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Beef Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe

Beef Broccoli Stir-Fry Recipe

My family often requests this tasty stir-fry. It's great because it combines tender beef and nutritious vegetables in one dish. We enjoy it year-round but especially in summer, when I grow my own broccoli and onions. Plus, it doesn't heat up the kitchen. —Ruth Stahl Shepherd, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound boneless beef top round steak, cut into thin 2-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. Mix 2 tablespoons each cornstarch and water with garlic powder; toss with beef. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and the remaining cornstarch and water until smooth.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat; stir-fry beef until browned, 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • 3. In same pan, stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil over medium-high heat until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes. Stir soy sauce mixture; add to pan. Cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Return beef to pan; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 291 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 974mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.

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Lady Fingers User ID: 2682286 260430
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2017

"Yes, this recipe is a success! My version had bit of a chile pepper bite, not super hot, but noticeable, from one fresh red chile and a dash of Korean dry chile flakes. Since the beef and the vegetables are cooked separately, nothing was overdone.

I notice in the comments that other people also used it as a jumping-off point for their own versions. Try any protein and vegetable combination, using the recipe to help calculate how much starch, soy sauce, and sugar to use."

Cynthia User ID: 8965144 256567
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2016

"Simple fast and fresh healthy eating for dinner and leftovers for lunch, loved it."

greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 236061
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"This was good and easy. I liked the slightly sweet flavor with the beef. I will make again. Good for a work night!"

klutzy17 User ID: 8553490 234262
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"Nothing special but it was easy"

CookRDad User ID: 6113776 232160
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"This is a keeper... easy to prepare, yet tasty."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 224327
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"Nutritious and delicious! The sauce is very tasty.easy to prepare!"

laura70 User ID: 10385 218825
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Definitely a keeper. Super easy. Super tasty. The ginger and the brwon sugar really make this dish stand out."

tbogg User ID: 8129550 29197
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"This beats Chinese takeout/ takeaway. I can feed my family for much cheaper by making this and we all love it!"

debra4893 User ID: 1121122 82697
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"An exceptional alternative to ordering out - have made it as written and also substituting boneless chicken breast and asparagus. Wonderful!!"

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 23752
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"quick, easy & delicious! Whole family loved it! I added carrots & used green onion!"

Emilie.Anne User ID: 7857648 64352
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"Wow! This is a new favorite for the husband (and myself!) before he could even finish his plate he was begging me to add it to the book. I added green beans and it was even more amazing! I was skeptical about the cornstarch but it made the meat soooo tender. Just like something you'd get at an authentic Chinese restaurant. Will defiantly be a regular dish at our house."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 47218
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"Very good! I wouldn't change a thing."

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 82695
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2014

"This was good, had good flavor. I will make again maybe with a few additions. I did add water chestnuts for some crunch."

HildaR User ID: 6965352 17702
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"This recipe is a keeper. I just added some red pepper flakes while stirfrying the beef. No left overs!"

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 48063
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"We made this tonight for dinner. It was great! We added water chestnuts, mushrooms and a couple dashes of hot sauce. Bolded the flavor just a bit! A keeper!"

jhevner User ID: 6825588 22903
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"A wonderful recipe! I did add about 1-2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes to the broccoli, and I used green onion instead of regular onion. Those two minor differences don't change the fact that this is a phenomenal recipe. Officially my go-to for beef & broccoli stir fry."

LilGrape User ID: 1694378 49645
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"This smells just like what you get in a Chinese restaurant! It was fast, easy, and YUM! I double the amount of sauce because we all like sauce. I also didn't have fresh broccoli, so I used some I had in the freezer and it worked just fine. We will be having this again!"

meilly2002 User ID: 7141080 64242
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"My family really loved the sauce!! So next time I'll double the sauce. Another note use the fajita beef. You can get your local butcher to cut it for you. It's the right size and tender."

ahboik User ID: 6778242 52333
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"Hello! I too used Splenda brown sugar to lower the carb count. I added an additional TBSP of cornstarch since I made more beef than the recipe called for. After the meat cooked, I threw in the onions before the broccoli to give the onions time to carmelize somewhat. My co-workers absolutely loved this dish! I will be making this for them again!!"

jsgoldn User ID: 6355243 202754
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"This is a keeper! I've made it several times and always liked it. I never thought it was too sweet. The only modification--or just something to watch out for--that I would suggest is the amount of cornstarch that is tossed with the beef. It seems like there's too much thick "glaze" on the meat once it's cooking in the pan, which possibly interferes with getting a good brown on it. I tried 1.5 T this time, with 1.5 lbs of beef, and I might even reduce it more. Other than that, great recipe!"

TashaDuffany User ID: 6033858 29176
Reviewed May. 15, 2012

"Awsome recipe it tasts better thank PF changs"

angiepete User ID: 3630082 48062
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"My family loves this! I use chicken instead of beef. I have also used leftover meat and was able to skip the part where you fry it. Much faster."

annaf27 User ID: 5217952 82694
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"We loved this recipe! I added sliced carrots & red peppers. I also only put 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, because we prefer food less sweet & I added red pepper flakes for a little more spice. We thought the dish was excellent and my husband said, "We should make this for guest!""

scarlet286 User ID: 1078473 48061
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"This was delicious! I added a cup of carrot coins and 8 oz of chopped mushrooms to the veggies."

firefly31 User ID: 6184964 17700
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2011

"Read the other reviews, used only 1 Tablespoon sugar, added an additional 1 Teaspoon corn starch and added 1 and 1/3 Tablespoon of ground chili pepper for some spicy kick and thought it was wonderful!"

cornbreadnbenjamin User ID: 6152616 82692
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"My 20 month old toddler loved it! Next time I will add water chestnuts and carrots. quick, easy and very yummy."

LaurenDillon User ID: 3582384 56466
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"I used shrimp instead of beef and added carrots for color. I also used the splenda brown sugar rather than regular brown sugar because of my husbands diet. It was pretty good and I would definitely make it again. Another person suggested doubling the sauce and I will do that when I make it again."

BarbDF User ID: 3530375 52331
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"I've made this several times, and my husband and I LOVE it!! I cut the sodium a bit by using low sodium soy sauce and using only 1/4 cup of it, adding water to bring it up to 1/3 c. of liquid."

Me79 User ID: 4919521 55887
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011


mitejoma User ID: 5776156 29174
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"Way too sweet with the brown sugar. No one in my family liked it."

melodious88 User ID: 4245799 82691
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"I have made this recipe multiple times, and it's a hit every time."

cooking4-2healthy User ID: 4792034 56431
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"would definitely make again. will add baby corn and water chestnuts just to change it up."

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 52330
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2010

"mine turned out more like a stew than a stir fry. i'm not a fan of beef stew so it wasn't a hit with me. won't make again."

donnarmatter User ID: 1717692 56425
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"very good! will definitly make it again"

bloocat68 User ID: 4593521 56421
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"I thought this was really good but will double the sauce next time."

shastar User ID: 4712479 55886
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"This is really good! Everyone in my family loved it. My husband doesn't even care for broccoli and he liked it. Great, easy recipe!"

marciedarciestuff User ID: 3221145 22303
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2009

"Loved this. easy and the taste was great. I told my husband it was good but he said he wasnt hungry. After he taste a bite he shouted, "That is GOOD!" and then proceeded to eat all of it! Cannot wait to make it again."

mmdavisson User ID: 1989852 64195
Reviewed May. 23, 2009

"Excellent. Simple to prepare and turned out well. It is a definite recipe to keep and use again."

heathlenore User ID: 2055945 56418
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2009

"Made this for my family and it was delicious! I also added sliced waterchestnuts for extra crunch. Will make this again!"

florinda92986 User ID: 3135809 82690
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"Delicious. I substituted ground beef and added green beans and bean sprouts."

sherrymarc User ID: 2596430 56362
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008

"I made this and it was quite tasty. The beef was a bit too chewy and I even got a better cut. So, I am going to use chicken next time. Great flavor!!"

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