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Beef Broccoli

Are you looking for a quick easy healthy version of take out? This beef broccoli is the perfect dish. The beef and vegetable combination makes a wonderful lunch or light dinner. We love this recipe because of the quick preparation and cooking time. It is the perfect dish to throw together after a long day, or if you are very busy. The tasty, quick dish is a much healthier version than take-out so you do not need to feel guilty.

Basic Ingredients for Beef Broccoli

Meat: For this recipe I have chosen to use sirloin. Sirloin steak is a lean cut of beef, sirloin works well with marinades and sauces. 

Soya: The rich unique taste of soya gives the beef and broccoli dish its authentic and unique taste. I have opted to use both light and dark soya for a delicious dish.  Soya sauce is a salty, brown sauce made from fermented soybeans, wheat, salt, and water. It is commonly used in Asian cuisine for seasoning and as a condiment.

Vinegar: The sweet acidic taste of the rice vinegar adds more dimension to this dish. Rice vinegar is made by fermenting rice with sugar.

Sugar: A small amount of sugar is used to balance the dish.

Sesame Oil: I use sesame oil to fry the vegetables and meat; it has a slightly nutty earthy taste to add a different layer of taste.

Oyster Sauce: Oyster sauce is a salty, brown sauce made from oysters, soy sauce, sugar, and other ingredients. It is commonly used in Asian cuisine as a flavour enhancer.

Cornstarch: Cornstarch is a fine, white powder that is derived from corn. It is used as a thickening agent in cooking and baking.

Chicken Broth: Chicken broth is a flavourful liquid made from simmering chicken bones and vegetables in water. It is commonly used as a base for soups and stews.

Broccoli: Broccoli goes very well with beef. Broccoli has a slightly sweet and bitter taste, and depending on the cook adds crunch to the dish. Broccoli has dietary fibre which is good for your overall health.

Ginger: Ginger adds warmth to the dish and the anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that help boost your immune system. 

alternative ingredients

Meat: Alternatives to meat include tofu, tempeh, seitan, legumes, and mushrooms. These options are often lower in fat and calories, and provide a source of protein.

Soya Sauce: Alternatives to soya sauce include tamari, coconut aminos, and miso. These options are often gluten-free and have a similar salty, savory flavor.

Rice Wine Vinegar: The best alternative for rice wine vinegar is apple cider vinegar.

Sugar: This recipe uses a small amount of sugar, but you can substitute the sugar with honey or coconut sugar.

Sesame Oil: Alternatives to sesame oil include olive, avocado, and peanut oil. These oils have a mild flavour and are often used for cooking and as a condiment.

Oyster Sauce: Alternatives to oyster sauce include hoisin sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce. These options provide a similar flavour, but may not be as salty.

Cornstarch: Alternatives to cornstarch include flour, arrowroot powder, and tapioca starch. These options are often used as a thickener in cooking and baking.

Chicken Broth: Alternatives to chicken broth include vegetable broth, mushroom broth, and bone broth. These options provide a flavorful base for soups and stews and can be made from a variety of ingredients.

Serving Tips for Beef Broccoli

  • Serve the broccoli and beef stir fry over steamed rice or noodles for a complete meal.
  • Add some crunch by topping the stir fry with chopped nuts, such as almonds or peanuts.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the stir fry for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Pair the stir fry with other Asian-inspired dishes, such as dumplings, spring rolls, or wontons.

storage tips

  • Store the leftover stir fry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, place the stir fry in a pan over medium heat and stir occasionally until fully heated.
  • Avoid over-heating the stir fry, as this can cause the broccoli to become mushy and the beef to dry out.
  • If you have a large amount of leftover stir fry, consider dividing it into smaller portions and freezing it for future meals. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator and then follow the reheating instructions.

Beef Broccoli (Full Video)

Beef Broccoli

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 500 g sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • pinch sugar
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • sesame oil


  • 500 g broccoli
  • vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch ginger minced


  • Whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Add in the pepper and blend together and leave to stand. Sauté the beef until browned then add the mixture to the pan. Cook the beef in the sauce until almost fully cooked then remove from pan.
  • Blanch the broccoli before cooking to keep the color. Sauté the broccoli, garlic and minced ginger in the same pan until the broccoli is tender. Remove from pan.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to the pan and blend together.  Add in the vegetables and beef and bring to the boil. Cook for a minute or two until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve hot with rice or noodles.

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