Broccoli and Beef Stir Fry


Somebody sent me an email and requested that I post a recipe for Beef with broccoli in oyster sauce.  And this makes it Recipe #7 in our Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration series.   With more broccoli than beef and a tad spicy,  I always marinade the beef first, sometimes overnight.  A trick I learned from a former flight attendant Taiwanese lady who I met when I was living in Tonga.  They used to own a restaurant and she told me that the most efficient way to prepare ingredients for stir fry is to make sure I have sliced beef marinating in the refrigerator and always available.  Obviously, that is not possible for me to do, what with only two people in the house! But when possible, I follow her advise. I buy bulk, slice the beef and mix it in the marinade. I then put portions in either a plastic container (for keeping  in the refrigerator for the week) or ziploc bags for freezing and later use.


  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched
  • 1 large bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 100 grams beef, sliced thinly into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
  • 2 tbs ginger, sliced thinly (like julienned)
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek
  • oil for stir frying


  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli pepper


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch


  1. Mix ingredients for marinade in a bowl. Add beef and marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in wok or pan.  Add garlic and ginger and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the marinated beef and stir fry for 6 – 8 minutes until cooked (not browned).
  4. Add bell peppers (and any other vegetables you are adding). Continue stir frying for 2 minutes.
  5. Add broccoli florets, sambal oelek and  oyster sauce. Stir for two minutes.  Push to side of wok then add sauce mixture.
  6. Let cook until bubbly and thick then mix with vegetables and beef.
  7. Serve hot with steamed rice.
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» Tita Olive said: { Feb 3, 2009 - 09:02 }

What is sambal oelek? Very nice photo! Looks like professionally done.

» virtual chef said: { Feb 3, 2009 - 09:02 }

crushed fresh red chili peppers. sold in oriental stores in jars. trying to learn how to take pictures.

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