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Panda Express Broccoli Beef

Skip the takeout and instead make this copy-cat Panda Express Broccoli Beef at home, it's complete with a homemade sauce that is flavorful and made with fresh ingredients. This meal is ready in under 30 minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner idea. Serve it over white rice or cauliflower rice for a complete meal!

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Broccoli and Beef is a classic Chinese dish that I grew up eating! My mom used to take us to a local takeout spot as a kid every single Tuesday, but now I just make it at home instead with much simpler ingredients. Skip the lines and save your money because this recipe comes together in under 30 minutes and tastes way better than takeout!

The beef is cooked to perfection, it’s tender and coated in a sweet and savory ginger soy sauce that will blow your mind! The broccoli is steamed, with a tender but crunchy texture. It’s a great high protein meal that’s also loaded with veggies and great for picky eaters.

Ingredients and Substitutions to Make Beef and Broccoli

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Panda Express Broccoli Beef. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Flank steak– Flank Steak is perfect for this dish because it’s a lean and tender meat. Use a sharp knife, or even better kitchen sears to cut the steak into thin strips going against the grain (opposite to the natural lines in the steak). If you can’t find flank steak, you can use top sirloin or tri-tip.

Arrowroot powder– will thicken the sauce and give it a nice texture for coating the beef and broccoli. You can also use corn starch or tapioca flour for the same results.

Avocado oil – is best for cooking meat with high temperatures. You can also use coconut oil or vegetable oil if desired.

Salt and Pepper – for seasoning the meat.

Light Sodium Soy Sauce – use light sodium soy sauce so the dish isn’t too salty. To keep this recipe gluten free, make sure the soy sauce is gluten free or you can just use all coconut aminos, but I find this to give the sauce a more sweet taste.

Coconut Aminos– similar to soy sauce but has a sweeter flavor. I used a combination of both for the perfect pairing, but feel free to use one of the other.

Sesame Oil– Just a touch of sesame oil goes a long way. It comes from sesame seeds, and has a nutty, earthy taste.

Honey – for sweetening the sauce! You can however use maple syrup, agave or date syrup if desired.

Garlic – Fresh garlic is a must, it adds a ton of flavor and depth, however you can use garlic powder or canned garlic if needed.

Ginger– A hint of ginger really brightens up this dish and adds a ton of added flavor. I highly recommend freshly grated ginger, but ground ginger will work too.

How to Make Beef and Broccoli

Panda Express Broccoli Beef is a 30 minute meal, making it a great weeknight dinner idea! It also saves well as a meal prep too. Let’s get into it:

  • First, add broccoli to a wok or pan with water over medium low heat. Sauté the broccoli until it becomes bright green and is tender but still has a nice crisp. You can steam it longer if you prefer a softer broccoli.
  • Next, prep the beef. Add sliced beef to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Toss well and add to the heated wok with avocado oil. Stir frequently until brown on the outside about 3-5 minutes. Remove beef from wok and set aside.
  • Prepare the sauce next by adding all of the ingredients into a bowl. Whisk well.
  • Pour the sauce into the heated wok. Stir with a whisk for 1-2 minutes, once it starts to bubble and the sauce thickens, add in the cooked broccoli and beef and toss until well incorporated.
the sauce, broccoli and beef all mixed together in the wok.
  • That’s all- it’s as easy and 1-2-3!

Tips And Tricks

Make sure you cut against the grain when cutting the beef into strips. This basically means cutting opposite of the natural lines that are in the steak. Otherwise you will have a tough steak that is chewy and dense.

I actually used kitchen shears to cut my steak which made life easy! Highly recommend getting a pair of these to use for cooking only. I keep them in a separate drawer so my boyfriend doesn’t use them to cut open boxes.

This recipe goes quick, I recommend prepping all ingredients before so once you get started it really comes together in about 15 minutes.

The beef will cook rather quickly, so I recommend cooking it in the wok until all the edges are brown and remove it immediately. The beef will continue cooking once you add it back in to mix with the sauce and broccoli.

a bowl plate that has white rice on one side and the beef and broccoli on the other side. chopstick leaning on the side of it.

How To Serve And Store

You can serve beef and broccoli with:

  • White or brown rice. I like to use Basmati white rice.
  • Noodles, such as chow mien or kelp noodles.
  • Quinoa

I also like to garnish the dish for added flavor and more color with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and sliced green onions. If you like a little heat, add on some chili oil crunch or enjoy with sriracha.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. If meal prepping, store rice first and then pour over the broccoli and beef second. Add on any extra sauce if desired. Reheat in the microwave before enjoying in 1 minute increments, depending on the strength of your microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

What other beef can I use if I cannot find flank steak at the store?

If you can’t find flank steak, you can use top sirloin or tri-tip.

How do you know if you’re cutting against the grain with the steak?

Cutting against the grain means cutting opposite of the natural lines that are in the steak. Look for the lines and then cut the opposite way.

What are kitchen sears?

Kitchen shears are kitchen scissors that are used soley for cooking. They make cutting the flank steak a breeze.

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Panda Express Broccoli Beef

Skip the takeout and instead make this copy-cat Panda Express Broccoli Beef at home, it's complete with a homemade sauce that is flavorful and made with fresh ingredients. This meal is ready in under 30 minutes, making it a great weeknight dinner idea. Serve it over white rice or cauliflower rice for a complete meal!
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PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
25 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

broccoli and beef

  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb flank steak, sliced into strips

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger, about 1 inch ginger root
  • 3 large cloves fresh garlic, minced

Extra's:

  • optional: white or brown rice to serve
  • sesame seeds
  • green onions

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

4 servings

Directions

    1. First, add broccoli florets to a wok or pan with water over medium low heat. Sauté, stirring consistently until the broccoli becomes bright green and is tender but still has a nice crisp. You can steam it longer if you prefer a softer broccoli. Remove from wok and set aside.
    1. Next, add sliced beef strips to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Toss well.
    2. Add avocado oil to the wok over medium low heat and add in the beef. Stir frequently until brown on all the sides, about 3-5 minutes. Remove beef from wok and set aside.
    1. Prepare the sauce next by adding all of the ingredients into a bowl. Whisk well and pour the sauce into the heated wok, over medium to low heat. Stir with a whisk for 1-2 minutes, once it starts to bubble and the sauce thickens, add in the cooked broccoli and beef and toss until well incorporated.
    1. Serve immediately over rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure you cut against the grain when cutting the beef into strips. This basically means cutting opposite of the natural lines that are in the steak. Otherwise you will have a tough steak that is chewy and dense.
  • I actually used kitchen shears to cut my steak which made life easy! Highly recommend getting a pair of these to use for cooking only. I keep them in a separate drawer so my boyfriend doesn't use them to cut open boxes.
  • This recipe goes quick, I recommend prepping all ingredients before so once you get started it really comes together in about 15 minutes.
  • The beef will cook rather quickly, so I recommend cooking it in the wok until all the edges are brown and remove it immediately. The beef will continue cooking once you add it back in to mix with the sauce and broccoli.

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