Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Broccoli Beef Stir Fry {Chinese Take Out at Home}


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Broccoli Beef Stir Fry {Chinese Take Out at Home}

Chinese food is one of my absolute favorite dishes. All those vegetables and meat mixed together with a sweet and savory sauce, umm so good. I have to admit that for the best Chinese food you need to go out to a great Asian restaurant or order great take out. As much as I love take out it can get kind of expensive.

A nice alternative is recreating those wonderful dishes at home. I found a recipe for Broccoli Beef Stir Fry on Dinners On Me. The recipe looked very pretty good, so I thought I would give it a shot. My favorite Chinese dishes usually have chicken in them, but my husband prefers beef.

I think this recipe would be great with chicken or beef. To get nice, thin slices of meat, place the beef in the freezer for about 30 minutes and then slice thin with a very sharp knife. This recipe uses fresh ginger which I love. When you purchase fresh ginger it's usually a pretty good size ginger root and you never use the entire root for one dish.

I found a great way to store the remaining ginger you wont be using, freeze it! You can click here to see how to store and freeze your ginger, it's so easy. This dish was very good and very flavorful, I will defiantly be making it again. 

These are the ingredients you will need: Broccoli florets, thinly sliced beef, brown sugar, soy sauce, hoison sauce, garlic, ginger root, water chestnuts or Chinese pea pods, cornstarch, vegetable and sesame oil.



Combine first 6 ingredients and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.


just like this.



Cook broccoli in small pot of boiling, salted water until almost crisp-tender, about 2 minutes; drain. Rinse under ice cold water to cool and stop the cooking process.


Heat oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to pan - RESERVING MARINADE. Stir-fry beef until just no longer pink - about 2 minutes.


Add broccoli, pea pods and green onions and water chestnuts. Continue stir-frying until vegetables are just crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.


Stir cornstarch into reserved marinade. Pour marinade over veggies in pan. Add beef and cook until liquid boils and thickens 2-3 minutes. I added about 3 tablespoons hoison sauce at this point in the recipe.


Here is the remainder of the ginger root ready to go into the freezer. It was such a snap to cut up and just toss it in a freezer back. Now when i need fresh ginger I will have it on hand.



Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

8 - oz top sirloin, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
6 - tablespoons soy sauce
2 - tablespoon brown sugar
2 - tablespoons sesame oil
3 - cloves, minced 
1 - tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 - cups broccoli florets
1 - tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
3 - tablespoon hoison sauce
1 - cup Chinese pea pods, trimmed 
1 - small can water chestnuts, drained
6 - green onions, cut into 1-inch-long pieces
2 -teaspoons cornstarch

Combine first 6 ingredients and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. 

Cook broccoli in small pot of boiling, salted water until almost crisp-tender, about 2 minutes; drain. Rinse under cold ice water to stop the cooking process. 

Heat vegetable or canola oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to pan - RESERVING MARINADE. Stir-fry beef until just no longer pink - about 2 minutes. 

Remove beef from pan. Add broccoli, pea pods and green onions. Continue stir-frying until vegetables are just crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. 

Stir cornstarch into reserved marinade. Pour marinade over veggies in pan. At this point I added some Hoison sauce then beef and cook until liquid boils and thickens, 2-3 minutes.

Serve over white or brown rice.
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13 comments:

Libby said... #

Yumm! I love a good asian/chinese recipe! This looks great :)

Elizabeth said... #

This is one of my husband's favorite things to order! I have to try it :)

Micha said... #

Great minds think alike Tina. I have three Chinese inspired dishes on my menu for the next month. I love Mongolian chicken/beef, pepper steak and egg rolls and this looks like it would be right up there with them.

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Ummm Mimi I love pepper steak. Do you have the recipe at your site? If not I will wait for it next month.

Heidi said... #

I have tried numerous beef and broccoli recipes at home and they have all been duds. I can't wait to give this one a shot.

Micha said... #

It's not there yet but I'm going to make it this week and it will be posted the first of next week because this up coming week is busy.

Leslie said... #

Ohh yum..I love ALL Chinese!
I have to make it at home..because off all the MSG.

The Garden of Egan said... #

That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said... #

Mmmm, I LOVE Beef and Broccoli, but have never attempted any version at home. This looks simple and delicious!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said... #

Simple, yet delicious. Can hardly wait to try this recipe. We love Chinese at our house.

Amber said... #

Wow..this photo looks great...I always order beef and broccoli..yummm

Amber said... #

I finally made this...yummy!

Shonda said... #

I'm on a roll with your website this week --- just made Broccoli Beef Stirfry!! I, too, love Asian and we usually get take out because I can't make it taste right at home! So, I tried this with the fresh ginger, which I've never used before, and it turned out wonderful....I can't wait to try it again and have some spring rolls on the side - have you ever made them?