Beef Broccoli Recipe Hawaii

Juicy, tender beef and crisp broccoli drenched in a rich dark sauce, this Beef Broccoli Recipe Hawaii is delicious and comforting.

Beef and Broccoli Recipe Hawaii
Tender beef and crisp broccoli come together for this comforting Chinese take-out classic.

This Hawaii Beef Broccoli recipe is easy to make, delicious, and healthier than take out. With just a handful of ingredients, you’re less than 30 minutes away from a delicious dinner.

Enjoy beef and broccoli over rice noodles or white rice topped with green onion for a quick and delicious weeknight dinner.

This recipe is easy to double so you can meal prep and have plenty of leftovers. Feel free to add in more seasoning like garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and even throw in some pineapple for Hawaiian style.


How to tenderize stir fry beef

Have you ever tried making stir-fry at home and it tastes dry or tough? Ever wonder how Chinese restaurants have the most tender pieces of chicken, pork or teriyaki beef? The secret is velveting!

Tenderize stir fry beef with a simple and easy cooking technique called velveting. Meat or seafood is pre-cooked in oil or boiling water, then added to a stir-fry with other ingredients.

Take thinly sliced flank steak (cut against the grain) and marinate in a small bowl with oil, soy sauce, cornstarch and a touch of baking soda.

After 20 minutes, quickly sear the beef in oil or in boiling water for 30 seconds. The meat will be par cooked and simply toss it back in at the end for juicy, tender pieces of beef.

beef and broccoli recipe Hawaii
This Beef and Broccoli recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes.

How Do You Tenderize Meat For Beef Broccoli?

The secret to juicy, tender meat for beef and broccoli is a simple cooking technique called velveting. 

  • Thinly slice 1 lb beef against the grain.
  • Add 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 1 tbsp cornstarch, ½ tsp baking soda, and 1 tbsp soy sauce.
  • Set aside for 20 minutes until ready to use.

What Is Beef And Broccoli Sauce Made Of?

Beef and broccoli sauce is made of beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, ginger, and cornstarch.

How Do You Cook Beef Broccoli?

  • Thinly slice beef, mix with cornstarch, soy sauce, oil, and baking soda, and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Mix sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Quickly sear beef and remove from pan.
  • Cook broccoli florets, add water, and steam
  • Add beef, sauce, and let thicken for 1 minute

How Do You Make Kahiki Beef And Broccoli?

Microwave uncovered on high 10 – 13 minutes (for an 1100 watt microwave) or until all ingredients are hot, stirring halfway through. 

What Kind Of Broccoli Should I Use For Beef and Broccoli?

Use fresh broccoli for beef and broccoli. Frozen broccoli contains more moisture and can dilute the sauce.

beef and broccoli recipe Hawaii

Beef Broccoli Recipe Hawaii

Author: Maddy & JD – Them Bites
Juicy, tender beef and crisp broccoli drenched in a rich dark sauce, this Beef Broccoli Recipe Hawaii is delicious and comforting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 4 servings
Calories 299 kcal



  • 1 lb flank steak or other cheap cut
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp baking soda optional*


  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  • 1 head broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 1 in piece ginger, chopped

Recipe Instructions

  • Thinly slice the beef against the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices. Transfer to a small bowl. Add soy sauce, oil, cornstarch, and baking soda is using*. Gently mix well by hand until all the slices are coated with a thin layer of sauce. Marinate for 20 minutes while preparing the other ingredients.
  • Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  • Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat and swirl to coat the bottom. Spread the steak in a single layer, working in batches. Allow to cook without touching for 30 seconds, or until the bottom side is browned. Flip to cook the other side for a few seconds. Stir and cook until the surface is lightly charred and the inside is still pink. Set aside and repeat until all meat is cooked.
  • Add a little oil and broccoli to the skillet. After a couple of minutes, add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. 
  • Add ¼ cup of water, bring to a boil, and cover. Steam until the broccoli just turns tender and the water evaporates,1 minute or so.
  • Next, add the steak back in and pour in your sauce. Stir your sauce before adding to mix back in the cornstarch. Cook and stir until sauce thickens, about 1 minute and remove from heat. Serve immediately with white rice.


*If you need to use a cheaper but toucher cut of beef, for example, brisket or round roast, add ½  teaspoon of baking soda to the marinade and marinate the beef for 30 minutes before cooking. This will result in a very tender and juicy steak.


Calories: 299kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 31gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 1366mgPotassium: 939mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 947IUVitamin C: 137mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 3mg
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