Easy Beef & Broccoli (Better Than Takeout!)


If you love beef & broccoli, this recipe is for you! I've been a lover of Asian foods since I was a kid. I remember many a family dinner at the Pu Pu Inn in downtown Clifton, NJ, where my family would gather for a delicious meal and fun conversation. After my family moved to NC from NJ, it was a lot harder (or so it seemed) to find authentic foods of various ethnicities. We were so used to having such a variety of foods within our reach, and it was a bit of a culture shock not to have them in the area my parents chose for our family to settle in.


Through the years, we learned to make our own homemade versions of some of our favorite dishes. We've mastered teriyaki chicken, Mandarin orange chicken, pork fried rice, sushi rice, and stir fry. My hubby is a big fan of beef and broccoli, and the thought of trying to make it at home has always been a little bit intimidating to me. As we try to eat more meals at home this fall, in an effort to save time and money, we're taking on the task of making some of our favorite dishes that we might typically order as takeout. Sure, I could head to Trader Joe's and buy a bag of frozen beef and broccoli, throw it in a skillet and call it a day, but making fresh food is so much better (and healthier).

Easy Beef & Broccoli



To make our version of homemade Beef & Broccoli, you will need the following ingredients:

1 Cup Sushi Rice
1 Broccoli Crown (fresh)
1 Bunch Green Onions

2 Tsp Sesame Oil
1/4 cup Red Wine
1 Tsp Soy Sauce (I use lower sodium version)
1 Tsp Sugar
1 Tsp Cornstarch
1 lb beef steak cup into thin strips
 (you can buy pre-sliced stir fry beef in most grocery stores- we used NY Strip Steak)
2 Tbsp Canola Oil
1 tsp Garlic powder


Directions

Cook the sushi rice in a small pot with lid.
Boil 2 cups of water, and add 1 cup of dry rice to the boiling water.
Immediately reduce heat to low, place the lid on the pot and cook on low for 20 minutes.
When rice is finished cooking, remove from the heat and gently toss it with a fork.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, red wine, soy sauce, sugar, and cornstarch and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Place the steak pieces into a shallow bowl, pour the sauce mixture over the meat, stir to coat well, and marinate for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

In a medium-hot skillet, add the oil. Stir and toss the beef with the marinade until the sauce forms a glaze on the beef, and the meat is cooked- about 5 minutes. Do not overcook the beef or it will be tough and chewy.

While the meat is cooking, steam 1 fresh broccoli crown in another pot.
Add a small amount of water to the bottom of the pot.
Cut broccoli into florets and place into the pot.
Cover with lid and cook on high heat for 5 minutes. The broccoli will be done by the time the beef is finished cooking.

When the broccoli is finished cooking, drain the water and add the broccoli to the skillet with the beef. Remove from heat. Toss to coat the broccoli with the sauce and mix with the beef.

To plate, add a large spoonful of the cooked sushi rice to the plate.
Top with a large spoonful of the beef, broccoli, and sauce mixture.
Garnish with thinly sliced green onions.


Yummy, yummy! Get in my tummy!

This is such an easy recipe! I like to make a large batch of rice and use it for various meals throughout the week, or for rice bowls for lunches.

This is fresh, healthy and delicious. There is minimal sodium in the recipe, so you won't feel like you've just been to a salt lick after eating it. The great thing about making this at home is that you know exactly what's in it, and how it's being prepared.

This is a favorite recipe in our house- so much so, in fact, we're making this for dinner nearly once a week! We really love it, and I can only imagine that you will love it, too!

I can't wait to hear your thoughts if you decide to give this recipe a try!

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