Quick 20-Minute Beef & Broccoli Recipe Is Better Than Takeout

Quick 20-Minute Beef & Broccoli Recipe Is Better Than Takeout

Sometimes you just need Asian food in your life. When I saw a sirloin steak and broccoli in the refrigerator, I knew a beef and broccoli stir fry was on the menu. This easy broccoli beef recipe has quick prep, cooks in 10 minutes and tastes better than takeout. Seriously.

Serve this easy beef broccoli recipe over white rice, brown rice, jasmine rice or Asian noodles. Make extra rice or noodles and pack the leftovers in containers for lunch the next day.

Cuisine: Asian

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (divided)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, flank steak or your favorite steak, cut into thin 1-inch pieces (I used sirloin steak)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets 
  • 1 small onion, sliced

Here’s how to make it: 

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water in a bowl. In another bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic and ginger.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef (don’t crowd the pan) and brown on both sides. (I did this in two batches.) Remove to a plate.
  3. Add the broccoli and onion. Cook until broccoli is crisp-tender or to your desired doneness. (Tip: If you want softer broccoli, add a tablespoon of water to help steam it.)

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  4. Add the beef back to the skillet and pour in the sauce. Cook, stirring, until sauce thickens, about 1 to 2 minutes.

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