A all time take out favourite, Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry! Why not add it to your dinner menu this week. Another quick dinner that can be on the table in 30 minutes. Get cooking!
I don't know how I've been writing this food blog for more than three years without adding this recipe. Because it sure isn't new to me. Let's just say it's been around the block a few times. A few hundred time probably. Come on, it's a take out classic!
Anyway, if I'm completely honest, I was never ever a fan of beef. When I was a kid, I wouldn't eat hamburgers. Like at all. And every so often we would make the two hour drive to the city and everyone in our car wanted to go to McDonalds. And these were the days before chicken nuggets. Yes, I'm old and once upon a time McDonalds only did hamburgers. So, I would just get the french fries and have to settle myself with that. I do remember, however, eating and liking my first hamburger at a friend's birthday party when we were twelve. I later found out it was a moose burger and not beef at all. Maybe why I liked it! I'm still not a big beef eater, but I do like it every now and again and in this stir fry it's a complete winner.
If you don't like beef, you easily substitute chicken in this recipe. Then again, if you don't like beef, I reckon you won't be reading this recipe...ha!
I used fillet steak in this recipe because it's a thin cut as well as budget friendly. And lets face it, who isn't trying to cut corners on dinner. I seem to spend my life trying to find new ways to reinvent the week. The frugal wheel that is. However, not at a cost to taste and freshness. And I am fortunate to live in a place where fresh ingredients are available year round and affordable. ¡Viva España!
So, if you are looking to recreate a take out classic, give it a try. It's quick, tasty and not too heavy on the wallet. If you're not a fan of the fillet steak, you could substitute a different cut. But honestly, this worked great in this recipe. It cooks quick and was tender and not chewy at all. Which, I know is how many people associate the cheaper cuts of meat. If I were cooking steak on it's own, I wouldn't chose this cut at all. But in a stir fry it works great!
Notes about the stir fry:
The key to any stir fry is organization! I go on and on about this, but it's key. Make sure you have all your ingredients chopped, prepared and ready to go. As well as the pans, seasoning and such. Stir frys are best served as soon as they are cooked (I know not always possible), but in an ideal world..ha!
Also, cooking more than one thing at a time is important. You will see in the recipe below that three different things need to be going on the stove for this dish. So, make sure you got them all ready. Start cooking things when you see they are going to be needed. For example the wok gets started first, then the beef in a separate pan and last the noodles because they are the quickest. I know I am stating the obvious, but for first time cooks this might not seem obvious. I've been there many a time in the beginning not knowing I should have more than one pan going at a time.
So get your multi tasking on and make the stir fry! It's easy, tasty and a great mid week meal. A great way to start the week!
Happy cooking friends!
Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry
Serves 4 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: 15 minutes
1 lb/500 Fillet steak, cut into strips
1 Head broccoli, cut into small florets
2 Celery ribs, finely diced
1 Carrot, finely diced
1 Chilli, finely chopped and divided
Fresh ginger, 1 inch piece crushed and divided
3 Garlic cloves, crushed and divided
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon black pepper
1/2 Cup/120 ml Soy sauce, divided
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
2 Teaspoons sesame seeds
2 Sheets of rice noodles
Fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 Chilli, finely chopped
Extra soy sauce for serving
Put the steak in a large bowl and add 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce, 1/2 of the garlic, 1/2 of the ginger and 1/2 of the chilli. Stir and set aside.
Blanche the broccoli by putting in a colander and pouring over boiling water. Set aside.
In a large wok add one tablespoon of the sesame oil, remaining garlic, ginger and chilli. Stir well for a minute. Add the carrots and celery. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the broccoli and toss well to coat. Cook this for about about 5 minutes.
While the broccoli is cooking in the wok, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil and the steak. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
Add the steak to the wok with the vegetables and toss well. Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper and stir to coat completely.
Cook noodles for about 4 minutes. Drain and add to the wok with the sesame seeds. Stir or toss well.
Top with cilantro, sesame seeds and chilli. Serve with extra soy sauce. Serve immediately.
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