This easy beef and broccoli stir-fry makes a perfect dish you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. We love serving it on top of rice or lo mein noodles.
Why You’ll Love Beef Broccoli Stir Fry
There are so many reasons to love this recipe. First of all, it’s simple to make. You can customize it to your liking, and it’s an easy, tasty way to squeeze in more vegetables. You can make this recipe at the end of the week when you need to use up all your veggies before they go bad. I love this recipe because it’s delicious and a great way to avoid food waste! Not sure what to do with that half of an onion in your fridge? Toss it in your beef broccoli stir fry!
How do you make beef and broccoli stir-fry?
To make beef and broccoli stir-fry, you will need to gather together the following ingredients:
- olive oil
- beef sirloin, cut into 2-inch strips
- salt and pepper to season
- fresh broccoli florets
- red bell pepper, sliced thin
- carrots, julienned/sliced thin (make sure to slice carrots evenly to ensure they cook through evenly)
- garlic, minced (if you’re a garlic fiend, you can always add more to taste)
- beef broth
- soy sauce (I recommend low sodium)
- sesame seeds (optional)
Once you have rounded up your ingredients and any additional veggies you want to toss into the mix, you are ready to start.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil or cooking oil of your choice. Once the olive oil is heated, add in the slices of beef, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Make sure your beef slices are relatively similar in size to ensure they cook evenly.
In the same pan as the beef mixture, add broccoli, pepper, carrots, garlic, and beef broth. Continue cooking until vegetables are gently softened. This will take about 3 minutes.
Your broccoli florets should be chopped into decently small pieces. You want to make sure they cook through and come out tender. If you leave them too large, they might come out crunchy. Keep that in mind with any vegetables you decide to add to the stir fry.
Mix soy sauce to the pan, stir, and cook for 3 more minutes or until vegetables are nice and tender.
Serve and enjoy your broccoli beef stir fry.
Optional: Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of each serving. We love it served on top of white rice or lo mein noodles.
And there you have it, a full meal, packed with your favorite vegetables and protein, served over steaming rice. What’s not to love about this healthy dish?
What kind of onion do you use for beef and broccoli?
The short answer—whatever onion you have. The great thing about this easy recipe is that it is even easier to customize. This is a true clean-out your refrigerator recipe as you can swap or add in so many types of vegetables. Here are some ideas:
- green bell pepper
- Bok choy
- Sugar snap peas
- Baby corn
- Sliced zucchini
- Bean sprouts
- Water chestnuts
But honestly, whatever sounds good to you or whatever you have on hand. This beef broccoli, or more like—veggie stir-fry, is a great way to use up any vegetables from your garden or fridge before they go to waste. Plus, it’s delicious.
What sides go with beef and broccoli?
Sides are another fun way to customize this dish. We love to serve our stir-fry over rice or lo-mein noodles. You can serve alongside any type of rice, like brown rice, basmati rice, fried rice, or cauliflower rice.
How to Store Beef Broccoli Stir-Fry
If you have leftovers or choose to meal prep, be sure to store your broccoli stir-fry recipe in an airtight container to enjoy for up to 5 days.
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound beef sirloin cut into 2-inch strips
- salt and pepper to season
- 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 1 red bell pepper sliced thin
- 2 carrots julienned / sliced thin
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup beef broth
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds optional
- In a large pan over medium high heat add olive oil. Once heated, add in beef, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.
- In the same pan, add broccoli, pepper, carrots, garlic and beef broth. Continue cooking until vegetables are gently softened, about 3 minutes.
- Add soy sauce to the pan, stir and cook for 3 more minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Serve in bowls on top of white rice or lo mein noodles. Optional: Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of each serving.