Quick Beef & Broccoli Noodles Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the beef and marinade:

  • 1 lb flank steak (or other thinly sliceable beef like sirloin) sliced thinly against the grain
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (or water)

For the stir fry:

  • 2 tbsp neutral-tasting cooking oil (vegetable, canola, etc.)
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 oz dried egg noodles (or your favorite type of noodle)

Optional garnishes:

  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Sliced green onions

Instructions

Prep and marinate:

  • Thinly slice your beef against the grain.
  • Combine beef, soy sauce, cornstarch, sesame oil, and black pepper in a bowl. Mix well and set aside for at least 10 minutes.

Make the sauce:

  • Combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, cornstarch, and beef broth in a small bowl and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved.

Cook the noodles:

  • Follow your noodle package instructions for al dente texture (slightly undercooked). Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

Blanch the broccoli:

  • Boil a pot of water, add broccoli and cook for 1 minute. Remove and drain immediately. Set aside.

Cook it all together:

  • Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat with 1 tbsp of oil. Add beef and cook, undisturbed, for 30 seconds. Then stir-fry until mostly cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer beef to a plate.
  • Add the remaining tbsp of oil to the pan. Add onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Add broccoli and 1/2 cup water. Cover and steam for 1 minute.
  • Push the vegetables to the sides of the pan and pour the sauce mixture into the center. Bring to a simmer, stirring, until it thickens slightly.
  • Return beef to the pan, add noodles, and stir-fry everything together for 1-2 minutes until heated through and sauce coats everything evenly.

Serve:

  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, if desired. Enjoy!

Tips

  • Customize it: Add other veggies like bell peppers or carrots. Substitute or add other proteins like chicken or tofu.
  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a kick of heat.
  • Make it ahead: Prep your beef, sauce, and vegetables in advance. Cook everything together just before serving.

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