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

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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
    Excellent recipe, this. I will definitely throw out any other beef with broccoli recipes that I have! I added some green onions and baby bok choy, and since I was doubling the recipe I had to do things in stages: bok choy first, then broccoli then beef. The only real change I made was to tenderize the beef by sprinkling it with baking soda and letting it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it, drying a bit and then adding salt and pepper.

  2. 5 stars
    Since I am on reduced sodium diet, I omitted the salt and soy sauce & added 6 shitaki mushrooms & used the broth from cooking them for water.

    We both enjoyed the recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This is my second time making this. I added baby corn and green and orange peppers. Turned out good both times. And not too much work . Thank you for sharing this.

  4. 5 stars
    I never write reviews. Ever. I took a bite, put down my fork, and picked up my phone to write this review. Delicious!! You won’t regret trying this recipe. Doubled the sauce. Next time (and there will definitely be next times!!) the only thing I would do differently is triple the sauce!! Amazing!

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight. Wonderful
    Flavors. Added bok choy and green onions. So flavorful. Will definitely keep this recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    Husband asked if we could have beef and broccoli stirfy and this recipe delivered! Absolutely delicious and super easy to make. This will now be in rotation at our house

  7. 5 stars
    Family doesn’t like oyster sauce so I used hoisin sauce needed some vinegar to cut the sweetness. Very good

  8. Loved this. So tasty. I would have added another whole cup of broccoli and did add 1/2 of a large onion. Just excellent