Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli with Lime

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This is a simple recipe for Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli but with a couple of little twists to make it extra tasty. I’ve added some dried coriander, some chili pepper and finished it with a nice hit of lime juice. These added ingredients give this easy, everyday meal a nice little extra pop of flavour.

In the Pantry Ingredients blog I’ve added dried coriander as one of the possible spices that you can have in your stockpile of spices. So if you decided to put this in your spice rack, it is perfect to use here to add a little extra flavour to your beef. If you don’t have any, well that’s OK too. Try dried ginger and garlic powder if you don’t have fresh. Fresh is best but we know that compromise is important when you are travelling and using your small galley kitchen.

Being organized is pretty important when you are working in a small space like a galley. The first thing I always do is gather all of my ingredients together and put them in one place. The second thing is that I try to use the least amount of dishes I can. Nobody likes a messy galley or having to do a ton of dishes after a nice meal.

Gather all of your ingredients and have them ready. Broccoli, steak, onion, garlic, dried coriander, ginger, soy sauce, sesame, noodles, and lime. I think that’s everything. I’ve also added red pepper in the recipe but I forgot to put it in this picture so don’t forget that if you want some extra colour.

Heat your frying pan and add a good glug of vegetable oil. Vegetable oil is a good choice here because it can get nice an hot without too much smoke. The first thing to cook is the broccoli. A nice brown on the broccoli is important but it also needs a bit of time to cook and become tender. Start it on medium high and once it starts to brown, turn down the heat and cover.

Next, you can remove the lid, put the broccoli aside to keep warm. Then turn the heat back up to medium and add the onion, garlic and ginger. Cook this for a couple of minutes until the onion has softened.

Add the red pepper for a bit of extra colour and taste. This will need to cook for another couple of minutes.

Cover the steak in the spices on all sides. Add the steak to the pan and cook until browned on the outside. If you are doubling this recipe to cook for more people, add the beef in batches so that it browns and doesn’t just boil in its own juices.

Add everything back to the pan including a pinch of chili peppers if you like. Add Soy Sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil and heat. Serve with either egg noodles or rice noodles which have been tossed in some sesame oil. Top with Siracha sauce if you like it spicier and add lots of lime juice to give it a nice fresh taste.

Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli

Recipe by KatherineCourse: MainCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy


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A quick and tasty stir fried beef and broccoli served over noodles with a touch of lime.


  • 1 T vegetable oil

  • 1 small head of broccoli cut into pieces

  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp grated or finely chopped fresh ginger (can use 1/4 tsp of dried ginger)

  • 1 small red pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 steak sliced across the grain into strips about 1/2 thick

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tsp dried coriander

  • 2 T soy sauce

  • 2 tsp sesame oil

  • 1/2 fresh lime, (about 1 tsp lime juice)

  • pinch dried red chili flakes

  • 1/2 lb (225 g) rice or egg noodles


  • Heat oil in a pan on medium high heat and cook broccoli for about 3 minutes until starting to brown. Turn heat to low and cover for another 3 minutes or until broccoli is slightly tender. Remove broccoli and set aside.
  • Turn pan back up to medium high heat and add more oil if needed. Cook onion, garlic, ginger and red pepper for about 2-3 minutes, until onion is starting to soften.
  • Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper and coat in Coriander spice.
  • Add seasoned steak to hot pan and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until starting to brown on the outside. Add broccoli back to the pan along with Soy Sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, and chili peppers (if using). Cook for about 1-2 minutes, until sauce is heated throughout.
  • Serve over hot egg or rice noodles, tossed in sesame oil. Top with fresh lime juice.

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