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! 

20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

School is starting for us next week!  Have you seen that meme that says, “I know that school doesn’t start for a week, just walk slow.”  That is my favorite meme.  The kids are going stir crazy and its time to get our lives back.  Am I right? 😉  This summer did fly by for us with a new baby.  I can’t believe it is already time to start.

We always go the weekend before school starts to Park City for one last hurrah.  It is absolutely gorgeous up there!  We love to do our school shopping at the outlets, stay in a really fun place, and end with the alpine slide.  The alpine slide is always something my kids look forward to every year.  It was a fun family outing and was enjoyed by all!

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With school starting, I will be bringing you some quick and easy meals to make for your family.  Not that I haven’t been bringing you quick and easy for a while now.  A new baby and busy life tends to consume me.  But I love making easy meals that don’t require a lot of effort that are absolutely delish!

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This is a family favorite of ours.  The beef and broccoli combination are one of our favorites and my kids are a huge fan of noddles.  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 15 minutes, but I wanted to give an extra 5 minutes to those that aren’t trained in super fast I have a baby crying skills.

This is the perfect meal in one and I know that you are going to love it as much as we did!

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20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
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!


  • 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


  1. In a [url:1]large pot[/url] 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 [url:2]medium sized skillet[/url]. Cook the steak until no longer pink. Add the garlic, and carrots and cook for a minute more.
  3. In a [url:3]small bowl[/url] 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

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Nutrition Facts
20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 760mg 32%
Potassium 465mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 15g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 74.6%
Calcium 6.2%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Alyssa Rivers

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. I was looking for reviews of this dish because I wanted to know what they meats I could use. It sounds really tasty and just what I love.

    1. I made this meal last night and my family loved it. I used two sirloin steaks however, the recipe calls for Flank steak. Try it you will love it. I do suggest you cook the whole box of spaghetti.

  2. Just made this but in wok. Next time will add a bit of corn starch into the sauce to make it a bit more “sticky”. Otherwise it goes straight to our fave list! Thanks for sharing.

        1. Ginger adds a lot of flavor but leaving it out will alter the taste but ruin the meal. Some people don’t like ginger and leave it out. You are welcome to try another ingredient or just leave it out. Hope that helps! XOXO

    1. Made with gluten free noodles… Excellent! 1 child added extra ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and honey. And said it was perfect. Love this recipe. Definitely 20 minutes or less
      ps…added 1/4 cup of pasta water to thicken sauce.

  3. Made the beef and broccoli last night for my family. It was a hit and I can’t wait to make it again. Next time I will use a better cut of beef (used round steak) but the flavor was great.

    1. I love these 20 minute meals myself! Especially with a baby in hand;)! For the nutritional information I usually use myfitnesspal.com and it will let you type in the actual recipe or meal and give you the break down of nutrients that you need. I hope that helps! XOXO

    1. I have found the best way to get nutritional info on all of the recipes is through MyFitnessPal.com. You just type in the recipe and it tells you! Skinnytaste.com is also a great resource for healthy and delicious meals and provides nutritional info. Hope this helps!  

  4. I’m eating this at the moment! It turned out great. I’m in veterinary school and it is very hectic, so I’ve been looking for healthier meals I can make quickly on Sunday and have for the week. Think I found a good one. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Can you give the calories also ? I am such a calorie counter, would LOVE TO EAT THIS, nom nom nom, however I must hesitate even with the serving number :(. Would be great for each of your delish recipes! Thank you !

    1. I have found the best way to get nutritional info on all of the recipes is through MyFitnessPal.com. You just type in the recipe and it tells you! Skinnytaste.com is also a great resource for healthy and delicious meals and provides nutritional info. Hope this helps! XOXO

  6. I made this tonight and it was soooooo delicious! And very easy and quick, too, which is a real bonus! I can’t wait to make this again!

  7. Had this for dinner tonight very good.
    it will make an appearance again!!!!Next time I will add bean sprouts and pea pods

  8. Okay made this exactly to recipe. Once the sauce was added the dish looked nothing like the picture. A little too sweet and the broccoli can stand 2 minutes less cooking. The picture shows sesame seeds on the finished dish but wasn’t mentioned in the recipe. May make something similar again but will follow my own instincts.

  9. My family LOVED this!!!! It is now a family dinner staple on the monthly menu!!! So easy and so delicious and SO much better than take out!

  10. Wow..tried this recipe for dinner this evening… I hv a fussy 5yr old and pregnant this will brcome our go to dinner on busy days… Thank u so much! Will try some more recipes from ur site… Enjoying them in france 🙂

  11. Hello! I’ve made this recipe numerous times, and every time it turns out amazing. My question, is this: Is there a way to thicken the sauce just a tad without dulling the flavour? I was thinking cornstarch, but that can often mute the flavour of sauces and gravies if not used properly and I definitely don’t want a muted flavour. Any suggestions? Thank you for an incredible dish!

    1. You can add a well rounded TBSP of cornstarch mixed well in about 1/3 cup of warm water. mix it well then add it to your liquid mix. it should thicken the sauce well.

  12. This was SO good. Definitely going into the rotation! I followed the recipe exactly except I used more steak (I’ve got two older boys) and there was still plenty of sauce. So delicious, thanks for sharing!

  13. Great recipes – just a thought, I live in New Zealand and most countries of the world use metric measurements these days (apart it seems from the UK and the USA). I find it rather time-consuming having to convert measurements into metrics – cup and spoon measurements are fine as the difference in imperial and metric cups is not great.

  14. Wow…wow…WOW! My family inhaled this and it truly did come together in 20 minutes. I just found your website this morning and have to tell you that I proceeded to print off at least a dozen recipes in about as many minutes-lol! I can’t wait to explore more of your blog-I feel like I only scratched the surface with a few page scrolls worth of “main dishes”.
    Thank you for the awesome dinner!

  15. I made the 20 minute Lo Mein recipe but substituted a boneless chicken breast cut into small pieces. This recipe was better than take- out. I would absolutely make it again and try small shrimp.

  16. This is so crazy easy to make!! A big plus in my book.
    I doubled the amount of meat because that’s how it came packaged. Glad I did. With 5 of us, we cleaned the pan! For the sauce, since we don’t like sweet, i used my go-to sauce for stir fry. 3/4 cup chicken broth, 1 TB cornstarch, 2 TB soy sauce, 1/4 tsp ginger.
    This recipe is going to my family favorite book! Thank you!

    1. AWE! That is great to hear! I am so happy that you love it so much and you are saving it! I love your go-to sauce for this! Thanks so much for sharing and following along with me! XOXO

  17. Making this tonite have all ingridents on pic i see sesame seed and scallions but not listed … looking forward to making this.

  18. Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. Shredded more zucchini last night than the recipe needed, so I threw in a large handful of it with the carrots. Also had a few pieces of cooked frozen shrimp that I thawed and tossed in to warm when adding the noodles and broccoli. My 14 y/o grandson loves shrimp lo mein, so these were for him. After two large servings, he was disappointed to know it was all gone.

  19. I made this with shrimp and it was delicious!
    I left out the broccoli and added peas and carrots along with chopped green onion.

  20. This looks delicious. I have everything in my panty Ndola fridge right now, so this is going to be dinner tomorrow for sure. Wish me luck. ???

  21. Please have recipes which are affordable and easy to find ingredients.
    I love your simple recipes.Nice to have that.

  22. I feel like I have found a gold mine!!! Thank you these recipes look amazing! There’s so many I want to try. I’ve written down the Beef and broccoli lol mein and will be trying it soon. I love cooking thank you for turning up my burner flame. Lol

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