Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 4 servings, or 2–3 if you’re very hungry.
Sesame Beef and Broccoli! Full of protein, green broccoli goodness, and sticky-sweet garlic and ginger flavor. Perfect at-home takeout!
1 lb. beef flank steak, thinly sliced
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
one 1-inch knob fresh peeled ginger, grated or sliced
white rice, brown rice, or cauliflower rice for serving
thinly sliced green onions for serving
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup brown sugar (sub coconut sugar)
1 tablespoon sambal oelek
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (sub white vinegar)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Beef Prep: Freeze beef for 30 minutes – 1 hour for easier slicing. Slice against the grain, into very thin strips. Toss the beef strips with a generous pinch of coarse salt and let it rest while you prep everything else. (All of this is optional but recommended for flavor and texture.)
Sauce: Whisk the sauce ingredients together.
Stir Fry Time: Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add a swish of oil. Working in batches, add the beef in a single layer. Let rest, undisturbed, for a minute or two to achieve a nice browning on the meat. Flip each piece over and cook until browned and yummy. Remove beef from pan.
Broccoli: Add a swish of oil to the same pan. Add the broccoli; stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until bright green. (Sometimes I add a splash of water to steam it a little bit.) Remove broccoli from pan.
Finally: Turn the heat down and let the pan cool a bit. Add one last swish of oil. Add the ginger and garlic; sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the sauce; stir until a thickened and sticky sauce forms. Add beef and broccoli back in. Toss gently to coat.
YUM! Serve with rice, thinly sliced green onions, and sesame seeds.
It’s easier to get a nice sear on the meat if it’s mostly dry when it goes into the hot skillet, which is why I am not recommending marinating the meat in the sauce. When you marinate it in the sauce, it gets wet, which makes it cook differently in the pan (more like steaming – not as good as a nice browned sear).
Vegan option: Sliced tempeh is delicious and works wonderfully in this recipe! I would recommend letting it marinate in a little bit of the sauce before cooking to get the best flavor.
Rice Amounts: 1 1/2 cups rice, 2 1/4 cup water, a pinch of salt. Add to the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes, and allow for natural pressure release (this should give you enough rice for 4 very generous servings).