Almost everyone has their favorite go-to Chinese cuisine whether its lo mien, fried rice, a soup, or anything else super tasty on the menu. Mine has always been beef and broccoli with white rice and Cream cheese wontons… YUM!! I am OBSESSED with tearing my wontons apart and dipping them in the beef and broccoli sauce and then mixing the rice into the dish so its just a big bowl of DELISH! I have my favorite Chinese restaurant that makes beef and broccoli just the way I like it: little bit of bite, some tang, thick sauce, a bit of garlic, and minimal broccoli. I have been on the search to find a similar recipe so I can make it at home on demand and not have to drive an hour+ one way ( but I’m always ready to drive the distance for great food!!!). I finally found this recipe, gave it my personal little touch and… BAM almost a replica of my favorite restaurants beef and broccoli (if not better!). This recipe looks intense but trust me when I say IT IS SOO EASY! I’m not typically one for “different” ingredients (my spice rack contains garlic and onion powder, seasoning salt, and pepper) or overwhelming steps, so I was a bit hesitant when I saw how many steps the recipe was and it contained things like hoisin and oyster sauce. I looked at the recipe everyday for a week and a half before I made the decision to just give it a try… what’s the worst that could happen?? I am SOO happy I got out of my comfort zone and gave this recipe a shot and I think you will be too!
Serves 4 – 6 servings
- 2lbs beef tenderloin thinly sliced
- 2Tbsp water
- 1Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp Mirin (sweet cooking seasoning)
- 2Tbsp Cornstarch
- ½ Cup low sodium soy sauce (Important its low sodium)
- ⅔ Cup water
- ⅓ Cup Brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbsp Oyster sauce
- 1 ½ Tsp Ground white pepper
- Stir Fry
- ¼ Cup Oil
- 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
- 8 Cloves ( 4Tbsp) minced garlic
- 1 Broccoli cut into florets (or 1 frozen bag of broccoli)
- One container of mushrooms sliced
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbsp water
- 4 Green onions (optional)
- The longer the meat is marinating the more tender it will be.
- I prefer to use frozen broccoli, it tastes the same and cooks faster.
- STRONGLY suggest using LOW SODIUM soy sauce in the sauce portion otherwise it is VERY salty.
- Whisk together all marinade ingredients until well combined. Marinate the beef slices for 30 minutes to an hour.
- While the beef is marinating, whisk together the sauce ingredients and set aside and prepare veggies.
- Heat up a large frying pan over medium heat with the ¼ cup of oil. When the oil is hot stir-fry the marinated meat in batches of 4 ( you don’t want to do too many at a time or they will over cook) until they are just crisp and browning ( roughly 2 minutes each batch, they cook fast) Remove the meat and place to the side, keeping as much oil as possible in the pan.
- Once meat is done, heat up the sesame oil in the same pan with any remaining oil. Add the garlic and fry until fragrant.
- Add the broccoli and mushrooms. stir -fry until vibrant in color and tender. ( sometimes I will cover the pan during this time so the broccoli cooks a little quicker)
- Add the beef back into the pan and the prepared sauce.
- Simmer in the sauce until the beef is cooked through and the broccoli is forkable.
- Add the cornstarch/water mix and the green onions.
- Cook for roughly 1-2 minutes while sauce thickens, whisking quickly
- Garnish with any extra green onions and serve rice or other steamed veggies!
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