I love Chinese food and other Asian type dishes. Stir fry, fried rice, beef and broccoli, lettuce wraps, and many other things that are so popular in Chinese food restaurants in American are some of my favorite foods to eat.
However, a child with a tree nut, peanut, and sesame allergy has severely limited our ability to eat out at all, let alone a place that serves Chinese food.
So, my solution has been to recreate some of our favorite foods at home. Now, I know they are not quite the same, but I make a pretty good fried rice and I recently made one of the best broccoli beef dishes that I have ever made at home.
When I posted on Facebook recently about eating homemade Chinese food and how much we enjoyed it, several of you asked for the recipe. So, today I finally have the broccoli beef recipe for you. And it is really good.
It really is possible to recreate your favorite meals at home. It takes some time and some trial and error, but it can be done. And it is a lot cheaper to make your favorite meals at home.
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce ( I used a gluten free soy sauce)
- 6 tablespoons of apple juice
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 ¼ lb flank steak or other similar cut of steak, sliced into thin strips 2-3 inches long ( I used sirloin because it is what I had.)
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 head of broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces
- rice noodles or rice for serving ( We like to use rice noodles for something a little different. You can find them in the Asian section at the grocery store.)
- In a shallow bowl or pyrex dish combine the first five ingredients.
- Add sliced beef and let sit for about 15 minutes. Turning once to coat meat.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. Add meat in two batches, reserving marinade. Cook until lightly browned and almost done.
- Add ½ cup water to the pan to scraping up browned bits. Whisk cornstarch into the reserved marinade and add to pan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until slightly thickened.
- In a separate pan heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add broccoli and cook until bright green, but still crisp. This takes 3-4 minutes.
- Add cooked broccoli to meat and sauce.
- Cook rice or rice noodles according to package directions.
- Serve beef and broccoli over cooked rice or rice noodles.