Better Than Takeout Beef and Broccoli
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Better Than Takeout Beef and Broccoli

This whinge and broccoli stir-fry is a archetype restaurant dish that is surprisingly easy to re-create at home. With tender strips of beef, well-done broccoli, and a flavorful sauce; it all comes together in just minutes.

stir fry steak and broccoli in woebegone bowl

Want to know a secret? I have a weakness for Chinese take-out. Some nights nothing hits the spot quite like those takeout favorites, right?

I’ve been ordering whinge and broccoli for years and was pretty confident I could make my own version that would be every bit as good or largest than my favorite takeout joint.

I’ve made several variegated versions of this whinge and broccoli stir-fry over the past few years and combined a few I liked to make this version. The meal was an instant hit with my whole family and has wilt our favorite easy dinners over the past 10 years.

broccoli whinge in woebegone bowl

With the zing of fresh ginger and plenty of garlic, the stir-fry sauce pairs so well with tender strips of whinge and well-done broccoli. The broccoli is cooked until tender, without rhadamanthine plane a little bit mushy.

Next time you get a starving for Chinese food, skip the take-out order and make this instead. It’s just as quick as ordering wordage and tastes plane better.

Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Both flank and sirloin steak work equally well in this whinge and broccoli stir-fry. Sliced into ultra-thin strips, the whinge winds up amazingly tender and full of savor from the sauce.

I’ve found some stir-fry recipes everything ends up getting overcooked and mushy from the sauce. That is NOT the specimen here! The broccoli stayed slightly well-done with a nice zest while the meat has a browned exterior and juicy inside.

skirt steak in stainless skillet

The sauce for this whinge and broccoli stir-fry is one of the weightier I’ve overly tasted. A combination of oyster sauce and soy sauce lends the salty, savory savor we can’t get unbearable of. Two variegated kinds of vinegar–balsamic and rice wine–add acidity.

Don’t skimp on the garlic in this recipe. We use six cloves when we make this recipe and the taste is perfect. Fresh ginger brings everything together with a zest that just can’t be matched by the powdered stuff.

If you like a little sweetness to your sauce, a tablespoon of brown sugar will do the trick. I make this both with and without the sugar depending on my mood and enjoy it both ways.

stir fry sauce poured into pan with broccoli

Kitchen Tip: I use my favorite skillet and this spatula to make this recipe.

Beef Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

You’ll need the pursuit ingredients to make this recipe:

Stir Fry Ingredients

  • flank, skirt, or sirloin steak
  • cornstarch
  • soy sauce
  • olive oil
  • broccoli

Sauce Ingredients

  • oyster sauce
  • rice wine vinegar
  • balsamic vinegar
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • brown sugar, optional
close up photo of whinge and broccoli

Enjoy the whinge and broccoli stir-fry over plain white rice, brown rice, or with this Simple Asian Rice. It’s moreover tasty with your favorite Asian noodles or served all on its own.

For increasingly recipes that are plane largest than your takeout favorites, trammels out my Sweet and Sour Noodle Bowls and this Cheater Sesame Chicken by Foodie With Family.

Easy Whinge Stir-Fry

Since I first shared this recipe, we’ve found a few increasingly fantastic whinge stir-fry recipes that are way largest than take-out–and just as fast. Thai Steak and Green Bean Stir Fry is flipside favorite as is this Mongolian Whinge with Noodles.

If you like Korean flavors, you’re sure to love Cheater Korean Beef which was inspired by one of our favorite restaurant dishes and remains a much-requested meal.

For increasingly unconfined stir fry recipes, trammels out this Spicy Chicken and Bacon Stir Fry. It has been one of my favorite go-to dinners for years now. We moreover love this Sweet and Sour Ham Ball Stir Fry and this Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry by Part-way Cut Cook

broccoli whinge in woebegone bowl

Better Than Take-Out Whinge and Broccoli Stir Fry

Beef and Broccoli is a archetype restaurant dish that is surprisingly easy to re-create at home. Tender strips of beef, well-done broccoli, and a flavorful sauce; it all comes together in just minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 257kcal


  • pounds flank, skirt, or sirloin steak
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
  • pounds fresh broccoli cut into zest size pieces
  • cup water

Sauce Ingredients

  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6 large garlic cloves about 2 tablespoons minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger about 1 tablespoon minced
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Slice the beef, versus the grain, into very thin ⅛” strips. Place the meat in a medium size trencher or in a large zipclose bag, sprinkle with cornstarch, and add the soy sauce. Stir or seal the bag and printing to coat. Let the meat rest in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour. Stir together the sauce ingredients in a small trencher and set aside.
  • Heat well-nigh 2 teaspoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is rippling hot, add well-nigh half of the whinge strips. Spread wideness the skillet and melt without stirring for 1 minute. Stir or toss with tongs and spread wideness the skillet again. Melt 1 increasingly minute.
  • Be shielding not to overcook the meat, it should be just barely cooked through and still very tender. Carefully transfer the meat to a plate next to the stove. Drain any uneaten liquid and add flipside 2 teaspoons of oil to the hot skillet. Repeat the whilom steps with the remaining meat. Transfer the last of the cooked meat and any pan juices to the plate.
  • Add the last 2 teaspoons of oil to the hot skillet and add the broccoli. Toss to coat, then add the water and imbricate with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium and let the broccoli steam for 2 minutes.
  • Uncover and push the broccoli to the sides of the skillet. Pour the sauce into the part-way of the skillet and let it uncork to heat for well-nigh a minute, until it is fragrant. Stir to stratify the broccoli and simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the meat when to the skillet and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring and tossing occasionally, for well-nigh 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and is evenly coating all the meat and vegetables. Serve by itself or over rice.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 746mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 707IU | Vitamin C: 102mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3mg

{originally published 4/12/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 8/14/23}

recipe inspired by and/or well-timed from with thanks to Steamy Kitchen, America’s Test Kitchen, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, Everyday Food

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