BETTER than takeout – YES.
Who knows what they put in your favorite Chinese dish at that fast food restaurant chain!? I’m going to share with you a recipe that is BETTER than takeout. My beef and broccoli recipe calls for a lower sodium soy sauce, which helps in reducing your sodium content. Have you looked at the nutrition content of any of them? Sodium through the roof and enhancements that are probably best left out.When you make it at home, you can see and can control what you’re cooking with. Plus, it’s 10X better than that popular food chain out there. You’ll be surprised how easy it is too!
First, you will want to cut your meat against the grain. Especially in flank steak. Picture little horizontal lines on the meat as you’re looking down at it. You’ll want to cut vertically across them. If you were to cut WITH the lines, it makes for a much chewier experience. Tough and chewy. Two words we do not want associated with our beef and broccoli. Melty, buttery, flavorful, tender… those words are acceptable.
Second, you will want to get a low sodium soy sauce for this. Soy sauce is already salty enough. When you cut back a little, you will NOT miss the flavor. Trust me on this.
Lastly, you will want to use with a hot pan. If you have a wok -even better. If not, no worries. Just get your pan really hot (almost on high) because this is fast cooking once you start. Have all of your items ready to go because once you start rocking and rolling ~ it will be ready in less than 10 minutes.
In looking for a delicious beef and broccoli recipe, I came across RainyDayGal’s recipe. I have modified it just a bit but hers is incredible!!
Look at that beautiful beef! Just ready to take on all of the yummy robust flavors of the marinade I’m about to pour all over it. Super easy. I’m telling you.
BETTER than takeout Beef and Broccoli
2-3 lbs flank steak
For the Marinade:
2 Tbsp low sodium marinade
2 1/2 Tbsp water
1/4 cup oil plus 1 Tbsp
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sugar
For the Sauce:
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp brown sugar
4 cloves minced garlic
3 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 Tbsp sherry (optional but very good if you have some)
2 Tbsp water
3 tsp vegetable oil
2 crowns of broccoli chopped up to size you like in stir frys
Marinade the meat first: Cut your flank steak against the grain in very thin strips. If you have a local grocery store, they will slice it for you. You just have to ask! Whisk all ingredients minus the flank steak in a bowl then place all items in a big plastic bag and let marinade in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Get the sauce ready: Get the soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, flour, sherry, and water whisked in a bowl. Set aside.
Get a wok or pan and put on high heat with 2 Tbsp of the oil. Take your broccoli and pour it into the pan. Stir often and cook for approximately 3 minutes. Remove broccoli.
Lower heat to medium high heat and add your meat and half of the sauce mixture. Stir and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Add broccoli back along with the other half of the sauce. Cook 1 more minute.
Can enjoy on its own, or over rice! Enjoy!