Beef and Broccoli is a great dish to make when you're feeling like classic Chinese comfort food. Well beef and broccoli stir fry is technically an American Chinese cuisine that has been westernized for the American appetite. Beef and broccoli that most westerners are familiar with is not too different from the original Chinese regional variations. The major difference is the change from Chinese broccoli to western broccoli. My beef and broccoli recipe is that classic American Chinese restaurant style that you are familiar with. In addition to being delicious, it is quick and easy to make. This beef and broccoli recipe is one that everyone in the family will love, even the kids. So don't order take out, instead try this great beef and broccoli recipe at home. Don't forget to take pictures of your dish and share them with me on social media.
All of the ingredients for this beef and broccoli recipe are easily found at your local grocery store. I use a brand seasoning sauce called "Golden Mountain Seasoning Sauce", which is a soy sauce based seasoning sauce... if that makes sense. If you are not familiar with Golden Mountain Seasoning Sauce, you might be familiar with Maggi Seasoning Sauce or Kitchen Bouquet Browning and Seasoning Sauce. It doesn't matter which brand of soy based seasoning sauce you prefer, they will all do the trick. I simply like the Golden Mountain brand the best, it is less salty and a bit richer than the other brands.
The first step is to marinate your beef. Add your cooking wine, corn starch, salt, pepper, and sesame oil to your beef. Mix it all together well, and set it aside for about 15 minutes to marinate.
While your beef is marinating, you can start boiling your broccoli. I also like to steam my broccoli sometimes. Your broccoli will cook quickly, you don't want to over cook it. We want our broccoli to be firm and crisp, not soft and mushy. Once your broccoli is finished cooking remove it from the boiling water and set it aside. We will add it back into our recipe later.
Next you can combine your seasoning sauce, oyster sauce, and soy sauce into one container to make it easier to add later on.
Add your cooking oil to a large pan or wok. Once your oil is hot, add your diced garlic and ginger. Let your garlic and ginger cook until they start to turn a golden color.
Once your garlic and ginger is ready, add your marinated beef. Allow your beef to cook until it is 90% done. There should be just a little hint of pink left before going on to the next step. If you over cook your beef in this step, it will turn out a bit tough by the time you are finished cooking. 90% done here will mean your beef is tender by the time everything is done.
When your beef is ready, add your mixed sauce into the wok and stir well. Get everything mixed together.
Once your beef and sauce are mixed together and cooked, you can add the broccoli. Again, stir everything well until it is all mixed together.
Once mixed, your done. All you need to do now is plate and serve. Serve with rice, I like to use steamed brown rice with my beef and broccoli, but steamed white rice will work just as good.
Cooking Note: As with any recipe, you can substitute some things. For example, you can use Chinese broccoli instead of western broccoli if you like. Or you can add sliced carrots or onions. Be creative.