No, literally, this Beef and Broccoli IS better than takeout.
I was at an awesome restaurant a few days after I had made this beef and broccoli and I was still craving it. You know that type of craving where it just won’t go away, the type when nothing else sounds good but what you are craving?! The type of craving I warned you General Tso’s Chicken (aka My Favorite Chicken Ever!) would create AND my Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken, Pineapple, Carrots and Peppers? Yeah, well this will do it to you too. Consider yourself warned.
So even though I had just eaten beef and broccoli, I giddily ordered it off the menu. I was a little disappointed my restaurant dish wasn’t as good as “Better than Takeout! Beef and Broccoli,” but to be completely honest, also kind of proud.
The tender, thin slices of beef (make sure to cut them THIN), are so juicy, so flavorful as they soak up every savory essence of the marinade, and then the sauce; oh the sauce! Its rich, slightly sweet, mostly savory, and just so right! Ready for the secret ingredient that makes such a killer sauce?
Oyster sauce! If you have done a lot of Asian cooking, you probably have cooked with it before, and if you haven’t, you are going to love it! Oyster sauce is a staple in Asian cooking. It is a thick, brown sauce with a balance between sweet and salty with an earthy undertone, due to the oyster extracts. You can find oyster sauce in the Asian aisle of any supermarket for only a few dollars. My personal favorite is Lee Kum Kee, which is just a few more dollars. Not all oyster sauce is created equal. The quality of oyster sauce will affect the flavor, so if you want the extra “oomph” to your dish, go with a good quality sauce. I promise I’ll make more recipes with it, so it won’t go to waste!
Aside from the scrumptious factor, this dish also gets major points for its FAST and SIMPLE prep time. Most time is spent slicing the meat beforehand, so when its go time, you simply whisk together the sauce ingredients and stir fry the beef and broccoli – bam! you can have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes…or directly in your mouth, both ways equally delicious!
Guard the leftovers, if there are any, because I can guarantee Better Than Takeout! Beef and Broccoli will leave you craving more!
Recipe Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
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