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Authentic Thai Beef and Broccoli Recipe

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This authentic Thai beef and broccoli recipe has a perfect balance of protein-packed beef and healthy vegetables. Great for a fast dinner, this simple broccoli stir-fry includes a delicious marinade that anyone can make at home.

Authentic Thai beef and broccoli stir-fry served in a white dish.

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Easy Thai beef and broccoli stir-fry

This healthy broccoli beef recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. The stir-fry sauce, a savory mix of Southeast Asian flavors, adds an authentic touch. Feel free to add extra chilies for more heat, or skip them for a milder version suitable for kids.

A splash of fish sauce, a key ingredient in Thai cuisine, infuses the beef with a salty, umami note. The broccoli can be stir-fried until soft or kept crisp, depending on your preference. This is a really versatile Thai beef broccoli recipe that can be customized to suit everyone’s taste!

Thai woman smilingly presenting a white dish with stir-fried broccoli and beef.

This dish is healthier than takeout, loaded with nutrient-rich broccoli and lean beef. For a vegetarian or vegan option, simply substitute the beef with tofu and adjust the cooking time. You can also swap the beef for chicken or pork if you prefer.

It’s an easy one-pan dish that’s ready in just 20 minutes, made with fresh ingredients and traditional seasonings. Feel free to add extra veggies like bell peppers, snow peas, carrots, mushrooms, or gai lan for more variety. It’s a customizable meal that everyone will love.

Hand holding white dish with Thai beef and broccoli stir-fry.

Enjoy this versatile Thai broccoli stir-fry on its own or with white rice. You can also pair it with other Thai dishes for a larger meal, as it doubles as a delicious side dish.

What cut of beef for stir-fry

When preparing a stir-fry, selecting the right cut of beef is important for tenderness and flavor. Here are the best cuts of beef for stir-fry:

  • Tenderloin
  • Top sirloin
  • Striploin
  • Flank

Remember to choose cuts with marbling for added flavor, and slice the meat against the grain for maximum tenderness. Opt for thinner steaks to ensure quick cooking.

Ingredients

Ingredients can be sourced at Asian grocery stores and Asian markets.
The exact measurements are in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Stir-fry ingredients

Beef and broccoli recipe ingredients labeled: marinated beef, white sugar, oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, and broccoli.
  • Beef – Choose a tender cut like top sirloin or flank, and slice it thinly for quick cooking.
  • Broccoli – Broccoli is a healthy and nutritious vegetable that pairs great with steak.
  • Garlic – Provides an aromatic base with a slightly pungent flavor, essential in Thai stir-fries.
  • Oyster sauce – Oyster sauce brings a savory and salty umami depth to the dish.
  • Light soy sauce – Light soy sauce adds a salty flavor that enhances the overall taste.
  • Dark soy sauce – Dark soy adds a rich, molasses-like sweetness and a deeper color.
  • White sugar – Thai cooking is all about balancing the flavors, so adding sugar is crucial for balancing the salty sauces.
  • Chilies (optional) – For added spice, use fresh chili peppers or Thai chili flakes, but this Thai broccoli stir-fry is delicious even without them.
  • Oil – Use a neutral oil with high smoke point, like canola oil or vegetable oil.

Beef marinade ingredients

Beef marinade ingredients labeled: beef, oyster sauce, sugar, sesame oil, lime juice, and cornstarch.
  • Cornstarch – Helps to tenderize the meat and gives it a smooth texture.
  • Egg white – Combined with cornstarch, it tenderizes the meat, making it softer and juicier.
  • Sesame oil – Adds a rich, nutty flavor and a fragrant aroma to the marinade.
  • Oyster sauce – Infuses the meat with a savory, umami depth.

Note: Cornstarch and egg white are typical in Chinese cuisine, commonly used in Chinese stir-fry dishes to tenderize meat. In this Asian beef and broccoli recipe, we’re borrowing this technique to ensure the beef remains tender and juicy.

How to make broccoli and beef stir fry

  1. Slicing steak into thin slices and marinated slices of beef in a large mixing bowl.

    Step 1: Thinly slice the beef against the grain. Transfer the slices to a large mixing bowl and mix with cornstarch, egg white, sesame oil, and oyster sauce, ensuring each piece is evenly coated. Marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.

  2. Broccoli sliced into bite-size pieces and broccoli on the grill.

    Step 2: Chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces suited for quick cooking. Cook, steam, or grill the broccoli over charcoal or in a grilling pan over low heat to give it a smoky flavor.

  3. Close-up of golden fried garlic in a wok.

    Step 3: Add oil to a non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat and sauté the garlic until fragrant and golden. Add sliced chilies if desired.

  4. Stir-fried beef and garlic.

    Step 4: Add the marinated beef slices, searing them until rare to medium-rare.

  5. Step 5: Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and white sugar. Mix well and ensure each slice of beef is coated.

  6. Stir-fried beef and broccoli in a wok.

    Step 6: Toss in the broccoli, cooking it until soft to your liking. I like mine with a bit of a crunch, so I give it a quick sauté before serving immediately. Enjoy!

Kitchenware

  1. Measuring spoons and cups
  2. Cutting board and a sharp knife
  3. Mixing bowl (for marinating beef)
  4. Wok or large skillet
  5. Tongs or spatula

Thai broccoli beef stir-fry tips

  • Prep ingredients first: Ensure all ingredients are prepped before starting, as stir-frying is done quickly over high heat. Mix the sauces beforehand, mince the garlic, and slice the broccoli.
  • Preheat the pan: Let your wok or skillet become hot before adding ingredients to ensure even cooking.
  • Slice beef properly: Cut the beef into thin slices against the grain for maximum tenderness.
  • Cook in small batches: Avoid overcrowding the pan by cooking in small batches. This ensures the meat stays tender and the vegetables remain crisp.

How to serve

At a Thai restaurant, beef and broccoli are typically served with steamed jasmine rice, either on the same plate or separately. You can enjoy this broccoli and beef stir-fry on its own as a light lunch or healthy meal. For optional garnishes, add toasted sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, a lime wedge, or fresh herbs like Thai basil, mint, or chopped green onions.

Storing and reheating tips

Storing: Leftovers can be stored for up to 3–4 days in your refrigerator. Let it cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container.

Freezing: Place the leftovers in a freezer bag or container and store in your freezer. Thaw in your refrigerator overnight.

Reheating: Reheat on the stovetop in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add a small amount of oil or a splash of water to prevent sticking or burning. Alternatively, you can microwave the leftovers until heated through.

Frequently asked questions

  1. How long does beef and broccoli last?

    Beef and broccoli can last up to 3–4 days when stored properly. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, after they have cooled down to room temperature. In the freezer, it can last up to 3 months, stored in a freezer-safe bag or container.

  2. What to serve with beef and broccoli?

    Beef and broccoli is usually served over steamed white rice, which complements the flavors and balances any added spiciness. It can also be part of a larger meal with side dishes like stir-fried vegetables, noodles, salads, spring rolls, or fried rice.

  3. Can I make this in advance?

    To make this in advance, you can pre-cut the broccoli, combine the sauces, and marinate the beef. This saves time for when you’re ready to cook.

  4. Can I make this vegetarian?

    You can turn this into a vegetarian/vegan dish by swapping the beef for tofu. Choose firm tofu for stir-frying. You can marinate the tofu for extra flavor. Tofu doesn’t require much cooking time.

  5. Is this recipe gluten-free?

    No, this recipe is not gluten-free as it includes soy sauce and oyster sauce, which typically contain gluten.

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Authentic Thai Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Authentic Thai beef and broccoli stir-fry served in a white dish.
This authentic Thai beef and broccoli recipe is a quick and easy dinner, stir-fried in 20 minutes with a flavorful marinade. Also perfect as a side dish!
Praew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine Thai
Course Main Course
Serving Size 2 people

Ingredients

Stir-fry ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 250 g beef thinly sliced against the grain
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 broccoli thinly sliced

Beef marinade ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions

  • Thinly slice the beef against the grain. Transfer the slices to a large mixing bowl and mix with cornstarch, egg white, sesame oil, and oyster sauce, ensuring each piece is evenly coated. Marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.
  • Chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces suited for quick cooking. Cook, steam, or grill the broccoli over charcoal or in a grilling pan over low heat to give it a smoky flavor.
  • Add oil to a non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat and sauté the garlic until fragrant and golden. Add sliced chilies if desired.
  • Add the marinated beef slices, searing them until rare to medium-rare.
  • Stir in the seasonings. Add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and white sugar. Mix well and ensure each slice of beef is coated.Toss in the broccoli. Cooking it until soft to your liking. I like mine with a bit of a crunch, so I give it a quick sauté before serving immediately.

Notes

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • For a spicy meal, add sliced chilies.
  • The beef can be substituted with chicken, pork, or other protein.

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