Alea’s Easy Broccoli and Beef

by Alea on May 10, 2011

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I love how fast stir-frys come together. Broccoli and Beef is one of my favorite dishes, but I avoided making it for years because I thought the recipe involved too many steps for an easy stir-fry dinner. The recipe I was given by a friend involved cooking the meat in oil, steaming the veggies, cooking both in a marinade and then adding a sauce…just not going to happen on a busy night. Then one evening it occurred to me: I am not a recipe follower! So I used the flavors and created a fast and easy Broccoli and Beef recipe that we can enjoy even on busy nights.

You don’t need a wok to make stir-frys. I just use a large frying pan and push ingredients to the side before I work on the sauce in the center like so:

Cooking Broccoli and Beef in a Frying Pan (640x477)

You do need oyster sauce when you make Broccoli and Beef, it is the secret ingredient. (Don’t tell your children that the secret ingredient is oyster sauce – that is why it is called the secret ingredient!) In our area a 9 oz bottle of oyster flavored sauce sells for $1.99. I use 14¢ worth in this recipe. It is a fairly inexpensive way to jazz up your stir-frys.

After you have cut your broccoli florets, don’t toss the stems! You can julienne the stems and use them to make Broccoli Slaw.

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Easy Broccoli and Beef

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes (plus additional time for rice)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 pound thin flank steak, cut in thin strips
  • 1/2 small onion, cut in thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • Serve with white rice or fried rice

Sauce Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger


  1. Add olive oil and soy sauce to a large frying pan or wok. Add steak, onions and garlic and cook over a medium-high flame until the meat is mostly browned.
  2. Add broccoli and carrots. Cook over a medium-high flame for 4 –5 minutes or until broccoli is fork tender and meat is cooked through. Remove pan from flame.
  3. In a small bowl, combine water and corn starch until they are thoroughly mixed. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and ginger. Stir until completely mixed.
  4. Push the steak and broccoli to the sides of the pan, leaving the center empty.
  5. Add the sauce and cook over a medium flame, stirring constantly, until the sauce begins to thicken, approximately one minute. (This sauce is not going to be extremely thick, like the restaurant variation, but it is flavorful).
  6. Toss the beef and broccoli with the sauce until thoroughly coated.
  7. Serve Broccoli and Beef over white rice or fried rice.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Michele May 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

Erin, This will not allow me to print. When I hit the print button it diplays a blank page, nor will it allow me to copy and paste. Any ideas? It sounds to yumm yo let it go! Thanks!


Tricia H May 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

Alea – thanks for expanding my stir fry options! When I do stir fry, I use chicken. This sounds mighty delicious. Oh – and broccoli slaw too! A bonus :)


Lindsey May 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Oh yum! This sounds easy and delicious. It very well make it onto our lunch time menu some time soon :-)


Nancy September 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

do you have to use cornstarch and the rice vinegar ? i have never used these ingredients and wasnt sure if i should spend the money on them if i will only use them in certain things


Alea Milham September 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

You can replace the cornstarch with 4 teaspoons of flour and you can use white vinegar instead of rice vinegar. I hope you enjoy the recipe.


Heather October 26, 2012 at 7:50 am

I used chicken instead of beef and it was still sooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!


Courtney September 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

I’m confused how this is part of the20 meals from costco for $150. It has flank steak which is not on the shopping list. Are we supposed to use stew beef instead? Also, it seems important to use fresh broccoli in this stir fry, especially if wanting to make the broccoli slaw, but the shopping list calls for the frozen broccoli. I’m guessing we’re just supposed to use the frozen though. Sorry, you may have clarified this somewhere, I may not have seen it. But it would be good to know.


Cherlynn Thomas September 19, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I made this dish for my family last night, and it is hands-down a new family favorite! We’ll be making this again very soon!


Alea September 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Thank you! You made my night!


Mary September 20, 2013 at 11:32 pm

Courtney if you go back to the costco for $15o page and go down to the Recipes with Ingredients Breakdown you will see where she lists what to use from the costco trip.


Alisa October 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm

This was great! Made it last night and the family loved it. I am a sauce kinda gal so I increased the sauce, made it a bit thicker and added a little honey. My hubby loves stir fry so was excited when I made it. I used it as part of the Costco meal plan so I used the stew meat, frozen broccoli, and cut up baby carrots for it.


Cheyenne October 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

You mentioned that this is a freezer pack? how does that work?


Yvonne October 28, 2013 at 7:20 am

Sounds like a plan,I am going to try it! Save money! Eat healthy! I like it!


Linda H December 28, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I too just realized there are no “FREEZER PACK” instructions per the Costco article. Would someone please clarify?? Thanks.


Carolyn January 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I just made this into freezer meals. I put all the ingredients in step one- the oil, soy sauce, meat, garlic and onions- into a quart size bag. Then the carrots and broccoli in step two into one quart bag (it was a tight fit!) and the sauce mixture into its own bag- I used a quart but a sandwich size would have been plenty. Then I put all three bags into one gallon zip lock bag. That way it is all ready to go when I want to cook it and I can still follow the cooking steps. I am not sure how else to make it a freezer meal. It smells and looks good!! I had enough ingredients to make 4 meals.
Thank you for posting these meal plans- it makes my life a little easier!!


Ashleigh gifford January 13, 2014 at 11:14 pm

Any substitutions for the oyster sauce?? My husbands allergic to shellfish


daiwai May 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Having lived in Hong Kong for 13 years I can say that you have a very nice western / eastern dish – I just tried it with some left-over, thinky sliced roasted tenderloin ( which just melts in your mouth) and its delicious (and used up the extra portion of saffron rice from Friday night’s Indian take-away! Just needed to add a little water to the wok as the sauce got a little thick and started to go dry.


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