Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli is a healthy Chinese food option with tender slices of meat and tender broccoli in less than 30 minutes and just a few ingredients!

Beef and Broccoli in bowl

Beef and Broccoli has long been one of the best, healthiest Chinese food options at restaurants and take out options like Panda Express.

Plus unlike most Chinese food recipes this one only takes a few ingredients and you probably already have ALL of them in your cabinet.

Beef and Broccoli from Panda Express is one of our go to options every time we eat there. In fact Panda Express is a great option for people who are on a diet.

My go to is Beef and Broccoli, Mushroom Chicken and Steamed Veggies for hardly any points at all. In fact during busy weeks I would eat there multiple times a week.

Weight Watchers Beef and Broccoli

This beef and broccoli is tender, delicious, and quick to make. The most important ingredients are sesame oil and oyster sauce. They also are only 3 total points in the recipe. Tons of flavor doesn’t have to take a lot of points.

How to make the best Beef and Broccoli:

  • Get the pan nice and hot. Sear the beef quickly and get it out of the pan to avoid it becoming tough.
  • Cut against the grain. This is the most important way to make lean cuts of beef tender.
  • If you have the time (this isn’t in the recipe) you can even use a mallet to tenderize each piece (note: this isn’t necessary but will make the beef more tender!). This breaks the connective tissue.
  • Have all the ingredients ready to add so nothing burns, this cooks fairly quickly.
  • The longer you can marinade the better.

The easiest beef and broccoli

Tools used in this Beef and Broccoli Recipe:
Sesame Oil: Tons of flavor in a small amount used, this is crucial to Chinese food cooking.
Lite Soy Sauce: This is the only variety I use, I NEVER use regular sodium.
Oyster Sauce: This adds a ton of flavor and is used in beef and broccoli as well as, most notably, fried rice with great results and low points.
Wok: Perfect size for cooking the beef as well as steaming all that broccoli in the sauce.

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Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli is a healthy Chinese food option with tender slices of meat and tender broccoli in less than 30 minutes and just a few ingredients!  
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry
  • 1 tablespoon lite soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 pound flank steak cut thinly against the grain
  • 1 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds optional


  • Add everything except the canola oil, garlic, ginger and broccoli into a large bowl and mix well, and let marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  • In a wok add 1 teaspoon of the canola oil on high heat.
  • Add in half the beef and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from the pan, add in another 1 teaspoon of oil and add in the remaining beef and cook the same amount of time before removing from pan.
  • Add in the last teaspoon of oil and add in the garlic and ginger.
  • Stir and cook for 30 seconds, then pour in the marinade and broccoli, cover and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • Add in the beef, stir together to coat and serve.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds if desired.


Serving: 1/6th recipe | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 10.5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 334mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 2.2g
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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.


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  1. I have always loved beef and broccoli! It is actually one of the ways my kids eat broccoli, for some reason eating it with this dish is fine. But just put that vegetable on their plate and it is a no-go. Kids are weird! 🙂

  2. This looks delicious and easy to do! I printed the recipe so I can fix it next week. I am always looking for lighter dinner recipes. Panda Express is one of my favorites and I am so excited we are finally going to get one in our town!

  3. I made this tonight for my family; everyone gobbled it up. Thank you.  Will be trying other recipes soon. Happy to have found your site. 

  4. Any recommendations on a substitute for oyster sauce? The recipe sounds great except for that ingredient; personally I can’t stand any seafood related flavors.