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An easy recipe for Beef and Broccoli – a popular Chinese take-out dish.

Beef and Broccoli | Taste and Tell

I have had this recipe for some time now, and have been wanting to try it, but for some reason, it has always scared me away. I think it is because you are using beef that is not ground – and usually the only beef I cook with is ground. I leave the rest of it to Josh to bbq. But I was feeling a bit adventurous tonight after reading so many food blogs, I decided to give it a try. Now I don’t know why I was so scared – this was really simple!! I adapted it from a recipe I found online, and I liked the changes I made. Josh loved this, and cleaned his plate. I will do a few things differently next time, but there definitely will be a next time!

The sauce didn’t thicken up as quickly as I would have liked for it to, causing the broccoli to lose it’s bright color. I probably would add a bit more cornstarch so that it will thicken faster. MORE BROCCOLI – maybe because I really like broccoli, but 4 cups was not enough for this amount of sauce and beef. And beware, this is quite saucy – I doubled the amount of sauce from the original recipe – so if you don’t like it really saucy, you may want to cut back a bit. I can honestly say I don’t remember what type of beef I bought (and I didn’t want to dig through the trash to find out) but it worked. I think most cuts would work. I would probably cut the beef into smaller, bite size pieces instead of strips next time.

Beef and Broccoli

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Beef and Broccoli

An easy recipe for Beef and Broccoli - a popular Chinese take-out dish.


  • 1 1/2 c uncooked white rice
  • 1 2/3 c water
  • 1 lb boneless beef sirloin steak
  • 4 T cornstarch
  • 28 oz beef broth
  • 5 t soy sauce
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 c fresh broccoli florets


  1. Cook rice according to your preferences (I use a rice cooker)
  2. Slice beef into small strips.
  3. Combine cornstarch, broth, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic and mix.
  4. In a large skillet over medium/high heat, cook meat until browned
  5. Stir broccoli and liquid into beef. Cook until it boils and thickens, stirring frequently.
  6. -----------------
  7. adapted from allrecipes.com

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6 Responses to Beef and Broccoli

  1. Lynnylu says:

    Good job capturing the steam rising from the Beef and Broccoli dish.

  2. Kristen says:

    yummy! I’ve got to try this!

  3. klutzy k says:

    i made this tonight and my husband and i loved it! i added a little more cornstarch and wish i'd had more broccoli. :D it was really good though. thanks for sharing!

  4. Jeannie says:

    I am so excited to make this meal! I am linking back to you on my August menu tomorrow!

  5. Debbie C says:

    OMG…this was delicious!!! I added more broccoli like everyone suggested and it was awesome (wait, let me add my Boston accent – “Wicked Awesome!!”) My picky daughter loved it! Will definitely make this many times over.

  6. Chris says:

    I really miss this plate since Chinese restaurants here in Greece don’t make it. Whenever I ordered Chinese food when I was in the sates 8 times out of 9 I would pick beef of broccoli. Yet another food on the to cook list.

    Have fun,

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