This easy beef and broccoli recipe is one of our favorite easy dinners to make and it all comes together in around 20 minutes!
So, we had actually planned to have this easy beef and broccoli recipe with some sticky rice, but we had a little adventure that kept me out of the pantry. And by adventure I mean, I’m a total chicken was way too scaredy pants to risk getting the rice out.
We made this recipe last Friday and while I was getting everything ready our oldest daughter had the task of pulling everything out of the pantry so we could wipe down the shelves and reorganize. Suddenly she screamed that there was mold and she wasn’t touching anything. I couldn’t imagine that there was so I walked over and there were these little brown things in the shape of sprinkles. I immediately thought we had a mouse and would not dare go in the pantry until Cade came home. The sad thing about mice is that both Cade and I don’t like them. Cade had a bad run with his brother in law and baby mice that has totally ruined him and I just can’t stand the little critters. So, I made beef and broccoli and we totally skipped the rice. Cade came home and checked things out… the mouse poop ended up being seeds from our Dave’s Killer Bread and I was pretty much a total fool. We all had a good laugh and I learned my lesson, cleaning out the pantry more than just 3 times a year is a must to avoid future awkward moments.
Easy Beef and Broccoli
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1¼ teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon chili paste, or 1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- ½ cup chicken stock
- ¾ cup soy sauce (low sodium)
- ⅓ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- Olive Oil for Beef by Star Fine Foods (regular canola or olive oil will work) see note
- Salt and Pepper for seasoning
- 2 steaks, trimmed, and sliced thin (any steak will do, or you can even use 1 flank steak)
- 1 head of broccoli, steamed and seasoned with salt and pepper.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add all of the ingredients except the cornstarch and water. Heat until boiling. In a small dish, whisk together the cornstarch and water and slowly, while whisking the sauce, pour in the cornstarch. Continue to whisk and bring back to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat a grill pan or skillet over medium high heat. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of olive oil and add the meat, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook the meat for about a minute or two, turn over and cook for an additional minute or until almost completely cooked. (Overcooking the meat or cooking until well done in the pan will result in dry and chewy meat with less flavor.) Place on a plate and tent with foil while the sauce finishes.
- Add the beef and sauce together, tossing to coat, as well as the broccoli if you wish, or just add the broccoli to the bowl.
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