Panda Express Beef and Broccoli

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 5 reviews

Panda Express Beef and Broccoli is a spot-on copycat of the chain’s most popular dish! Enjoy succulent steak strips and crisp vegetables all coated in a savory Asian sauce.

If you want more Asian-inspired flavors using other proteins, you’ll love this Sweet and Sour Pork, zesty Lemon Pepper Shrimp, and Kung Pao Chicken.

Panda Express beef and broccoli with rice

Takeout Style Chinese Beef and Broccoli

Panda Express Beef and Broccoli is the undisputed crowd favorite at the famous restaurant chain. It has all the hallmarks of incredible Chinese food— amazing sauce, fresh vegetables, and meat so tender it melts in your mouth.

But like all fast food, it’s not healthy to eat it all the time. My solution? Make it from scratch at home so you can control the ingredients!

This homemade version is everything you love about this take-out classic. However, it’s much healthier than the original so feel free to enjoy it more often! Fast, insanely delicious, and has all those bold take-out flavors without the guilt.

Is Panda Express Beef and Broccoli healthy?

Yes! It’s rich in protein and nutrients due to the steak and vegetables. This copycat is also much healthier than the original because there are less oil and sodium.

Finally, you can always add more vegetables to your version!

Panda Express beef and broccoli ingredients

Do you need a wok to make Beef and Broccoli?

Chinese stir-fries are always cooked in a wok because the surfaces disperse heat more evenly than conventional frying pans. That makes them perfect for fast cooking methods that use very high heat.

You also need less oil, and it’s easier to toss the ingredients without them landing outside the pan. But while a wok is an ideal equipment to use for a stir-fry, it’s alright to use what’s in your kitchen.

You can even use a non-stick pan if you want! As long as you follow the recipe, you can look forward to delicious results.

How to make Panda Express Beef and Broccoli?

  1. Prepare the meat. First, tenderize the beef by slicing in strips across the grain. Then, toss in a little cornstarch after patting dry and leave it for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Get your sauce ready. Make a thin slurry with water and cornstarch, then whisk in the rest of the ingredients for the sauce.
  3. Prepare the broccoli by steaming. Boil a quarter cup of water and pour it into a pan followed by the florets. Allow the vegetable steam while covered until it reaches your preferred doneness. Set aside.
  4. Stir fry. Wait until the oil in your pan is shimmering hot, then add the strips of steak in one layer. Let it cook for around 1 minute without touching it. Next, add the veggies and stir-fry until deeply brown. Follow with the aromatics. Give your sauce a quick stir, then add to the stir-fry. Simmer for a minute so the sauce thickens.
  5. Serve. Plate it up with sesame seeds on top and enjoy immediately over some white rice.

steps how to make Panda Express beef and broccoli

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry variations and substitutions:

  • Add other vegetables: Make it healthier and more colorful with carrots, snow peas, brown or white mushrooms, cauliflower florets, and bell peppers.
  • Use other meat: Chicken or pork sliced into strips are excellent alternatives.
  • Make it vegetarian: Substitute fried tofu or crispy baked tofu instead of the meat.
  • Make it spicy: Thinly chop red finger chilies and add them at the end, or use double the amount of pepper flakes.

What cut of beef is best for Chinese Beef and Broccoli?

My favorite stir-fry cuts are skirt or flank. They are perfect for stir-fries because they cook very quickly.

This cut remains tender as long as you slice across the grain and don’t overcook (medium at most). It’s also very flavorful, lean, and loaded with protein, so if you’re looking for a healthier cut of meat, this is it!

Panda Express beef and broccoli in a pan

How to tenderize beef strips for stir fry?

It all begins with the way you slice it. We do it against the grain because this cuts through those tough muscle fibers and leaves the meat tender but still with a nice chew.

Then, we coat the surface in cornstarch. Note that in itself, this step doesn’t tenderize the meat – it protects those precious juices and helps prevent overcooking.

Both these steps are important to keep your meat soft with a slight crispiness. 

What to serve with Panda Express Beef and Broccoli?

Egg fried rice for the full take-out experience, of course!

If you want something lighter, it’s also fantastic with white or brown rice with a side of roasted Bok Choy. Great with noodles, too!

More delicious Panda Express recipes:

Panda Express beef and broccoli

How to store leftovers?

This dish freezes beautifully, so it’s great for weekly meal prep or for bringing to lunch the next day. First, let the leftovers get completely cool. Keep in a tightly sealed container, and refrigerate.

Consume within five days. If frozen, it can last up to two months.

Also, to reheat, thaw leftovers first. Then, microwave on high for a couple of minutes until hot.

Recipe tips and tricks:

  • Stir-fries come together in minutes, so make sure everything is ready before you turn on the stove.
  • Ensure to slice the steak correctly to avoid tough meat.
  • Also, the oil should be so hot that it shimmers. Otherwise, the ingredients will get steamed with the sauce instead of getting stir-fried.
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5 from 5 reviews

Panda Express Beef and Broccoli

Panda Express Beef and Broccoli is a spot-on copycat of the chain’s most popular dish!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 2 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 mins

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Carbohydrates: 46 Protein: 59 Fat: 33 Saturated Fat: 17 Cholesterol: 136 Sodium: 2750 Potassium: 1552 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 18 Vitamin A: 1487 Vitamin C: 202 Calcium: 189 Iron: 6 Calories: 624
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Mar Wahrer

We love Panda Express and their beef and broccoli is delicious. Making it myself sounds great. I'm sure it would be much cheaper too.

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Sarah Bailey

Now this sounds like a dish my other half would really like! I'll have to check with him and perhaps we can give it a try.

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melissa chapman

I liked the way you cooked this with the sauce. I will use all of these ideas in my cooking and in my own stir fry recipes.

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Ben

BOOYAH! 5 stars and then some. Panda Express is my all-time favorite take-out chain, and I love their beef and broccoli. I can't wait to make my own Panda Express goodness.

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Pam Wattenbarger

We love beef and broccoli! This looks like a good meal to have for dinner tonight.

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Heather

We haven't been to Panda Express in so long, but when we went, this was my favorite dish! Can't wait to make it at home.

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Nikki Wayne

This has always been my favorite dish. I bet this one would taste just like the Panda Express version.

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Shoma

This dish from Panda is one of my all time favorites! I will definitely have to make this soon.

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Lynndee

Beef and broccoli is one of my faves to get at the Chinese restaurant. Yum! That looks good!

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN

Oooo yummy. I love the sound of this and that it has broccoli. I'm always trying to get the family to eat more of it.

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Kathy

This looks so good. I'm going to have to make it soon. I think my family would really love this. I can't wait to try it.

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Natasha Mairs

My husband would really love this recipe. But I would make mine veggie and add tofu instead.

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Kita Bryant

This is an awesome dinner idea. It is such a simple recipe too!

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Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers

I occasionally eat the beef broccoli from Panda Express. I've never considered making it at home. I'll have to try it.

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Aneta Anna Alaei

Asian food can be so intimidating but this sounds like I could do it easily duplicate it at home. Thanks for the making this weeks meal planning a cinch

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