Broccoli and Beef in Oyster Sauce


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Published by Agate Surrey

This image courtesy of Bob Fila / Chicago Tribune

Here's a classic combination that's easily adaptable. Use other meats or vegetables as you see fit and serve with steamed rice.


Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time10 min

Cooking MethodStir-frying



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe CourseMain Course

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free



Taste and TextureMeaty, Savory


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup canned beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili-garlic paste, optional
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 strip steak, about 8 ounces, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 medium head broccoli, broken or cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/4 medium red onion, cut into julienne strips
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced


  1. For sauce, stir cornstarch into 2 tablespoons of the broth in a small bowl; set aside. Stir together remaining broth, oyster sauce, sesame oil and chili-garlic paste in another small bowl; set aside.

  2. Mix together the soy sauce, sherry and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add the sliced beef; toss to combine. Set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli; cook until bright green and tender-crunchy, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer broccoli to a bowl filled with ice water to stop cooking. Drain; set aside.

  4. Place a large wok or skillet over high heat until almost smoking. Drain the beef; reserve marinade. Add 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil to the skillet; add beef. Stir-fry until beef is browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl or platter.

  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon of the oil in the wok over medium-high heat. Add onion; stir-fry 1 minute. Add the garlic; stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beef, broccoli, reserved marinade and the oyster sauce mixture. Cook until the liquid comes to a boil; drizzle the cornstarch mixture into the pan. Cook, stirring, until thickened and heated through, about 2 minutes.


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