Beef and Broccoli is a Chinese-American creation. I don’t actually know if they serve this dish in China, but you can certainly find it in every Chinese restaurant in America. It’s one of the more popular dishes. My kids absolutely love it. We never go to a Chinese restaurant without getting at least one order of Beef and Broccoli.
I took a Chinese cooking class many years ago before I was even married. This recipe is an adaptation of the recipe we learned in class. I’ve tweaked it over the years and made some changes to the original (no offense to my cooking teacher). I still don’t think it tastes quite like what you get in a Chinese restaurant, but it’s yummy and hits the spot when you can’t get down the hill to Debbie Wong’s.
BEEF AND BROCCOLI STIR FRY
- 1 lb. beef, like flank steak, boneless ribs, top sirloin, or tri-tip
- 1½ lbs. broccoli florets
- ⅓ cup oyster sauce
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup rice wine
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tsp. grated ginger
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Slice beef into strips.
- In a bowl, whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, and cornstarch.
- Place sliced beef into marinade and allow to marinate for 15 minutes to an hour.
- Heat a little oil in a wok and stir fry garlic quickly.
- Add broccoli and stir fry until broccoli turns bright green.
- Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add a little more oil to wok.
- When hot, remove beef from marinade, put into wok, and stir fry until just cooked.
- Add broccoli back into wok and toss with beef to combine.
- Serve with cooked white rice.
NOTE: If you want a little sauce, pour some of the marinade into the wok together with the beef and cook together. If sauce is too watery, you can thicken it with cornstarch.