This 20-minute, quick and easy beef and broccoli noodles stir fry is made with thin slices of beef, broccoli, and a sweet soy sauce that's stir-fried together into a delicious meal.
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When it comes to noodle stir-fries, I love them all and I can never get enough of them, especially when they are easy to make like my chicken teriyaki yaki udon, pad woon sen (Thai glass noodle stir fry), beef chow fun, maple curry yaki udon, beef and onion soy sauce noodles, and crispy Cantonese beef chow mein.
This Chinese beef and broccoli lo mein is no exception. It's quick and easy and it only takes 20 minutes to make! If you use pre-packaged noodles like Shanghai noodles that don't require pre-cooking, you can probably make this dish in less than 15 minutes.
Ingredients for Beef and Broccoli Noodles Stir Fry
- Beef - For this lo mein recipe, any type of beef will work. I like to use flank steak or sliced t-bone steaks.
- Noodles - Spaghettini is still my choice of pasta for this recipe because I find that it is just the right thickness without overpowering the flavors. I also love using frozen udon as well for its chewy noodle texture.
- Soy Sauce - I used low sodium soy sauce for this recipe.
- Dark Soy Sauce - Dark soy sauce is used mainly to give the noodles a brown color. It is thicker than normal soy sauce and has the consistency of thin maple syrup. If you cannot find it, you can use the soy sauce you are using for the dish instead.
- Vegetables - For the vegetables, onions are a must for the flavor and the added natural sweetness. You can substitute the broccoli with any vegetable you like, but I usually find that broccoli and cauliflower taste best because the grooves in the vegetables absorb some of the soy sauce.
How To Bring Your Beef Noodle Stir Fry To the Next Level
- If you're using a tougher cut of beef, that you'd like to try to make tender or if you'd like to try to velvet your beef definitely check out 'How to Make Beef Tender for Stir Fry' which shows you different methods to prepare your beef for all your future stir-fries.
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Easy Chinese Beef and Broccoli Noodles
- Any type of beef will work well with this dish but my favourite cut to use is usually a flank steak cut very thinly, t-bone steak or, rib eye steak.
- Spaghettini is still my choice of pasta for this recipe because I find that it is just the right size thickness without overpowering the flavours. If you prefer thicker noodles, you can substitute them with fresh Shanghai noodles or frozen udon noodles. If you use frozen udon, thaw it by running it under cold tap water before you use it.
- Dark soy sauce is used mainly to give the noodles a browner colour. It is thicker than normal soy sauce and has the consistency of thin maple syrup. If you cannot find it, you can use the soy sauce you are using for the dish instead.
- For the vegetables, you can substitute the broccoli with any vegetable you like, but I usually find that broccoli and cauliflower taste best because the grooves in the vegetables absorb some of the soy sauce. Chinese gai lan also works very well with this recipe.
- 375 g spaghettini
- 400 g flank steak (any type of steak, thinly sliced against the grain)
- 1 medium onion
- 1 ½ cups broccoli
- 1 teaspoon corn starch (for beef marinade)
Making the Pasta and Blanching the Broccoli
- Follow the directions of the pasta package for al dente pasta, but subtract 1-2 minutes from what they suggest. We will be cooking this again in a frying pan, so we want to under-cook the pasta. (Do not add salt to the water when making the pasta because the soy sauce mixture will have enough salt for the dish.)
- Cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces and set aside
- When there are about 3-4 minutes left to your noodle timer, add in the chopped broccoli with the noodles and blanch it for a few minutes.
- Drain the broccoli and the noodles out into a strainer and lightly rinse off the extra starch and set aside
- Mix all the ingredients under the 'Marinade and Sauce Mix' section of the ingredient list and set it aside.
- Slice the beef thinly against the grains and put it in a bowl. Marinate the beef with the corn starch, 4 teaspoons of the pre-mixed soy sauce mixture and 1 tablespoon of water for 10 minutes
- Cut the onion in half, then and slice them into thin half moon slices and set aside
Frying It Up!
- In a frying pan or large pot (preferably a non-stick), add 2-3 tablespoons of oil and set it to high heat and wait for it to get hot.
- Add in onions and stir fry it for 3 minutes
- Add in the beef and cook for 3-5 minutes until meat is cooked
- Add spaghettini, broccoli, and sauce mixture and cook for about 2-3 minute until everything is evenly mixed!
*Nutritional information is calculated using online tools and is an estimate*
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