Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sesame Beef with Broccoli...A New Family Favorite

I originally found this recipe on Pinterest, but it included chicken instead of beef. We eat a lot of chicken in our house, so I thought I'd do something different with the recipe and use beef instead.

I feel bad, as I cannot find the pin on my boards, but seriously, I've made a ton of changes, so here's my recipe!

Sesame Beef with Broccoli


(An unnecessary photo of the ingredients I will use)

5T soy sauce
5t honey
2T vegetable oil
2 (or a lot more!) green onions, white parts thinly sliced, greens reserved
4t cornstarch
1t chili paste (I don't use it, because I never have it)
3T toasted sesame seeds (I don't toast them)
2t toasted sesame oil (I just use vegetable oil, because it's what I have)
1 1/2lb stir fry beef
1T freshly grated ginger (or just a few shakes of the powder stuff like I do)
3 cloves garlic, minced (again, or just some shakes of the powder)
1 1/2c chicken broth (I didn't change this, but yes, it seems weird, because chicken and beef together?)
1T rice vinegar
1 lg head broccoli, chopped and steamed (or boiled, because the steamer is going to be used to cook rice)
Hot cooked rice


In a med-lg bowl, whisk together 3T of the soy sauce, 1t of the sesame (vegetable) oil, and 2t of the honey. Add the beef and coat, then let sit for 20ish minutes. (Side note: you could do this the day before and have it marinating alllll night and alllll day, or even do it in the morning.)

(Marinating beef)

In a large skillet, heat 2T of your vegetable oil over med-high heat and cook your beef. I usually do it in batches, and I don't cook the beef all the way through, because it's more tender that way. Transfer your beef to a plate.

(The beef cooking in the large skillet)

In the same skillet (using the remaining oil and drippings), add the rest of the vegetable oil and the white parts of your green onions, the ginger and the garlic. Stir while cooking, about 2ish minutes, until it's fragrant (what that means, I have no idea, but I just go with it!).

(See where I burned dinner? Thankfully I couldn't taste the burned parts...)

For the sesame sauce, whisk together in a small-med bowl the following: the rest (3t) of the honey, the rest (2T) of the soy sauce, your broth, the cornstarch, vinegar, and (optional, in my recipe) chili paste. Make sure the honey and corn starch are nice and blended in! Put this stuff in the skillet and try not to burn your house down like I did! Cook and stir 2-3ish minutes (I do longer) until it's thickened and darkened in color. Then stir in your remaining 1t of your sesame (vegetable) oil.

(Here is the sesame sauce, which includes nothing sesame at all)

(The sauce, thickening and darkening in color)

This is when I then add the beef back to the skilled and heat it up a bit more, because let's face it, it's going to be cooled down quite a bit, especially with how slow I do things!

(Broccoli, cooking)

Now, for the grand finale. In a large-ish eating bowl, put your rice (sorry, I didn't photograph the rice), then your beef with the lovely non-burned (hopefully) sauce, then your broccoli, and garnish with reserved green onions and (non-toasted) sesame seeds. Enjoy!



  1. Looks yummy & I'd like some right now.

    (Ha, I love the caption under the ingredients photo & the little notes in the ingredients list. Hilarious.)