Beef Broccoli

I can’t believe I haven’t posted this one yet! I’ve been meaning to for a while. This is definitely one of our favorites when we’re craving beef. I love the meld of “Asian” flavors. I especially love the strong taste of ginger. The sauce is a sweet ginger sauce; goes great over some hot, white rice. I adapted the recipe below from the one I found on food.com, posted by Chris from Kansas. Thanks, Chris from Kansas! Let me just say this though: the recipe below is a guideline. I always make this by taste. Everyone has different taste preferences, so if you want it sweeter, add more sugar; more garlicky or gingery? Add more. Let your taste buds be the guide for this one. 🙂 That’s what makes this dish so much fun! Enjoy!

MMmmm. I wish you could have smelled how good this smelled.

What you need:
5 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1/2 cup water, plus
2 tablespoons water, divided
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 lb top sirloin, cut into thin 3-inch strips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 cups broccoli florets
1 small onions, cut into wedges
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ginger paste (or diced and smashed fresh ginger)
1 1/2 teaspoon diced garlic (or more if desired; we usually put more, we love garlic)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp sesame seed oil
hot, cooked rice

What to do:

  1. Trim excess fat from beef and thinly slice.
  2. In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water and garlic powder until smooth.
  3. Add beef and toss.
  4. In a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm.
  5. Stir-fry broccoli and onion in remaining oil for 7-10 minutes (depending on how crunchy you want your broccoli).
  6. Return beef to pan.
  7. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, sesame seed oil and remaining cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan.
  8. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  9. Thicken sauce with more cornstarch to your desired consistency.
  10. Serve over rice.
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