20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein has melt in your mouth tender beef with broccoli, carrots, and noodles. The sauce adds such amazing flavor to this incredibly easy meal!

Try this beef and broccoli combo in a slow cooker or insta pot too.  Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli or Insta Pot Beef Broccoli are two flavorful recipes your whole family will enjoy.20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein on a white plate.

20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

Quick and easy meals to make for your family are always top priority.  I especially love creating easy meals that don’t require a lot of effort, but are absolutely delish!  For example, this Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein is a tried and true family favorite of ours. The beef and broccoli coated in the sticky and sweet sauce is a dinner we all crave often!

This is THEE perfect meal to make for your family and especially for the busy back to school time. I put this meal together in under 20 minutes without rushing around.  It is simple and easy to throw together at the last minute or to make ahead.  This is the perfect filling and satisfying dinner at home and I know that you are going to love it as much as we did!

Ingredients for Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein:

This list of ingredients may look long, but don’t worry, you probably have most of these items on hand.  Traditional asian ingredients like hoisen sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil are staples you will use again and again for delicious asian flavors.  This Garlic and Beef Broccoli Lo Mein also uses a little bit of garlic, brown sugar, and pepper give the best spice to the sauce!

  • Lo mein noodles or spaghetti noodles: Either will be delicious!
  • Broccoli florets: Add to boiling water in the last 5 minutes of cooking the pasta.
  • Olive oil: Coat skillet with oil before adding in steak to cook it perfectly.
  • Flank steak: sliced against the grain
  • Garlic cloves: Minced will give a great flavor to the steak.
  • Carrot: Shredded carrots quickly cook in the skillet with garlic after steak is done.
  • Brown sugar: Measure packed for a great rich sweetness in the sauce.
  • Soy sauce: Reduced-sodium adds a perfect amount of saltiness.
  • Hoisen sauce: Adds thick glaze-like texture and sweet and salty flavor.
  • Sesame oil: Combine with soy sauce, hoisen, ginger, and seasonings for the perfect sticky-sweet sauce.
  • Ground ginger: Warm spicy flavor that is a little sweet.
  • Crushed red pepper flakes: Adds a bit of heat.
  • Pepper: To taste!

Let’s Make Lo Mein!

Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein is so easy to put together with just 2 pans and 20 minutes.  It is a restaurant quality meal that you can make at home.

  1. Cook pasta: In a large pot with boiling water, cook the noodles according to package directions. Add the broccoli the last 5 minutes of cooking and let them cook until tender. Drain the noodles and broccoli.
  2. Cook steak: While the pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a medium sized skillet. Cook the steak until no longer pink. Add the garlic, and carrots and cook for a minute more.
  3. Mix sauce: In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper and pepper.
  4. Toss everything together: Add the spaghetti to the skillet and pour the sauce on top and toss until incorporated.

20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein in a black skillet.

Variations of Lo Mein:

Traditionally Lo Mein is a stir fry meal that is made up of noodles tossed with veggies or meats and an asian sauce.  The great thing about it is that you can customize this incredible mixture of flavors and textures depending on what veggies and meats you have on hand.  Variations will make this meal more convenient and fast, while still giving the same great tasting results!

  • No noodles: Leave out the noodles for a simple veggie and meat stir fry.  The thick and sweet sauce is insanely delicious and gives the dish so much flavor you will not even miss those carbs!
  • Protein: Swap out the beef for chicken or shrimp if that’s what you have handy.  Also try Chicken Chow Mein or Shrimp Stir fry for great tasting recipes your family will go crazy over.
  • Veggies only: Leave out the meat for a delicious vegetarian version of this meal.  For more details on how to create the BEST veggie Lo Mein be sure to read my 20 Minute Vegetable Lo Mein recipe.  Easiest Vegetable Stir Fry is a great recipe to check out too!

20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein close up.

Can You Make Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein Ahead?

Yes! This is a fantastic recipe to make ahead as part of your family’s meal prepping!  Allow it to cool completely and store in an airtight container.  It will remain good in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.  Or, freeze it for up to 6 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator then heat on a skillet until warm throughout.

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20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

4.86 from 97 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 4 People
20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein has melt in your mouth tender beef with broccoli, carrots, and noodles. The sauce adds such amazing flavor to this incredibly easy meal!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American, Chinese
Keyword broccoli lo mein, garlic beef and broccoli lo mein, garlic beef lo mein

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces lo mein noodles or spaghetti noodles
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounce flank steak sliced against the grain
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium carrot shredded
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons hoisen sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pot with boiling water, cook the noodles according to package directions. Add the broccoli the last 5 minutes of cooking and let them cook until tender. Drain the noodles and broccoli.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a medium sized skillet. Cook the steak until no longer pink. Add the garlic, and carrots and cook for a minute more.

  3. In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper and pepper.

  4. Add the spaghetti to the skillet and pour the sauce on top and toss until incorporated.

Recipe Notes

Updated on July 20, 2020

Originally Posted on August 20, 2017 

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 4

Calories407kcal (20%)Carbohydrates61g (20%)Protein20g (40%)Fat10g (15%)Saturated Fat2g (10%)Cholesterol34mg (11%)Sodium760mg (32%)Potassium465mg (13%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar15g (17%)Vitamin A425IU (9%)Vitamin C61.5mg (75%)Calcium62mg (6%)Iron1.8mg (10%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this recipe yesterday. I posted a picture of the ingredients all together. Than I posted a picture of the finished dish on Facebook. It got some good attention. Several people asked for your recipe. Of course I shared your link and past it along. This dish is amazing and loaded with flavor. I give it five starts. My family and I loved it 🙂

  2. 4 stars
    We love this recipe. I use less brown sugar. That’s just our personal preference. Made it for family and the loved it. Said it was spicy, but it doesn’t seem spicy to us. However we are used to eating really spicy Mexican food. Enjoy!

  3. 4 stars
    My husband liked it but I thought it was too sweet and so will add does sugar next time. Also, the broccoli seemed to be over cooked with give minutes left of the pasta cooking time do would need to adjust to maybe last 3 minutes so it’s still crisp and not soggy.

  4. 5 stars
    Excellent. I did make double sauce, and glad that I did. My husband was eating it with a spoon, like soup.

  5. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious! , hubby asked that I make it again. Thank you for the easy FAST recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe. I did a few things differently. I sautéed my broccoli, instead of boiling it. I seasoned the meat with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ginger powder. Just a small sprinkle on both sides, and let it rest for an hour. I also didn’t realize we were out of hoisin sauce until I was making it so we had to skip that ingredient. I used about half as much brown sugar, still thought it was a little sweet but absolutely delicious. Definitely will make this again (and use hoisin next time).

  7. I’ve had this recipe in my saved stash for a lil while now and decided to make it today!!!! Oh emm geee😳😁!!!! Delish!!! Most def will be making again but with a little less brown sugar, personal preference!!! But a great dish and very simple!!❤️👍🏾

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and I make this ALL the time. It is easily one of our most favorite recipes…and so easy to make!! The sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy and it uses ingredients we almost always have in our pantry/refrigerator. Thanks for an awesome recipe!!

  9. 5 stars
    So simple and so good. I used chicken thighs instead of beef and added a little more red pepper flakes for more spice. Turned out so good. Will be making again soon!

  10. 5 stars
    So simple and so good. I used chicken thighs instead of beef and added a little more red pepper flakes for more spice. Turned out so good. Will be making again soon!

  11. Omg, Cabbage, what a great idea!!!! My son has cerebral palsy, but LOVES to cook. So he picks 3 meals for us to cook together, and tonight was beef broccoli garlic lo mein. Were getting ready to eat, but was realky easy, and fun to make. I recommend lo mein noodles, over spaghetti, we also made fried rice…let ya know❤

  12. 5 stars
    This was delicious! My 3 year old granddaughter, Gabriella, gave me thumbs up so you know it has to be good.

  13. 5 stars
    I have to admit, I’ve been making some terrible meals lately from other Pinterest sites and was hesitant to try this. Huge hit with my family! College boys and husband all said it was really really good! I cut the brown sugar in half and served steamed broccoli on the side so my boys could put on top and stir in. Served with a salad and crusty bread. Have leftovers since I tripled the recipe. I guarantee they will be eating again probably later tonight!! 🙂

  14. The Lo Mein cooking instructions call for 4 minutes to cook. This is problematic for adding the broccoli to be added at 5 minutes. We started the broccoli early and then added the lo Mein. Broccoli was overcooked and lost it’s color in the sauce. I found the sauce to be far too sweet. The addition of the red pepper flakes is good; adds a little spice. Grated carrots were too thin to get much texture/flavor. I would julienne-thin the carrots .

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