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With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can make stir-fried beef with oyster sauce. Oyster sauce complements beef well by enhancing the natural flavor of the meat. Moreover, this dish is a staple in Chinese restaurants. By learning to make it yourself, however, you can control exactly what goes in the meal and avoid harmful ingredients such as MSG. And if you have medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, you can eliminate salt and sugar or, at the very least, reduce the amount of these ingredients used in the meal.
- 1 lb. beef steak (round or flank)
- 1/4-inch slice ginger (chopped)
- 3/4 cup mushrooms (sliced)
- 1 small carrot (peeled and cut diagonally into thin slices)
- 2 1/2 tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1/2 tsp. brown sugar (granulated or soft)
- 1/4 cup water (or low-sodium chicken broth)
- 4 tbsp. oil for stir-frying (or as needed)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 cups steamed rice
- For the Marinade:
- 1 1/2 tbsp. dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tbsp. water
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
To begin, cut the beef across the grain into thin slices, 2 to 3 inches long and 1/4-inch thick. Then, add the marinade ingredients in the order given. Marinate the beef for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the water or chicken broth, sugar and oyster sauce together and set aside. Water is the healthier option if you're trying to reduce your salt intake.
Next, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high to high heat in a preheated wok. Add the ginger and stir-fry quickly until aromatic. Take care not to burn the ginger. Then, add the beef. Brown for a minute, stir-fry until it changes color and is nearly cooked through. You can cook the beef in two batches if it's easier. After that, remove the beef slices from the wok and drain. Then, clean out the wok.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the wok. Add the sliced carrot and stir-fry briefly. Next, add the mushrooms. Push the vegetables to the side and add the sauce in the middle. Let the mixture come to a boil, and then add the beef back into the pan. Mix everything together. When you're done, taste a sample and adjust seasoning, if desired.
Serve the beef stir-fry hot with steamed rice. Substitute white rice with brown rice for a healthier meal.