Beef and Broccoli is one of the most recognizable American Chinese takeout dishes. It’s a simple combination of the tender marinated flank steak, crisp broccoli, aromatics, and savory umami-rich sauce that brings it all together!
The popularity of Beef and Broccoli can be attributed to its delicious flavor profile and satisfying texture. The tender marinated flank steak adds a meaty richness to the dish, while the crisp broccoli provides a refreshing crunch. The aromatics, such as garlic and ginger, infuse the entire dish with their fragrant notes, enhancing the overall taste experience.
However, what truly makes Beef and Broccoli stand out is its savory umami-rich sauce. This sauce is a perfect blend of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and other seasonings that create a harmonious balance of flavors. It coats every ingredient in a luscious glaze, ensuring that each bite is bursting with mouthwatering goodness. Whether enjoyed over steamed rice or noodles, Beef and Broccoli remains an all-time favorite for those craving a comforting yet flavorful meal.
1 lb flank steak cut into 1/4" strips
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp neutral oil I used avocado oil
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 lb broccoli cut into 2" pieces
5 cloves garlic chopped
1 tbsp ginger chopped
Cut your beef into thin strips that are 1/4 inch thick.
Add baking soda, oyster sauce, salt, oil, and cornstarch to the beef to marinate. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients by combining light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, white pepper, sesame oil, Shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine), chicken stock, and cornstarch. This will be used as the sauce for the dish. Set it aside.
Boil a pot of water and briefly blanch the broccoli for about 1 minute. Drain it and set it aside.
Heat a pan with about 4 tablespoons of neutral oil. Cook the marinated beef strips over high heat for 2-3 minutes until they turn nicely browned. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.
Using the same pan and oil, fry ginger and garlic for 30 seconds. Add back the broccoli and stir-fry it for another 30 seconds.
Add back the cooked beef to the pan followed by the premixed sauce and mix all together. Continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly and coats both the beef and broccoli.
Serve this delicious dish with freshly steamed white rice and enjoy!