Beef and Broccoli in a CVap Oven

Beef and broccoli is a staple in Chinese restaurants. But like so many other “Chinese” dishes, beef and broccoli’s history is rooted as much in American cuisine as in Asian. It’s believed the first versions of the dish were prepared by Chinese immigrants who had settled in the Bay Area of California. Like other Asian dishes that originated during the railroad-building era of the American West, beef and broccoli was a way to create a tasty meal out of small portions of meat and vegetables. Subsequently, like many other dishes, beef and broccoli has evolved to suit the palates of average Americans.

Traditional preparation involves stir frying in a wok. We’re always curious – can we do it in a CVap® oven? Our experiment was a resounding success.

beef and broccoli with chopsticks

The Recipe – Beef and Broccoli

In a bowl toss the following together:

  • 3lbs – Beef (cut into 1” chunks) – tradition calls for flank steak, but any suitable beef steak will do
  • 4lbs – Frozen Broccoli (slacked a bit)
  • 1/4 Cup – Low Sodium Soy
  • 1/4 Cup – Brown Sugar (Turbinado can be substituted)

The Process

  1. Preheat RTV Retherm Oven to 200°F Vapor Temp/350°F Air Temp.
  2. Place tossed ingredients onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Cook in oven for about 25-35 minutes (to desired doneness).

The Recipe – Sauce

While beef and broccoli are cooking, add the following ingredients to a small saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce and simmer 2-3 minutes:

  • 1/4 Cup – Low Sodium Soy
  • 1/4 Cup – Brown Sugar (or Turbinado)
  • 7-8 – Cloves Garlic (microplaned or chopped finely)
  • 1 Tbs – Fresh Ginger (microplaned or chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp – Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 Tbs – Sesame Oil
beef and broccoli emerging from oven
beef and broccoli on sheet pan
beef and broccoli with chopsticks

The Finished Dish

Once the beef and broccoli has finished cooking, transfer the mix to a clean bowl. Dress with the prepared sauce. Combine until well-coated.

We suggest serving with white or brown rice. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

We thoroughly enjoyed eating another successful CVap experiment.