Beef and Broccoli

Ingredients (Serves 3)

  1. Steak (sirloin, flank or skirt) – 1 pound, thinly sliced

2. Corn starch – 1 tbsp

Baking soda – 1/8 tsp (helps tenderize beef)

Soy sauce – 2 tsp

Salt and pepper – A tiny pinch of each (The sauces are salty, so do not use more than a pinch of salt)

Toasted sesame oil / vegetable oil – 1 tsp

3. Broccoli – 1.5 cups, cut into medium  florets

4. Peanut oil / vegetable oil – 1.5 tbsp

Dried red chilies – 3 – 4, broken

5. Ginger and garlic – 1 tsp each, minced

6. Chicken stock – 1 tbsp (optional)

Chinese cooking wine – 2 tsp

Soy sauce (dark + regular) – 2 tsp

Oyster sauce – 1.5 – 2 tbsp

Sugar – 1/4 tsp or as required to balance the flavors

Pepper powder – 1 pinch

7. Corn starch – 1/2 tsp dissolved in in 1 tbsp water

8. Toasted Sesame oil – 1 tsp

9. Salt – 1 tiny pinch, Add only if required


  1. Combine beef with ingredients numbered 2. Set aside for 10 minutes.

2. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients numbered 6.

3. Blanch the broccoli florets – Boil water in a vessel. Add broccoli florets to hot water. Drain it after 1 minute (do not overcook, broccoli should stay green and crunchy) and set aside.

4. Heat 1.5 tbsp oil in a wok/pan and add broken dried red chilies. Stir-fry until smoky brown and remove to a bowl. Add marinated beef pieces and spread on the pan. Sear for a minute and flip over to the other side. Add ginger, garlic and then stir-fry until cooked through, about 1 – 2 minutes.

5. Add the combined sauces and corn starch in water. Mix well. Add dried red chilies and broccoli. Stir-fry for 1 – 2 minutes over high heat. Taste-check for salt. Add a tsp of toasted sesame oil (optional) and toss well. Serve immediately with cooked rice or noodles. It tastes just like take out..enjoy!!

Maya Akhil

Wife, Mother, Blogger and above all, an ardent lover of good food. I cook, serve, and eat with almost the same passion. The divine aroma that fills the kitchen when I cook or bake is simply what keeps me going!

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