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Growing up, if we asked what we were having for dinner and mom said “
Hoisin sauce is a power flavor. It’s is kind of a Chinese barbecue sauce – a smoky, garlicky, spicy sauce. But not ears-on-fire spicy, it’s more flavorful aromatic spicy. Hoisin sauce makes a fantastic marinade on its own and works well with most proteins, so combining it with a bit more chili, rice vinegar and soy was ALWAYS going to be a winner.
One thing I love about stir-fries (
Hoisin Beef Stir-Fry
- 12 oz flank steak or stir fry beef, cut into strips
- 1 bunch broccolini (about 2-3 cups when chopped into chunks)
- 1 medium onion, sliced into half moons
- 2 cups carrots, cut into ribbons
- 1 1/2 cups snow peas
- 8 oz water chestnuts, diced
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
- 4 Tbsp dry sherry
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp peanut oil
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- First, make the marinade: combine 1 Tbsp cornstarch with 1 Tbsp sherry, egg white, and 1/4 tsp salt. Marinate the beef in it for 10 minutes.
- While the marinade sits, make the sauce. In a medium bowl, combine 3 Tbsp sherry, 1 tsp cornstarch, 1/4 tsp salt, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, and brown sugar. Use a traditional or immersion blender to blitz all the ingredients together, and set aside.
- Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat, and add beef once the oil is almost smoking. Stir-fry for two minutes until browned on the outside. It’s okay if it’s a little pink at this point. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- Add broccolini and stir-fry one minute, then add onion and cook another two minutes. Add the carrots and water chestnuts.
- Add the garlic and ginger to the pan as well as the beef. Stir-fry for another minute, then add about 2/3 of the sauce and cook one minute more. It’s done when everything has heated through.
- Serve hoisin beef stir-fry over rice with a splash of sesame oil! Add more sauce as needed: I like to add a splash more to soak into the rice.
I love the smoky bold flavors that come through this hoisin beef stir-fry. If you’re looking for more great flavors that you can whip up on a weeknight, check out more of recipes here!