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This Broccoli Beef satisfies my craving for Chinese takeout but with less oil and sugar than what you’ll find at most restaurants.

Broccoli Beef in a wok
Broccoli Beef

One of my favorite types of food to order in is Chinese takeout. However, it is not always the healthiest. That’s why I love cooking lighter versions at home. This Broccoli Beef recipe is even better than takeout. You may also like this Peruvian Beef Stir Fry called Lomo Saltado. If you prefer chicken, try my Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry.

Broccoli Beef in a bowl with white rice.

If you’re craving takeout, this beef and broccoli stir fry will definitely hit the spot. You can serve it over white or brown rice, or for a low-carb option, try cauliflower rice. My Easy Wonton Soup would really round out the meal.

This beef and broccoli recipe is from Gaby Dalkin’s gorgeous new cookbook Eat What You Want: 125 Recipes for Real Life (affil link). When I saw it, I couldn’t wait to try it! I modified the recipe only slightly to lighten it up by cutting back on the sugar and oil.

Gaby’s new cookbook is fantastic. It features recipes that are not only flavorful and simple to cook but also hearty and satisfying. You seriously need her book, you’ll want to make everything in it! Gaby created this dish because finding GREAT broccoli beef can be hard. She wanted to put her own take on it that would never disappoint. The ingredients are easy to find, and you’ll have plenty of leftovers.

What cut of meat is used for beef and broccoli?

Typically, flank steak is used for tender beef and broccoli. It’s inexpensive and widely available. You could also use flat iron steak.

How do you blanch broccoli?

This recipe calls for blanched broccoli. Blanching is an easy way to quickly cook vegetables.

Bring a big pot of water to boil. Drop the florets into the water and cook for two to three minutes until bright green and crisp-tender. Immediately drain in a colander and put in an ice bath (a large bowl filled with ice water), which will stop the cooking process. Once the broccoli is cool, drain in the colander again.

Variations:

  • Use flat iron steak instead of flank steak.
  • Swap the steak for chicken, or for a vegetarian version, use extra firm tofu.
  • Serve over brown, white, or cauliflower rice.

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Broccoli Beef

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315 Cals 32 Protein 24.5 Carbs 12.5 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: Asian, Chinese
This Broccoli Beef satisfies my craving for Chinese takeout but with less oil and sugar than what you’ll find at most restaurants.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce, or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 one-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into florets and blanched
  • cooked rice or cauliflower rice, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions, sliced on the bias

Instructions

  • Season the beef with white pepper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch, if using. Set aside.
  • In a large nonstick skillet over high heat, warm 1/2 tablespoon of the sesame oil until just smoking. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is just about cooked through. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the skillet, then add the onions and cook until they are softened, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the blanched and drained broccoli and cook for 1 minute. Then add the reserved sauce and stir to coat.
  • Return the beef to the skillet and continue to cook until the beef is cooked through and the sauce has reduced slightly, about 3 minutes more.
  • Transfer to serving plates over rice or veggie rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallions.

Nutrition

Serving: 3/4 cup, Calories: 315kcal, Carbohydrates: 24.5g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 12.5g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 1452mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 10.5g
Blue Smart Points: 7
Green Smart Points: 7
Purple Smart Points: 7
Keywords: beef and broccoli, Beef Stir Fry, broccoli beef

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110 comments

  1. Made this for myself and a friend. We both agreed this is a repeat meal. The flavor was spot on. I prefer the optional cornstarch so I tried 1/2 of the amount above as a test. It was very good but I decided I will use the full amount next time. Thanks for a great recipe. Yum!

  2. Excellent!  I did double the sauce because I also had more beef and vegetables than called for.  Just perfect!

  3. Amazing! I doubled the sauce when i put it in with the broccoli because it didnt look like it was enough. But it was! I ended up with too much sauce but my husband was very excited to have extra sauce for his rice. You are a genius Gina!

  4. I’ve made Gaby’s version and this one a couple of times both with chicken and beef. I made it again tonight and just had to come and say it is the best beef and broccoli I’ve ever had.

  5. Made this for the 1st time tonight. It was so good. Only adjustments was used 1/4 cup of water and 1 /4 cup on low sodium soya sauce based on other reviews about saltiness, it was perfect. Thanks Gina

  6. Made this last night and hubby went back for seconds. That’s a rare compliment!

  7. Why does this recipe have over 1400 mg of salt?  That’s quite a bit. How can I make this a lower sodium recipe?

    Thank you!

  8. This was so delicious! Just like take out but better. My daughter has celiac and being able to offer her a take out meal that normally she couldn’t have is priceless. 

  9. Could this be made in an air fryer? If so, what modifications would you recommend?

  10. This came out so very salty that we couldn’t eat it. If I were to make it again, I’d use the sauce from the chicken & zucchini stir fry, which is delicious, and would use sirloin steak instead of flank steak. We like flank steak but it was tough prepared like this.

  11. Delish!!    I find Asian food to be a “ niche” cooking style unless prepared regularly.  This was so good, all ingredients readily available.   Only a few changes—- put flat iron steaks in the freezer for 20 minutes for easier slicing.  Made a double batch of sauce and poured  1/3 cup over meat to marinate for a few hours.  Cooked as directed. Only addition would be some hot chili flakes if you like some heat.    Great advance prep recipe.   

  12. This was so very good! Another great recipe!

  13. I used low sodium soy sauce. But the broccoli really absorbed the salt! It was almost too salty to eat. Not sure what happened.

  14. If you find the recipe too salty, use equal parts soy sauce and mirin or white wine.  It’s good that way!

  15. My husband and I loved this recipe! Much better than the local Asian restaurant. I have one question…I would like to make this for friends of ours for an evening meal but was wondering if I could make the beef and broccoli before they arrive and then heat it up when we are ready to have dinner. Has anyone tried that? However, I don’t want to diminish the texture or flavor by reheating.

  16. This recipe comes together so quickly and is packed with flavor. We added in the white parts of the scallions and some serrano peppers because we had some on hand and it was delightful. Take the low sodium soy sauce note into consideration, or cut regular soy sauce with coconut aminos if you have it.

  17. Usually beef and broccoli is my favorite, this one however was a bust. It is wayyyyy to salty, even using reduced sodium soy sauce. 

  18. Can I use frozen broccoli for this recipe?

  19. 1452mg sodium……

  20. Do the calories include the rice or just the broccoli and beef?!

    • @Jess,
      Since the serving says per 3/4 cup, you need to add points for whatever you choose to serve it with. Rice, noodles, spiralized veggies, spaghetti squash..some good choices for you. 😊

  21. I made this recipe just as it was written and served it over rice. Perfect! I LOVED it!

    Definitely adding this to my meal rotation.

  22. This looks great but it’s just not enough food for me.

  23. Do the points include the rice? 

  24. Easy to make, delicious – meets our criteria for a great meal. The only change I made was to use combined cauliflower and broccoli, as I was a bit short on the broccoli.

  25. This was so delicious and beautiful. It just burst with flavor from the ginger and spices. Also, so easy to make. Definitely a keeper.

  26. Easy enough recipe, but way too salty for me.

  27. This was good, but my meat came out a bit chewy. Any tips?

    • if the meat came out chewy, then you over cooked it. I would pull the meat off the heat and into a bowl when you can still see some pink in the meat. The heat from the meat sitting will continue to cook the meat to the proper temp.

  28. OMG! This was so delicious! I doubled the sauce, my husband likes lots of sauce. I didn’t have broccoli so I used blanched green beans and added a squirt of Sriracha.
    It came out wonderful! Thank you for another tasty recipe!!

  29. Solid recipe that is super easy to make. It is a little salty even when using low sodium soy sauce but I did add about a 1/4 cup of water to “thin” it out. Made with cauliflower rice for me and regular rice for my husband. Yum!

  30. This is an outstanding recipe. So simple, and so delicious. I had a go-to broccoli beef recipe for a long time, and this replaces it. Tonight, I subbed tenderloin for the flank steak and baby bok choy for the broccoli. The baby bok choy worked beautifully.

  31. I did this in the recipe builder in purple and got 6 points even by making the steak 1.5 lbs instead of the 1 you have listed above. I’m not sure how you got to 7?

  32. I made this twice and I’m about to make it again tonight. The whole family loved this meal! Thank you for these great healthy family meals. The receipt has great favor. I followed the recipe exactly how you have it listed. I did add a little too much white pepper on the second try which the kids noticed. Also I think it’s important to slice the meat very thin. I tried this the second cook and found the meat very tender and tasty. I also used a mixture of tamari and low sodium soy sauce. It didn’t come out salty at all but you have to taste the sauce prior to adding to meat. 

  33. Great recipe, I reduced the sodium a bit more by diluting the soy sauce with 25% water and it still tasted great.  I felt that the ginger added a lot of depth to the sauce without overpowering it.  When I tried this the night I made it I thought I should’ve served a bit extra sauce on top.  The leftovers were even better because they soaked up all the sauce making them very flavorful.

  34. I made this for our family yesterday, and it was a hit! Thank you so much for sharing your simple, healthy, tasty recipes with the world!

  35. I make a kot of your recipes but this one was particularly excellent!

  36. Such great flavors in this dish! I had my family over tonight  and made this amazing broccoli beef recipe for them. Everyone loved it! 

  37. I felt compelled to comment after reading other comments. This was delicious. I followed the recipe to a T except that I didn’t have low-sodium soy-sauce. I used regular soy sauce but cut it down with water so I used 75% soy, 25% water. The food is delicious. It is salty, but not too salty for me. It tastes how I would think beef broccoli is supposed to taste.

    I’m eating the leftovers right now as I type this. Give me a second…. Mmmm good. Very good. So yeah, this wasn’t a salt explosion for me. It’s damn tasty. And it didn’t take long to make – I would say the 30 minute time is pretty accurate.

  38. The recipe says to add the reserved sauce but doesn’t tell you when to add sauce initially. Of course I realize that as I am cooking it. Was half to go with the beef?

  39. This was delicious!! Absolutely loved this recipe and my family gave it two thumbs up. I followed the recipe exactly. Ironically, my husband and son who are salt lovers said that next time they think I should add a little salt to the meat. 

  40. How do I make this less salty I already mixed it with the beef and broccoli 🥺😭

  41. This is an excellent recipe. My husband kept commenting how good the sauce is, and so much better than bland takeout. Both my kids cleaned their plates too. We added 1/4 cup water and about a tsp of sriracha to the sauce because we love a little spice. Total win! Thank you!

  42. This was delicious! Will definitely make again!

  43. My daughter and I love this recipe! I’ve made it 3 weeks in a row! 

  44. Does the nutritional information include the rice or cauliflower rice, or is that factored separately?  

  45. Absolutely delicious and totally satisfied my Chinese takeaway cravings. Super easy to make and a real family hit. 

  46. This recipe was really easy to make and very delicious! 

  47. Loved this recipe, so easy and quick to make but it was SO salty (I should’ve read the comments before starting). Do you have any advice on how to further reduce the salt content? Would the recipe still work if I diluted the soy sauce with water? I definitely want to make this again but want to avoid it being so salty. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  48. Unfortunately it was way too salty. This is the first SkinnyTaste recipe we did not like in about 8 years.   We used low sodium tamari sauce but it was still too salty for us. 

  49. Was looking to try it but was wondering what a serving was. 315 calories for how many ounces/grams. I know I could do it myself but I’m being lazy. Thanks

  50. Hi – I entered the calories and nutritional info into the app and I’m on purple points and it says 9 points instead of 7. Is that wrong?

  51. I made this on Monday for dinner and it was delicious! I omitted the salt like others suggested and used low sodium soy sauce, which was perfect. We also served it with cauliflower rice – great suggestion. Definitely a thumbs up on this recipe and plan to add it to our meal rotation! 

  52. Made this today and it was a huge hit! Served over cauliflower rice. 

  53. Just curious, I put the ingredients in the recipe builder and mine only came out to 5 pts. I’m not complaining, just curious if I did something wrong? Its for the blue plan? I love all your recipes and cook them all the time! We are having this one tonight!

  54. Made this tonight. Based on other comments, I only put white pepper on the beef. I also used a skirt steak because that was what I had. 
    Otherwise, I followed the recipe and did add the cornstarch. It was amazing! Everyone at my house loved it and said it was better than the last time we ordered beef and broccoli from a restaurant. Mine was not too salty at all! I used Trader Joe’s reduced sodium soy sauce.

  55. My first skinny taste meal for my family and I’m not at all impressed. I like the idea of an Asian beef and broccoli meal but this was way too salty even with reduced sodium soy sauce. I couldn’t finish it. Thank goodness I had side salad prepared or I guess I’d be making an extra dinner. On top of that it took me close to 2 hours and I’m relatively fast around the kitchen (I thought). I’ll look for a different recipe to try next based upon the reviews I’ve read here.

  56. Made this with cauliflower rice and it was so good! Quick and easy weeknight meal and tasted better than takeout. 

  57. Yikes!!!!! I love salt but this was inedible!!! I used low sodium soy sauce and didn’t even add additional salt to the beef, and we had to throw it out. I love skinny taste recipes but this one was WAAAY off.

    Would NOT recommend!

    • I am sorry so many are finding this so salty! While I had only slightly altered the recipe from the original, I have now gone back and removed the salt and stated to use low sodium soy sauce. You can also use less soy sauce and then adjust to taste.

  58. We really enjoyed this but next time we’ll use maybe a 1/4 cup of soy sauce. We love salt in my family but this has too much. Thanks so much!

  59. Is it 315 calories for each serving or 315 for all of the food you make?

  60. Love the recipes!!!

  61. Easy recipe, turned out great! Will definitely add this into a regular rotation.

  62. Another delicious meal from Skinnytaste!! I made extra sauce and broccoli for my daughter who is a vegetarian and the whole family was happy! I am gluten free and always nervous about ordering Chinese take out and now I don’t have to order because I can make something quickly and know it will taste great….Gina you never let me down.

  63. This dish was fantastic! We omitted the 1/2 tsp of salt based on other reviews and used low sodium soy sauce. I did a few cracks of salt while cooking the meat. We used snap peas instead of broccoli and did use the cornstarch and it thickened up the sauce nicely! Will be making this again! 

  64. I have always had good luck with Skinny Taste recipes but this one was a disaster. I followed the recipe exactly and it was by far the saltiest meal I have ever cooked. Totally inedible. It also took much longer to prep and cook than what was stated in the instructions.

  65. This recipe got 3 stars because it was way too salty even though I used a reduced sodium soy sauce. I’ll try it again but cut the soy sauce to 1/4 cup or less.

  66. I use sirlion, which is great, as flank and skirt steak are expensive where I live, but sirloin often on sale. I semi freeze it and then slice it in the food processor so it is uber thin and tender. Tastes just like take out.

  67. One of my all time takeout meals, but with less oil and sugar? Count me in. Can’t wait to add this to our upcoming dinners!

  68. A little confused about step 5 saying to add reserved garlic sauce? Should that be all of it hopefully? 🙂 Cooking now.

    • The sauce you make in the beginning.

    • I was a little confused by the wording too but since I didn’t see it used anywhere else I figured she meant use the whole reserve, not what was leftover from using it earlier in the meal (if that makes sense). 

  69. This took FOREVER to make. Never again. Not worth it.

  70. This was delicious and easy.
    I used a flat-iron steak, sliced thinly, and did not salt it in advance. Also, Kikkoman makes a “reduced-sodium” soy sauce.
    Thank you for this excellent recipe!

  71. Could you substitute fresh ginger with ground ginger? How much ground ginger?

  72. Good Morning ! I like to Silken my beef to help tenderize it…Slice meat thinly, put in a bowl and add 1/4 tsp. baking soda per pound of meat, mix in a bit of water, mix and let stand for an hour or so. Do Not use to much soda or it will taste like soap !!!! To use, rinse the soda off the meat and continue with your recipe ! I was so surprised how tender the meat got !

  73. I notice the the ginger has a metric equivalent. Any chance that you’d add that to all ingredients in all recipes? When I ask for the 1 person version of the recipe, the British Imperial units become very weird, I mean what is .13 teaspoons?

  74. With over 1400 mgs of sodium per serving I would hardly call this healthy. E gads

  75. This was very easy to make, and it smelled so good. It was way, way too salty though. We couldn’t eat it. I am wondering if it would be better without the 1/2 tsp of salt on the steak, and just having the sauce? 

    • Yeah this was super salty! The one from her book is much better. Maybe only 1/4C soy sauce and 1/4C water next time? 

      • This is from the author’s cookbook, I didnt want to alter her recipe too much. You can omit the kosher salt.

  76. I would be making this with chicken. Have you figured the point count when white meat chicken is used in the recipe ? Thanks.

  77. I am so glad to see this!  I will try it soon.

  78. I’m curious as to your statement that flank steak is inexpensive.  In my city in the South, it’s $9 per lb, which to me, is quite expensive.  How much is it where you live?  I’d love to make this often, but it costs too much which is a shame because it’s delicious!  Flat iron steak costs even more.  Is there a truly inexpensive cut of meat that would work in this recipe?

  79. Have you tried the tenderizing method of using a bit of baking soda? I understand it really helps make thin strips of meat much more tender.

  80. Does the nutrition information account for the rice as well? If so, how much rice? 

  81. Thanks! What is the “reserved garlic sauce” referring to?

  82. 11 inches of ginger?  Maybe 1?  Equals 2.5 cm. 
    Thanks

  83. can you substitute tofu for beef?

  84. I love the new printing functionality you added that lets me adjust the number of servings. I don’t have to do math now!

  85. We are sesame allergic. Do you have any substitute suggestions for the oil? I can just skip the seeds. 

  86. In your recipe, you call for 11 inches of ginger, I believe that you mean 1 inch of ginger.

  87. Can I use frozen broccoli?

  88. Looks delicious!! Could you substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce?