This recipe for beef and broccoli stir fry is a classic dish of beef sauteed with fresh broccoli florets and coated in a savory sauce. You can have a healthy and easy dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

I love stir fries for a quick meal that’s full of flavor. Some of my favorites include honey garlic chicken stir fry, teriyaki shrimp, and this delicious beef broccoli.

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Beef and broccoli stir fry in a pan.

This chicken and broccoli stir fry has been one of the most popular recipes on my site for years, it was only a matter of time before a beef and broccoli stir fry came to be! This recipe tastes just like something you’d order at a Chinese restaurant, but is super easy to make at home.

Broccoli, garlic and ginger in a pan.

How Do You Make Beef And Broccoli Stir Fry?

First, cook some broccoli, ginger and garlic in a pan until the vegetables are tender. Remove the veggies from the pan, and add the steak. Cook the steak until browned, you may need to do this step in batches. Return the vegetables to the pan, then make the sauce. The sauce is a mixture of beef broth, oyster sauce, sesame oil and soy sauce. Pour the sauce into the pan along with some cornstarch, then let everything simmer until the sauce has thickened. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Seared steak slices in a skillet.

Tips for the perfect beef and broccoli

  • The beef in this recipe is thinly sliced flank steak. I find that it can sometimes be tricky to slice steak, so I typically put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes before I slice it. Freezing the meat helps to firm it up so that you can get thinner slices.
  • If you’re not able to use flank steak, other great options include sirloin, skirt steak or New York strip.
  • Oyster sauce is a brown Chinese sauce that can be found in the ethnic aisle of most grocery stores. It is different than fish sauce, which is typically used in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. If you can’t find oyster sauce or don’t want to use it, you can substitute hoisin sauce. Hoisin sauce isn’t exactly the same but still makes for a great dish.
  • This dish is great for meal prep, and will stay fresh for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Serve your stir fry over rice, noodles or quinoa. If you’re watching your carbs, you can also use cauliflower rice.

Steal and broccoli florets in a skillet.

Beef Broccoli Variations

This recipe is delicious as written, but you can absolutely switch up the ingredients to customize it to your tastes.

  • Protein: Instead of flank steak, try ground beef, sliced chicken breast, shrimp, pork tenderloin or cubed tofu.
  • Vegetables: Feel free to add other veggies such as sliced carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, snow peas, bell peppers or baby corn.
  • Add-Ins: You can add sriracha or chili oil for a bit of heat, or cashews, sesame seeds or almonds for texture.

A bowl of beef and broccoli stir fry served over rice.

This beef and broccoli stir fry is a great way to satisfy your Chinese food cravings without picking up the phone to call for takeout. I typically start a pot of rice at the same time I make my stir fry, that way all of my dinner components will be ready at the same time. Even my kids love this one!

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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

AuthorSara Welch
Beef and broccoli stir fry in a pan.
This recipe for beef and broccoli stir fry is a classic dish of beef sauteed with fresh broccoli florets and coated in a savory sauce. You can have a healthy and easy dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4


  • 1 1/4 lbs flank steak thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil divided use
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the broccoli and cook for approximately 4 minutes or until tender.
  • Add the ginger and garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Remove the broccoli from the pan; place on a plate and cover.
  • Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel and turn the heat to high. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  • Season the steak pieces with salt and pepper and add them to the pan in a single layer - you may need to do this step in batches. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through.
  • Add the broccoli mixture back to the pan and cook for 2 more minutes or until warmed through.
  • In a bowl whisk together the oyster sauce, beef broth, sugar, sesame oil and soy sauce. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water.
  • Pour the oyster sauce mixture over the beef and vegetables; cook for 30 seconds. Add the cornstarch and bring to a boil; cook for 1 more minute or until sauce has just started to thicken.
  • Serve immediately, with rice if desired.


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 40.6mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.5mg

This post was originally published on October 8, 2017 and was updated on February 25, 2020 with new content.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is delicious. The best broccoli beef stir fry I have tried. I omitted the cornstarch but the flavours are so good. I will save this version of the recipe and it will be my go to from now on.

  2. This was so good. My husband said it was the best beef and broccoli that he ever had!! Thank you!! Def a keeper!!

    1. 5 stars
      I was going to take a picture of how it turned out, but it was gone so fast, I couldn’t! It was delicious, definitely a keeper. Thanks!!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! Smelled and tasted exactly like restaurant-style broccoli beef. A tad too salty for me, but the fam absolutely stuffed themselves! Tossed some sesame seeds in it since I didn’t have enough oil.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this dish last night. It’s awesome. My family likes it. I think this will be my family’s favorite dish in the future. Thanks you!

  5. I just tried this recipe and substituted the broccoli for baby bok Choy and bean sprouts and added Chili peppers 🌶 was absolutely fantastic!
    Loved the flavours 🙂 will definitely be making this again !

  6. Hi! So I went shopping today and was able to find everything for this recipe except the cornstarch. Should I just substitute flour? Go without it altogether? Suggestions? Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    Beef and broccoli really match each other and it’s better to cook your recipe. I love it. yummy!
    Thanks you!

  8. 5 stars
    I have very picky eaters (3 and 6 year old girls)… They each ate 3 servings at dinner! I added thinly sliced baby carrots and asparagus with the broccoli and had a large cast iron pan overflowing when I set it on the table. My girls were using their fingers to scrape the last of the food out of it because it was so good!! No leftovers tonight! Thank you for this recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    Trying new dinners while we are off and at home. Made this with a fried rice recipe. It was really very easy and really delicious! Got compliments from the whole family. Adhered exactly to the recipe but added mushroom halves. Will use this recipe again . Really yummy! Thank you!

  10. Made this dish tonight. My hubby is the main cook on our family but I took the helm tonight. He loved it and repeatedly complimented me. I agree it was delicious. This dish will be added to our list of meals to have again. Sent our children a video of the finishing touches; our daughter asked me to send it to her. Note: I added sliced carrots and water chestnuts with the broccoli

  11. Made this over the weekend and it was a HUGE hit with the fam! I substituted flank steak with beef tenderloin (Instapot on max pressure; cook time set for 15-18 mins with some additional beef broth in the Instapot combined with the original sauce mixture…may need to add extra cornstarch after this process to thicken it up). Instead of making rice, I served on a bed of wok-fried bean sprouts (aka zero carbs). Will definitely add this to our weekly rotation!

  12. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and it became an instant family favorite! LOve the taste, the easy steps, and very accessible ingredients. Added tofu because that’s my husband’s favorite. THank you for sharing your recipe. Will do this again for sure!

  13. 5 stars
    I made this last night, great version on one of my favorites. I added a red bell pepper because I had it on hand. It also adds color and flavor, highly recommended. Turns out that ginger, garlic, broccoli and red bell peppers are all immune boosting foods, so very apropos.