Chinese takeout is undeniably delicious, but what if we told you that you could make a beef and broccoli dish that’s even better at home? This recipe is not only a fantastic alternative to takeout but also a breeze to prepare. Let’s dive into the details and discover how to make this mouthwatering dish!
Easy Homemade Beef and Broccoli
This recipe is a sensational take on the classic beef and broccoli dish. It draws inspiration from the beloved P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef recipe and is tailored to be a quick and straightforward option for busy days. Unlike some other recipes, there’s no need to marinate the beef in advance, saving you valuable time without compromising on flavor.
The beef and broccoli pair harmoniously, creating a delightful umami-filled experience. Whether you prefer to serve it with steamed rice or opt for a healthier twist with cauliflower rice, this dish is sure to impress. While it’s best enjoyed fresh, the leftovers can be easily reheated in a skillet, allowing you to savor the flavors for days to come.
Beef and Broccoli Ingredients
To recreate this incredible recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Flank steak
- Olive oil
- Sesame oil
- Low-sodium soy sauce
- Dark brown sugar
- Broccoli florets
- Green onions
How to Make Beef and Broccoli
Preparing Chinese beef and broccoli from scratch is more straightforward than you might think. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:
- Place sliced flank steak in a large bag, add cornstarch, and coat the steak evenly.
- In a medium saucepan, sauté garlic and ginger until the aroma fills your kitchen.
- Add soy sauce, water, and dark brown sugar to the saucepan, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to boil for a couple of minutes before reducing the heat and simmering until the sauce thickens slightly.
- In a separate skillet, sear the steak until it reaches your desired level of doneness.
- Top the seared steak with broccoli, pour in the soy sauce mixture, and toss everything together to ensure the beef and broccoli are evenly coated. Simmer for a few minutes until the broccoli reaches your preferred level of crispness.
How to Thicken the Beef and Broccoli Sauce
Depending on your preference, you may want a thicker sauce to cling better to the beef and broccoli. If the sauce is on the thinner side, here’s a quick way to thicken it in just 60 seconds:
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in 1 tablespoon of water to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the saucepan, stir, and simmer for about a minute. Your sauce should now have a satisfyingly thicker consistency. If your steak was well coated in cornstarch, the residual cornstarch may be sufficient to thicken the sauce. However, adding a cornstarch slurry can be a quick solution if needed.
What to Serve with Beef and Broccoli
This delightful beef and broccoli stir-fry can be paired with a variety of Asian sides to create a complete meal. Here are some fantastic options to consider:
- Rice or cauliflower rice
- Fried rice (for a vegetarian version, omit the chicken from the recipe)
- Fresh spring rolls (vegetarian option available)
- Roasted veggies
- Simple green salad
Curious to see this recipe in action? Watch the video below for a visual guide to making this delectable dish.
More Asian Recipes with Beef
If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, here are a few more beef-based recipes you may enjoy:
- 15-Minute Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli: A healthier alternative to traditional Chinese takeout, this quick and flavorful dish is baked to perfection and will become a regular in your meal rotation.
- Mongolian Beef Bowls: Ready in just 10 minutes, these Chinese-inspired Mongolian beef bowls are bursting with savory flavors and crisp-tender vegetables. Serve them over rice for a satisfying meal.
- Beef Fried Rice: Made in one skillet, this better-than-takeout beef fried rice is quick and easy. Enjoy juicy strips of steak combined with perfectly fried rice, infused with the flavors of onions, peas, carrots, and scrambled eggs.
- Teriyaki Steak Tips: Tender tri-tip steak tips topped with a thick and sticky homemade pineapple teriyaki sauce. These delicious steak tips will surely be a hit with the whole family, and they’re incredibly fast and easy to make.
- P.F. Chang’s Mongolian Beef: In just 20 minutes, you can create a delightful copycat version of P.F. Chang’s Mongolian beef at home. It’s a fantastic weeknight meal that even picky eaters will love. Any leftover sauce can be served over rice for another delicious dish.
When you’re craving classic Chinese flavors, this Better-Than-Takeout Beef and Broccoli recipe is here to satisfy your taste buds. Give it a try and experience the joy of creating a restaurant-quality dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.
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