20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

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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.

Beef and broccoli lo mein in a bowl.

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 hoisin 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.
  • Hoisin sauce: Adds thick glaze-like texture and sweet and salty flavor.
  • Sesame oil: Combine with soy sauce, hoisin, 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.

The process of making beef and broccoli lo mein.

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!

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.

Beef and broccoli lo mein in a skillet.

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20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

4.84 from 112 votes
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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Cut the flank steak across the grain in ¼ inch strips.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper and pepper.
  • Add the spaghetti to the skillet and pour the sauce on top and toss until incorporated.



Updated on July 20, 2020 and April 4, 2021
Originally Posted on August 20, 2017 


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.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American, Chinese
Keyword broccoli lo mein, garlic beef and broccoli lo mein, garlic beef lo mein
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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
    This dish was FABULOUS! I used sirloin steak. Cannot say enough about the flavor – .so very good. I used lo mein noodles. I’m a fan now. My husband and I will make this a regular dish for sure.

  2. My whole family really liked this dish! The only thing I might adjust for next time is a little less brown sugar, but otherwise it was excellent! (Made with spaghetti noodles)

  3. 5 stars
    This is delicious. I have also substituted chicken for the steak. It always gets rave reviews. Easier and cheaper than take-out! This is one of my go-to recipes.

  4. This recipe is really good. The sauce is delicious. I doubled the sauce. and I added more vegetables – zucchini, onion, mushrooms, red pepper, and water chestnuts. I added some fresh ginger when I browned the beef.

  5. 4 stars
    Really great recipe! The sauce is delicious. I doubled the sauce and added more vegetables – red pepper, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. I added fresh ginger when I cooked the beef.

  6. 4 stars
    I really liked this but I definitely think next time I’ll half the sauce ingredients as there was too much leftover..any recommendations about how to do that? (such as just cut down on the soy sauce or half everything)? Thanks

  7. I’m excited to try the recipe. It’s hard to get a decent print out of it without a printable version. I don’t need a 27 page print out of your entire post. Printable versions are so much handier.

    1. 5 stars
      Try using the Paprika app! You can copy and paste recipes like this and it saves them nice and concise in your phone!

  8. 5 stars
    This is an excellent recipe .It was easy to follow and so delicious but for the sauce you only need half the amount.

  9. Is the flank steak tough when its cooked on the stove relatively quickly? I’ve had it in a pressure cooker and bbq but never stove top. I’m worried it’ll be chewy

    1. We usually grill or fry a whole flank steak until it’s mediumrare and it is never tough. If you cut it thinly it would be done in minutes and should not be though at all

  10. Yummy! I made zoodles and spaghetti on the side and doubled the recipe. This will be in the dinner rotation. Next time I will add less sugar and more vegetables.

  11. 5 stars
    I had a leftover steak to reimagine and this recipe was perfect. I just threw the sliced steak in after the carrots and garlic were soft to warm it up. I tweaked the sauce by reducing the brown sugar to 1T and adding 1T of rice vinegar. With the hoisin sauce, it was already plenty sweet. Anyway, my people ate this up.

  12. 5 stars
    Just made this and it was amazing! Highly recommend! Couldn’t find flank steak here in the UK so used thin sliced sirloin but was still delicious. Will definitely make it again and it wasn’t expensive at all! Still have left over ingredients so only need to buy steak next time.

    1. Thank you for posting the nutritional info but can you please tell me how much is one serving? 1 cup? 1/2 cup? Etc. Thanks!

  13. 5 stars
    This was SO delicious! I just used 1 less tsp of sesame oil because I find it typically salty and I doubled the red pepper for extra spice. My husband ate his whole bowl including the broccoli, which he typically avoids at all costs! Definitely adding to my regular meals!

  14. I don’t know what I did wrong. First time I made it the sauce was super thick and spicy.
    This time I made it again with same ingredients except swapped steak for chicken. It had no flavor. Sauce was watery and lacked flavor or spice. Chicken was rubbery and dry with no flavor.
    Help! I want to like this recipe again. I don’t know what to do next time.

  15. 3 stars
    I tried this tonight with Rice Noodles as my daughter has Celiac’s. The picture looks like it includes scallions and sesame seeds but the recipe doesn’t call for either. Disappointed to find out that Hoisin Sauce has wheat in it and therefore, I couldn’t add it. Still fairly flavorful. It was a big hit with my other daughter. When I do it again, I will use a different kind of rice noodles. I used a linguini type,very flat.

    1. HI Eileen, I don’t normally reply to comments but my mum has Coeliacs too, and I make this for my family GF all the time so I thought I’d share some tips!
      I use San Remo GF spaghetti as the noodles and it works perfectly. I also have been able to find GF hoisin sauce in the supermarket too – I usually use the Ayam brand. Not sure where you live but hopefully you’ll be able to find some similar products if you have a look around! I know how much of a struggle Coeliacs can be for everyone

  16. 5 stars
    it was amazing me and my husband ate so much! what is the serving size and calories etc for this though I can’t seem to find it.

  17. 5 stars
    This meal is way BETTER than take out. It came together so quickly…definitely quicker than take out getting to the house. This will be added to my “take out” menu for when we want take out but don’t want to waste the calories or spend the money.

  18. 5 stars
    This was very good! I cook for a large family so I doubled the recipe. Next time I will add even more brocolli and use less noodles. I stir-fried the veggies separately instead of steaming them and I also added an onion as I feel that is a MUST have in this dish. I disagree that there was too much sauce. I thought it was the perfect amount!! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! I have been making it for awhile now and it is one of my very very picky daughter’s favorite homecooked meal. (she usually wants takeout) And once you buy the ingredients the first time you can get a couple of meals out of them with the exception of having to buy more steak.

      1. I made it with left over pork chops. It was delicious. I’m looking forward to making it again with snow peas and water chestnuts.

  20. 4 stars
    Great recipe. I did have to cut back on the brown sugar as it was too sweet. I added water chestnuts and sugar snap peas. Will definitely make this again.

  21. 5 stars
    I need a lot of these quick meals as we eat late according to schedules . Also can you give me some crockpot recipes please. Thank you sooo much

  22. Made this tonight for dinner. I added mushrooms & waterchestnuts too. An unusually sweeter taste to the lomein, but good! I may tweak a little next time – I really loved the Hoisin flavor so I may add a little more of it next time and maybe a little less brown sugar.
    I did not read the spaghetti quantity and cooked the whole box when it should have been half! That error = not enough sauce! I hurried and whisked up another batch. Glad it was easy to make.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  23. 5 stars
    Added some Thai red pepper paste to the sauce and used garlic pepper instead of regular. Added bean sprouts and water chestnuts too.

  24. 5 stars
    This recipe was excellent! I sauteed half an onion, two peppers, and some mushrooms and added it to the mixture. The sauce is fantastic. Wicked easy to make.

  25. 5 stars
    I don’t normally leave comments/reviews on recipes.. but, this is honestly my favorite dish!! I have to force myself to stop eating before I explode! SO GOOD! I love the sauce

    1. You can make this mixture for the hoisin sauce
      1 cup (minus 3 tablespoons) thick barbecue sauce, 3 tablespoons molasses, 4 teaspoons soy sauce, 4 teaspoons yeast extract, and 2 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder.


      Soy sauce, prunes or dark brown sugar are great replacements for hoisin sauce.

  26. This is So delicious! My family loves it. I add some cornstarch to it though because it’s a little thin in my opinion.

  27. This sounds delish and we will certainly try it (I have all the ingredients) but there is no way I can wash & chop three cups broc, slice 8 ounces of steak, peel & shred a carrot, and measure everything out in five minutes flat. That must be your superpower because there is no way I can do all that, that fast. Was that a typo? Surely you meant 10 minutes, if not 15. I must be doing something wrong because this happens to me all the time. I pick a recipe because I want something super fast and then when I go to actually do the prep work & measuring, I have to laugh at myself for being SO SLOW. LOL! It never works for me so I add 10-15 minutes for everything. The only other way is buy everything prewashed & chopped/sliced or hire a sous chef.

  28. Hello Alyssa,

    Can you tell me the difference between low mein noodles and sphagetti noodles?
    And where can I find low mein noodles at the grocery?

  29. So excited to try this tonight. Debating if I should use the spaghetti noodles or I also bought UDON noodles. Help please 🙏🏻

  30. My entire family of 4 loved the recipe! Delicious and enough for dinner a second night! I used 14 oz. of lo mein, doubled the sauce, and 16 oz. of chicken and there was not enough meat. Everyone asked for more meat! I cooked the broccoli for only 3 minutes, but it had to sit for a bit before I was ready to add it. It melted into the meal, i.e. you could only see green dots and not actual florets remained. The kids really liked it and didn’t fuss about “broccoli” so I guess that was good, but I felt like I should have blanched the broccoli. I also added red pepper and that was a great addition! Highly recommend!

  31. Will round steak work? I want to make this really bad but round steak is on sale & I am on tight budget.

  32. This is a great dish! Great flavour and SO easy to put together. My husband asked me to
    add green pepper and mushrooms…I didn’t want to for the first try…but I gave in and it was
    delicious! This is a new “staple” recipe in our house!

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