The other day I was craving stir fry, which I actually haven’t made in a while. So I looked online and found 2 recipes that I was going to morph together. I wrote both recipes down on a piece of paper, planning to use that as my guide as I cooked. Well when I got to the kitchen the paper was nowhere to be found. I do this all the time by the way – write little notes to myself on scraps of paper which I, without fail, always manage to lose. And this time was no different. Of course I could have walked the 6 steps to the computer, looked for the recipes again and printed them out, but that would have required way too much effort. So instead I just decided to make the recipe up as I went along, hoping that at least some of the measurements would coincide with the recipes I had initially written down. Either way, the stir fry was delicious. Just make sure you slice the flank steak as thinly as possible — if it’s slightly frozen this won’t be hard.
A simple beef and broccoli stir fry.
15 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 1 pound flank steak, cut into 2 inch strips along the grain and very thinly sliced against the grain
- 3-4 handfuls of chopped broccoli
- 1 inch piece of ginger, cut into matchsticks
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced, divided
- 4 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 green onions, sliced on the diagonal into 1 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- sesame seeds
- Combine 4 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 minced cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar and 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large bowl. Add beef strips to bowl and allow meat to marinate while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
- In a separate bowl to make the sauce combine oyster sauce, water, sugar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar and cornstarch. Stir until smooth.
- Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. Add half the beef strips, cook for 1 minute then flip pieces over and cook for another minute. Transfer beef to plate and cook the rest of the beef strips and then transfer them to the same plate.
- Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to wok and reduce heat to medium. Add broccoli and cook for 2-4 minutes. Move broccoli over to the side and add the 2 cloves minced garlic, green onions, and the ginger matchsticks. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute.
- Add the beef back to the wok, mix with the other ingredients and add the sauce to the pan. Cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes, continuing to stir so everything is evenly coated in the sauce.
- Serve with rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds and Sriracha (optional).