When you’re pressed for time, it can be helpful to have a repertoire of tried and true recipes that you can turn to and that’s exactly what you’ll get with this quick and easy beef with garlic sauce recipe. Serve with a side of mashed potatoes and you’re in for one soul-satisfying meal.

How to Make Quick and Easy Beef with Garlic Sauce

You’ll be able to enjoy a protein-packed dinner in no time at all thanks to this easy to follow beef and garlic sauce recipe:

  • Boil. In a large stockpot, bring the water to a rolling boil over medium high heat.
  • Season. Season the water with salt.
  • Cook the broccoli. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 1 to 2 minutes (or until tender).
  • Drain. Drain and cool under cold water. Set the broccoli aside.
  • Prepare the cooking skillet. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Stir-fry. Add the flank steak slices and stir-fry until done.
  • Cook the carrot. Add the shredded carrot and cook for 1 minute.
  • Prepare the garlic sauce. Use a small bowl to combine the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic cloves, grated fresh ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, cornstarch and water.
  • Add the garlic sauce. Add the garlic sauce to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Finish it off. Add the cooked broccoli and sesame oil and toss to combine.
  • Cook. Cook everything together for 1 minute.
  • Serve. Serve the beef and garlic sauce warm.

Beef With Garlic Sauce

Beef With Garlic Sauce

Beef With Garlic Sauce

3 Tips for Cooking Flank Steak

Since flank steak can admittedly be a rather tough cut of meat, here are 3 helpful tips to keep in mind when cooking with flank steak:

  • Use cooking oil. Using olive oil (or a similar type of cooking oil spray) helps to lock in moisture and flavor when cooking steak, both of which are essential when using flank cuts.
  • Cook over high heat. Use anything from a medium high to high heat when cooking flank steak. Typically, flank steak requires about 4 minutes of cooking time per side at a high heat; for stir-fry recipes like this one, just keep a close eye on them as you cook.
  • Marinade or braise. A great way to make flank steak more tender is to use either a marinade sauce or braise. This can help to break down the extra-tough muscle fibers found in flank cuts, resulting in a far more tender steak than you would have otherwise.

Beef With Garlic Sauce

Beef Substitutes

If you’d rather skip using tougher flank cuts of beef altogether, you can still easily make this recipe with these other types of proteins:

  • Other cuts of beef (T-bone, ribeye, porterhouse, etc.)
  • Chicken (breasts, thighs, drumsticks)
  • Pork (pork chops, tenderloins, shoulder, etc.)
  • Seafood (shrimp, salmon, etc.)

Beef With Garlic Sauce

How to Freeze This Quick and Easy Beef Recipe for Later

The first thing that you’ll want to do with your leftover beef is allow it to cool completely after cooking. Once that’s done, transfer the leftovers into a freezer-safe airtight container and seal it up tightly.

You’ll be able to freeze this beef recipe for up to 3 months when stored like this.

Beef With Garlic Sauce

(Also try: Chicken with Garlic Sauce)

Quick and Easy Beef with Garlic Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 pound flank steak, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  • In a large stockpot, bring the water to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. 
  • Season with salt. 
  • Add the broccoli and cook for 1-2 minutes or until tender. 
  • Drain and cool under cold water. 
  • Set aside. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 
  • Add the beef and stir-fry until done.
  • Add the carrot and cook for 1 minute. 
  • In a small bowl combine soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, cornstarch and water. 
  • Add the sauce to the skillet and stir to combine. 
  • Add the cooked broccoli and sesame oil and toss to combine. 
  • Cook for 1 minute. 
  • Serve warm.
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Emma Kelly

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