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Easy Beef and Broccoli Recipe in the Air Fryer

It can be so simple to place a takeout order. But why waste your money on takeout when you can make a delicious Chinese dinner at home? With this quick and easy beef and broccoli recipe, you can use your air fryer to prepare a classic Chinese dish. And since you can whip up this simple dinner with just a few minutes of prep work, it will be you new favorite way to enjoy Chinese takeout.

It can be so simple to place a takeout order. But why waste your money on takeout when you can make a delicious Chinese dinner at home? With this quick and easy beef and broccoli recipe, you can use your air fryer to prepare a classic Chinese dish. And since you can whip up this simple dinner with just a few minutes of prep work, it will be you new favorite way to enjoy Chinese takeout.

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What Do I Need to Make This Beef and Broccoli Recipe?

Since this recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients, you can prepare it in no time! To make your own beef and broccoli at home, you’ll need:

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients

How Do I Make Easy Beef and Broccoli?

Using your air fryer allows you to prepare this dish in less than 30 minutes. That means you can whip up a delicious Chinese dinner in less time than it would take for you to pick up a takeout order! To make this easy beef and broccoli recipe, just follow these four quick steps:

Step One: Prepare the Steak

To make beef and broccoli at home, start by slicing the ribeye steak into thin strips. Then, chop the ginger and mince the garlic. Next, make a marinade by combining the oyster sauce, beef stock, chopped ginger, minced garlic, sesame seed oil, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add the sliced beef and broccoli florets to the marinade and allow it to soak for five minutes.

Sliced ribeye steaks on a cutting board.

Step Two: Cook the Beef and Broccoli in the Air Fryer

Transfer the seasoned beef and broccoli to your air fryer basket, making sure to set the remaining sauce aside. Spread the beef and broccoli in an even layer in the basket and cook the ingredients at 370 degrees for eight minutes.

 

Step Three: Make the Sauce

While the meat and veggies are cooking in the air fryer, prepare the sauce by combining the soy sauce and cornstarch together to create a slurry. Add the cornstarch slurry to the marinade and stir to combine. Add the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and cook over medium low heat for around five minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken.

Beef and broccoli in sauce in a glass bowl.

Step Four: Toss the Beef and Broccoli in the Sauce

When the beef, broccoli, and sauce have finished cooking, transfer all the ingredients to a large bowl. Carefully toss the beef and broccoli in the sauce until it’s fully coated. Serve your beef and broccoli over rice or noodles.

Beef and broccoli in a bowl with chopsticks.

What is the Best Way to Slice Ginger?

Using fresh ginger is a great way to add tons of flavor to your sauce. But if you’re not sure how to handle fresh ginger root, don’t worry! Peeling and slicing your ginger is quick and easy – and totally worth the extra time.

  • Peel the ginger: Before you can start slicing your fresh ginger root, it’s important to remove the skin from the outside. The easiest way to peel your ginger is with a spoon. Just slide the side of your spoon down the side of the ginger root to remove the skin.
  • Grate the ginger: Hold a grater or microplane over a plate and slide the ginger root over the grates to easily mince the ginger for your sauce. Continue mincing until you have enough fresh ginger for your recipe.
  • Finely chop the ginger: If you don’t have a grater on hand, you can also use a knife to finely chop your ginger. Start by making several thin slices in the ginger root. Then, turn the ginger around and make several thin slices in the opposite direction. After that, quickly chop over the ginger to finely chop each piece before adding it to the sauce.

Angela view of bowl of beef and broccoli.

What is the Best Beef to Use for Beef and Broccoli?

When it comes to making stir fry, using a lean and tender cut of beef is the best option. That means there are a variety of delicious beef cuts you could use for this recipe! I think a thinly sliced ribeye is a great choice for beef and broccoli, but you could also use sirloin or flank steak for this easy recipe. No matter which type of beef you use, follow these tips for getting the most flavor out of your steak:

  • Cut against the grain: Start by examining your steak to find the long grains of muscle fiber. Then, cut against the grain (perpendicular to those line lines of muscle). This will make the steak easier to chew.
  • Slice into bite-sized pieces: Use a sharp knife to cut the beef into ¼-inch thick strips. In addition to making your beef and broccoli easier to eat, these thin strips will also shorten your cook time.

Overhead view of beef and broccoli with rice in a bowl.

Easy Beef and Broccoli Recipe in the Air Fryer

It can be so simple to place a takeout order. But why waste your money on takeout when you can make a delicious Chinese dinner at home? With this quick and easy beef and broccoli recipe, you can use your air fryer to prepare a classic Chinese dish. And since you can whip up this simple dinner with just a few minutes of prep work, it will be you new favorite way to enjoy Chinese takeout.
4.85 from 13 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Keyword: Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 397kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice the ribeye steak into thin strips. Cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces.
  • Mince the ginger and the garlic.
  • Next, make a marinade by combining the oyster sauce, beef stock, chopped ginger, minced garlic, sesame seed oil, and brown sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Add the sliced beef and broccoli florets to the marinade and allow it to soak for five minutes.
  • Set the temperature of the air fryer to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Transfer the marinated beef and broccoli to your air fryer basket, making sure to set the remaining sauce aside.
  • Spread the beef and broccoli in an even layer in the basket and cook the ingredients at 370 degrees for eight minutes.
  • While the meat and broccoli are cooking in the air fryer, prepare the sauce by combining the soy sauce and cornstarch together to create a slurry.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry to the reserved marinade and stir to combine.
  • Add the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan and cook over medium low heat for around five minutes, until the sauce begins to thicken. Then, pour it into a large bowl
  • When the beef and broccoli is done cooking, remove from the air fryer and add to the prepared sauce. Carefully toss the beef and broccoli in the sauce until it’s fully coated.
  • Serve your beef and broccoli over rice or noodles and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 397kcal | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Fiber: 1g
Recipe Rating




Barbara

Monday 30th of January 2023

I love all your recipes but I cook for a family of 5 so I could not do this if it has to be done in one layer. I am going to try your recipe on the stove top.

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Monday 30th of January 2023

Barbara, Thank you for your feedback! I am working on this recipe to make it more family-friendly, so stay tuned and it will be updated for 4 servings! I did a trial run of it again just last week. So, here are my preliminary suggestions...For 5, I would use 20 to 24 ounces of steak, sliced into thin strips. Depending on the size of your air fryer, cook the meat all at once and do the broccoli in a second batch. I would use 12 ounces of broccoli. The sauce, which ties it all together is on the stove top, so just double the ingredients.

Shirley

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

I could not find nutrition information

angela @marathonsandmotivation

Wednesday 24th of August 2022

Hi Shirley! Thank you for letting me know, I have now added it to the recipe card. -Angela

Natalie

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Lovely dinner idea. I can't wait to make this for my family. It's healthy and looks delicious. Thanks.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

Air fryer is such a blessing in our kitchen. Love making meals like this for weeknight dinners. So much better and healthier than take out.

Swathi

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

This beef and broccoli looks delicious great meal with a bowl of rice.