Beef and Broccoli: A Delicious Chinese Takeout Recipe

Who needs to order takeout when you have a homemade Beef and Broccoli recipe sourced from a Chinese restaurant? This tender, juicy beef and broccoli smothered in a special glossy sauce will surely impress your taste buds. In this article, we’ll delve into the secrets of creating an authentic Chinese-inspired dish that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Close up of Chinese Beef and Broccoli in a skillet.

Unveiling a Restaurant Recipe

Finding an original Chinese restaurant recipe can be quite a challenge. Despite my best efforts, I’ve never been able to convince my local Chinese restaurant to share their secrets. But my luck changed when I stumbled upon a Chinese cooking blog called Woks of Life, run by a Chinese-American family who used to own a Chinese restaurant. They graciously shared their Beef and Broccoli stir fry recipe, giving us a taste of an authentic restaurant-style dish.

Steamed broccoli for Chinese Beef and Broccoli

The Perfect Sauce

The secret to a delectable Beef and Broccoli lies in the sauce. The base is simple yet flavorful, requiring just a few key ingredients:

  • Soy sauce
  • Chinese cooking wine OR Mirin
  • Sugar
  • Cornflour/cornstarch for thickening
  • Chinese Five Spice Powder

Chinese Five Spice Powder, a blend of cinnamon, cloves, Szechuan pepper, fennel, and star anise, adds a signature flavor to this dish. It’s readily available in most supermarkets and elevates the overall taste.

Chinese Five Spice Powder

The sauce not only serves as the main component in the stir fry but also adds a delightful flavor to the beef. No need to marinate the beef beforehand; simply set it aside while you prepare the other ingredients.

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Sauce for Chinese Beef and Broccoli in a glass bowl, alongside beef being marinated.

Choosing the Perfect Beef

For this recipe, I’ve used an economy beef eye fillet, which is both juicy and tender. However, any quick-cooking cut of beef will work well. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even use economical beef or stewing cuts. There’s a little-known Chinese restaurant secret to tenderize beef using baking soda, resulting in incredibly tender beef for every stir fry. It’s a method that mimics the techniques used in your favorite local Chinese restaurant.

Slices of beef in a bowl being tenderized the Chinese Restaurant way using baking soda

A Fusion of Flavors

It’s worth noting that Beef and Broccoli may not be an entirely authentic Chinese dish. While it’s not commonly found on menus in China, it has become a beloved favorite in Western Chinese cuisine. The combination of tender beef, juicy broccoli, and a savory Chinese brown sauce, enhanced with a hint of Chinese Five Spice Powder, is a crowd-pleaser for all ages. The noodles version, Beef Broccoli Noodles, adds a delightful twist to this classic dish.

Chinese Beef and Broccoli in rice in a bowl, ready to be eaten.


With this homemade Beef and Broccoli recipe in your repertoire, you can enjoy the flavors of your favorite Chinese takeout whenever you desire. Embrace the culinary expertise of the Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ brand and bring the taste of a Chinese restaurant right to your kitchen. Don’t forget to check out other Chinese takeout favorites like Chow Mein, Honey Prawns, Cashew Chicken, and Kung Pao Chicken. Discover the joy of cooking and indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of Beef and Broccoli.