Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls

broccoli beef in a bowl with noodles

Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls ~ these lightning fast stir fry bowls are so vibrant and full of flavor you’d never guess it’s a 30-minute meal!

broccoli beef in a bowl with noodles

beef and broccoli noodle bowls

30 minute meals are great, but they don’t exactly inspire a stampede to the dinner table. No worries, though, my authentic beef and broccoli noodle bowls are here to breathe new life into your quick workday meal plan. And for all this speed and convenience you aren’t sacrificing flavor or nutrition! That flash cooking is the very thing that makes stir frys so wonderful. The veggies stay bright and crisp, and the meat, which is sliced wafer thin, only has to dance across a blazing hot wok to cook through.

Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls on a wooden table with chopsticks

tips for easy stir frying

If you could only master one type of cooking in your life, I’d vote for stir frying…there are so many ways you can mix and match the protein and vegetables to keep in step with the seasons. I’m rediscovering them this year and we’re eating better because of it. I’d say a stir fry of some sort deserves a weekly spot on your menu ~ try my shrimp pad Thai for a completely different flavor profile.

TIP: Keep it simple and choose just one or two vegetables to star in your stir fry, then prep them along with your meat, chicken, shrimp, or tofu and sauce the night before, or in the morning before work. 

stir frying a beef and broccoli noodle bowl dinner

As you can probably tell from the blog, I don’t eat a ton of red meat, and I tend to be picky about it when I do. Top sirloin steak is the perfect cut for this dish, it slices easily, and when you cut it across the grain it becomes super tender. A pound serves 4 people, which makes it economical, and a healthy portion, too.

TIP: Put the package of meat in the freezer for an hour before cutting ~ that firms up the meat and makes it easy to get extra thin slices. Do this for stir fry, Philly cheese steak, steak salad, etc.

thinly sliced beef

TIP: It takes just a minute to flash cook steak when it’s cut this way. The key is to get your pan (preferably a wok) really smoking hot. I let the meat sit on one side without moving it for about a minute, then stir it around just to where there’s no more pink in the meat.

stir frying beef

 the sauce is a key component in a beef and broccoli recipe

Have you ever noticed there never seems to be enough sauce in Asian recipes? I made sure there’s plenty to go around (and coat those noodles) in this one.

The sauce has lots of flavor, but isn’t too complicated, and, with the exception of fresh ginger, it’s stuff I always have around. One of the key flavors in the sauce comes from fortified wine. Fortified wines are wines that have a distilled spirit added to them, so their alcohol content is higher and their flavor is more concentrated. They’re used in all sorts of recipes from all around the globe, and I always have one or two types around (I use them pretty much interchangeably.)  Fortified wines can take a recipe from good to great, and they add that restaurant flair to the flavor that can sometimes be hard to achieve. They’ll keep in a cupboard for a very long time, even after opening, so stock up!

Fortified wines:






cooking beef for a beef and broccoli noodle bowl

Of course you can serve this stir fried Beef and Broccoli over rice, but I thought noodles would make a nice change. I love the texture, and Asian noodles are super easy to cook. There are tons of varieties, and honestly you can use any of them, just follow the package instructions to prepare, some don’t even need to be cooked, just soaked!

soaking noodles for a beef and broccoli noodle bowl

which kind of noodle is best for this recipe?

I tested this recipe twice, once with ramen noodles and again with udon noodles, and both worked well. I like the Hakubaku brand, they’re an authentic Japanese noodle company based in Australia! The noodles come in handy bundles, and lots of varieties. If you can’t find them in the Asian section of your store, you can check them out on Amazon, here. (In this case Amazon has a much better price than my grocery store!)

Udon noodles for Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls

a bowl of beef and broccoli with noodles

invest in a wok if you love to stir fry

If you want to stir fry, you have to invest in a wok, and luckily these beautiful pans aren’t expensive…but don’t be tempted by non-stick surfaces, they’ll eventually corrode. I like steel, cast iron, or hard anodized aluminum.

a steel wok

Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowl with chopsticks

Reader Rave ~

“I stop by your site regularly and invariably get inspired for my nightly supper!
Again, I made this tonight and it was a big hit. I liked the idea of making the sauce with all ingredients added together – turned out really well…thanks.”
 ~ Frances


broccoli beef in a bowl with noodles
3.62 from 42 votes

Beef Broccoli Noodle Bowls

Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowls ~ these lightning fast stir fry bowls are so vibrant and full of flavor you'd never guess it's a 30-minute meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 682kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 lb top sirloin steak
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 2 bunches green onions, about 10
  • 8 ounce can of water chestnuts either whole or sliced (I like to slice them myself)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil possibly a little more


  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 6 Tbsp Tamari soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha or chili sauce optional
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced ginger


  • 9.5 oz package of udon or ramen noodles


  • Put the steak in the freezer for an hour so it will be easier to slice very thinly.
  • Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Trim the ends of the stems from the broccoli. Cut it into bite sized pieces. I chop the stems, too. Trim and slice the green onions into 1 inch pieces, white and green parts.
  • Slice the cold steak into 1/8 inch slices, cutting against the grain.
  • Heat a tablespoon of the oil in a wok or large saute pan over high heat. When the oil is very hot, brown the beef, working in batches. I let the first side cook, undisturbed, for about a minute, then flip and cook just until there is no more pink. That way you'll get some nice color for extra flavor. Note: don't do all the meat at once, or it won't brown. Add more oil as needed. Remove the beef to a plate.
  • In the same pan heat the remaining oil and stir fry the broccoli for about 5 minutes until it is bright green and crisp tender. I will sometimes add a splash of water and cover the wok for a minute or so to get the broccoli a little more tender. Stir in the green onions and remove all to a plate.
  • Whisk the sauce well, and add to the same pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until it darkens and turns glossy and thick.
  • Add the meat and veggies back into the sauce and combine well. Heat everything through.
  • Cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Divide the noodles between 4 bowls. Top with the stir fry, and garnish with sesame seeds.


Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 3329mg | Potassium: 1182mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1014IU | Vitamin C: 108mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 7mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it Your Own ~

  • Use rice noodles for a gluten free dish. 


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  • Reply
    March 22, 2022 at 10:48 am

    5 stars
    Yum! Made this for dinner last night and we loved it. I used my xiaoshing wine instead of sherry. Delicious and another great recipe – thanks!

  • Reply
    April 17, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Sue!
    We don’t do alcohol in our house, is there anything I can substitute the sherry with?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      April 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      There is so much flavor going on here I don’t think you’ll miss the sherry, just use more broth 🙂

  • Reply
    January 2, 2021 at 5:12 am

    Another tasty sounding recipe! I can’t wait to try it! And I have everything but the meat and noodles.
    Thanks Sue!

  • Reply
    Scotty Middleton
    December 18, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Sorry what kind of sherry? Cooking, dry? Regular?

    • Reply
      December 18, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      I use drinking sherry, dry.

  • Reply
    May 16, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    5 stars
    I really appreciated that you showed me what to do in a step by step process so that I wasn’t trying to get everything chopped and mixed at the same time. It was so easy once I had everything ready to go. We ate this up! The udon noodles cooked so fast and the rinising is key to them not sticking together. Thank you for getting my family out of the quarantine rut.

    • Reply
      May 16, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      You’re so welcome Genny, hopefully we’ll get through this soon!

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    Claire Linn
    October 6, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    5 stars
    I just made this for tea. Fabulous! Will be a regular on our menu! Thanks

    • Reply
      October 7, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Claire!

  • Reply
    June 20, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    5 stars
    I stop by your site regularly and invariably get inspired for my nightly supper!
    Again, I made this tonight and it was a big hit. I liked the idea of making the sauce with all ingredients added together – turned out really well…thanks.

    • Reply
      June 20, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I love that Frances, I’ve started to do more ‘dinner’ type recipes with just this in mind, and I’m glad you liked the noodle bowls. I’m going to do more of them, for sure!

  • Reply
    June 20, 2017 at 1:02 am

    So tempting, crazy for Udon Noodles and your beef looks wonderful, love your recipe!

    • Reply
      June 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Patty!

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    June 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    What a glorious recipe, I love using water chestnuts although they are a real pain to find here so when I do get them they don’t last long 🙂

    • Reply
      June 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      I have to remember to buy extra, I could literally eat a can for lunch!

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    June 19, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    I love a good stir fry, and I’m always a huge fan of a 30 minute meal! 🙂

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