Tender beef steak, fried with broccoli and heavenly Chinese stir-fry sauce. Simple, quick and tasty! This Beef Broccoli recipe takes just 20 minutes to make and makes a great midweek meal for the family.
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Any housewife will like the idea of preparing a quick and tasty dinner.
This recipe uses a relatively inexpensive cut of beef cut into very thin slices, so it cooks quickly and is tender. The meat is quickly seared and then topped with a delicious Chinese style sauce along with lots of crunchy broccoli. You’ll love serving it over a big pile of fluffy white rice for a cozy weeknight dinner.
What do you need for beef with broccoli?
Beef – Use a shoulder, as this is a fairly inexpensive cut of meat with good flavor. However, it needs to be thinly sliced. If you cut it too thick, it will be tough. If you prefer, you can use a fillet or Ribeye steak. These cuts are more tender (and pricier!) — so you can cut them a little thicker if you like.
Broccoli. Use broccoli (or broccoli) with tender stems as we only cook them for a few minutes, so you want nice thin broccoli stems to keep them a bit crisp, not regular broccoli florets which will be too thick to chew.
Soy sauce – you need to use a mixture of light and dark. Light for a salty taste, and dark for a great color and slightly sweet undertones.
Chinese Rice Wine (Vinegar) – A significant ingredient to add depth of flavor to the sauce. You can replace it with sherry – if you don’t have rice wine.
Sesame oil – for a golden shade of the dish and a wonderful aroma.
PRO ADVICE. To get really thin slices of steak (which is important, so the steak doesn’t get chewy), put the meat in the freezer for 10–30 minutes before slicing. This will make the meat firmer and easier to cut.
Before serving, sprinkle the dish with sesame seeds!
Easy beef and broccoli stir fry
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Recipe for beef with broccoli
Simple, quick, and tender beef with broccoli in a divine homemade Chinese sauce, ready in 20 minutes.
For a meal
- Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp. l.
- Beefsteak – 500 gr.
- Broccoli stems – 450 gr.
- Ground ginger – 1 tsp.
- Garlic – 2 cloves
For the sauce
- Beef broth – 250 ml.
- Light soy sauce – 3 tbsp. l. (you can use the usual one)
- Dark soy sauce – 1 tbsp. l. (Unagi or Teriyaki sauce)
- Rice vinegar – 1 tbsp. l.
- Sesame oil – 2 tsp.
- Brown sugar – 3 tbsp. l.
- White pepper – ⅛ tsp.
- Black pepper – ⅛ tsp.
- Corn flour – 2 tbsp. l. (cornstarch)
Begin by mixing all the sauce ingredients EXCEPT the cornmeal (cornstarch) in a bowl. Set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat in a large skillet.
Add the sliced steak.
Cook for 2–3 minutes, turning once or twice, until the meat is cooked through.
Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon (leaving the oil in the pan).
Add the broccoli to the pan and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Then transfer to a bowl with meat.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining oil.
Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring typically, for 30 seconds.
Add the prepared sauce, increase the heat and mix.
Bring the sauce to a boil, then slowly add the cornstarch, stirring until the sauce thickens. You may not need all the starch.
Add the beef and broccoli back to the pan and toss together. Cook for another minute, then turn off the heat.
Serve with boiled or fried rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Tip #1: Freeze the steak a bit.
Place the steak in the freezer for 10–30 minutes before slicing. This will make the meat firmer and easier to cut.
Tip #2: Roast the broccoli longer if you like it softer.
The broccoli for this dish should be tender but still bright green and a little crunchy. If you like your broccoli softer, stir-fry it for another couple of minutes. You can add a tablespoon of water to make it cook faster and more evenly. Then be sure to move the broccoli and also remove any liquid left in the pan in a bowl – don't leave any water or the oil will splatter in different directions when you add it to the pan for the next step.
Serving Size4 servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 398Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 75mgSodium 1349mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 12gProtein 33g
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