Finished beef and broccoli with sauce in a skillet.

Beef and Broccoli

Servings: 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch, divided
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil or light olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, white and light green portion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 4 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Sesame seeds and or red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut flank steak into 2-inch wide strips with the grain then sliced into thin 1/4-inch thick pieces against the grain.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together 1 Tbsp soy sauce with 1 tsp cornstarch. Toss steak strips with soy sauce mixture, let rest 15 minutes while you chop and prepare remaining ingredients.

  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together 2 Tbsp soy sauce with 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch. Stir in chicken broth, honey, rice vinegar and sesame oil, set aside.

  4. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Dab steak pieces dry with paper towels*.

  5. Scatter half of the steak across pan then let cook until browned on bottom, about 1 1/2 minutes, flip and cook opposite side until browned on bottom, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a plate leaving oil in pan (if needed add in a little more oil) and repeat with remaining half of steak.

  6. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil in skillet over medium-high heat, add green onions, garlic and ginger, saute 30 seconds. Toss in broccoli and water, reduce heat slightly, cover and let steam until tender crisp, tossing occasionally, about 4 - 5 minutes. 

  7. Whisk soy sauce mixture once more then pour into skillet. Cook and toss until sauce has thickened, about 1 minute (careful not to cook too long or moisture in broccoli will break down into sauce and thin it).

  8. Toss in steak, season with a little more soy sauce if needed. Serve warm over rice if desired garnished with sesame seeds or red pepper flakes.

Recipe Notes

  • *You can return to cutting board to dab dry or toss and dab and toss and dab in the bowl. This helps meat brown better if it has a dry exterior. 
  • Tip: if flank steak is more than 1-inch thick, pound with the flat side of a meat mallet to flatten slightly.
  • Low-sodium soy sauce and unsalted chicken broth can be used to reduce sodium in recipe.
  • Brown sugar can be used in place of honey if that is what you have on hand, use 4 Tbsp since honey is sweeter per volume.