Chinese Stir-fried Veg Beef with Broccoli


One day, Deniz and I had some extra broccoli and decided to make the classic Chinese-American beef with broccoli dish.  We vegetarian-ized a recipe from Wei-Chuan’s Chinese Cooking cookbook and were happy with the results.  We’ve continued to modify it to further enhance it.  Here’s our latest and favorite version.

Vegetarian Beef & Broccoli

Almost every Chinese restaurant have this dish for meat eaters. Now you can too enjoy this dish at home, with a good plant-based meat!



  • 6 oz Morningstar vegetarian Grilers Original burgers
  • 2 heads of broccoli florrets only
  • 1 red pepper cut in 1 inch strips
  • 4 oz can of water chestnuts drained and sliced (optional)
  • 2 T vegetable oil


  • 1/2 bunch of green onions sliced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced (optional)
  • 6 slices of ginger root optional


  • 1 T rice wine
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 2 T vegetarian oyster sauce
  • 1/2 t MSG
  • t sugar
  • 1/2 t white pepper
  • 1/2 t sesame oil
  • 2 c vegetarian broth we prefer to use broth made with dried Chienese mushroom seasoning
  • T corn starch
  • 1 T deep fried dried garlic



  • Prepare the ingredients as described in the above Ingredients list.  Place the Spices ingredients in a small bowl, and the Sauce ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Toast the patties for 15 minutes at 350ºF.  After they cool, pulse them in a food processor to a large chunky ground beef consistency.
  • Place the broccoli florets in a large saucepan with stems facing down.
  • Place the sliced red pepper on top of the broccoli.
  • Add 1/8 c of water to the pan.  Cover the pan, and cook on high heat.
  • After 5 minutes, turn the heat off and leave the pan on the stove covered for 5 more minutes.
  • Drain any remaining liquid from the pan, and set the vegetables aside.
  • Heat 2 T of vegetable oil on high heat in the large saucepan.
  • Stir-fry the Spices for 1 minute.  Add the ground vegbeef and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the drained vegetables and water chestnuts.  Add 1 more T of vegetable oil and stir to combine.
  • Add the Sauce and continue cooking and stirring until it is thickened.
  • Remove the ginger root slices before serving.
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