Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli and Oyster Sauce

A saucy, flavorful dish that's great served with steamed white rice. I adapted this recipe from Weichuan's Chinese Cuisine II. The original recipe called for Chinese broccoli and beef tenderloin or sirloin, but I used regular broccoli and flank steak instead.

1.7 - 2 lbs. of trimmed flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain
1 tbsp. rice wine
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. cornstarch
3 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. vegetable oil

12 oz. regular or Chinese broccoli

4 slices ginger
5 scallions, cut into 1" lengths
8 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tbsp. rice wine
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
12 tbsp. water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. sesame oil

1. Slice the flank steak thinly across the grain into 1" x 2" slices. Place in a medium bowl. Add 1 tbsp. rice wine, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 2 tbsp. cornstarch, 3 tbsp. of water and 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the frig for 30 minutes to an hour.

2. Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces and blanch in boiling water for 1 minute; remove to a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

3. Add 1/4 cup of oil to a hot wok or saute pan over medium high heat. Saute the beef and cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until beef is just browned. Remove to a plate and set aside.

4. Leave 1 tbsp. of oil in the pan and saute the green onion & ginger until fragrant. Add the broccoli and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute or until crisp-tender. Add the beef, 8 tbsp. of oyster sauce, 2 tbsp. rice wine, 2 tsp. sugar, 2 tsp. cornstarch, and 12 tbsp. water. Stir briefly (about 30 seconds) until sauce is slightly thickened. Turn off heat and stir in 1 tsp. of sesame oil. Remove to a serving platter.

5. Serve with steamed white rice.

Flank steak. Make sure to buy the pre-trimmed variety - otherwise, it's a pain in the you know what to do it yourself.

Slice the flank steak thinly, then marinate with rice wine, soy sauce, baking soda, cornstarch, water and vegetable oil.

Oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, cornstarch, and baking soda.

Blanch the broccoli.

Rinse with cold tap water to stop the cooking.

Ginger, scallions & oyster sauce mixture.

Saute the beef in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil; remove to a plate & set aside. Leave 1 tbsp. of oil in the pan to saute the broccoli.

Saute the scallions & ginger slices until fragrant, then add the broccoli and cook until tender-crisp.

Add the beef and the sauce. Cook until the sauce is thickened, turn off heat and stir in 1 tsp. of sesame oil before serving.


  1. thank u for posting, and all of the pictures! i've been looking for a recipe like my mom's cooking, except she is never able to explain and write it out step by step for me :)

    1. My pleasure, housedaughter! I have the same problem with my mom. I pester her a lot for "exact" measurements in her recipes, but to no avail :)