Steak + Broccoli Stir Fry

Skirt steak might be my favorite kind of steak.  It has a great beefy flavor and not so much connective tissue that it get tough from high heat stir frying. When it comes to stir fries, a wok is great but I don't have one so I like to use a large iron skillet.  

A high heat, neutrally flavored oil is another thing you're going to need.  Grape seed oil is my favorite but canola, peanut, soy or corn are other options.  To keep things light, I like to keep it in a spritz bottle.  This way a couple squirts easily coat the pan.  I like this bottle from amazon.

serves 4.

Steak + Broccoli Stir Fry

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1/4 cup reduced sodium tamari soy sauce

1/4 cup water

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

grape seed oil, as needed

1 lb broccoli, peeled, sliced

1 lb skirt steak, bite sized pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced

1" ginger, peeled, minced

4 scallions, whites only, minced

2 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced

1 jalapeno, stems + seeds removed, minced

Whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce, water, rice vinegar and sesame oil.  Set aside. 

In a large cast iron skillet, heat a small splash of grape seed oil over medium high heat and brown broccoli, about 4 minutes.  Cover and cook until al dente, about 2 minutes. Set aside. 

Oil pan, as needed.  Add steak to pan.  Cook until pieces are well browned on all sides.  Set aside with broccoli.    

Oil pan.  Saute garlic, scallions, ginger, carrots and chiles until carrots are softened, about 3 minutes.  Add broccoli, steak and reserved sauce.  Cook, stirring until sauce has thickened and coats beef and veggies. Serve hot with rice. 

Roasted Broccoli

It's fall, so you can turn that oven on again.  Broccoli is a staple in our house.  Usually, we keep blanched broccoli in the fridge.  Cameron likes to snack on it and I warm it up with a drizzle of soy sauce and spicy sesame oil.  I'd actually never made it in the oven but the main dish I was serving had roasted elements that I thought would pair well with a roasted vegetable.  It's also nice to keep things easy with sides that don't need much attention during cooking.  I like unattended sides. 

I used baby broccoli but the normal stuff will do fine.  

Serves 2-4.

Roasted Broccoli

8 oz broccoli, cut into large bite sized pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

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1 clove garlic, minced

juice of one lemon

grated parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  In a bowl, toss broccoli with olive oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic. Arrange on baking tray and roast about 20 minutes.  Broccoli will be tender. Immediately, squeeze lemon over broccoli and top with grated cheese. Serve hot.    

Broccoli + Brown Sauce

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This was the side to peking duck we made a few weeks ago.  To make it a meal, toss with cooked tofu and serve over brown rice.  

Serves 4 as a side. 

Broccoli + Brown Sauce

2 heads broccoli, sliced

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Splash of oil

1 teaspoon corn starch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

1 inch ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 long red hot chile, seeded, sliced

Blanch broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute.  Drain and transfer to ice bath.  Once cool, drain.  

In a small bowl, mix soy, oyster sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil.  Set aside.  

Heat a splash of oil in a skillet or wok over medium high heat.  Add broccoli, ginger, garlic and chile.  Cook 2 minutes stirring frequently.  Add sauce.  Bring to a boil and add corn starch slurry.  Cook until thickened. Serve.