbsp of Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tsp of Sesame oil or Canola oil
  • 2 tbsp of Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp of Black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp of Cornstarch + 1 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking soda
  • 1 tsp of grated Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of minced Garlic

Step by Step Procedure on How to Make Beef with Broccoli from Scratch

Making the Beef and Broccoli Overnight Marinade

  • Start by washing and cleaning the beef and then cut into long strips for easy stir-frying; making them easy to cook in time.
  • Season the beef with 1 tbsp of light soy sauce, 2 tbsp of Shaoxing rice wine, 1 tsp of Sesame oil, 1/4 tsp of Black pepper powder, and 1 tsp of cornstarch.
  • Stir all the ingredients for the beef-marinade together to combine with the beef.
  • Keep the beef marinade aside for at least an hour. The best option is to keep overnight. Beef and broccoli overnight marinade should be kept in the fridge and not a freezer. It gives more time for the marinade to be absorbed by the beef making your beef and broccoli tasty and delicious. If you are keeping it overnight, do not add the baking soda to it, simply add the baking soda about 10 minutes prior to stir-frying the marinated beef. That way, the meat will not be over tenderized by the baking soda.
    Coating the beef with cornstarch, baking soda, and rice wine makes a tender beef and broccoli because the coating prevents the release of moisture from the beef making it moist while the wine and baking soda make it tender. This process is called Velvetting and it is the secret Chinese technique of making the meat tender and moist when stir-fried.

Steaming the broccoli in a steamer basket

  • Cut the broccoli into smaller florets and make sure it is properly rinsed with clean water.
  • Transfer the broccoli florets into a steamer basket
  • Add water to a pot and bring the water to a boil. Make sure the steamer basket can be place in the pot and the level of the water should be below the bottom of the steamer basket. That way, the steam from the water can cook the broccoli properly. We are using steam because it cooks the broccoli and maintains the vibrant green color and nutrients of the broccoli.
  • Season the broccoli with a pinch of salt and then cover and allow to steam for about 3 minutes.

How the Beef and Broccoli Sauce is Made

  • Add 4 tbsp of dark soy sauce to a mixing bowl. Also, add 2 tbsp of oyster sauce, 1 tsp of brown sugar, 1 tbsp of cornstarch, and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Stir to combine and set the beef and broccoli sauce aside.

Remember to come back to the broccoli that is steaming. Remove it and run it over cold water to prevent further cooking by the heat. Then set it aside too.

Making the Beef and Broccoli Stir fry

  • Place a pan on the stovetop and add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil to it.
  • Once the oil is heated, add the sliced onions and stir fry for 3 minutes until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the grated ginger and minced garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Now, bring the marinated beef and stir fry for 4 minutes on one side and then turn over to the other site and stir fry for another 4 minutes until the beef is soft, tender, and moist.
  • Next, stir the beef and broccoli sauce again and pour it over the stir-fried beef. Stir the sauce to combine with the beef and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 4 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
  • You can add some red chili flakes for some heat to this beef and broccoli stir fry.
  • Now, add the steamed broccoli florets and some chopped spring onions, and then stir to combine.
  • If the beef with broccoli sauce appears to be too thick, you reduce the consistent with some little amount of water and cook for few seconds or a minute.
  • After stirring, further cook for a minute and your easy homemade beef and broccoli is ready.

You can garnish this beef and broccoli stir fry with some sesame seeds and enjoy it.
Beef with broccoli recipe can be served with some boiled white rice or pasta or you can eat it as a side dish.

Beef and Broccoli stir fry

Beef and Broccoli Recipe - Easy Beef with Broccoli Stir Fry

doctor 300Razi Brown
Beef and broccoli recipe is an easy stir fry of beef with broccoli in a sauce. This Asian
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people
Calories 385 kcal

Ingredients
  

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients

  • 1 head Broccoli (cut into small florets)
  • 550 grams Beef steak - You can use sirloin steak, skirt, or flank steak. They cook faster and are the best cuts for the beef and broccoli stir fry.
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds - for garnishing

Ingredients for Beef and Broccoli Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Ingredients for the Beef Marinade

  • ½ tsp Baking soda
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tbsp Sesame oil or Canola oil

Ingredients for Beef and Broccoli stir fry

  • 1 tbsp Spring Onions - chopped
  • ¼ tsp Red Chili Flakes - optional. You can add this if you need some heat in the beef with broccoli recipe.
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 whole Onion - cut into thin slices.
  • 1 tsp grated Ginger
  • ½ tsp minced Garlic

Instructions
 

Marinating the steak for the beef and broccoli stir fry

  • Wash and clean the beef properly before cutting it into long strips. This makes it easier to cook when stir-frying it.
    Cut the beef into long strips
  • Marinate the beef with 1 tbsp of light soy sauce, 2 tbsp of Shaoxing rice wine, and 1 tsp of Sesame oil.
    Add Shaoxing rice wine and light soy sauce for marinating the beef
  • Also, add ¼ tsp of Black pepper powder, 1 tsp of cornstarch, and ½ tsp of baking soda. If you are going to be marinading overnight, do not add baking soda to the beef. Only add the baking soda about 10 minutes prior to stir-frying of the marinated beef.
    To the marinade, add baking soda, cornstarch, and black pepper powder
  • Stir all the ingredients for the beef-marinade together to combine and keep aside. If you prefer making the beef and broccoli marinade overnight, keep it in the fridge.
    Stir to combine and keep the beef marinade aside

Steaming the Broccoli

  • Cut the broccoli into smaller florets and make sure it is properly rinsed with clean water. Transfer the broccoli florets into a steamer basket
    Add the broccoli florets to the steamer basket
  • Add water to a pot and bring the water to a boil. Make sure the steamer basket can be place in the pot and the level of the water should be below the bottom of the steamer basket. That way, the steam from the water can cook the broccoli properly. We are using steam because it cooks the broccoli and maintains the vibrant green color and nutrients of the broccoli.
    Steam the broccoli over hot boiling water
  • Season the broccoli with a pinch of salt and then cover and allow to steam for about 3 minutes.
    Season the broccoli with salt and cover and steam for 4 minutes

Making the Beef and Broccoli Sauce

  • Add 4 tbsp of dark soy sauce, 2 tbsp of oyster sauce, and 1 tsp of brown sugar to a mixing bowl.
    Add 4 tbsp of dark soy sauce to a mixing bowl. Also, add 2 tbsp of oyster sauce, 1 tsp of brown sugar, 1 tbsp of cornstarch, and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Also, add 1 tbsp of cornstarch and ½ cup of water.
    Add cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water
  • Stir to combine and set the beef and broccoli sauce aside.
    Stir to combine the sauce for the beef and broccoli stir fry
  • Remember to come back to the broccoli that is steaming. Remove it and run it over cold water to prevent further cooking by the heat. Then set it aside too.

Making the Beef and Broccoli Stir fry

  • Place a pan on the stovetop and add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil to it; once the oil is heated, add the sliced onions and stir fry for 3 minutes until the onions are translucent.
    Stir fry the onions until they are translucent
  • Add the grated ginger and minced garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds until fragrant
    Add minced garlic and grated ginger
  • Now, bring the marinated beef and stir fry for 4 minutes on one side and then turn over to the other site and stir fry for another 4 minutes until the beef is soft, tender, and moist.
    Add the marinated beef to the pan
  • Next, stir the beef and broccoli sauce again and pour it over the stir fried beef. Stir the sauce to combine with the beef and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 4 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.
    Pour the beef and broccoli sauce into the stir fried beef
  • You can add some red chili flakes for some heat to this beef and broccoli stir fry. Stir to combine.
    Stir the sauce and the beef to combine.
  • Now, add the steamed broccoli florets and some chopped spring onions, and then stir to combine. If the beef and broccoli sauce appears to be too thick, you reduce the consistent with some little amount of water and cook for few seconds or a minute.
    Add the steamed broccoli florets
  • After stirring, further cook for a minute and your easy homemade beef and broccoli is ready.
    Beef and Broccoli Recipe
  • You can garnish this beef and broccoli stir fry with some sesame seeds and enjoy it.
    Garnish the beef and broccoli stir fry with some sesame seeds

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Notes

Keeping Beef and Broccoli Marinade Overnight

The best option for tasty beef and broccoli is to keep it overnight. Beef and broccoli overnight marinade should be kept in the fridge and not a freezer. It gives more time for the marinade to be absorbed by the beef making your beef and broccoli tasty and delicious. If you are keeping it overnight, do not add the baking soda to it, simply add the baking soda about 10 minutes prior to stir frying the marinated beef. That way, the meat will not be over tenderized by the baking soda.
Coating the beef with cornstarch, baking soda, and rice wine makes a tender beef and broccoli because the coating prevents the release of moisture from the beef making it moist while the wine and baking soda make it tender. This process is called Velvetting and it is the secret Chinese technique of making the meat tender and moist when stir fried.
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What is beef and broccoli sauce made of?

The beef and broccoli sauce is made up of dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch.

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