Here we go down memory lane. There are some recipes that reignite memories, and this is one for me. I learned how to make this beef stir fry with broccoli about 18 years ago from my neighbor and Thai chef, Pat. Every other Sunday afternoon, I'd go over to her house and learn an authentic Thai dish.
Pat was my first structured learning experience with cooking. She told me the secret to making tasty Thai food was making sure the dish was a little spicy, salty, sweet, and sour. I knew Pat could cook well because I used to eat dinner over at her house when I'd babysit her 2 kids. And that's why I asked her to teach me how to cook Thai food.
I've always had a passion for cooking, come to think of it, and those early years felt very intimidating. Before recipes were all over the web, we used to ask our family members and neighbors how to make certain dishes. Sometimes they would turn out great and sometimes not so great.
When I went to college, I could do more than boil an egg, I could cook Thai food. And that's what I did for my grandparents when I visited them on the weekends.
Before my Thai food cooking, my Granny and Papa never tried Thai food. But every time I cooked, they had an open mind and they finished their plates. They always made me feel like the food was spectacular. I cherish those memories because it wasn't long after into my second year of college that they both passed away.
Food is more than nourishment and something to do over socializing. Food brings us back to our childhood and the memories we have with our loved ones.
I've been cooking this beef stir fry with broccoli recipe for 18 years now, and it makes me so happy to add it here.
- Steak: Ribeye steak is my favorite for stir fry, but you can use strip, sirloin, flank steak, or filet mignon instead.
- Onion: I use white onion, yellow onion, or sweet onion.
- Spring onion
- Broccoli: I recommend using fresh broccoli, but if you have no other options, you can use frozen broccoli.
- Fresh ginger and garlic
- Seasonings: Oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil
- Salt, pepper, and sugar: You will need 1 tablespoon of sugar at the end. This can be left out if preferred.
You will also need:
- Wooden spatula
- Wok, large pot, or dutch oven
- Cutting board and chef's knife
How To Make Thai Beef Stirfry
- Prepare steak. Thinly slice the steak as thin as possible and at an angle. Marinate with the oyster sauce and sesame oil. Add salt and pepper.
- Chop fresh ginger and garlic. Peel and chop fresh ginger and garlic into small pieces. Set aside.
- Chop vegetables. Wash and chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Peel and slice the onion. Chop the green onions into 1" pieces.
- Stir fry. With the pot on high heat, add oil. Add the garlic and ginger for 1 minute, then add the beef and onions for 1 minute. If the bottom of the pan gets too dry, add ¼ cup of water. Add the broccoli and cover with a lid for another minute.
- Season. Add soy sauce and a little bit of sugar.
Tips and Variations
- This dish is traditionally cooked in a Wok on high heat.
- I add water to my stir fry dish because I like to use less oil and have more sauce to pour over my rice.
- I like to use a cover when cooking stir fry because it steams the vegetables more evenly and faster.
What Kind of Beef is Used for Stir Fry?
Many beef stir fry recipes use flank steak. For this particular recipe, I recommend using ribeye or strip steak.
What is the Most Tender Beef for Stir Fry?
Ribeye steak is an excellent option for beef stir fry because the meat is tender and more flavorful due to the steak marbling.
Why is My Stir Fry Beef Tough?
If your beef stir fry has pieces of chewy beef, then you have overcooked and dried out the beef. Make sure not to overcook the stir fry.