Author: Susanne at dishwithme.com
Photography: Susanne at dishwithme.com
I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS loved beef and broccoli. It has been one of my very favs for, well, forever. Many, many years ago, I would get some great Beef and Broccoli for lunch from a place called The Magic Wok in southern California. Sadly the restaurant is no longer there, so I have recreated it as I remember it tasting from all those years ago. It really is The Best Beef & Broccoli! My entire family LOVES this recipe!
This is a big batch because we love it left over. If you are one of those who doesn’t do left overs, you might cut the recipe in half.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR THE BEST BEEF & BROCCOLI
DO NOT skip the Oyster sauce! This is what helps give it the unique beef and broccoli flavor. It will not be the same without it.
If slicing your own beef, be sure to slice AGAINST the grain of the beef for a more tender outcome.
When cooking the beef, do not overcrowd the pan. Cook in two batches, if needed.
- Sesame oil
- Beef – The more tender the better
- Yellow or white onion
- Red bell pepper
- Fresh garlic
- Fresh ginger
- Green onions (spring onions)
- Oyster sauce
- Hoisin sauce
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Sesame seeds
LINKS TO OTHER RECIPES
This CHINESE STYLE FRIED RICE will be an awesome pairing with the beef and broccoli.
A simple side of BABY BOK CHOY would be fabulous, too!
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LINKS TO PRODUCTS USED
A wok will come in handy. Here a couple different examples. I have one like this, but I am trying out Hexclad pots and pans, so I’m thinking about getting this one. If any of you have the Hexclad wok, I would love your opinion on it. You can leave comments on the comments section of the recipe.
THE BEST BEEF & BROCCOLI
- Wok or large regular pan
- 1 1/2-2 pounds Beef sirloin, or whatever cut you prefer
- 3 Tablespoons Corn starch
- 4 Tablespoons Sesame oil separated
- 1 1/2 pounds Broccoli washed and cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 Yellow or white onion sliced into bite sized pieces
- 1 or 2 Red bell pepper sliced into bite sized pieces
- 3 cloves Fresh garlic finely grated
- 1 teaspoon Fresh ginger finely grated
- FOR THE SAUCE
- 1/2 cup Soy sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup Oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon Corn starch
- 3 Green onions diced
- Sesame seeds Optional
- Trim any excess fat from the beef. Slice into thin slices. Set aside.
- Another option, would be to buy pre-sliced stir fry strips. The only place I can find this is Walmart. It does save some steps. Here is an example of what I buy.
- Wash broccoli and cut into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
- Cut onion into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
- Grate garlic with a fine microplane.
- Mix sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
- In a zippered bag, add sliced beef and 2 tablespoons corn starch. Shake, making sure to coat all beef slices.
- In a wok or large pan, heat on medium-high heat. Add the sesame oil, then add the beef and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the beef from the pan into a plate. Set aside.
- Add about 2 more tablespoons of sesame oil to the same pan and add the broccoli. Cook, stirring often, until semi-tender, then add the onion and red bell pepper, cooking until desired tenderness, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute.
- Turn the heat down to medium and add the sauce. Cook for about 2 minutes and add the cooked beef back to the pan.
- Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds or chow mien noodles, if desired.
- Great served over rice.
- Enjoy, my friends!