beef with broccoli

On the rare night when we order Chinese takeout, we all want something different. Dave craves something spicy, green onion pancakes, and salt & pepper chicken. Lucy requests fried rice. And I prefer beef with broccoli, beef with broccoli, and beef with broccoli. Sadly, it’s a dish that’s hard for most restaurants to get right. The beef sometimes tastes “beefy” (not fresh), the broccoli is overcooked, and the sauce can be soupy.

Lucky for me though, it’s dang easy to make at home. It’s a quick, tasty weeknight meal with no takeout cartons necessary. And the secret to getting the beef fork-tender requires only a few ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Start with a few dry ingredients in a large bowl: baking soda, a little bit of sugar, and some cornstarch.

Whisk in some soy sauce, water, and vegetable oil.

Slice your steak against the grain into thin strips. I like flank steak for this dish, but tri-tip or pretty much any cut would work just fine.

Toss the meat with the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This easy marinade is all that it takes to get that crazy-tender beef, even with less expensive cuts.

Next, when you’re ready for dinner, make the sauce. It’s an easy blend of soy, brown sugar, minced garlic, a bit of flour, and cooking sherry (the sherry is optional; I think it rounds out the flavors nicely but if you don’t have any, no need to take a special trip to the grocery). Stir until the flour and sugar dissolve.

In a large saute pan or wok, heat some vegetable oil on high. When the oil is thoroughly heated (it will begin to shimmer), toss in the broccoli and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Don’t walk away! You’ll risk burning your veggies. Transfer to a plate or a heatproof bowl.

In the same pan, saute the beef with half of the sauce mixture for 3-4 minutes (keep stirring often!) or until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink.

Add the broccoli and dump in the rest of the sauce. Saute for one more minute. Remove from heat.

Serve over rice. Swoon. Eat. Repeat.

I adore the thickness of the sauce. It coats every morsel with that salty, garlicky flavor. Just a little bit seeps onto the rice. Perfection.

Oh, broccoli. You are my favorite vegetable. And unlike that Chinese takeout joint, I didn’t overcook you into broccoli-shaped mush.

And beef. I could write a song about you. It would sound something like a fusion of Styx and Bad Company, with a little Earth, Wind & Fire thrown in for funk.

Don’t worry, world. I’ll spare you that one.


Beef with Broccoli     Printable PDF

This easy version of the Chinese takeout classic requires only a short marinade to make the beef fork-tender. Serve over white or brown rice. Serves 4.

Prep Time: 10 minutes + 1 hour for marinade Cook Time: 8 minutes

First, marinate the meat:

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs flank steak, sliced into thin strips

1. Whisk together the baking soda, sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, water, and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Toss the steak with the marinade to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour, then proceed below.

  • 1/2 c low-sodium soy sauce (Do NOT use regular. The final product will be way too salty)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp sherry
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 heads broccoli, crowns only

1. In a small bowl, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, flour and sherry until smooth. Set aside.

2. In a large wok or saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil over high heat until shimmering. Add broccoli and saute 3 minutes, stirring often. Transfer broccoli to a plate.

3. Reduce heat to medium-high. Carefully add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the hot pan. Add the marinated meat and half of the sauce mixture and saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Stir in the broccoli and remaining sauce. Saute 1 minute more. Serve.


  1. If you only have regular spy sauce… is there any way I can make it work??

  2. The best beef and broccoli recipe ever! My family requests it once a week. Take out disappoints now! I use flat iron steak and it’s so tender. Thank you!!!

  3. I NEVER leave reviews for recipes I try. This is actually a first for me. This was that good. I doubled the sauce and added a cornstarch slurry to thicken because I new my boys would love that part. OMG. I used a flat iron steak as well and it was so tender. LOVE.

  4. Sorry if I’m being a bit thick but what does 1/2 c mean?

  5. Will be trying this tonight for sure.

  6. Katie salinas says:

    How much garlic should be used if you by the jar of already minced garlic? Like what’s the equivalent to 4 cloves in tablespoons?

  7. Do you rinse the beef of after it sits in the baking soda mixture before you stir fry it? does the baking soda make it slimy in any way?

  8. Do u have to use sherry

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  10. This is better than any restaurant beef & broccoli that I have ever had! Our kids love this served on a bed of rice! Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. What is the brand name of the sherry you used in this recipe.There r so many sherry available in the store.

    • Holland House is a popular brand… just make sure it says “Sherry Cooking Wine”‘
      Just my two cents 🙂


  12. This looks and sounds wonderful, but the site won’t let me copy the recipe. I’m terribly disappointed.

  13. I was wondering instead of brown sugar could it be substituted with the splenda brown sugar???

  14. I LOVE this recipe- my husband and I could easily eat this once a week. Is there anyway to make this into a freezer meal?

  15. Danielle says:

    Do any of you marinade it longer than an hour? We didn’t have flank steak so I had to get Beef Bottum Round Steak and I’m worried it will be tough….

  16. This is my favourite meal! I cook it every week and luckily my husband is just as obsessed with it! I always double it and eat it for lunches afterwards. I’m completely addicted. You are my hero for this recipe!

    *insert a thousand heart-eyed emojis here*

  17. Love this marinade!! I’ve used it for your beef and broccoli numerous times, and its wonderful! I have also used it to marinate beef for several different asian stir frys and the meet is always tender and delicious!! Thank you ?

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  20. Amazing!!! So much better than take out!!! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Has anybody tried this in the cockpot

  22. KATRORK50 says:

    EXCELLENT RECIPE! Very easy, comes together nicely, I just added fresh grated ginger to the marinade and the sauce mixture, abt 2 1/2 inches, grated

  23. Rae Ann Martin says:

    FANTASTIC!!! I have never ordered beef n broccoli from a Chinese restaurant and now I never will!!!! Thank you for sharing..

  24. Colleen says:

    Love, love, love this recipe, it’s been a part of our regular rotation for awhile. We were short on soy sauce one time and did half soy sauce half beef broth and we loved the result, been doing it that way ever since! Love that I can use just about any cut of beef too. I’ve never used flank in this, as it tends to be expensive up my way. I use top round most frequently since that’s the best price usually. But you’d never know the way it tenderizes up with this recipe! Thanks a bunch!

  25. Sarah P says:

    We have made this so many times. A favorite in our house. Thank you.

  26. K this one has become a family favorite in ny home for a few years now.
    I have changed a few things and added other things to make it my own, but honestly this is the best beef broccoli recipe I’ve ever tried

  27. Just made this yesterday! I added water chesnuts and baby corn! It was amazing! Thanks!!

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