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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry - an easy dinner that tastes like take out!

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

This is the best Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry is an easy beef dinner that tastes like you ordered take out! And this recipe is done in under 30 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 6 servings


Beef Coating:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch divided
  • 2 tablespoons water divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 lb boneless round steak (cut into thin 3-inch strips)

Stir Fry:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 small onion cut into wedges, or diced
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (if gluten-free use aminos or gluten-free brand)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • hot cooked rice


  1. For Beef Coating: In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.

  2. Add the beef and toss well to coat. Set aside.

  3. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; Remove from pan.

  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the sesame oil here too if you're using it. Add the broccoli and onion to the pan and stir fry for 4-5 minutes or until broccoli is done to desired tenderness.

  5. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and remaining 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup of water until smooth; add the sauce and beef to the pan (and add red pepper flakes if desired).

  6. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sauce has thickened.

    Serve over hot rice. Add additional soy sauce on top of servings if desired.

Recipe Notes

Sesame oil adds that authentic flavor but is not required.

Source: Genius Kitchen