Gluten-free Beef with Broccoli

beef and broccoli

Nothing rings in the new year like Chinese inspired cuisine. Although far from authentic, this American/Canadian Chinese style food is still absolutely delicious! And a great thing about this type of meal is that it is so simple to make gluten-free. Just finish it off with a side of rice — I prefer steamed jasmine rice — and you’re good to go! The whole thing only took me 15 minutes to prepare, 20 if you include the time it took me to find my pairing knife. I have absolutely no idea why it was in the living room.

Okay, not entirely true. I tend to wander about a bit when I’m cooking. But still, I don’t usually leave knives in the living room. Oven mitts? Yes, they’re in there all the time, but not knives.

This dish is excellent as the flavour is not compromised if you add extra chili oil, sauce or crushed chili peppers which gives the dish a real zing. If you really cannot handle the spice, don’t add any at all chili at all, and it will still be delicious. Personally I cannot stand when my mouth is burning, but I do like things zesty, so I add just a pinch of crushed chilli’s to the sauce. Recipe serves about 4 people, 2 if you’re really hungry and don’t eat it with rice.

Materials:

  • Wok or good non-stick frying pan
  • plastic or wooden spoon or spatula for stirring
  • pairing knife
  • cutting board

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22.5 mL) gluten-free corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) fine sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) freshly ground black pepper, or to taste.
  • 1/2 lbs (0.22 kg) sirloin beef tips, sliced 1/8 thick. This can sometimes be found in the store pre-sliced and labelled as stir fry beef
  • 3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 florets from 1 head of broccoli
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (125 mL) onion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) gluten-free soy sauce
  • a touch of sesame seed oil
  • pinch of crushed chili peppers (chili oil or sauce can be substituted)
  • 1/3 cup (84 mL) water

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl coat sliced beef with cornstarch, salt and pepper
  2. Heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the oil in the wok or frying pan on med-high until hot, add beef and stir fry until cooked through. Removed beef to a clean bowl.
  3. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil to the wok along with garlic, broccoli and onion. Stir-fry until onion is translucent.
  4. Add gluten-free soy sauce, water, chili peppers (or oil, or sauce) and sesame seed oil. When liquid is boiling place the beef back into the wok and fry, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened.
  5. Enjoy!


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