Skip the take-out and try this amazing at home recipe of Beef and Broccoli. It’s a classic take on the traditional Chinese dish that will have your mouth craving for more. It’s simple, delicious and fast to make. Perfect for any meal of the day.
Beef and Broccoli is one of the most popular Chinese take-out dishes that many people will order. After all it is cheap and tasty and provides all the nutritional values you’ll ever need.
However, even as convenient as take-out is, waiting for that delivery can take quite a bit of time. Instead, why not use this simple recipe in which it’ll take you about 20 minutes or so and make it yourself. You’ll be able to enjoy your beef and broccoli faster than it gets delivered. Not only that, but if you order the food from a restaurant, chances are that it’ll probably get cold or luke warm by the time it gets to your house.
And trust me, this will be one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make.
You will absolutely love this dish!
Why You Should Make Beef And Broccoli?
Healthy: This dish is basically just beef and broccoli, both of which are very healthy for you to eat. You will definitely get your nutritional values from this meal.
Keeps Well: This dish will remain delicious even if you decide to eat it the next day or the day after.
Better Than Restaurants: Because you are making this dish from scratch, you get to put a lot of personal touches to this dish which will definitely make it better than a restaurants version.
Ingredients In This Beef And Shells Recipe?
This recipe is extremely easy to make as it only uses a few ingredients which you most likely have or can easily get.
The exact measurements are listed down below, but the ingredients you’ll need are as listed:
Main Ingredients (Must Use)
Beef: You will need beef for this recipe.
Broccoli: It wouldn’t be beef and broccoli without the broccoli. So of course we are going to be needing this vegetable.
Additional Ingredients (Optional)
Vegetable Oil – You’re only going to be needing a little bit of vegetable oil for the stir frying.
Garlic – Garlic is used to add extra flavor for your meal.
Ginger – Ginger is also used to add extra flavor for your meal.
Green Onions – This is used as a garnish but can also add extra flavor for your meal.
Beef and Broccoli might be good on its own. But if you add a sauce to it, then it’ll take it to a whole different level.
- Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Rice Vinegar
- Sesame Oil
How Do You Make Beef And Broccoli?
Making beef and broccoli is a pretty simple thing to do.
Nothing too hard however it is a bit time consuming.
To make the beef and broccoli, we’ll first have to make the sauce.
To make the sauce, you’ll want to get a bowl ready.
Into the bowl, you’ll want to pour in the water, sesame oil, cornstarch, brown sugar, and rice vinegar.
Mix the sauce together until everything is nicely combined. Then set it aside for now.
Now that you have your sauce ready, you can prepare the other items.
On a cutting board, you’ll want to cut your beef into thin slices. Set the beef aside after you are done cutting it.
Get your broccoli and cut into florets. Then put it aside for now.
Get your garlic, green onions and ginger and dice them up into tiny pieces.
Now that you have prepped your items, you are ready to start cooking.
Grab a large skillet and pour some oil into it. Once it gets hot enough, you want to put in your beef slices.
Cook the beef for a few minutes. Once it is done cooking, remove the beef from the skillet and put it in a bowl or something for now.
Don’t clean out the skillet, you’re going to still be using it.
Add some more oil into the skillet and then start putting your broccoli into it. You’ll want to cook the broccoli until it gets slightly tender but still has that nice crunch. After it is done cooking, you will want to set it aside.
(Tip: if you want, while you are cooking your broccoli, you can pour in a little water for it to steam the broccoli a little bit.)
Don’t clean the skillet! You’re still going to be using it.
Pour a little oil into the skillet and once it is ready, you’re going to be pouring in your garlic, ginger and green onions. Cook it around until things start to get fragrant.
Then into the skillet you’re going to pour in the sauce. Stir the sauce continuously until it starts to thicken.
Once the sauce has thickened, you’ll want to get your beef and broccoli and put them in the skillet with the sauce. Mix everything together.
After everything is mixed, you are basically done.
You can serve it as it or garnish it with some sesame seeds and then serve.
Either way, you are ready to eat.
Substitutions In This Recipe
While this dish is a very beginner friendly dish, there are still a few things where you can change out if you want.
Meat: You can use pork, chicken, seafood or anything else you want to make this dish. It doesn’t have to be beef.
Vegan: To make this dish vegan, instead of beef you can use tempeh which is a soy product. It’ll taste just as delicious and you will absolutely love it.
Vinegar: If you can’t find rice vinegar, just a splash of regular vinegar will work also.
Tips For Making This Dish
- Try not to overcook the beef as you’ll essentially be cooking it twice. Once in the skillet by itself and another time in the sauce. So do watch it carefully.
- Choose Beef Flank as the type of beef to get as it is the best beef to use for this recipe.
- If you want the sauce to be less sweet, just lower the amount of brown sugar you use in the sauce.
Storing Beef And Broccoli
Storing: I am usually able to store this in the refrigerator for around 1 to 2 days at most.
Reheating: You should be able to reheat this dish just fine by either the microwave or using the stove. Either way works.
Freezing: I have never tried freezing this as I usually always finish it, but it should be able to freeze just like any other foods you make.
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Beef And Broccoli
Sauce For Beef and Broccoli
- 1/4 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
Beef and Broccoli
- 1 Pound Beef Flank Thinly Sliced
- 1 Head Broccoli Cut into Florets
- 2 Clove Garlic Minced
- 1/2 Inch Ginger Minced
- 2 Sticks Green Onion Diced
- Vegetable Oil
To Make The Sauce
- First you want to prep your sauce. Into a bowl or a cup, you'll want to combine the low sodium soy sauce, water, brown sugar, cornstarch, rice vinegar and sesame oil together. Mix it completely until everything is nicely mixed together.
- Set the sauce aside for now.
Prepping The Beef And Broccoli
- On a cutting board, you'll want to get your beef flank and cut it into thin slices. After you have cut your beef into slices, you can season it with some salt if you want. Then put it aside in a bowl or something.
- Now you want to get your garlic, ginger and green onions and dice them up into tiny pieces. Put all 3 of them aside in a small bowl for now.
Cooking The Beef and Broccoli
- Grab a large skillet and pour in some oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is heated enough, you'll want to put in your beef slices. You want to cook in batches to make sure the pan doesn't get overloaded with beef. Once the beef is nicely browned, remove it from the pan and set it aside for now.
- In the same empty skillet, add some oil and dump in the broccoli pieces you have chopped up as well as a little bit of water. The water will help steam the broccoli to make it softer. Cook the broccoli until it turns slightly soft yet still kind of have a crispy crunch to it. Then remove the broccoli and set it aside.
- In the same empty skillet, pour in some more oil. Once the oil is hot enough, you're going to throw in your ginger, garlic and green onions. Mix it around till things get fragrant. Then take your sauce you have prepared earlier and pour the sauce into the skillet. Continue mixing until everything is mixed together. The sauce will now start to thicken.
- Once the sauce has thickened, you'll want to put back into the skillet your beef and broccoli. Make sure to stir things around and get your beef and broccoli covered in that yummy sauce.
- After everything is nicely mixed together, turn off the heat and serve.
- Garnish the dish with some sesame seeds for that extra flavor.