Beef with Broccoli

I’m on a bit of a mission these days. While I love coming up with the most unique and fun recipe creations I can think of, I also really enjoy classic dishes like Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sesame Chicken, and Broccoli Salad. (not necessarily in that order, but you get the idea).

Classics.

It’s what a lot of my recipes are based off of, but I realized I don’t actually have a lot of my favorite classics published on my site. So for the next few months I am going to be sharing some tried and true classic recipes that your whole family will love.

Take a gander at this Classic Beef with Broccoli. One of my favorite Chinese take-out dishes, quickly and easily prepared in your own kitchen!

Classic Beef with Broccoli

I love the thick brown sauce that gets soaked up in the broccoli florets, it’s a tad sweet and a touch spicy and brimming with the flavors of garlic and ginger.

This family favorite comes together quickly because the beef is thinly sliced and marinated for just 15 minutes before being cooked over high heat to seal in the flavor and juices of the beef strips.

Classic Beef with Broccoli

The broccoli is briefly cooked in boiling water to achieve a perfect tender-crisp texture.

Don’t hate me, but all my kids (even my picky 4 year old) love broccoli. Like, really love it. It’s weird, but I’m not complaining. They also believe every single type of protein that I cook (beef, pork, fish, chicken, etc.) is chicken. So I guess there’s always that.

Anyways, my kids raved that this was the best “Chicken” with Broccoli that they’ve ever eaten… you win some you lose some.

Classic Beef with Broccoli

Rest assured, this Classic BEEF with Broccoli recipe will have you grabbing your chopsticks and digging in!

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Beef with Broccoli

Beef with Broccoli

recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. sirloin steak, sliced thinly across the grain
  • 3 to 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tsp corn starch, dissolved into 1 tbsp water
  • For the Marinade:
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • dash of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/8 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef broth

Instructions

  1. In a medium size bowl whisk together the ingredients for the marinade. Add the steak and stir to coat. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes. Strain water and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile whisk together the ingredients for the sauce, set aside.
  4. Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of oil. In small batches cook the steak strips in the hot wok, about 30 seconds per side (they should be thin and cook through quickly). Remove cooked steak from wok to a warm plate. Use remaining oil if necessary to cook the remaining beef. On the last batch of beef, after you've flipped the steak strips over, add the garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant.
  5. Return all the steak to the wok, turn heat down to medium. Pour in the sauce mixture and stir until it starts to bubble slightly. Pour the dissolved cornstarch into the steak strips. Let simmer until sauce thickens. Toss in the broccoli, stir to coat.
  6. Serve over hot rice and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired. Enjoy!

Notes from Shawn

To easily slice thin steak strips try freezing your steak for about 20 minutes before slicing.

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Comments

  1. Shawn, I made this tonight and it was delicious! This is going on my go-to list. Two thumbs up from the beef gal!

  2. I’ve been making this a lot lately because our garden is giving fresh broccoli these days.

  3. I love beef and broccoli! Yours looks perfect!!

  4. Going to give this a try. My husband always orders this when we get Chinese, I have yet to make a successful batch at home. My sons have the same issue with thinking all protein is chicken – glad to hear it’s not just them :)

  5. This is an awesome classic recipe!! :) I haven’t made my own beef with broccoli before, but now I’m thinking I need to!! Yours looks fabulous! :)

  6. I made this last night, and it was excellent. The only change I made was using Sambal Oelek in place of sriracha, because I didn’t have any. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  7. You should have added the sesame seeds to the ingredient list – smocks like me tend to forget buying it :/

    But tried it out – and it was a 10/10 dish (even without the sesame seeds).

    Thanks.

  8. I as well have a 4yr old and a 7 yr old and everyone is amazed at how well they eat.Its all chicken might look like pork taste like pork or fish or beef and they even like red chicken (salmon)…..hey sometimes you gotta get creative…making this tonight they fight for the broccoli

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