Beef in Oyster Sauce is a stir fry made with soy sauce, sesame oil, scallions, and thin slices of beef. It is a simple, yet nevertheless, delicious recipe. Although the dish originated in China, it has become popular in many countries.
The oyster sauce enhances the natural flavors of the meat, while the cornstarch makes the meat shiny in appearance. To make the meat extra tender, you can gently use a traditional meat tenderizer (I emphasize the term gentle when pounding the meat) or some tenderizing powder. To further enhance the tenderness, be sure you use a good quality cut of beef and do not freeze the meat. Also remember, you can adjust the saltiness by adding a little less or a little more oyster sauce. In addition, as with most types of meat, don’t rush the recommended marinating time. Often marinating overnight is preferred.
This dish is nicely complimented with rice, boiled potatoes, or a fresh garden salad. And don’t forget, your usual beverage of choice is always appropriate. Ordering from a restaurant is always a great idea, but homemade beef in oyster sauce is better than any Chinese restaurant in my opinion.
- 1/2 kilo beef, slices thinly in strips
- 2 tsp. corn starch
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. cooking wine
- 3 tbsp. oyster sauce
- a dash of ground black pepper
- 1/2 bunch scallions, cut 2 inches long
- 2 tbsp. cooking oil
- Marinate the beef with soy sauce and cornstarch for approximately 30 min. to one hour.
- Heat cooking oil in a pan. Pan fry beef over medium-high heat until all sides turn light brown. Add in the scallions and stir for at least 1 minute. Set aside.
- In the same pan, add about 3 tablespoonful of oyster sauce and stir. Put the beef back in, stir and fry for another minute or until the oyster sauce has soaked into the meat. Turn off heat.
- Serve on a platter with rice or boiled potatoes.
- Enjoy your beef in oyster sauce!