Stir-fried Beef and Broccoli

Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli

Stir-Fried Beef with Broccoli

This simple stir-fry is flavored with soy sauce, ginger, and rice wine.Farideh Sadeghin

The New York Times once called Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge, the "Stir-Fry Guru." I'd have to agree. She considers stir-frying "a form of culinary magic in which ingredients are transformed," and this adaptation of her beef and broccoli is a great example. Mixed with soy sauce, ginger, and rice wine, the beef caramelizes slightly when it hits the hot wok, lending it a deeper, richer flavor. I like to blanch the broccoli florets first to cut down on stir-fry time, but you can toss them in raw if you don't want to bother. —Farideh Sadeghin, test kitchen director