“Newman, you wouldn’t eat broccoli if it was deep-fried in chocolate sauce.”
-Jerry Seinfeld to Newman in ‘Seinfeld’ TV series
It is a favorite of most of the family.
Except Luc, he’s going through an anti broccoli phase but we love him anyway.
With a big family, it isn’t hard to spend $100 + on one meal out. Which makes me want to stay in… so naturally I complained loudly at my foodie friend until she gave me her beef and broccoli recipe. Thank you Pat for letting me share your genius! xo
I’ve been saying that I couldn’t do it so I just ordered it instead. That changed with this easy recipe.
(Flank is best but a tad expensive. I have used the cheaper stir fry strips, cut down round steak or chuck but it does change the quality. Flank is by far the best.)
1 1/2 Pounds of Broccoli- Just the top flowerets please
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1/2 Cup Beef Stock
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Clove of Garlic- chopped
1 1/2 Tablespoon of Fresh Ginger- finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
(I always pick up my sauce at the .99 Cents Only Stores. Otherwise you can spend $3- $9 at the market.)
2 Tablespoons minced Green Onions
(I usually don’t add if making for the kiddos. They don’t love green onions)
1/4 Cup Oil- sesame is awesome but the oil you have on hand will do
Take your flank steak and stick it in your freezer for about thirty minutes.
I know it seems weird but trust the process. When you take it out you’ll be able to slice that bad boy super thin without any trouble. Otherwise slicing meat evenly can be a bit like catching jello. Slice it AGAINST the grain.
Grain= the natural direction of the meat that you can visibly see.
Like a rebel, cut against the grain in thin slices.
In a large bowl combine the ginger, sugar, salt, pepper and soy sauce. Mix it around and then put the slices of beef into the sauce, tossing it around to make sure that every piece is getting a little coating action in that bowl.
Set the bowl to the side and let the flavors do their thing while you cut the broccoli flowerets from their stems, prepare the garlic and get ready to get cookin’. I like to let the meat sit in it’s happy sauce for about twenty minutes at least.
When I bust out my wok, I like to make sure to lay out the additional ingredients so that they are easily within reach. Once we’re cooking, things are going to be moving rather quickly.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium- high heat.
Add the broccoli, stir frying them for a few minutes (about 3-4 on my stove) until they are just done but still firm and vivid green. Then remove the broccoli form the wok for a few minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the wok once again and let’s toss (better gently place) our sliced beef into that wok and fry away, moving our beef around until the pieces are no longer pink. Super simple stuff… I promise.
Insert that strange sounding oyster sauce (that you’ve had tons of times but never knew it) into the pan and stir the sauce and the meat together for another two minutes.
Add the beef stock and one Tablespoon of Cornstarch to the wok while stirring.
Toss in that gorgeous broccoli and continue stirring it around while coating the broccoli as the sauce thickens over the next two minutes.
Then the recipe called for green onions but I omit them around here but should they float your boat, enjoy!
So simple and really tasty!
When served with rice, noodles or other favorite side it easily feeds our family of six.
Thanks to good friends who don’t mind persistent nagging in the name of tasty meals. 😉
Just because you never have doesn’t mean you can’t. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to eat extremely well. I save 75% more cash every time I make this verses pick it up. Even using top shelf flank steak I never spend more than $25 for the whole meal plus dessert.
Wok on into those kitchens and get started!