Beef and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce is a classic example of one of my “I am too lazy to cook” recipes! Must have got it from my mum as I do recall her making this regularly when we were kids!
A very quick and easy recipe, the exact ratio of broccoli to beef is really up to taste. Increase or decrease as you fancy. If you get your butcher to slice the beef for you, you’ll be saving even more time when cooking it.
The cut of beef used is very important; because we are just flash frying here, very quickly, so we need tender cuts of beef that require minimum cooking. Tender cuts come from the middle – the rib and loin – as these are support muscles that have less connective tissue because they get less exercise.
Type of Beef Cuts
Sirloin – lean and boneless, great for all quick cooking, my favourite
Rib Eye – probably with the most flavour but fattier
Fillet Steaks – very lean and tender
Rump Steaks – firmer but full of flavour
Feather Steaks – taken from the blade, not as well known and are relatively inexpensive. I quite like these, you get flavour without the price tag
Oh, and I love lots of ginger in this!
Beef and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce
- 2 thin steaks of beef about 200g, sliced thinly
- 150 g (4½ oz) broccoli chopped into bite size pieces
- 2 cloves garlic chopped widthwise
- 5 cm (2") ginger julienned (cut in thin strips)
- 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
- 2 tsp light soy sauce to taste
- 1 tsp dark soy sauce
- ½ Tbsp rice wine vinegar or ordinary white
- 1 Tbsp water
- dash of ground white pepper
- 1 Tbsp of toasted sesame oil
- 2.5 cm (1") ginger julienned
- 1 spring onion (scallion) chopped
- 1 red chilli sliced (optional)
- Heat the oil in a room frying pan or wok on medium high heat.
- Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds, don’t worry if they brown slightly.
- Add the beef slices, mixing it all up thoroughly to coat.
- Add all the sauces and vinegar and again mix thoroughly, moving the beef around constantly. We are only going to cook the beef for about 2 minutes here.
- Add the broccoli, pepper and water, continue mixing and frying for another 1-2 minutes. Don’t overcook the broccoli, it still wants to remain a vibrant green.
- Garnish as desired and serve with rice or with a bowl of noodles.