What Beef For Beef And Broccoli: Who doesn’t love Chinese food? I know I do. In fact, I usually order some most days when I get a chance. There are several different kinds of Chinese food that you can order from places like the Great China restaurant, but the one that’s got me hooked is the pad thai with Thai sauce and crispy noodles. The taste is just amazing and leaves your mouth watering for more!
Easy Beef And Broccoli
for 4 servings
- 1 lb flank steak(455 g), sliced into thin strips
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce(80 mL)
- ¼ cup brown sugar(55 g)
- ¼ cup honey(85 g)
- 1 cup beef broth(240 mL)
- 4 cups broccoli floret(700 g)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- sesame seed, as desired
- In an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, sear the steak until cooked all the way through. Remove from the pan.
- Add a little more oil, then add the garlic and ginger to the pan. Sauté until soft.
- Add the sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, and beef broth. Stir until combined.
- Add the broccoli florets.
- In a separate bowl, combine cornstarch and water. Add to broccoli mixture. Bring to a boil, until sauce has thickened.
- Add the beef back into the mixture, and serve over rice with sesame seeds, if desired.
Broccoli Beef Stir-Fry
This classic Chinese Broccoli Beef Stir-Fry recipe tales only 30 minutes from start to finish! Crisp-tender broccoli and tender steak, all decked out in a savory sauce. Serve with rice.
After moving out of the dorms in college, I found an apartment to share with three others. My job was to cook, and as long as what I put out on the dinner table was better than instant ramen, I didn’t have to clean the kitchen or vacuum. A mighty fine trade of labor, if you ask me!
But then pretty soon, friends of roommates discovered my cooking talent and would conveniently drop by at around 7pm. I knew cooking was my calling back then, because each new friend would try to find a suitable trade to be able to snag a coveted spot at our dinner table. No more grocery bill, laundry, ironing, washing the car, or studying!
Broccoli Beef was one of my specialties, mainly because broccoli was cheap and beef could be sliced thinly to stretch and feed unexpected guests.
The Secret to Crisp Broccoli and Succulent Beef
So, how do you get the broccoli crisp-tender and the beef juicy, succulent? Well, the secret is to blanch or steam the broccoli first, before stir frying the beef.
This helps you control the cooking times for the broccoli, instead of praying that the broccoli and beef finish cooking at the same time. You’ll add the broccoli back into the pan as the beef finishes cooking.
That Perfect Garlic Flavor
And how do you prevent the garlic from burning? Most recipes will have you add the garlic in the pan or wok before you add the beef. If you do this, you’ll surely burn your garlic, as the beef takes about 1 minute to 1 1/2 minutes to cook through on high heat.
In this recipe, you’ll add the garlic after you add the beef. There should be plenty of oil in the wok to fry the garlic (if you use a large frying pan or wok) and the timing will be perfect.
What to Serve With Beef and Broccoli
This stir fry is can be served on its own or with steamed rice. If you’re in the mood for noodles, try this version!
Broccoli Beef Stir-Fry
PREP TIME15 mins
COOK TIME15 mins
TOTAL TIME30 mins
SERVINGS3 to 4 servings
Pro tip: Put the steak in the freezer for 15-30 minutes before slicing, it will be firmer and easier to slice thin.
For the beef:
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon Chinese rice cooking wine or dry sherry
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 pound flank or sirloin, sliced thinly across the grain
For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon Chinese rice cooking wine or dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
For the stir fry:
- 3/4 pound broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil
- 2 cloves garlic, very finely minced or pressed through a garlic press
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
- Marinate the beef:Stir together the beef marinade ingredients (1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine, 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper) in a medium bowl.Add the beef slices and stir until coated. Let stand for 10 minutes.
- Prepare the sauce:Stir together the sauce ingredients (2 Tbsp oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/4 cup chicken broth) in a small bowl.
- Blanch or steam the broccoli:Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
- Stir-fry the beef:Heat a large frying pan or wok over high heat until a bead of water sizzles and instantly evaporates upon contact. Add the cooking oil and swirl to coat.Add the beef and immediately spread the beef out all over the surface of the wok or pan in a single layer (preferably not touching).Let the beef fry undisturbed for 1 minute. Flip the beef slices over, add the garlic to the pan and fry for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute until no longer pink.
- Add sauce, cornstarch, and broccoli:Pour in the sauce and the cornstarch slurry (1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water). Stir until the sauce boils and thickens, 30 seconds. Stir in the the broccoli.
- Serve immediately:Serve the stir fry immediately, either on its own or over cooked rice.
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Beef with Broccoli
This is an easy and tasty beef with broccoli version that I enjoy eating with warm rice. The beef is tender and flavorful, while the broccoli is nice and crisp. It is the same version that I have been making for my family as far as I can remember. I can say that this is our favorite version.
The recipe below can be adjusted depending on your preference. It is developed to give you a quick and easy stir-fry version of the dish. Some people want their dish to have some sauce. Simply add half a cup of water to the beef after stir frying. Make sure to stir as it cooks to develop that thick brown sauce.
How to Cook Beef with Broccoli
There are two processes in making this beef with broccoli version. It involves marinating and stir frying.
The secret to this flavorful dish is the marinade. It is a combination of 6 key ingredients. It is composed of oyster sauce, Knorr Liquid Seasoning, cooking wine, Sesame oil, sugar, and cornstarch. Simply combine all the ingredients together, add the beef slices, and marinate for 15 minutes. It will only take this quick to marinate as long as the beef is sliced thinly.
Start the stir-fry process with the broccoli. Heat around 2 tablespoons oil and saute ginger and garlic. This will quickly unleash a pleasant aroma in your kitchen. It is an appetizing scent that pushes you to quickly finish cooking the entire dish. Add the broccoli florets and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes. This is the way to get crunchy broccoli. Set everything aside.
Next is to stir-fry the marinated beef until it browns. You can quickly finish the dish by adding the broccoli back to the pan to cook for a couple minutes more. This is ideal only if tender cuts of beef are used. Otherwise, I suggest adding water to the beef and cook it a bit longer until the meat tenderizes. This makes the meat tender and you will also have the opportunity to have a thick brown sauce on your beef with broccoli dish. Add the broccoli and season with salt and pepper.
We all love having this with rice. It is also a nice idea incorporate the dish with noodles. I made something like this before and I called it Lo Mein with Beef and Broccoli.
Try this Beef with Broccoli Recipe. Let me know what you think.
Beef with Broccoli
Quick and easy version of stir-fried beef with broccoli. This yummy dish is best paired with rice or noodles.
Keywordbeef and broccoli
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time33 minutes
- 1 lb. beef sliced into thin pieces
- 2 cups broccoli cut into florets
- 2 teaspoons ginger minced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 to 3/4 cups water optional
- ¼ cup cooking oil
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon Knorr Liquid Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Sesame oil optional
- 3 tablespoons cooking wine optional
- 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
- Combine beef, oyster sauce, Knorr Liquid Seasoning, Sesame oil, cooking wine, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Marinate beef for 15 minutes. Add cornstarch and mix to blend with all the ingredients. Set aside.
- Heat 2 tablespoons cooking oil in a cooking pot. Sauté ginger and garlic. Add broccoli before the garlic starts to brown. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the pot. Set aside.
- Pour the remaining oil into the pot. Add marinated beef once the oil gets hot. Stir-fry until the beef browns. You can add water to tenderize the beef further. If water is added, let it boil and stir as it evaporates. Add salt and ground black pepper to taste.
- Put the cooked broccoli into the pot with the beef. Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Serve!
Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 724mg | Potassium: 315mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2.3mg