Last Updated on August 19, 2023
Hawaiian beef broccoli is quickly becoming a favorite in households across Hawaii.
It’s flavorful, easy to make and great for family dinners or when entertaining guests. The combination of the ingredients creates a unique dish that everyone will love.
In this guide, we will show you step-by-step how to make this classic dish that will soon become a staple in your home! Plus, there are plenty of tips and tricks to make this dish uniquely yours. So let’s get started!
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What is Hawaii Beef Broccoli?
Hawaiian Beef Broccoli is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that combines beef, broccoli, shoyu, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger and brown sugar.
It is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight or simply to enjoy as an appetizer. The beef is first marinated in a mixture of shoyu, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger and brown sugar to give it extra flavor.
The broccoli is stir-fried with the steak strips until slightly tender and then combined with the flavorful sauce that has been prepared separately.
This will result in a delicious and savory dish that is sure to please everyone at the table.
What does it taste like?
Hawaiian beef broccoli has a unique and delicious flavor that will tantalize your taste buds. It combines savory tones from the steak, sweetness from the brown sugar and shoyu, and earthy notes from the vegetables.
You will also get a hint of spice from the garlic and ginger. The sauce also adds depth of flavor to the dish as well. The steak strips are tender and juicy while the vegetables give a nice crunch to the dish.
How did I first get introduced to the Hawaii Beef Broccoli?
I first got introduced to the Hawaii Beef Broccoli when I was vacationing in Hawaii with my family a few years ago.
We had gone out for dinner one night, and this dish was featured on the menu. It sounded delicious so we decided to give it a try.
I was immediately taken aback by how flavorful the dish was! The steak was so tender and juicy, while the vegetables had a great crunch.
The sauce added an amazing depth of flavor that really made the dish stand out from others we tried during our trip.
I knew I had to make it at home right away! After doing some research on how to prepare this delectable meal, I decided to give it a go.
It is now a favorite family meal at our home, and one that I make quite often.
How to make Hawaii Beef Broccoli?
Making Hawaii Beef Broccoli is very easy and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. Here’s what you’ll need:
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- Flank steak: This cut has great flavor and is the ideal choice for this dish.
- Salt and pepper: To season the meat to perfection.
- Cornstarch: Used to thicken the sauce.
- Shoyu: Also known as soy sauce, this adds a deep, salty flavor to the dish.
- Brown sugar: Adds sweetness and balances out the salty flavors from the shoyu.
- Oyster sauce: A traditional ingredient, it adds a savory depth of flavor to the dish.
- Garlic and ginger: Both bring freshness and spice to the dish.
- Broccoli: Adds crunch and texture to the dish.
- Onion: Adds an extra layer of flavor and sweetness.
Prepare the steak- Slice the steak into thin strips and season with salt and pepper. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a few tablespoons of water until dissolved and coat the steak in the mixture. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil, and let it get hot before adding the steak strips. Fry the steak strips for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
Prepare the sauce- In a bowl, mix together the shoyu, brown sugar, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger and remaining cornstarch until combined. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add the sauce mixture. Stir constantly until it starts to thicken and remove from heat.
Make the dish- Add the broccoli and onion to the skillet with the steak strips and cook until the vegetables are tender about 5 minutes. Pour in the sauce over everything and stir until combined. Cook for a few more minutes so that everything is warmed through.
Serve- Serve the Hawaii Beef Broccoli with freshly cooked rice.
-If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water to thin it out.
-To make this dish spicy, add 1 teaspoon of chili flakes or Sriracha.
-You can also use chicken instead of beef in this.
-If you don’t have shoyu, you can substitute it with a low-sodium soy sauce.
Beef Broccoli Recipe Hawaii
- Cutting Board
- large pot
- 1 pound flank steak
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch separated
- 1/2 cup shoyu
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons garlic diced
- 1 teaspoon ginger diced
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 1/2 large round onion thinly sliced
- Prepare the steak- Slice the steak into thin strips and season with salt and pepper. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a few tablespoons of water until dissolved and coat the steak in the mixture. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil, and let it get hot before adding the steak strips. Fry the steak strips for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Prepare the sauce- In a bowl, mix together the shoyu, brown sugar, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger and remaining cornstarch until combined. Heat a small pan over medium heat and add the sauce mixture. Stir constantly until it starts to thicken and remove from heat.
- Make the dish- Add the broccoli and onion to the skillet with the steak strips and cook until the vegetables are tender about 5 minutes. Pour in the sauce over everything and stir until combined. Cook for a few more minutes so that everything is warmed through.
- Serve- Serve the Hawaii Beef Broccoli with freshly cooked rice.
Saturated Fat: 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g
What to serve with Hawaii Beef Broccoli?
Hawaii Beef Broccoli is best served over steamed white or brown rice. This will help to soak up all the delicious sauces and flavors of the dish for an even more satisfying meal.
It also pairs well with a side salad or grilled vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms etc. It can also be served with cooked noodles or even potatoes.
How to store leftover Hawaii Beef Broccoli?
I suggest to have it within a day or two. Otherwise, store it in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. To reheat the leftovers, you can use the microwave or oven.
You can freeze it for longer time of period but it will affect the texture of the steak & brocoli, so it may not be as juicy.
Can pregnant women eat this?
Yes, it is safe for pregnant women to eat this dish. However, it’s important to make sure that the beef is cooked through and that all ingredients used are fresh.
Pregnant women should also avoid consuming raw or undercooked oyster sauce and shoyu due to their potential risks for food-borne illness.
Can I make this in oven?
Yes, you can bake the Hawaiian beef broccoli in the oven. Preheat your oven to 375°F and spread the steak and vegetables evenly on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper and bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked through.
Can I make this dish vegetarian?
Yes, you can substitute the steak with tofu, tempeh or other plant-based proteins for a vegetarian version of this dish.
What other vegetables can I add?
You can add mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini and more to make the dish even more flavorful and colorful. You can also substitute broccoli with other vegetables like cauliflower.
Hawaii Beef Broccoli is a dish that will become a favorite in your home! The combination of the steak, vegetables and the fragrant sauce makes this an unforgettable meal that everyone will love.
Plus, it’s easy to make and ready in just minutes. So go ahead and give it a try today!
Thank you for reading. We hope that this guide has helped you to learn more about Hawaii Beef Broccoli and how to make it.
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Dr. Leah Alexander, M.D., is a board-certified Pediatrician in New Jersey and has been working at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey since 2000.
She also has a passion for culinary arts that extends beyond the medical realm. After completing culinary school at the French Culinary Institute, she started Global Palate, LLC, a catering firm, in 2007. She ran her own six-year-old catering company and served small group parties as an owner and executive chef.