This is a BMW meal through and through! He loves Broccoli Beef but honestly we never really order take out or go to any restaurants that have this dish on the menu. So I decided to figure out how to make this at home! I wanted a quick recipe, like less than 30 minutes, that had all those nostalgic, Chinese takeout Broccoli Beef flavors but with a clean ingredient list. This is what I came up with and gotta say, we’ve had this one several times over the past few weeks! It’s BMW approved and has broccoli in it, so we both win!
Take Out Style Broccoli Beef
Every now and then BMW and I love to reminisce about the foods we loved to eat as teenagers. For me, it was a healthy diet of cheeseburgers and anything with Oreos. BMW loved jelly beans (still does) and Chinese takeout, specifically Broccoli Beef! So we got to talking and I was like I bet I can make a cleaned up Broccoli Beef for us. Thus the experimenting began and this recipe was born.
This is honestly such a quick and easy recipe. You whisk together a sauce, sear the meat, cook the vegetables and serve with rice. So easy but yet so delicious. You can turn the heat up or down by adding more sambal oelek (chili paste) and we kept this traditional with just broccoli but any cruciferous vegetable would work. I’ve added in snap peas and cauliflower before too! Just use whatever you have on hand.
Quick and Delicious Dinner Recipe
I love to cook! So much so that some days I spend all day doing it. However, some days get away from me and like anyone else I get busy and then all the sudden find myself starving and wanting to eat right away. That’s where this recipe comes in so handy. It’s so quick to make. Literally less than 30 minutes. You can use fresh or frozen broccoli. You can sub in flank steak for sirloin but I like the tenderness of the sirloin. I typically use grass-fed beef for not only the nutrition but also the taste.
Better Than Takeout Broccoli Beef
Makes 4 servings
1 lb sirloin
2 cups basmati rice, cooked
2 cups broccoli, chopped, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, for frying
1/4 cup soy sauce
1-2 teaspoons sambal oelek
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced, pressed or grated
2 teaspoons (approx 1 inch knob) ginger, minced or grated
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
Optional: sesame seeds for garnish
- Have two cups of cooked basmati rice ready.
- Slice sirloin, going against the grain, into 3 inch long and 1 inch wide strips. Season liberally with kosher salt and set aside.
- In medium sized bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sambal oelek, rice vinegar, brown sugar and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Heat a non-stick or cast iron skillet over high heat. Add one tablespoon vegetable or frying oil and sear the sirloin. Turning once to get both sides, about 1 minute each side, set aside.
- Add remaining oil and broccoli, ginger and garlic to skillet over medium heat. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until broccoli is tender and cooked.
- Add beef back to the skillet with broccoli and toss with sauce. Stirring until everything is well coated, 1-2 minutes more. Continue to cook if sauce is too thin for additional minute.
- Serve broccoli beef over rice. Salt to taste and add sesame seeds if desired.