Sunday, September 20, 2009

Five Spice Beef & Broccoli

This is a two part recipe, as with most stir fry recipes, because you deal with the meat and the veggies separately. It's still pretty quick and easy and tastes delicious.

Makes 4 servings


3/4 lb sirloin beef, cut into strips (i used prepared stir fry beef to save time)
2 tbsp macadamia nut oil, divided
2 tsp Chinese five spice
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup water
1 lb broccoli florets, sliced carrots, pea pods, sliced celery
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup vegetable broth (or beef)


1. Mix beef with 1 tbsp oil and Chinese five spice. Use your hands to get the rub into the beef. Marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature (room temp meat cooks more evenly & faster).

2. Heat large fry pan or wok on medium high heat. Add remaining oil and beef. Stir fry for 2-3 mins until beef is mostly no longer pink. Add garlic and stir fry another couple minutes until beef is no longer pink. Remove from fry pan and set aside.

3. In same fry pan or wok, add vegetables and 1/4 cup of water and stir fry/steam over medium heat. Until veggies are fork tender (fork inserted easily but still has some crisp), approx 5-7 minutes. If any water remaining in pan, drain off before proceeding.

4. In a small bowl, Whisk cornstarch, vegetable broth and oyster sauce.

5. Add beef and sauce mix to the fry pan. Stir on medium low for 5 mins until everything is coated, heated through and sauce thickens a bit.

6. Serve over rice or noodles.

7. Try to use chopsticks and laugh at your ineptitude. :)


  1. how would you make chinese five spice ps i live in a small city called smithers there arnt many stores here also i dont think i have seen macadmia nut oil either what would you sub for it ? my email is

  2. Chinese Five Spice is a very common spice blend that is made by all the major spice manufactures and found in most grocery stores spice aisles or Asian food asile. If you have a Safeway or other large chain store in Smithers you could easily find Five Spice. If not, try this recipe:

    You can substitute any cooking oil for macadamia nut oil. For an Asian dish like this, I would try sesame oil, peanut oil or canola oil.

  3. I didn't have macadamia nut oil, so I used sesame oil instead and just a tasty, I also used asian stir fry spice instead of chinese five spice as I didn't have the five spice.

    I recommend this recipe it is very good, quick and simple to make and prepare! I will be making this one again soon :-)


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