Better-Than-Takeout Beef With Broccoli

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Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli — It really is BETTER than takeout and it’s definitely FASTER!! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite that’ll go into your regular rotation!!

Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli — It really is BETTER than takeout and it's definitely FASTER!! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite that'll go into your regular rotation!!

This recipe is adapted from my copycat P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef recipe, which is a reader favorite that comes together in less than 20 minutes.

The same goes for this recipe — it’s easy and ready in a flash. I have seen beef and broccoli recipes that require marinating the beef first, like my 15-Minute Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli, but this is not one of them, which is a real time saver.

This Chinese beef and broccoli is full of umami flavor and pairs nicely with steamed rice or cauliflower rice. It’s best the day it’s made, but leftovers can easily be reheated in a skillet and enjoyed for days afterward.

Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli — It really is BETTER than takeout and it's definitely FASTER!! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite that'll go into your regular rotation!!

Recipe Ingredients

To make this easy recipe (including the irresistible beef and broccoli sauce!), you’ll need: 

  • Flank steak
  • Cornstarch
  • Olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • Sesame oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Ginger
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Water 
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Broccoli florets
  • Green onions

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli — It really is BETTER than takeout and it's definitely FASTER!! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite that'll go into your regular rotation!!

How to Make Homemade Beef and Broccoli

This is a very simple beef and broccoli recipe that anyone can make! Here are the basic recipe steps:

  1. To a large bag, add the thin slices of flank steak, cornstarch, and toss to coat.
  2. In a medium saucepan, sauté garlic and ginger until the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Then add soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for a couple minutes before reducing the heat and simmering until the sauce is slightly thickened and reduced. 
  4. While the sauce is simmering, in a separate skillet, sear the steak over high heat. 
  5. Top the seared steak with broccoli, pour in the soy sauce mixture, and toss the beef and broccoli to coat it evenly with the sauce. Simmer for a few minutes, or until the broccoli is as crisp-tender as desired.

Garnish Ideas

I like to finish this dish with green onions and sesame seeds, but they’re optional. 

Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli — It really is BETTER than takeout and it's definitely FASTER!! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite that'll go into your regular rotation!!

How to Thicken the Beef and Broccoli Sauce 

One optional step which will depend on the texture and consistency of the sauce in your pan, and personal preference, is that if the sauce on the thinner or runnier side, and you want sauce that clings better to the beef and broccoli, you can make that happen in 60 seconds.

Dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1 tablespoon of water, which is called a slurry, and add that to the pan. Stir and simmer for about 60 seconds, and your sauce should be nicely thicker at that point.

If your steak was very well coated in cornstarch, the residual cornstarch may be enough to thicken the sauce. But if it’s not, you can thicken it up in a hurry by adding a cornstarch slurry.

If you add 6 full cups of broccoli like I did because I am a broccoli fanatic, the natural waters and juices that escape when the broccoli cooks, will thin out your sauce and you’ll likely want to use a slurry.

Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli — It really is BETTER than takeout and it's definitely FASTER!! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite that'll go into your regular rotation!!

Recipe FAQs

What’s the Best Beef for Beef and Broccoli? 

I use flank steak and have not tried other cuts of beef. I have read recipes that call for skirt steak but I haven’t tried it. Be sure to cut your steak across the grain, which helps it be even more tender once cooked.

What is Beef and broccoli sauce made of?

Homemade beef with broccoli is coated in an umami u0022brown sauceu0022 that has layers of flavor from the soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh garlic and ginger, and brown sugar.

Can this recipe be made with frozen broccoli?

No, I recommend using fresh broccoli florets for best results.

Can beef with broccoli be made without cornstarch?

No! The cornstarch in this recipe is non-negotiable. It helps the beef crisp up a little when seared and it thickens the sauce. 

Is Beef and broccoli gluten-free?

No, it’s not gluten-free as written because soy sauce contains gluten. To make this recipe gluten-free, make sure your soy sauce is certified gluten-free or use gluten-free tamari.

Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli — It really is BETTER than takeout and it's definitely FASTER!! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite that'll go into your regular rotation!!

What to Serve with Beef and Broccoli

My boyfriend LOVES this recipe. It’s his favorite meal that I make. I’m not a professional cook by any means, and this is so easy even I can make it! I also add portobello mushrooms near the end for something extra! So good!!

Theresa

Storage and Reheating Instructions

In the fridge: Let the homemade beef and broccoli stir fry cool before transferring to an airtight container. Leftovers will last up to 5 days.

To reheat: Warm individual servings for 30-second intervals in the microwave.

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Better-Than-Takeout Beef With Broccoli

By Averie Sunshine
This homemade beef and broccoli really is BETTER than takeout and it's definitely FASTER! This EASY Chinese restaurant copycat recipe is a family favorite!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
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Ingredients  

  • 1 to 1.25 pounds flank steak, sliced into thin strips, no more than 1/4-inch thick
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely minced
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ginger, or to taste (fresh or dried is okay, use less dried than you would fresh)
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed (light may be substituted)
  • 4 to 6 cups broccoli florets, dependent on preference for broccoli
  • 2 to 3 green onions, sliced into 1/4-inch long segments
  • red pepper flakes, optional and to taste
  • sesame seeds, optional for garnishing

Instructions 

  • To a large ziptop bag, add the steak, cornstarch, seal, and toss to coat. Set aside while preparing the sauce.
  • To a medium saucepan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and heat over medium-high for about 1 minute, or just until garlic is fragrant, taking care not to scorch it.
  • Add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened and reduced. While it simmers, sear the steak.
  • To a large skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and the steak. Cook over medium-high or high heat until steak is cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes, flipping the pieces intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  • Add the broccoli.
  • Evenly drizzle in the soy sauce mixture, noting it will bubble up dramatically. Toss the beef and broccoli to coat evenly with the sauce. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes at medium-high, or until the broccoli is as crisp tender as desired.
  • Optional — If your sauce hasn't thickened up as much as you'd like and your broccoli is done or nearly done, and you want a sauce that clings better and isn't as thin, simply dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water (called a slurry), add it to the skillet, stir for about 1 minute, or until your sauce has thickened to your desired level. Since I used 6 cups broccoli, the natural water and juices that escaped from it thinned out my sauce, so I needed to use a slurry.
  • Turn off the heat, add the green onions, and stir to incorporate.
  • Optionally, evenly sprinkle with red pepper flakes (makes the dish taste more authentic and gives it flavor without adding much heat), optional sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 783kcal, Carbohydrates: 91g, Protein: 53g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 1300mg, Fiber: 26g, Sugar: 37g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Thank you for trying the recipe. If you potentially over-simmered it, that would cause there to seem to be less sauce since liquid volume was lost to evaporation. And it will also concentrate the sauce that remains, so it would read sweeter. Next time perhaps reduce the simmering time, or reduce the sugar by 1/4 cup, or add 1/4 cup water.

  1. 5 stars
    Insanely delicious. This is my go-to dish when ordering Chinese.

    So glad I can make it at home now.

    Thanks so much for sharing

  2. 5 stars
    Insanely delicious. This is my go-to dish when ordering Chinese.

    So glad I can make it at home now.

    Thanks so much for sharing

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it was insanely delicious and you can make it at home now!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this and it lives up to its name. I ran out of cornstarch had just enough to coat the meat. I used frozen broccoli and as a sauce thickener I used a little flour. I will be making it again.

  4. 5 stars
    Hello Averie! I loved the beef and brocoli, I love to cook and bake….but had never tried cooking Asian food, everybody loved it!….I usually change some ingredients when trying out a new recipe, to make it to my taste…I changed nothing on yours.Easy and delicious!

  5. 5 stars
    Hello Averie! I loved the beef and brocoli, I love to cook and bake….but had never tried cooking Asian food, everybody loved it!….I usually change some ingredients when trying out a new recipe, to make it to my taste…I changed nothing on yours.Easy and delicious!

    1. I am glad that you ventured into an Asian inspired dish and that everyone loved it and it was easy and delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    The steak and broccoli recipe was incredible! I added zucchini noodles to it instead of putting over rice. The sauce is spot on! Thank you for sharing 🙌🏻

  7. 5 stars
    The steak and broccoli recipe was incredible! I added zucchini noodles to it instead of putting over rice. The sauce is spot on! Thank you for sharing 🙌🏻

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad it was incredible and that you added zuke noodles – great idea!

  8. 5 stars
    Terrific! We devoured it. I skipped the sesame oil and used olive oil and canola oil instead for searing, because I threw my sesame oil away. The flavor is too strong for me. Frozen broccoli florets worked perfectly too.

  9. 5 stars
    Terrific! We devoured it. I skipped the sesame oil and used olive oil and canola oil instead for searing, because I threw my sesame oil away. The flavor is too strong for me. Frozen broccoli florets worked perfectly too.

    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad that you devoured it, and that frozen broccoli worked perfectly too!

  10. 5 stars
    I didn’t know if I believed it would be better than takeout. But, it definitely was. For starters, my kids didn’t spill all over our family room, forcing me to do a carpet cleaning in Hemet which isn’t fun. All that being said, it also tasted much better than fast food. 10/10 would make it again.

  11. 5 stars
    I didn’t know if I believed it would be better than takeout. But, it definitely was. For starters, my kids didn’t spill all over our family room, forcing me to do a carpet cleaning in Hemet, CA, which isn’t fun. All that being said, it also tasted much better than fast food. 10/10 would make it again.

  12. 5 stars
    I didn’t know if I believed it would be better than takeout. But, it definitely was. For starters, my kids didn’t spill all over our family room, forcing me to do a carpet cleaning in Hemet which isn’t fun. All that being said, it also tasted much better than fast food. 10/10 would make it again.