Quick Beef and Broccoli

One of my favorite Chinese dishes is Beef and Broccoli.  I don’t know what it is about it, but something about the combination just tickles my tongue.  One of the nice things about making it yourself is the ability to adjust the spices and also to stay away from too much sodium or MSG (boo, hiss to the MSG.  Dumb stuff gives me migraines).

This particular recipe only takes about 15-20 minutes to make start to finish and is a good way to use small steaks or precut beef.  I use Thick Gel as my thickening agent for this recipe as it’s going to be heated anyway and I like the smooth texture.  Not to mention it means any leftovers will still be delicious tomorrow for breakfast!

Quick Beef and Broccoli

1 lb beef strips

4 cups broccoli florets

1 small white onion, frenched

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbl Thick Gel

2 Tbl water

3 Tbl olive oil, divided (We use an Asian version of our Herb oils)

1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

2 Tbl brown sugar

2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

2 Tbl Thick Gel

salt and pepper

In a small bowl combine garlic powder, 1 Tbl Thick Gel and water and mix well.  Add beef strips and toss to coat.  Heat 2 Tbl oil in cast iron skillet or wok.  Add beef and stir fry until desired doneness is reached, set aside and keep warm.  Add remaining oil and vegetables and stir fry until done.  If the broccoli pieces are large this may require a little steaming to get them done through.  In a small bowl combine soy sauce, Thick Gel and spices.  Add soy sauce mixture and meat back to the vegetables and cook until well combined and sauce is thick.  Serve immediately over hot rice.

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4 thoughts on “Quick Beef and Broccoli

  1. Ooh, nice! I can’t stand super salty or MSG-laden food, either. I’d like to give this a bash, but I wanted to ask how many people you fed with the recipe as it is written. I may need to scale it back a bit for just my husband and me. Thanks!

    • This made enough for four small to medium helpings or two large ones with leftovers. I didn’t have quiet a pound of meat, so my hubby and I ate it as our main dish and we had enough for the two of us with a serving left over for lunch the next day. 🙂

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