How to make Chinese-style Sesame Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry

Updated: 03 Nov 2012
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Ever since my annual check-up this past summer, I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate more iron into my diet. Fortunately, Chinese beef stir-fries are pretty healthy as far as red meat dishes go, because the meat is usually paired with vegetables and the sauces are flavorful yet light. Try it out anytime you’d like to get something fast, healthy, and delicious on the table! 

 

Sesame Beef and Broccoli

Serves 4

1 pound flank, skirt, hangar, or flatiron steak, cut against the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced or grated ginger
2 large shallot, finely chopped
2 cups broccoli florets
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds

 
Sauce

 
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon white rice vinegar
1 to 2 teaspoons chili sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch

 
1.Marinate the beef: In a medium bowl, stir together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add the beef and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

 
2.Prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, optional chili sauce, sugar, and cornstarch. Stir until the cornstarch is dissolved and set aside.

 
3.Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until a bead of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the beef and spread it around the wok in a single layer. Allow the beef to sear undisturbed for 1 to 2 minutes so it gets a nice browning on the surface. Stir-fry for another 1 to 2 minutes, just until the beef is no longer pink. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

 
4.Swirl the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil into the wok. Add the garlic, ginger, and shallots to the wok and cook for about 30 seconds, until aromatic. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for another 1 minute. Pour in the sauce mixture. Continue to cook while stirring for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the broccoli is tender-crisp.

 
5.Return the beef to the wok. Stir to coat the beef with the sauce. Season to taste with black pepper. Transfer everything to a large plate, sprinkle sesame seeds on top, and serve.

 

SOURCE: appetiteforchina.com

 

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