Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry is simple to make and delicious. I promise once you make Chinese food at home you’ll be surprised how easy and tasty it is, you won’t miss the take out stuff. Another plus, you know how sometimes after take out you’re sipping water all night? You don’t have to worry when you make it yourself since you control the salt and everything else that goes in it.
When I was 5, (like every other 5 year old) my favorite Chinese take out was sweet and sour pork. Then one day my grandparents introduced me to beef and broccoli, and that was it — bye bye sweet and sour pork. I was in love! Now, I prefer spicier Chinese food, but my kids aren’t fans of spicy food so this is one of the family friendly dishes I make. They love broccoli so it works perfectly.
I found this recipe online a few years ago and was surprised how easy it was too make and it actually tasted better than most take out versions I’ve had. Plus, it’s way healthier since you know exactly what you’re cooking with. I usually use a beef round steak (commonly called London broil) for this recipe because it’s a more affordable option. But flank steak would work perfectly as well. If you’re like me and want to save a bit of money, the key to making the round steak tender is to slice it really thin and marinate for 2-3 hours instead of an hour which is all a flank steak would need. If you want to make things easier, pop the steak in the freezer for about 20 minutes. The slightly frozen steak is so much easier to cut! My mom taught me that trick years ago. Thanks mom! 🙂
I like to serve Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry over jasmine rice. It’s my go to rice lately, it’s quick to make, delicious and has a wonderful texture. But brown rice or even quinoa would work well too.
Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry is a great weeknight meal. Besides the marinade time, it takes less than 30 minutes to make. Or if you’re wanting to have a fun Chinese restaurant experience cook it along your other favorite take out dishes. One of my favorite choices is to make an appetizer like cream cheese wontons. Yum!