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

4.86 from 78 votes
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*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 760mg32%
Potassium 465mg13%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 425IU9%
Vitamin C 61.5mg75%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* 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. 5 stars
    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

  2. I need a meat that has to be very tender. I have dentures and it’s very hard to eat steak. Does the flank steak need to be marinated over night?

  3. For the 20 minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein can any other oil besides Sesame Oil be used

  4. 5 stars
    I made this tonight with a few variations. I LOVE the sweet and spicy taste! I added cooked fresh bean sprouts, bamboo shoots and onion. Instead of beef, I used some leftover grilled chicken teriyaki that I cut into chunks, warmed and added to the final product. I didn’t have hoysin sauce so I found a recipe and made my own. And I used angel hair pasta. This is a very delicious dish and I will definitely be making this again! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Loving all your recipes. Perfect for the busy, on the go Mom, that just doesn’t have time to cook a 2 hour meal. Thanks for sharing, from one Mom to another ❤

    1. That is great to hear! I am so glad that you have found some recipes that work great with your schedule and family life. Thanks so much for sharing and following along with me! XOXO

  6. 5 stars
    This was a quick and easy recipe that my whole family enjoyed. This will be added to our meal rotation. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    Made this but I doubled the recipe. It was so good that everything was eaten up by 4 people. It’s a keeper, especially since it’s SO easy.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this tonight. So good! I did add 1 teaspoon cornstarch to the sauce so that it would cling to the pasta as recommended by another reviewer. So quick and easy!

  9. This looks like a recipe I would love to try but I have a few problems with it. I live in a very small town with only one grocery store and it does not carry an reduced-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, or hoisen sauce. Heck, I don’t even know what that is! So can you recommend substitutes for those things?

    1. Those ingredients are usually down the asian isle in the grocery store or somewhere near the sauces. I hope you are able to find them to make this recipe. You are welcome to substitute them all but it will alter the taste on this recipe. Thank you for following along with me! I hope you are able to find the things you are looking for! XOXO

  10. 5 stars
    Once again, this meal has saved the day. I discovered this recipe here about, oh I’d say, 6 months ago… maybe longer. Since then, I’ve made it for the family numerous times and it is ALWAYS a favourite! Sometimes we change or add vegetables (mushrooms, red bell pepper, you name it!) and we’v even used chicken instead of beef. Each time it comes out amazing as this recipe is highly adaptable to pretty much whatever you have in the veggie drawer and works great with beef, chicken, or pork. Seitan works great as well! The sauce is the absolute champion of this recipe and needs absolutely no tweaking or changes whatsoever. It has the right amount of heat, its bursting with flavour, and this dish will always have a place in the “family cookbook”. Thank you so much!

    1. Hoisin sauce is a sweet, spicy, dark red sauce made from soybeans, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and various spices, widely used in southern Chinese cooking. You will be able to find this sauce in the oriental isle at the grocery store. It is a popular sauce and a must for this recipe. Hope that helps and you can find it! XOXO

  11. 5 stars
    This was my first time ever making beef lo mein. Oh my, it was delicious! It was so easy to make too. Definitely a keeper. Thanks!

  12. 5 stars
    Love your low / no- sodium recipes ! I really wished you had the nutritional listings for how much sodium each dish has in it per serving !

  13. 5 stars
    Just made your Broccoli Beef LoMein. I added red bell pepper and mushroomd because I wanted a vegetarian version this time. I also found myself out of hoisin sauce and used some oyster sauce and a splash of dry sherry. IDidn’t know what to expect but it turned out fantastic!! Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  14. 4 stars
    Tried this tonight and we loved it! Based on other reviewers comments, I cut back the brown sugar to 2 tablespoons and I was pleased with the results. I think there’s lots of things you could do to tweak to make it your own. I like onions so I would probably add while cooking meat next time. Num!!

  15. 5 stars
    Hi, Alyssa! My wife & I tried this recipe today and really enjoyed it. It is not too difficult to put together and the flank steak came out so tender! The oriental sauce is just the right touch, and not so much that it turns the dish into a dessert. Thanks for the good recipe!

  16. I loved the flavors in this dish and have moved it into my favorites file. I will definitely be making this again. Kudos to anyone who can prepare this in 20 minutes. First you need to buy all the vegetables pre-cut to make that time line. The lo mein noodles only take three minutes to cook so I ended up sautéing the broccoli for five minutes before sautéing the beef. I have to control my carbs so I will cut the noodles in half the next time I prepare this.

  17. 5 stars
    This earned it’s spot on our menu planning. Delish. I did tweak it a bit to accommodate what I didn’t have on hand. But not really altering it.
    I doubled the noodle and sauce and carrot portions. I used leftover T-bone steak. I (surprisingly!) don’t have hoisen sauce on hand, so I made my own (natural pb, ginger, fish sauce, soy sauce, gochujang, garlic, crushed red pepper, black pepper, sesame oil, onion powder). I found the sauce to be just fine with no thickening needed (don’t rinse your pasta noodles). I didn’t cook my shredded carrots with the meat, rather just added them to the hot pasta, along with the pressed garlic and super finely shredded ginger. I use sesame oil vs olive to sauté the steak and a minced garlic clove (or 2).

    Amazing. We are gonna use this as a canvas for next time. I used spaghetti noodles today, but am gonna experiment with glass noodles, actual lo mein, and noOodles. Also gonna try a version with shrimp or chicken.

    Fantastic. Thanks!!!

  18. Your 20-minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli has become the healthier substitute for Chinese take-out at my house. I switch out the regular spaghetti for a whole wheat or low-carb pasta, and my kids can’t tell the difference because of all the delicious flavors in this recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    Loved this! Added water chestnuts at the end of cooking just enough to heat them through and thought they accompanied the dish nicely. I also used ribeye sliced thinly because that is what I had available. Will keep this recipe.

  20. 5 stars
    can the gatlic beef and broccoli with noodles be frozen please, i am just starting to batch cook, so looking for freezable recipes. thankyou, all your recipes look delish .

  21. Alyssa, This looks and sounds so good. I definitely want to make it soon, but i also want to ask if you could please make your recipes a little darker and larger font. Not wanting to be rude, nor picky, just having a hard time reading your recipes. Thanks for sharing; my daughter loves
    Lo Mein, so I’m going to surprise her

  22. 5 stars
    This was fabulous! I used hot sesame oil and left out red pepper flakes. I’ll definitely add this to my “go to” recipes. Any idea on a calorie count per serving on this recipe?

    1. I like to use skinnytaste.com or myfitnesspal.com for any nutritional information that I may have. Hope that you are able to find what you are looking for. Thanks so much for following along with me! XOXO

  23. 5 stars
    We tried your beef with broccoli tonight. Delicious!! I’ve made a few recipes trying to find one we like and this was a winner. I enjoyed it so much I shared it to my Instagram (tagging and sharing your link). Thanks!!

  24. I tried your garlic beef and broccoli and it was awesome!!!!! Thank you. I have a new meal for my family. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!!!

  25. 5 stars
    Second recipe I’ve tried from your site and it was dynamite too! Delicious. We added more meat and some additional pasta for leftovers. Super tasty and really easy! Just don’t crowd the pan with the meat or you will end up boiling it.

  26. 5 stars
    Every recipe I have made of yours is perfect with no wasted ingredients due to failure! I am so excited to try this recipe! I’m giving this recipe 5 stars since I do a lot of cooking and know how it will taste!

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