Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli is a delicious quick and easy week-night dinner that’s ready in a few minutes! This tasty stir-fry has lots of flavor from Ginger and Ponzu Sauce, and it uses a little cornstarch, but it’s still pretty low in net carbs with tips to make it even lower in carbs.

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I went to Beijing in 2001, thanks to my brother Rand who was in China helping the Hong Kong office of DDB, where he worked in those days. Then having the Olympics in China got me in the mood for stir-fry dishes, and this Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli with Ginger seems like the perfect quick option for a healthy meal!

Now before the Asian Food Police swoop in here and reprimand me, let me make it clear that this is not an authentically Chinese dish, in fact one ingredient I’m using is Ponzu Sauce, which is Japanese. Ponzu sauce does have some carbs too, so switch that out for soy sauce or use a lower-carb stir-fry sauce if you prefer.

What ingredients do you need?

  • beef sirloin
  • soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link)
  • Ponzu Sauce
  • rice vinegar
  • cornstarch
  • broccoli florets
  • Peanut Oil (affiliate link)
  • fresh ginger root
  • garlic cloves


How can you make this recipe lower in carbs?

If you wanted to make this for a  stricter low-carb diet, substitute another type of seasoned soy sauce or Chinese cooking sauce without sugar for the Ponzu Sauce. The cornstarch adds 3 carbs per servings but you can use less if you don’t mind a thinner sauce.

Tips for Stir-Frying:

If you’re not familiar with stir-fry cooking, you might want to read the basic rules for stir-frying that I learned when I took Chinese Cooking many years ago.

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How to Make Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli:

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  1. Cut beef into thin strips and marinate in mixture of soy sauce, Ponzu sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch. Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) and Gluten-Free Ponzu Sauce (affiliate link) if you need this recipe to be gluten-free.
  2. It’s important that meat and vegetables are cut into same-size pieces for stir-fry cooking.
  3. Some people like to blanch broccoli in boiling water for 1-2 minutes before cooking it in the wok. I never do this because I like raw broccoli and prefer it kind of crispy in stir-fries, so take your choice on whether to do that or not.
  4. Heat pan until it’s very hot, then heat half the oil until it’s shimmering and “season the oil” by stir-frying a few slices of ginger root and garlic for just about 30 seconds. Discard ginger root and garlic.
  5. Stir-fry broccoli for about three minutes, or until it has turned bright green and is barely starting to soften. Remove broccoli to a plate.
  6. Add more oil if needed, then add beef and stir-fry for about 2 minutes. (Don’t overcook the beef at this point. It will cook more with the broccoli.)
  7. Add broccoli back to pan along with sauce mixture and stir-fry about 2 minutes more, or until sauce has thickened slightly and all ingredients are hot and cooked through.
  8. Serve hot.

More Stir-Fry Recipes to Make at Home:

Stir-Fried Tofu with Ginger and Soy Sauce

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli
Yield: 4 servings

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli is flavored with plenty of ginger, and this is a delicious week-night dinner!



  • 1 lb. beef sirloin, cut into thin strips
  • 1 T soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1 T Ponzu Sauce (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch (see notes)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets, cut into same size pieces
  • 2 T peanut oil (depending on your pan)
  • 2-3 slices fresh ginger root
  • 2-3 sliced garlic cloves

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. ginger puree (see notes)
  • 1 T soy sauce (see notes)
  • 1 T Ponzu sauce (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 T cornstarch


  1. Trim all visible fat from beef and cut into strips (I bought beef already cut into strips because it was on sale!)
  2. Combine soy sauce, ponzu sauce, rice vinegar and 2 tsp. cornstarch in bowl and add the beef strips.
  3. Stir to coat meat with the mixture, then let marinate while you prep the other ingredients.
  4. Wash broccoli and cut into same-sized florets, keeping a few inches of stem on the pieces.
  5. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to dissolve cornstarch in the liquid.
  6. Have all ingredients ready and turner and serving plate ready before you begin to stir-fry.
  7. Heat wok or heavy metal pan over high flame or hot burner about 1 minute, until it feels hot if you put your hand over it.
  8. Add 1 T peanut oil and heat until the oil looks shimmery, then add garlic and ginger root slices and cook about 30 seconds, just until you start to smell the garlic and ginger.
  9. Remove garlic and ginger and discard.
  10. Add broccoli and stir-fry, stirring often, for about 2-3 minutes, or until broccoli turns bright green and is barely getting tender. Remove broccoli to a plate.
  11. Add the other tablespoon of oil if needed, (heat about 30 seconds, if you add oil) then add beef and marinating liquid.
  12. Stir-fry beef about 2 minutes, stirring constantly and being careful not to overcook the meat at this point.
  13. When meat is not quite cooked through, add broccoli back to pan with sauce and cook about 2 minutes more, stirring until meat and vegetables are coated with sauce and sauce is slightly thickened.
  14. Serve hot.


Use gluten-free Ponzu sauce and gluten-free soy sauce if needed. I wouldn't worry too much about such a small amount of cornstarch but you can use less if you prefer and have a slightly thinner sauce. The ginger puree in a jar that I used is also called ground ginger, or use finely minced fresh ginger root.

This recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7.6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 739mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5.3gSugar: 3.1gProtein: 35g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This recipe is relatively low in net carbs, but the cornstarch and Punzu Sauce both have some carbs. See tips above for making a version that’s lower in carbs. This dish is probably phase 2 or 3 and would be a personal choice for the original South Beach Diet, but it wouldn’t be too bad to eat occasionally.;

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2008. It was last updated with more information in 2021.

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