One pan, ingredients you just might have in the house already, and a delicious cheaper-than-takeout broccoli beef for dinner? Yes, please!
Here’s something I’ve been working on lately: having people over for dinner but NOT being a stressful mess when they arrive. Because actually, when people come to our house for dinner, it’s really because they want to spend time with us. If they wanted a gourmet feast and a cranky chef, they could go to any number of restaurants nearby. But I get myself all excited about cooking for people, and the menu grows and grows, and by the time they walk in the front door they’re confronted with Mrs. Patmore on her worst day.
That didn’t happen this time.
Here’s how it goes: Whisk together a few odds and ends for a marinade/sauce.
Slice up some thin steak. (Don’t break the bank here– this is your chance to cash in on the budget stuff. Save the fancy cuts for steak night.)
Nestle your steak bits down into that sauce, cover, and marinate in the fridge for as much time as you have. Overnight is great, but all day is more than enough, 4 hours is fine, and 30 minutes will do the trick.
30 minutes before dinner, toss that whole pile of steak and sauce into a hot wok and cook until the sauce is simmering and the steak is cooked through. At the same time, throw some rice into a rice cooker.
Add a big old pile of broccoli. Toss and cook and toss and cook until the broccoli is soft and bright green.
Serve it over a nice pile of rice. I didn’t take pictures of that part because I was (gasp!) drinking wine and spending time with friends.
Quick and Easy Broccoli Beef
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1 lb (1/2 kg) thin steak, sliced into small strips
3 crowns broccoli, separated into florets
- Whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, dark brown sugar, chilli flakes, ginger, and garlic.
- Submerge steak in sauce mixture, cover, and chill. 4 hours is ideal, but overnight or all day is fine, and as little as 30 minutes will do in a pinch.
- 30 minutes before dinner, throw the whole steak-and-sauce mixture in a hot wok. Cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes or until steak is cooked through and sauce is bubbling. (Start your rice at the same time!)
- Add broccoli and cook, stirring, until broccoli is tender and bright green.