Delicious beef in a savory sauce with tender broccoli and noodles makes this one of our favorite stir fry dishes.
Stir fry beef and broccoli is one of my favorite meals, because it’s so easy to make and it’s just so tasty. It’s one of those go-to meals for us when we can’t decide what to eat, or we’re running low of time.
The addition of noodles took our regular beef and broccoli to a new level. I like rice, but I’d take lo mein noodles over rice any day. They’re so good in this recipe because they get coated in the sauce and add an extra chew that is somehow so much more satisfying.
What Cut of Meat to Use
I often use sirloin steak for this recipe because the meat is so tender when sliced against the grain. However, sirloin steak can be rather expensive.
You can use any cut of beef for this recipe. Even an inexpensive London broil or beef chuck steak. The key is to make sure it’s tenderized in advance. Don’t worry, there’s a really easy way to tenderize beef quickly.
Slice the beef, then add 1 tsp baking soda to the beef and let it sit for 30 minutes. After that time, rince the beef in cool water to remove the baking soda, then proceed with this recipe. The baking soda helps to break down the fibers of the meat, so it becomes more tender.
You’ll definitely notice the difference when you bite into the beef. The flavor can be somewhat muted by the baking soda, but you won’t notice a bit once the recipe is complete, because the sauce is the star of the show.
Add Extra Veggies
If you want to make this recipe even more veggie packed, or you want to omit the meat, I suggest adding one large sliced carrot and a handful of sugar snap peas to the mix. Add them to the pan with the broccoli. They only need a few minutes to cook.
Another option is to add bok choy. Slice the heads of bok choy in half and add them to the pan with the broccoli to wilt.
How to Make Beef and Broccoli Noodles
The most time consuming thing about this recipe is the time it takes to cook each individual component. A little coordination goes a long way.
You can marinate the meat for as little as 10 minutes to impart flavor. So while the meat is marinating, get the noodles on to cook. They take very little time. While the noodles are cooking, you can whisk up the sauce, so it’s ready to go.
I use one skillet to cook both the meat and the broccoli, but that requires you to cook them one at a time. I always cook the broccoli first. When you remove it from the pan, it will continue to cook a bit, while you cook the beef. That allows you to cook it for a shorter amount of time.
Once the beef is done and you combine everything back into the pan with the sauce, it takes just a minute to reheat the ingredients and thicken the sauce before the dish is complete.
PRO TIP: Make sure the stir fry pan is on medium-high to high heat while you fry the broccoli and the beef. The high heat gives the ingredients a chance to char and develop loads of flavor. Without this, the dish is a bit soggy and lacking in flavor.
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Beef & Broccoli Noodles
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp soy sauce divided
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 oz beef sirloin sliced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 4 oz lo mein noodles
- 1 small head broccoli cut into florets
- Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Slice the beef. Add it to a glass bowl with the soy sauce and minced garlic. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until just tender. Remove from the heat and drain.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add half the cooking oil. Once the oil is hot, add the broccoli and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove the broccoli from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the beef and cook for 2 minutes per side. Allow the meat to cook fully on one side before flipping, to develop color and flavor.
- Add the broccoli and noodles to the pan. Stir everything together. Add the sauce to the pan. Stir well, until the sauce thickens, about one minute. Remove from the heat and serve.