• prep: 15 min
  • cook: 15 min
  • total: 30 min
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    Please welcome guest contributor Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen, author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight’s Dinner, who shows us how to make this Chinese-American classic, Broccoli Beef. ~Elise After moving out of the dorms in college, I found an apartment to share with 3 others. My job was to cook, and as long as what I put out on the dinner table was better than instant ramen, I didn’t have to clean the kitchen or vacuum. A mighty fine trade of labor, if you ask me! But then pretty soon, friends of roommates discovered my cooking talent and would conveniently drop by at around 7pm. I knew cooking was my calling back then, because each new friend would try to find a suitable trade to be able to snag a coveted spot at our dinner table. No more grocery bill, laundry, ironing, washing the car or studying! Broccoli Beef was one of my specialties, mainly because broccoli was cheap and beef could be sliced thinly to stretch and feed unexpected guests. So, how do you get the broccoli crisp-tender and the beef juicy, succulent? Well, the secret is to blanch or steam the broccoli first, before stir frying the beef. This helps you control the cooking times for the broccoli, instead of praying that the broccoli and beef finish cooking at the same time. You’ll add the broccoli back into the pan as the beef finishes cooking. And how do you prevent the garlic from burning? Most recipes will have you add the garlic in the pan or wok before you add the beef. If you do this, you’ll surely burn your garlic, as the beef takes about 1 minute to 1 1/2 minutes to cook through on high heat. In this recipe, you’ll add the garlic after you add the beef. There should be plenty of oil in the wok to fry the garlic (if you use a large frying pan or wok) and the timing will be perfect. Updated from the recipe archive. First posted in 2008.


    • 3/4 pound flank or sirloin, sliced thinly across the grain
    • 3/4 pound broccoli florets
    • 2 tablespoons high-heat cooking oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, very finely minced or smushed through garlic smusher
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
    • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup chicken broth


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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 3
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 356 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 17 g 26.88%
    • Saturated Fat: 5 g 25.9%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 76 mg 25.32%
    • Sodium: 1490 mg 62.08%
    • Calcium: 58 mg 5.78%
    • Potassium: 9 mg 0.27%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 1 mg 5.56%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 12 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 3 g 10.95%
    • Sugar: 3 g
    • Protein: 35 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 5 g
    • Vitamin A 13.35%
    • Vitamin C 173.44%
    • Vitamin D 0%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat2
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch0
    • Exchange - Vegetables2
    • Exchange - Lean Meat5
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total0 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total5 oz-eq