Quick and Easy Beef With Broccoli
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 3/4 pound lean beef
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (substitute rice wine if desired)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- 1 pound fresh broccoli
- 2 garlic cloves
- To Cook Broccoli:
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
- 1 1/4 cups oil, or as needed
While the beef is marinating, prepare the sauce and vegetables: for the sauce, mix together the oyster sauce, light soy, dark soy, and water in a small bowl and set aside. In another small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water thickener and set aside.
Wash and drain the broccoli. Cut the stalk diagonally into thin slices. Cut the flowerets into 3 or 4 pieces. Crush the garlic.
Heat the wok and add 1 cup oil. When the oil is medium-hot (between 300 and 325 degrees F.), add the beef. Blanch the beef by letting it lay flat for 30 - 40 seconds, and then stirring to separate the pieces. Remove the beef when it changes color and is nearly cooked (the entire process takes 1 - 2 minutes).
Remove the beef from the wok and drain on paper towels.
Clean out the wok with paper towels.
Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok. When the oil is hot, add the crushed garlic and stir fry briefly until aromatic.
Add the broccoli, sprinkle the salt and sugar over, and stir fry briefly, turning down the heat if necessary to make sure it doesn't burn. Add the 1/2 cup water, and cook the broccoli, covered, for 4 - 5 minutes, until it turns a bright green and is tender but still crisp. Remove from the wok and drain.
Clean out the wok and add 2 more tablespoons oil. Add the broccoli and the beef. Add the sauce and cornstarch mixture in the middle of the wok and stir quickly to thicken. Mix everything together and serve hot over steamed rice.
Variations: *Add carrots and onion if desired. Boil in the wok with the broccoli (you'll need to add more water).
Reader Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: "This recipe is excellent, the taste is truely unforgettable. I love everything about the beef and the way it tastes after it is marinated and cooked to perfection. The crispy flavor of the broccoli makes the Chinese stir fry even more delicious than before."
Reader Rating: 5 out of 5 stars From Richard Reader Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: "My family loved it. I added onions for more flavor, and next time I'll cook in chile oil for a litle more kick." From Michelle
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