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How to Cook Beef with Cauliflower Stir Fry

Updated on March 12, 2010
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Chinese food is popular; and beef with cauliflower is among the most popular Chinese dishes in my home.

"Simple" is the key to this dish; and "Healthy" is its benefit. Of course, "Delicious" is what brings people to the table.

You can get the ingredients pretty much at any supermarkets. The preparation time varies, but you can get it done in as little as half an hour.

I always advocate flexibility in home-cooked meals. Nothing has to be exact, that is. So use your imagination, use alternatives wherever you see fit, and more interestingly, surprise yourself and your guests!

Now, try it and enjoy!

Things You'll Need:

  • Beef flank steak or tender loin, 1 lb;
  • Fresh cauliflower, 1 large head;
  • Scallion, 1 small bunch;
  • Fresh garlic, 4 - 5 cloves;
  • Soy sauce;
  • Salt;
  • Sugar;
  • Corn starch or all-purpose flour;
  • Oyster Sauce(optional);
  • Cooking oil;
  • Cooking wine.


Step 1

Thoroughly wash cauliflower, cut to desired bite size;

Clean and cut scallion in 2 - 3 in. length;

Peel garlic, smash or dice;

Step 2

Thoroughly clean beef, thinly slice across the grain to desired bite size;

Step 3

In large bowl, mix sliced beef with 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. corn starch or all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. cooking oil, and set aside;

Step 4

In small bowl, mix 2 tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. sugar, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. corn starch or all purpose flour, 1 tsp. oyster sauce (optional), 2 tsp. cooking oil, and set aside;

Step 5

Boil 3 quarts of water in wok or pot, add cauliflower, continue on high heat for 1 minute and drain;

Step 6

Heat wok or large pan, add garlic and 2 tbsp. cooking oil, stir with spatula until garlic turns golden;

Step 7

Add beef in wok, spread evenly and form a thin layer;

Flip beef in 2 minutes, continue for additional 1 minute;

Step 8

Add cauliflower, stir and cover for 1 minute;

Uncover and stir again, then cover for additional 1 minute;

Step 9

Remove cover and add scallion and mixture in small bowl, wash small bowl with 2 tsp. of cooking wine and add to wok, stir until gravy thickens;

Step 10

Serve hot with rice, for four.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use high heat;
  • For novice, non-stick pan recommended;
  • Boil cauliflower longer for tenderness;
  • Do not over-cook beef;
  • Cooking pan extremely hot while heating oil and garlic.


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