I have to confess that I’m a huge fan of Asian cuisine! I love the combination of sweet and salty, meat, and vegetables, and I am crazy about the sauces!
Luckily, there are lots of recipes to satisfy my taste buds. But I always return to Beef & Broccoli.
If you want your kids to eat broccoli – this is a great option :]
How to Choose the Beef?
As you can see, the recipe calls for a chuck roast.
What is a chuck roast?
If this is the first question that’s come to mind, don’t worry – we were all beginners once 🙂
In short, a chuck roast is a cut of meat from the chuck, which is also known as the shoulder part of the steer. However, these details are not very important if you have a local meat vendor that can provide guidance.
Also, you can go crazy and use the type of meat you like. For instance, I’ve used skirt steak and the result was the same. And, if you like chicken better than beef, go for it!
How to Prepare the Meat?
This recipe requires thin-sliced beef (so it will release all its flavor during the saute step).
Beef is not that difficult to slice, but you need to know a few tricks. First, make sure to cut against the grain – this cuts the muscle fibers and makes the meat less chewy. If you feel your slices won’t be even or that the cut won’t be as clean as you want it to be, stick the meat in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. Cold meat cuts better than meat at room temperature.
Once you have your slices, you can move on to the next step of the recipe.
Quick tip: always keep the brown bits that stick to the pot while you’re browning the meat. These will come undone when you add the broth and add incredible flavors to the entire dish.
Is Sesame Oil Necessary?
If you’re not allergic to it, then you should try to follow the recipe. The purpose of this oil is to bring out some of the flavors and combine others. Honestly, I’ve tried this food with and without sesame oil and I always return to the one with.
However, if you can’t find some or you don’t feel like going to the store just for this, the dish will still be delicious. So, there’s no need for substitutes.
Can I remove the sugar?
If you don’t like adding sugar in your food, you can replace it with maple syrup or honey.
Can I make it with chicken?
Yes, but then you will have chicken and broccoli.
This is a question that pops up quite often since many people are used to thickening their sauces with flour.
However, cornstarch is a better thickening agent and doesn’t influence the taste of the food (unlike flower). Also, it doesn’t get lumps (like flour does) because you have to dissolve it in a liquid (like milk or water) before adding it into the sauce.
In this case, you have to create a mixture of water and cornstarch and add this mixture into the sauce. To make sure there are no lumps, use a whisk to gently incorporate the cornstarch with the water.
How to use cornstarch to thicken?
Love it or hate it, when cooked correctly the broccoli is a fantastic addition to a meat dish!
For this recipe, make sure to select fresh broccoli florets, with firm stalks. If you don’t have access to fresh veggies, you can replace it with frozen ones. In fact, I like to keep a few bags of frozen broccoli in my freezer, just in case.
Now, if you’ve ever cooked broccoli before, you know it doesn’t need long. As the recipe specifies, 2 minutes are enough. Otherwise, you risk overcooking it and turning it into mush.
The Perfect Side Dish
If you want to cut down the carbs, this dish works just as well with these zucchini noodles .
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast sliced into thin strips
- 1 teaspoons canola oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 3/4 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 pound broccoli cut into florets
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- Put canola oil in the Instant Pot and select "Saute".
- When the oil is ready, brown the meat in batches.
- Stir in the beef broth, garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Lock the lid in place. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Make sure the valve is set to the sealing position.
- When the cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release. (Set the valve to the venting position and when the valve drops, carefully remove the lid)
- Add the broccoli and stir a bit.
- Cook at high pressure for 2 more minutes.
- When the cooking time ends, do quick pressure release. Add the cornstarch and water mixture and stir until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!