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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!
  • Green Onion and Sesame Seeds: Add these on top for garnish if desired. Adds great flavor as well!

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

4.86 from 134 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
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
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • 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 1/4 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.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion and sesame seeds if desired.

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Notes

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

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 20gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 760mgPotassium: 465mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 61.5mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 1.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian American, Chinese
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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323 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. The scallions and sesame seeds are an addition to the meal you are welcome to garnish the lo Mein with. Hope that helps!

  3. 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.

    1. I like to use skinnytaste.com or myfitnesspal.com for any nutritional information. Hope you find what you are looking for.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is way better than any take out an super easy. Since I’ve discovered it I’ve made it 4 times. I do add some extra veggies including onion. Yum!! try it

      1. Do you season the meat? I would think that the meat needs some seasoning like salt.

    1. Melanie!

      This dish can typically feed four to six. I hope this turned out great! Please let know what you think! Thanks for following along!

    2. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.