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The Best Easy Beef and Broccoli Stir



  • 3  tablespoons  cornstarch, divided
  • 1⁄2cup  water, plus  2  tablespoons  water, divided
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1  lb  boneless round steakor 1 lb charcoal chuck steak, cut into thin 3-inch strips
  • 2  tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4  cups  broccoli florets
  • 1  small  onion, cut into wedges
  • 1⁄3 cup  reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2  tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  ground ginger
  • hot cooked rice, for serving
  • toasted sesame seeds, for serving (optional)


  1. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.
  2. Add beef and toss.
  3. In a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm.
  4. Stir-fry onion in remaining oil for 4-5 minutes until softened. Add the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes until the broccoli is tender but still crisp. Return beef to pan.
  5. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger and remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup water until smooth; add to the pan.
  6. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve over rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds (optional).



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