Sesame Beef And Broccoli

Sesame Beef And Broccoli

Total Time: 30 minutes

4 Servings

Calories Per Serving: 384


  • 1 lbbeef flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
  • one 1-inch knob fresh peeled ginger, grated or sliced
  • 1.5 cups of uncooked white rice or brown rice, (or a bag of cauliflower rice)
  • thinly sliced green onions for serving


  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (sub coconut sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (See notes)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (sub white vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Beef Prep: Freeze beef for 30 minutes – 1 hour for easier slicing. Slice against the grain, into very thin strips. Toss the beef strips with a generous pinch of coarse salt and let it rest while you prep everything else. (All of this is optional but recommended for flavour and texture.)
  2. Sauce: Whisk the sauce ingredients together.
  3. Rice: Cook your rice according to package directions.
  4. Stir Fry Time: Heat a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add a swish of oil. Working in batches, add the beef in a single layer. Let rest, undisturbed, for a minute or two to achieve a nice browning on the meat. Flip each piece over and cook until browned and yummy. Remove beef from pan.
  5. Broccoli: Add a swish of oil to the same pan. Add the broccoli; stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until bright green. (Sometimes I add a splash of water to steam it a little bit.) Remove broccoli from pan.
  6. Finally: Turn the heat down and let the pan cool a bit. Add one last swish of oil. Add the ginger and garlic; sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the sauce; stir until a thickened and sticky sauce forms. Add beef and broccoli back in. Toss gently to coat.
  7. EAT! Serve with rice, thinly sliced green onions, and sesame seeds. 


  • It’s easier to get a nice sear on the meat if it’s mostly dry when it goes into the hot skillet, which is why I am not recommending marinating the meat in the sauce. When you marinate it in the sauce, it gets wet, which makes it cook differently in the pan (more like steaming – not as good as a nice browned sear).
  • Rice Amounts: 1 1/2 cups rice, 2 1/4 cup water, a pinch of salt. Add to the Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes, and allow for natural pressure release (this should give you enough rice for 4 very generous servings).
  • Sambal Oelek is a spicy Indonesian chilli paste made with hot red peppers and can usually be found in the Asian food sections. If you can’t find it, you can substitute it with crushed red chilli flakes, chilli pepper, sriracha, and gochujang. Although they are not an exact match, most people will not notice much of a difference. 
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