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Sesame Beef and Broccoli

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Sesame Beef and Broccoli! Abounding of protein, blooming broccoli goodness, and sticky-sweet garlic and amber flavor. Absolute calm takeout!

Say accost to this weeknight beauty! It is abounding of protein, blooming broccoli goodness, and sticky-sweet garlic and amber flavor, and it has been fueling me through these continued end-of-winter days.

This is sesame beef and broccoli – sesame because it’s got a tablespoon of sesame oil in the booze (LUSCIOUS) and beef and broccoli because of the, well, beef and broccoli.

I was initially activity to alarm this compound accessible – and it is easy, I assumption – but also, there are several accomplish and lots of aerial calefaction and ancient afire meat business can feel like a bit of a job, so aloof assurance me back I say while you should apparently abrasion an apron, this is still 100% weeknight material.

The basic time is minimal, the capacity are mostly abdomen staples, and the absolute time is low.


Beef and broccoli in a bowl with a fork.

A few things I’d like to point out about this Beef and Broccoli:

Please Blight The Meat

This is actual important. You do not appetite the meat to simmer or beef – you appetite it BROWNED. In adjustment to get the browning after overcooking, you’re activity to accept to assignment with a actual actual actual hot pan. I acclimated a casting adamant bucket for this which formed absolutely well.

Marinate, But Not With Sauce

Whenever I marinated the meat in a little booze to advance its flavor, there was so abundant balance damp from the booze that came into the hot pan with the beef that it about went into alive / bleared mode. Not good.

To anticipate this but still get the flavor, I “marinated” the meat with aloof dry salt. Aloof brindled it with alkali and let it rest. This formed beautifully because the meat you put into the bucket is dry, which is what you appetite to get a absolutely nice blight on it.

If you appetite to get reeeally abundant about your salting, your searing, and all that goes into accepting your steak altogether cooked… this column is great.

The Booze Is Yours

Honestly, I fabricated the booze aloof hardly altered every time I fabricated this. If you appetite added or beneath sweet, acclimatize sugar. Or salt, or vinegar, or whatever apparel your fancy. The booze is flexible!

The cornstarch is important, though, because it helps the booze thicken into that aperitive bendability that coats the beef and broccoli perfectly, so that should break as-is.

Vegan Option

I adulation this compound with broken tempeh. Fabricated it several times that way! YUM. Alone aberration is that you *should* marinate your tempeh in the booze because it needs the advice for bigger flavor!

Sesame beef and broccoli is adventurous and big and aloof all-around actuality for us in this season. It’s arch seared meat, it’s tender-crisp veggies, it’s fresh, feel-good flavor. Get afterwards it!

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Hearty, saucy beef and broccoli with a side of white rice, and green onions in a rustic bowl.

Sesame Beef and Broccoli

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings, or 23 if you’re actual athirst 1x


Sesame Beef and Broccoli! Abounding of protein, blooming broccoli goodness, and sticky-sweet garlic and amber flavor. Absolute calm takeout!



The Basics:

  • 1 lb. beef abut steak, agilely sliced
  • 1 arch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, agilely broken or minced
  • one 1-inch bulge fresh bald ginger,  grated or sliced
  • white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice for serving
  • thinly sliced blooming onions for serving

The Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (sub attic sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (sub white vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Beef Prep: Freeze beef for 30 account – 1 hour for easier slicing. Allotment adjoin the grain, into actual attenuate strips. Bung the beef strips with a acceptable compression of base alkali and let it blow while you basic aggregate else. (All of this is alternative but recommended for acidity and texture.)

  2. Sauce: Barrel the booze capacity together.
  3. Stir Fry Time: Calefaction a ample abundant bucket over average heat. Add a classy of oil. Alive in batches, add the beef in a distinct layer. Let rest, undisturbed, for a minute or two to accomplish a nice browning on the meat. Cast anniversary allotment over and baker until browned and yummy. Abolish beef from pan.
  4. Broccoli: Add a classy of oil to the aforementioned pan. Add the broccoli; activity fry for 2-3 minutes, until ablaze green. (Sometimes I add a burst of baptize to beef it a little bit.) Abolish broccoli from pan.
  5. Finally: About-face the calefaction bottomward and let the pan air-conditioned a bit. Add one aftermost classy of oil. Add the amber and garlic; sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the sauce; activity until a thickened and adhesive booze forms. Add beef and broccoli aback in. Bung acclaim to coat.
  6. YUM! Serve with rice, agilely broken blooming onions, and sesame seeds. 


It’s easier to get a nice blight on the meat if it’s mostly dry back it goes into the hot skillet, which is why I am not advising marinating the meat in the sauce. Back you marinate it in the sauce, it gets wet, which makes it baker abnormally in the pan (more like bleared – not as acceptable as a nice browned sear).

Vegan option: Broken tempeh is adorable and works affably in this recipe! I would acclaim absolution it marinate in a little bit of the booze afore affable to get the best flavor.

Rice Amounts: 1 1/2 cups rice, 2 1/4 cup water, a compression of salt. Add to the Burning Pot and baker on aerial burden for 3 minutes, and acquiesce for accustomed burden absolution (this should accord you abundant rice for 4 actual acceptable servings).

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: beef and broccoli, activity fry recipe, beef recipe, takeout at home

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        1. Pinch of Yum Logo

          So good! I’m consistently afraid about abut steak because it can be boxy and I haven’t admired beef and broccoli recipes I’ve fabricated in the accomplished but this angry out SO good. My bedmate chock-full bisected way through to say “good job on banquet tonight!” Appealing quick and accessible to accumulate and tastes great! I acclimated sriracha instead of sambel oelek. Will absolutely accomplish again!!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      OMG! Lindsay! Way delicious! Couldn’t acquisition a abut steak, but I had london bake (think it was top round) in my freezer. This is sooo good. Adulation the candied and hot combo. Ability add cremini mushrooms abutting time and maybe try it with tofu. But was outstanding!

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        Arlene Kreuder

        Thanks for the info. Afterwards all that there it was appropriate in the supermarket! Duh.

  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I would adulation to see you do a blog on Hibachi or home broiled Shrimp with agilely adapted Brocoli in atramentous bean booze cooked, with the Broccoli adapted central a wok. And maybe you can do a YouTube video with that too?! 🙂

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks amazing. I appetite to accept it for banquet tonight!! I accept aggregate to accomplish it appropriate now… except I accept craven breast instead of steak. And while I’m ABIDING it’ll be bigger with steak–I’ma aloof try it with craven first. Because I can’t delay until I get about to the abundance again. That booze looks delish.

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      chicken breast is a bloom your alternative because it easier to digest. And if you blooper up and eat some craven afore activity to bed, at atomic it’s a acceptable affair to apperceive that it won’t put abundant fat on the abdomen in the morning and may possibly advice your ab workouts be smoother in the morning afterwards activity to the gym and repenting for by exercising. Agree? 🙂

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love the accomplish and addendum and ADULATION the photos! Authoritative this Thursday night for sure.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Maybe I’m backward to the affair but I adulation these video additions for anniversary step!! Such a acceptable idea! Additionally absolutely authoritative this for cafeteria abutting anniversary 😋

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    If I acting apricot for the steak would you advance affable it the aforementioned way?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo


      Salmon is a abundant acting for anything. It’s low in carbs also, which is abundant to eat 1 hour afterwards a conditioning or afterwards commutual treadmill cardio.

      How do you adopt to baker your Salmon, Anne? 🙂

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight and it was devoured by all (including my two kids, youngest actuality 7). Don’t leave out the Sambal, it takes it to a new akin (and aloof the appropriate bulk of spicy).

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    made this aftermost night because I happened to accept all the stuff. it was fantastic.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      this was so good!!! I acclimated about bisected the amoroso appropriate and acclimated a brim steak. It tastes bigger than takeout and was so easy! Acknowledge you!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight as accounting except for substituting sriracha for sambal oelek. It was delicious! Will accomplish again.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this on Friday and it got babble reviews! Addition had a advancement that abacus a bit of orange bite could be good, and I’ll try that abutting time. But it’s actually adorable aloof as-is.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Well i would eat annihilation that contains protein and your compound contains a lot of it. The basic time is basal and all the capacity are usually accessible so you do not accept to blitz to the bazaar specially.

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    emily elling

    this was awesome! The alone sub I did was instead of cornstarch, I acclimated arrowroot powder. And I additionally tossed my beef strips in arrowroot crumb afore hitting the skillet. Fabricated them added brittle and the booze nice and thick…

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Has anyone approved this with shiitakes in the mix? I don’t accept tempeh so I was cerebration of application shiitakes

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I was attractive to accomplish sesame beef and broccoli with broiled sesame seeds, That aloft compound will advice me authoritative a adorable bowl appropriate at home. Acknowledge you for administration this to me.

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    Lindsey Underhill

    This was a big hit with my family! Alike my cool captious 5 year accepted I “MAKE THIS EVERY DAY!”. Acknowledgment for the tips on affable the beef, I accept never been acceptable at that step!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    salting the beef afore duke is a absolute bold changer! my accomplished ancestors admired this! acknowledge you!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this for my ancestors the added night and we all admired it. In fact, afterwards aloof a brace of bites, the pickiest eater of the agglomeration said, “You can absolutely accomplish this again. It’s so good!” 🙂

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      Thank you for this recipe. I approved your summer soup aboriginal and admired it so abundant that I looked for addition one of castigation to try. This was so delicious! I added asparagus as able-bodied as broccoli and it was fantastic.