Beef Broccoli

Beef with Broccoli in Oyster Sauce and Star Anise

Recipe by :  Ariel Jasa,  Mandaluyong City, Philippines

This Beef broccoli recipe is beef with broccoli florets in oyster sauce and star anise.

Have you had a broccoli dish where the vegetable is all mushy and unappetizing?

Overcooked broccoli is not just unappetizing, it also has lost its texture.

The key is to blanch the vegetable in hot boiling water for a few minutes, then soak briefly in ice water to stop the cooking process.

Once you have cut off the broccoli florets, you will be left with the edible tender stalk and the tough stem.

Strip the thick stem of its dark green outer layer to expose the lighter color, soft stalk inside, then slice in bite size pieces.

Also, you could omit the star anise if you want the traditional broccoli beef recipe.


  • Beef Sirloin
  • Broccoli
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Star Anise
  • Cornstarch
  • Beef Broth


  • Soy Sauce
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Black Pepper


  • 1 kg. Beef Sirloin, cut in thin strips
  • 3 cups Water or beef broth
  • 1 bunch Broccoli florets and soft stem, cut in bite size pieces

  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 3 Star Anise
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 medium Onion, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

  • 2 tablespoons Cooking oil, for sauteing
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

1 Boil the beef, soy sauce and water in the pan until beef is tender, transfer everything in a bowl and set aside.

2 Blanch the broccoli : in a rapid boiling water, carefully drop the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes until slightly tender, then strain and soak in ice cold water for a minute. Strain and set aside.

3 Saute the garlic and onion, add the beef, star anise and oyster sauce and cook for a few minutes or until the beef has absorbed the seasonings.

4 Add the beef broth (from boiling with soy sauce) and the brown sugar.

5 Put in the cornstarch dissolved in water and season with pepper.

6 Next goes the blanched broccoli, mix together and bring back to a boil to come together. Cook for no more than a minute.

7 Remove immediately from heat (to keep the bright green color of the broccoli) and serve on a platter.

8 Perfect if served hot with rice.