Good news! …well, if you love Asian food. My wonderful roommate and her boyfriend got me a wok for my birthday! A wok is an Asian stir-fry dish and I’ve wanted one for awhile considering how much I love making homemade Asian food. That being said, get ready for lots of Asian dishes! …my apologies if you’re not a fan of Asian food, I’ll be sure to include some other types of cuisine too!
After a week of good eating at home (read: Giordano’s pizza and my Mom’s amazing soup that I really should make for y’all at some point), I told myself I needed to start eating a bit healthier to offset all the delicious points, I mean calories, I was consuming. However, when Parker heard I got a wok for my birthday he made the executive decision to try it out that very night. We eventually decided on this dish from the Food Network’s website, and it was a pretty successful first attempt!
Crispy Orange Beef and Broccoli: Serves 4 – and it only takes about 30 minutes!
- 3 cups white rice
- 1 1/4 pounds beef chuck steak
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup orange marmalade
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon peeled and chopped ginger
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 head broccoli, cut into florets, stems sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
- Cook the white rice according to package directions.
- Thinly slice the chuck steak, about 1/4-inch thick, across the grain. Cut the slices into 3-inch long strips.
- Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Toss the beef in the cornstarch and shake off excess. *Note: Ours wasn’t super crispy because we shook off too much of the cornstarch, so make sure it’s still well coated!
- Fry the beef in 2 batches in the hot oil, turning once, until crispy and golden, about 2 minutes on each side.
- Remove the beef from the pan and set aside on paper towel lined plate. Carefully drain the oil from the wok or skillet.
- In a medium bowl add the marmalade, garlic, vinegar, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice and whisk until well combined.
- Add to the wok, over high heat, and cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the broccoli. Cook the broccoli until slightly tender and the sauce is thick, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in the beef, then transfer to a serving platter.
- Serve immediately with the white rice.
Another successful date night? I vote yes. If you’re interested in trying out some of these recipes with a wok, here’s the wok my friends bought me! It’s fun – I promise! Til next time, happy eating everybody!
- Ginger Beef and Broccoli (mommyshecticlife.wordpress.com)
- Paleo Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (barbellsburpeesandbeer.wordpress.com)
- Slow-Cooker Beef & Broccoli (healthyliciousliving.wordpress.com)
- How to Make Crispy Battered Chicken in Honey Sauce (or Honey and Chili Sauce) (ireport.cnn.com)
- Crockpot Recipe: Beef and Broccoli (deafchefatlarge.com)
- Celeb-Approved Recipe: How to Make the Crispy Orange Chicken LC Likes at TAO (okmagazine.com)