Thursday, May 19, 2011

Black Pepper Broccoli Beef

Warning: If you don't like black pepper, skip this post.

However, I love love love pepper (thank you mom!).  And Kam does too.  There is something so satisfying about crisp broccoli and beef all coated in a sweet and pepper spicy sauce. Kam, being the thinks he's funny guy, told me "Well, this is better than Panda Express. Good job."  Thanks hun.

What you'll need:

1 pound thin slice beef cut into bit sized pieces (I buy the beef to make carne asada)
2 broccoli crowns cut into bit sized florets

for the marninade:
1 tablespoons sesame seed oil
1 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
1 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 cloves garlic minced

Mix together.  Add beef and toss to coat.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.

for the black pepper sauce:
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce (optional)
1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons oil + 2 tablespoons water (to cook broccoli)

In your wok or a frying pan, add beef and cook until no longer pink.  Remove from pan.  Discard any liquid that is left.  Add broccoli and the 2 tablespoons oil and water.  Cook broccoli until desired tenderness, about 5 minutes.  Add sauce and return beef back to pan.  When sauce begins to bubble,  add cornstarch mixture and stir until thick and everything is well coated with the sauce.  Done!

I made a hybrid of the rice pilaf recipe.  Instead of chicken bouillon, I added 3 tablespoons oyster sauce to the water.  I fried the rice in sesame oil, added the onion, then just before I added the rice to the cooker, I added 1 clove garlic and tossed until fragrant.

Really good, really simple, really satisfying.  What more could you want on a Wednesday night?


  1. Broccoli Beef is Maggee's favorite. She suck suck sucks the broccoli until its limp and lifeless and nasty looking. And I've never seen a kid who likes meat so much. She's a carnivore for sure. I'll have to let her test this recipe.

  2. Her and dex....they're the broccoli lovers in the fam. Make sure you skip the pepper!! That might ruin broccoli for her forever!!! A cutie pie and a carnivore, that is my kinda girl!