Simple Beef and Broccoli

by Amy on 17 February 2015

Quick + Simple Beef + Broccoli - a perfect, delicious weeknight meal, ready in less than 20 minutes!One of my ongoing kitchen goals has been to cook with different cuts of meat. With beef, there are two cuts that I’m very confident with cooking — ground beef (like in my favorite Meatballs, American Chop Suey, or Stuffed Peppers) + filet mignon, which is my go-to meal for special occasions. But, I’m trying to branch out more, experimenting with flank steak, skirt steak, short ribs, and more. And this amazing Beef + Broccoli? Is my new favorite beef dish. Made with flank steak, it is super quick + easy to make (ready in less than 20 minutes total!), and it is CRAZY delicious.

First, you prepare a simple sauce, using soy sauce, chicken broth, ginger, garlic, honey, rice wine vinegar + a few other ingredients. Then, you thinly slice your flank steak, toss it with a little cornstarch + get it seared in a hot pan. Add in the broccoli + the prepared sauce + cook everything together for 5-10 minutes, until the broccoli is perfectly crisp-tender + the sauce is nicely thickened. The steak turns out wonderfully tender + packed full of flavor, despite its short cooking time. The sauce is a complex, beautiful blend of flavors – salty, sweet, bright, peppery, + just-a-little-spicy. Serve with white rice, lo mein, or spiralized vegetable “zoodles” + you have a perfect, scrumptious, simple weeknight meal ready in just a few minutes – what more could you want?!

Quick + Simple Beef + Broccoli - a perfect, delicious weeknight meal, ready in less than 20 minutes!

Quick + Simple Beef and Broccoli

serves 4, adapted from Damn Delicious


2/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1″ fresh ginger, peeled + grated
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional – this will make the dish slightly spicy)
1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 head broccoli, cut into florets


In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, chicken broth, honey, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup water; set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, toss together sliced steak and cornstarch until steak is lightly coated.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak and cook, flipping once, until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the broccoli and soy sauce mixture, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is crisp-tender, and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes.

Serve immediately.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Beth February 17, 2015 at 8:03 am

This sounds wonderful. I used to make a flank steak recipe like this, but yours sounds even better! I’d love to give it a try.

2 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef February 17, 2015 at 11:03 am

this sounds fabulous! i wish i had everything to make it right now. but alas, ice storm! :) must make it soon :)

3 amy February 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Indeed, the ice storm has us cooped up in the house, too. Hopefully the sun will soon be making it possible for us to resume our trips to the grocery store + elsewhere! =)

4 Rebekah @ Making Miracles February 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Oh that does look FANTASTIC! My hubby loves beef & broccoli. :)

5 Kelly February 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm

This looks incredible, Amy! This is one of my husband’s favorite dishes and the flavors sound perfect! Love how tender and flavorful it looks!

6 amy February 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Kelly + Rebekah, This is one of my husband’s favorite meals, too! =) There must be something about Beef + Broccoli that specifically resonates with husbands. =D

7 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel February 19, 2015 at 9:56 am

I never really branch out on cuts of beef, either! But this sounds SO YUMMY! Flank steak isn’t too intimidating so I need to try this!!

8 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

I need more easy weeknight meals in my life. And slow cookers. Love that this is easier than ordering take out.

9 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 20, 2015 at 8:47 am

I’m Asian and you’d think I would have this under my belt. But no…..I haven’t even attempted this at home. So good to see someone make Beef and Broccoli look so appetizing. Kudos!

10 amy February 20, 2015 at 11:56 am

You are too kind, Jen! Trying to get certain dishes to look appealing can be a bit of a challenge, but I’m working on it! =)

11 Agness February 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm

This dish is so freakin’ yummy, girl!!! You are a master chef, no joke! :*

12 amy February 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

You are too sweet, Agness!

13 Meghan February 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

This look so good! I need to branch out more with my dinner recipes and you’ve just inspired me to do so! Can’t believe how easy this one is too!

14 Rachel February 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm

ah this looks soooo good! I’m trying to branch out in cooking in general and this looks really fantastic. I will add it to my meal plans soon!

15 Rachel March 6, 2015 at 9:12 am

I have never commented here before, but felt that I should to let you know how much we enjoyed this dish for dinner this week! I subbed sugar snap peas that I had on hand for the broccoli. My husband and toddler we both big fans of this meal. Thanks for the great recipe.

16 amy March 6, 2015 at 9:54 am

I am SO thrilled to hear that, Rachel – thank you so much for popping by to tell me! And I love your substitution of sugar snap peas – I might add those next time just because they sound delicious. =)

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