Beef with broccoli noodle stir fry is a complete meal that can be cooked in well under 15 minutes (apart from marinating). Everything you need is on this plate: protein, carbs, fibre, a whole range of vitamins and minerals, and above all, that unique Asian flavour that keeps us wanting for more. This is restaurant quality from the comfort of your own home.
Take aways have the bad reputation of being unhealthy, greasy and loaded with sugar. Yet, they are tasty, so there’s no wonder why they are so popular. But how about having the same tasty meal that actually is healthy, and it’s made with fresh, good quality ingredients. You won’t believe how easily this can be achieved. No need to be a Master Chef, anybody can cook a delicious dish at home. And here is how!
How to tenderize beef strips for stir fry
Believe me, l’ve tried quite a few times before l could be happy that the beef was as tender as the one in restaurants. The first time l made this dish it was a complete desaster, the noodles, broccoli and sauce were pure perfection, yet the beef was far from tender: chewy, hard, unedible. So what was l doing wrong?
Well, l stupidly expected to throw the beef strips in the pan and get them out tender and juicy. It doesn’t work quite like that. What works best is to use a meat tenderizer (or a good old rolling pin) and bash the meat really well until it’s nearly flat. Make sure the strips are small, so they can cook faster.
Then, leave the meat to marinate, if possible for at least one hour, in a mixture of sesame oil, corn flour and soy sauce. This really helps a lot with the tenderizing process. If in rush, you can cook the beef straight away, but still coat it in the marinade.
Another tip is to never overcrowd the pan, cook the beef in batches, to make sure it cooks through, it doesn’t need more than 1-2 minutes on a high heat. And there you have, tender beef, just how it should be, cooked to perfection. Your easy beef noodles recipe is pure delish.
Beef and broccoli stir fry
Once the meat has rested in the marinade, the rest is so easy and quick. All you have to do is cook the noodles separately according to the package instructions. I love the thinner egg noodles, but you can use anything you like, vermicelli, ramen, soba noodles, etc. They all have a distinct texture and taste, but work well in this dish.
As for the sauce, l don’t buy the ready made ones, they are way too sweet. Make the sauce yourself, it’s super easy and brings so much flavour. Again, just simple ingredients that are the very foundation of many Chinese dishes: light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, a tiny little bit of brown sugar and corn flour. How easy! Who needs to order a take-away?
Super tender beef with broccoli noodle stir fry
Now, let’s see how to cook this delicious meal. Super easy, l promise. Oh, by the way, do you like chicken? I have this yummy scrummy Chicken and broccoli stir fry, this time with rice. Equaly delicious, ready in under 15 minutes, with no marinade needed. Easy, right? I just love str fries, as you can tell. Check out my finger-licking: Tofu, broccoli and mushroom stir fry with basmati rice for a delicious vegan dish that even meat lovers will enjoy. Back to our beef and broccoli stir fry recipe now…
Super tender beef with broccoli noodle stir fry, the most delicious Chinese recipe that os popular all over the world.
- 250 g beef strips (1/2 lb)
- 1/2 head of broccoli
- 2 nests of egg noodles
- 2 spring onions
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 cm fresh ginger root (1 inch)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp corn flour
- freshly chopped parsley to garnish
Start by making the marinade. In a bowl, combine one tablespoon of light soy sauce, one tablespoon of dark soy sauce, half a tablespoon of corn flour and half a tablespoon of sesame oil and stir.
Use a meat tenderizer to bash the beef strips really well, until almost flat.
Add them to the marinade, cover the bowl with kitcken foil and leave to rest for at least an hour.
Boil the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain the water, add a splash of sesame oil and toss well. Set aside.
Add half of the vegetable oil to the wok and fry the beef strips in batches, about 2 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
Remove from the wok and set aside.
Add the remaining vegetable oil to the wok, chop the spring onions, garlic and ginger and fry for about 30 seconds.
Break the broccoli into small florets, add to the wok and stir fry fry for 2 minutes.
Add the remaining soy sauces, sesame oil, sugar, rice vine and leave to cook for a further one minute.
In go the beef and noodles, stir well to combine, add the chopped parsley and remove from the heat.
I’m bringing this recipe to #recipeoftheweek.