Beef, Mains, Vegetables

Broccoli Beef

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marinate 1/2 lb. beef (sliced thinly on diagonal) overnight* in a mixture of:

  • pinch of baking soda (to tenderize the meat)
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce**
  • ~1 tbsp oil

for the sauce:

  • 3-4 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ~3/4 cup water

For the stir fry:

  • broccoli
  • minced garlic (about 2 tbsp)
  • minced ginger (about 1 tbsp)

In a skillet with a bit of oil, cook the meat and remove it.  Add a tsp more oil to the pan and saute the broccoli for a few minutes.  Add the garlic and ginger and saute for 30 seconds (don’t let the garlic burn).  Add the sauce, cook for a few minutes, add back the meat. Stir.

Serve over white rice.

*overnight is best so that the meat is tender and not chewy. Alternatively, you can sprinkle 1 tsp baking soda (per pound of meat)  over the sliced beef and really work it into the meat.  Let it sit for an hour, then rinse off the baking soda and pat the meat dry.  You can then marinate it for an hour (minus the baking soda in the marinade).

** the ratio of oyster sauce to tamari is 2:1 if you want to increase the amount of marinade.

A side note: you don’t have to add all of the ingredients to make the sauce, really you can get by with oyster sauce and soy sauce (mixed with ground ginger/garlic, cornstarch, and water –and omit the fresh garlic and ginger).  Then all you need is beef and broccoli.

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