Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

By Rena |

This Beef and broccoli stir fry recipe is our go-to simple and easy-to-make beef stir fry recipe that the whole family enjoys having any day of the week. Tender and juicy beef with loads of fibrous broccoli and it’s better than take-out.

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We all love Asian food and tend to want to just order takeout instead of making your own Asian stir fry right at home. They are really easy to make and it is much healthier than getting takeout. This beef and broccoli stir-fry is easy to put together and can be ready in less than 30 minutes. Tender and juicy beef with each bite, this beef stir fry recipe will be your go-to dinner recipe to serve the family. Add it to your weeknight rota, no one will complain. This healthy stir fry recipe is amazing and can be tweaked to use any of your favorite veggies. Serve it with noodles or rice and they are also good for meal prepping.

Why you will love this homemade stir fry recipe

  • Healthy: Better than takeout and much healthier for you too. Made with simple and clean ingredients.
  • Delicious: This beeg stir fry is so tasty, juicy, and bursting with flavor. Just as delicious as what you would get at restaurants.
  • Easy and simple: Looking for a quick simple and easy dinner recipe that will still wow your family? Then you will love this beef and broccoli stir fried recipe.
close up beef and broccoli stir fry in a skillet

Ingredients you will need for this beef stir fry

  • Skirt/flank steak: use lean cuts of meat. You would want to use cuts that are meant for stur-frying. Use any you already have experience with.
  • Broccoli: best to use fresh broccoli, but you can use frozen or any other veggies of your choice.
  • Oil: we used avocado oil, but you may use sesame oil or any other oil.
  • Beef Stock: if you don’t have beef stock, you may use vegetable stock.
  • Soy-sauce: use low sodium soy-sauce or coconut amino
  • Sweet chili sauce: this can be found at most grocery stores.
  • Hot sauce: can be optional, but adds a great taste
  • Sesame oil: or any other nut oil, like ground nut oil
  • Ginger and Garlic powder: if you prefer to use fresh garlic and ginger thats also fine.
  • Cornstarch: this will be needed to thicken up the sauce. You may use arrowroot powder. If you want to use plain flour, you can but the sauce won’t thicken up much.
  • Seaseame seeds: used to granish and can be optional.
  • Optional: any rice of choice.
ingredients to make the beef stir fry

How to make this homemade beef stir fry

Thinly slice the steak against the grain and cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets.

In a small bowl, whisk well all the stir fry sauce ingredients.

Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add half of the beef in a single layer and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes, continue to stir fry for 2 minutes, more, or until the steak is just cooked.

broccoli florets for the stir fry

Set aside and repeat with the remaining beef.

To the same preheated pan add the broccoli and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.

Reduce the heat to a medium and stir in the stir fry sauce. The sauce should start to thicken as it starts to bubble, so stir often.

beef bites cooked in oan

Once the sauce coats the back of the spoon, return the beef to the pan.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.

top view beef stir fry with broccoli in an orange skillet

Recipe notes and tips

  • Store keftovers in an airtight container in teh fridge for up to 4 days
  • You may freeze for up to 3 months
  • To reheat, place in teh microwave and rheat for about 60-90 seconds.
  • any oil of choice would work, you may use sesame oil or groundnut oil.
  • use any cut of meat of choice. Trim fat off as much as possible.
  • You may use fresh ginger and fresh garlic, finely grate them.
  • If you have frozen broccoli, you may use that. Or, you can use any veggies of choice. Consider adding some sliced carrots.
  • If you do not have beef stock, you may use vegetable stock.
  • The hot sauce is optional but adds a nice kick to it if you can handle a little heat.
side shot of beef and broccoli stir fry

Frequently asked questions

What beef meat is good for stir-fry?

There are many options you can choose from. Some good ones you can use for stir-fries are sirloin, ribeye, top loin (strip), skirt, flank, tenderloin, and shoulder center (Ranch Steak). There are others but the above beef cuts are among the most tender beef cuts that are recommended for stir-fries.

How do you make stir-fry beef less chewy?

You have to use the right cut of meat that is best for stir-fries. But to help get the beef to be as tender as possible, cut them into smaller and thinner pieces. They won’t need that much cooking and thus will allow you to not overcook which leads to toucher-tasting beef.

Which oil is not sustainable for stir-frying?

Extra virgin olive oil is the most “non-ideal” oil used in stir-frying. It has a low smoke point and a strong flavor. We recommend any neutral-tasting oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, or groundnut oil.

Can I use butter for Stir-frying?

Yes. Butter has a low smoke point and is a good choice to use in stir-frying. You may use Ghee as well. For a healthier option, go with other oils like sesame and/or avocado oil.

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Tender and juicy beef bites stir-fried with fresh chunks of broccoli in a honey, ginger, soy sauce, and sweet chili sauce base. Garnished with sesame seeds and served with a side of rice or noodles.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Low Lactose
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 lb skirt/flank steak
  • 1 lb head broccoli
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil divided

Stir fry sauce

  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce optional
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ginger powder or fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Thinly slice the steak against the grain and cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets.
  • In a small bowl, whisk well all the stir fry sauce ingredients.
  • Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add half of the beef in a single layer and cook undisturbed for 2 minutes, continue to stir fry for 2 minutes, more, or until the steak is just cooked.
  • Set aside and repeat with the remaining beef.
  • To the same preheated pan add the broccoli and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to a medium and stir in the stir fry sauce. The sauce should start to thicken as it starts to bubble, so stir often.
  • Once the sauce coats the back of the spoon, return the beef to the pan.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Notes

  • any oil of choice would work, you may use sesame oil or groundnut oil.
  • use any cut of meat of choice. Trim fat off as much as possible.
  • You may use fresh ginger and fresh garlic, finely grate them.
  • If you have frozen broccoli, you may use that. Or, you can use any veggies of choice. Consider adding some sliced carrots.
  • If you do not have beef stock, you may use vegetable stock.
  • The hot sauce is optional but adds a nice kick to it if you can handle a little heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 1002mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 717IU | Vitamin C: 106mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg
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