easy. fast. delicious.
Not to be cliché, but aren’t those the criteria we’re always looking to meet when it comes to dinner plans? Throw in some nutrients and you’ve got yourself a winner! See: beef and broccoli stir fry.
This is a good basic stir fry sauce to have in your arsenal. All too often we are tempted to reach for the jarred stir fry sauces (trust me, I lived off of them while in University) – but it’s quite easy to put this sauce together and then you know exactly what’s going into your gut.
1 lb fast fry steak (or sirloin/flank/round), cut into strips
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup no salt added chicken or beef stock (we used chicken, but I think beef would be even better)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1 head broccoli, cut into florets (About 4 cups or more)
1 red pepper, sliced
water for cooking (about 2 tablespoons or so)
neutral vegetable oil for cooking
sesame seeds and chopped green onion to top
1. Combine steak strips, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon flour in a ziplock bag. Let sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes, or until you’ve prepred the rest of your ingredients
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1.5 tablespoons flour, stock, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes.
3. Heat a large skillet (or wok if you have one)over high heat. Add water and broccoli and cook until broccoli is bright green (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat into a bowl. Add peppers to pan and cook until bright and only slightly softened. Remove from heat.
4. Heat cooking oil in skillet. In 2 batches, sear the beef strips on all sides until just cooked through. This stuff cooks FAST. Remove from heat. *Adding all the beef at once will likely overcrowd your pan and end up with steamed beef instead of browned.*
5. Add sauce to skillet (whisking first if the flour has settled), and bring to a simmer. Simmer until slightly thickened (about 3 minutes). Add cooked broccoli, peppers, and beef. Stir to combine. Top with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve with rice or quinoa.
Adapted from: Iowa Girl eats via Foodie Crush (The original recipe provides you with gluten free options. I eat all the gluten so recipe written as prepared).