Skip the take-out and make this Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry at home on your Blackstone griddle or stovetop instead. This healthy and tasty restaurant quality in less than 30-minutes that will have your family lining up for seconds and thirds.
Why this works
- Quick and simple - this beef and broccoli dish is super easy and on the table in a flash. A quick marinade time and a few minutes on the Blackstone will have you on your way to scrumptious dinner just like my grilled ham steak.
- Stretch your dollar - a small amount of meat goes a long way in this recipe. Bonus the ingredients are simple and healthier than take-out!
- Put in rotation - put this one into meal rotation for a homerun in your back pocket for dinner. Simple Grilled Chicken is also a good one to have on hand for great meal preps!
Ingredients you will need
Here is a quick snapshot of the ingredients you'll need for this recipe. Scroll to the recipe card where you will find the exact measurements.
- Beef - should be sliced thin against the grain. You can use a variety of cuts for this like flank, sirloin, rib eye, or chuck roast. Use velveting to tenderize tougher cuts of meat.
- Broccoli - can be fresh or thawed frozen.
How to make this
Step 1: Marinading the beef
Slice the beef into thin strips against the grain. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
In a large measuring cup or small bowl combine the soy sauce, water, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, pepper, ginger, garlic, and hot red pepper flakes. Whisk to combine.
Whisk in the cornstarch as well as you can. Add the marinade to the beef. Stir to coat all the beef pieces. Marinate for 20-minutes prior to cooking.
Step 2: Cooking the stir fry
Preheat the Blackstone griddle to 375- to 400-degrees. Add the marinated beef to the griddle top. Cook for about five minutes turning often to prevent the marinade from burning or sticking to the cooktop.
Move the beef to one side of the griddle, and add the broccoli. Cook stirring or flipping both frequently. After a few minutes when the broccoli is cooked to your liking combine with the beef. Cook for an additional two-minutes then remove the beef and broccoli to a serving platter or bowl.
To make this on the stove top: preheat a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the beef with marinade to the pan. Cook for five-minutes and then add in the broccoli. Cook for another 3-minutes then serve immediately.
Fresh ginger is best for this dish but you can substitute ground ginger. Each teaspoon of fresh ginger can be swapped out for ⅛ teaspoon of ground ginger, or you do it to taste. Frozen broccoli can be put in the refrigerator to thaw as early as the night before.
If you don't have rice wine vinegar on hand you can substitute with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar, lemon or lime juice, or sherry vinegar.
You can mix it up and add sliced onions, carrots or Bok choy to this easy beef and broccoli stir fry. Add in sriracha, chili oil, or chili crunch to add a little extra spice. Sesame or almonds can add interesting texture to this dish.
Velveting is a tenderizing technique used in traditional Chinese cooking to make tougher stir fry cuts more tender. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and ¼ cup of water per one pound of beef, toss, and let sit for 1 - 2 hours. Once done rinse the meat and proceed with your recipe.
Yes, it cooks very quickly.
Serve this with jasmine or basmati rice, noodles, or cauliflower rice. Quickly prepare frozen egg rolls, spring rolls, or dumplings to make this easy beef and broccoli stir fry an even more special weeknight meal.
Storage & Reheating
Store up to one week in an airtight container. Reheat in microwave. Can be frozen up to three to four months, and thawed in refrigerator prior to eating.
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Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- 1 pound beef sirloin, flank, or rib eye; sliced in thin strips cut against the grain
- 4 cups frozen broccoli thawed or partially cooked
Marinade or Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients
- 2 teaspoons ginger fresh, grated
- 3 teaspoons garlic minced
- ½ cup water
- 7 tablespoons soy sauce reduced sodium
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon hot red pepper flakes can increase to ½ teaspoon
- Slice the beef into very thin strips. To help this process you can place the meat into the freezer for 20-minutes prior to slicing.
- Put the broccoli on the counter to thaw, or partially cook in the microwave for half the recommended time on the package.
- Combine in a large measuring cup or small bowl all of the ingredients in the marinade section. Whisk together thoroughly. The marinade can be made the night before and stored separately from the beef.
- Place the sliced beef in a bowl or plastic bag. Pour the prepared marinade over the beef and marinate for 15-minutes. This step can be done up to four hours in advance.
Making this on the Blackstone Griddle
- Preheat the Blackstone to 325- to 350-degrees. Add the beef with the marinade to the cooktop. Cook stirring frequently for about 5-minutes.
- Move the beef to one side of the grill, and add the broccoli to the other side. Cook the broccoli for two-minutes then combine with the beef to cook for another minute.
- Remove to serving bowl or platter then serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers for up to one week.
Making this on the stove top
- Preheat a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the beef with marinade to the pan. Cook for five-minutes and then add in the broccoli. Cook for another 3-minutes then serve immediately.