Chilli beef and broccoli stir fry23

Posted on March 26, 2009 by ChristieDinner Time, Gluten Free

Perfect for those nights when you get home late and need to feed the family (or yourself) in a hurry.

I went to Neil Perry’s new Sydney restaurant Spice Temple today with my food blogger friends Lorraine and Y so I thought it only fitting to post a recipe with a good chilli hit.

The food at Spice Temple was really yummy but not as hot as I thought it would be. I’m a total chilli fiend though so that’s got to be factored in. You might find it spicy.

My favourite dish was the Steamed Eggplant with Three Flavours (Coriander, Garlic and Pork) – no chilli at all but a delicious combination of flavours. I also really loved the Cat’s Ear noodles with peppers and chilli sauce (don’t worry, there’s no cat in the dish!) because it had a nice amount of chilli and the noodles were so silky.

I was a bit disappointed the Stir-fried duck with coriander and black vinegar wasn’t on the menu as I’d seen a recipe for it in Australian Gourmet Traveller. I’m going to try making it myself… stay tuned.

The dish I liked the least was the Fish (leatherjacket) drowned in chilli and Sichuan peppercorns. Our waiter warned us that it was the hottest dish on the menu so we were suitably excited when it arrived piled high with dried chillies. However the broth wasn’t (spicy) hot at all but the peppercorns provided a nice mouth numbing feeling. I just wasn’t wowed.

Obviously I didn’t get to try everything, so I’ll definitely be back for the Five Spice Lobster and Shredded Lamb Shoulder with salted chilli. Plus I want to try the cocktails as all the syrups are house made. (Hint: Hubby, let’s go on a date one Friday night!).

So anyway, back to today’s recipe. It’s super quick to make and packed with flavour thanks to the garlic, ginger, chilli and (my favourite) sesame oil. Go on, give it a go tonight!

Happy cooking! Christie x

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Chilli beef and broccoli stir fry
serves 4

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced into thin wedges
1 thumb sized piece of root ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red chilli, finely sliced
500g beef stir fry strips
1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into florets
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oysters sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Noodles or rice, to serve

1. Heat a wok or large frying pan to smoking point. Add the oil and onion and stirfry for 1 minute until the onion starts to colour. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and stirfry for a further 30 seconds.

2. Add the beef strips and toss continuously for 2-3 minutes until the beef is seared all over. Add the broccoli florets and the soy and oyster sauces with a splash of water. Stir fry until the broccoli is tender, about another minute.

3. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve with noodles or rice.

  • Quick and delicious — just the way I like it!

  • I often forget that the simpler things can be just as tasty as the more complicated! Thank you for your recipe!

  • Hehe you’re quick! It was lovely having lunch with you and Y :) I’ve got a bowl really similar to that too!

  • Yum, I love ginger. This looks like a nice spicy one. The silky noodles at your lunch sound attractive too.

  • That’s a simple, quick and original yummy idea for a hurry dish!

    Definitely delicious…. more with garlic and sesame oil :)

  • The right kind of fast-food :)

  • This dish is right up my alley Christie! Thanks for the report on Spice Temple too…it seems they had quite a shaky start with the licensing etc…

  • Y

    I agree, I would’ve liked more chilli heat too. You two were a hoot to have lunch with. Maybe next time you should cook for us though – that stir fry looks delicious!

  • YUM!

  • Sounds delicious. I love stir fry exactly for the fact that they’re so simple, and there’s no limit to the combinations you can use.

  • Glad you like this stir fry guys!
    @Allen – I love speedy stand-bys too :)
    @Heidi – So true! Simple is often the best!
    @Lorraine – That bowl is part of set and was a gift from my lovely hubby.
    @Gera – I love garlic and sesame oil too. I often add more in.
    @Pinkpeppercorn – Exactly! Healthy fast food!
    @Peter G – Yes, so I heard. But it’s really lovely, check it out!
    @Y – Would love to cook for you :) Had fun!
    @Hungry Mouse – Thanks!
    @Beverly – That’s what I love about them too. So versatile!

  • With winter around the corner, you should visit one of those chilli hot pot places. The broths are crazy hot!!

    Great recipe too, beef and broccoli is such a great combo which works everytime.

  • Now isn’t that a bowl of perfection! Great job.

  • I adore Neil Perry!! This looks so lovely & yummie :)!!

  • Such a classic and elegantly presented dish. Love that bit of sparkle on the lip of the bowl.

  • @Howard – Mmm, chilli broth, yummy!
    @Dragon – Cheers! :)
    @Sophie – Yes, Neil Perry is quite fabulous!
    @Jude – I was wondering who would notice the shimmer! You win the prize ;)

  • I love quick and simple recipes! I’ll be trying this next. What’s that knotted around your chopsticks by the way?

  • @Helen – It’s a little fabric ring that holds them together. Kind of like a napkin ring for chopsticks to keep them still on the bowl when serving. Cute, huh? :)

  • Morgan

    Thanks, that was really great, so simple. Being a student it can be expensive when dishes have lots of ingredients. thanks!

  • Donal

    It’s a cracking little recipe alright, fair play to ya for putting it up. I marinaded the beef in soy sauce and tomato ketchup first. It’s a really good way to cook any beef. Not too sure of the portions. A good dollop of ketchup and then a bit of soy sauce and mix ’em up and coat the beef in them. Verry tasty. Thanks again for the recipe

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  • Michelle

    LOVED this recipe I’m not a huge stir-fry lover but this was great the second time I made it I added baby corns and sprinkled toasted sesame seeds on top

    • Hi Michelle, great additions! So glad it worked well for you. Christie

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