Beef and broccoli is a classic dish served at nearly every Chinese restaurant in the United States.
It is one of the most common menu items ordered and is definitely a favorite in our family!
Tender strips of beef are marinated and cooked in a succulent brown sauce. Add in bite size pieces of tender, yet still crisp, broccoli florets and you have the base of your meal.
Served over fried or steamed white rice and you have a classic Asian Beef and Broccoli dinner!
What Types Of Beef To Use When Making Beef and Broccoli
One of the most common questions that we get when making this recipe for family and friends is what type of beef do you use?
The beef is so tender that it melts in your mouth. Everyone assumes that it must be from an expensive cut of prime choice beef.
However, we have used two different, inexpensive, cuts of beef for this recipe and both have turned out wonderful!
We use either a flank or flat iron steak. Both of these steaks are traditionally large, fairly tough pieces of meat.
However, when cooked right, they will turn into tender medallions.
How To Get Your Beef Tender and Juicy
The secret to tender and juicy beef is how you take care of it before and during the cooking process.
You must use the perfect combination of ingredients to make the marinade. This will allow the flavors to not only penetrate, but to tenderize the meat.
Some acidity is required to break down the fibers of the steak and allow the marinade to soak into every crack and crevice of the beef.
We use both soy sauce and rice wine in the marinade to help tenderize the flank or flat iron steak.
It is important to know that Rice Wine is different from standard wine and much different from rice wine vinegar. They are NOT interchangeable.
Rice wine can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores or on Amazon (see affiliate link here: Rice Wine). However, in a pinch you could substitute dry sherry for rice wine if needed.
We prefer to marinate our beef for at least 4 hours, although we have also had good results when it has been marinating for just one hour as well.
And the final key to getting tender and juicy beef – don’t over cook it! Because you slice the beef in thin strips, the cooking time is merely completed in minutes!
How To Serve Your Beef and Broccoli
The traditional way to serve Beef and Broccoli would be over a bed of steamed or fried rice.
However, in order to make things a little healthier, we often serve it on top of Cauliflower Rice or eat it as a stand alone main dish.
Of course, in order to make believers out of your family and friends, you could make it appear like true take out by serving it in to-go containers.
But you better not forget the fortune cookies!
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