The Best Cut Of Meat To Use For Classic Takeout Beef And Broccoli

Beef and broccoli in wok
Beef and broccoli in wok - Veselovaelena/Getty Images

Chinese takeout menus boast plenty of options, but beef and broccoli is one dish we return to time and time again. Made with just two main ingredients and set on a bed of plain white rice, it's still one of the most delectable takeout dishes. Even though the ingredients aren't plentiful, beef and broccoli is beloved for its crunchy veggies and delicate, juicy beef. While each Chinese restaurant is sure to have its own roster of techniques for perfecting the recipe, good beef and broccoli starts with the type of meat you use. To nail beef and broccoli, a thin, lean cut of beef should be used.

For ultra-tender, Chinese restaurant-style beef, flank steak is the best choice. Deliciously supple yet inexpensive, flank steak is taken from the cow's abdominal muscle. Although it doesn't have much fat, flank contains tons of flavor, making it great for stir-fries. Aside from choosing the right cut of meat, Chinese restaurants also rely on various tricks to soften the meat. Marinating the beef in a mix of water and baking soda or cornstarch for around an hour or two will also ensure that the flank steak is perfectly tender.

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What Other Cuts Of Meat Can Be Used In Beef And Broccoli?

Beef and broccoli with white rice
Beef and broccoli with white rice - Elena Veselova/Shutterstock

In Tasting Table's takeout-style beef and broccoli, recipe developer Cecilia Ryu opts for flank steak to make the classic dish. However, she does state that skirt steak will do the trick as well. Skirt steak is located right next to the flank on the cow, and the two share a similar rich, meaty flavor. Skirt steak is on the thinner side, so it doesn't need to be marinated for as long as flank. Beef and broccoli is cooked at a high heat, meaning you'll need to reduce the cooking time — and possibly the temperature — if using skirt steak.

Although it doesn't boast the same tenderness as flank or skirt steaks, eye round's accessibility and inexpensiveness make it a solid option for beef and broccoli. Coming from above the cow's hind legs, the muscles move around constantly, making meat a little chewier. While it is slightly tougher than flank and skirt steak, marinating eye round in vinegar or using a meat mallet to soften it will turn it into a great cut for beef and broccoli.

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