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Sesame Beef and Broccoli


You can make this hearty, one-dish meal in just half an hour. It's a great choice for lunch or dinner on a cold winter day.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Winter


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 piece (3/4 pound) filet of beef, cut in 3/4-inch strips (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound broccoli, florets cut into small pieces, stalks peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • Cooked rice, for serving


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add beef, and sprinkle with the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to a plate.

  2. Add scallions and garlic to skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until golden, about 30 seconds. Add broccoli and 1/2 cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is dry, about 3 minutes. Stir together broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl, and add to skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is no longer cloudy, 1 to 2 minutes. Return beef and any juices to pan; cook, stirring often, until beef is heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in sesame oil. Serve with rice.

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  • LynnPasz
    13 FEB, 2013
    My boys & I loved this recipe. I'll definitely make it again. But I'd say the serving sizes didn't go very far. They both wanted seconds! I took one other reviewer's advice about adding ginger. I thought it was very flavorful and my picky eaters cleaned their plates.
  • CookCourtney
    13 JAN, 2011
    I found this dish to be too bland, but the leftovers were excellent when I added hot pepper flakes (to taste) and about a teaspoon of fresh ginger. I would recommend including these in the sauce so that the flavors infuse the entire dish. With these additions, this makes for a delicious, healthy meal!
  • ClauTecu
    14 MAY, 2010
    This was absolutely stunning! I didn't have broccoli, but it worked just fine. And I added sesame seeds right in the end, which tasted great! We had it with rice and we loved it!
  • mbryan10
    13 AUG, 2008
    I dont' have any kids but my husband loves this easy meal - I have made it several times and would highly recommend it.
  • 1hotmama
    14 MAR, 2008
    This recipe is a very easy one pot meal! It is full of flavor and my family loved it! We served it on rice with a little siracha sauce on the side! YUM!