• Samantha Balkaran

Beef & Broccoli Teriyaki

Who's ready for a warm and comforting recipe that you can cook up in literally less than 40 minutes?

Yesterday as I was doing a quick grocery shop, I was simultaneously thinking of quick and easy recipes that can be prepared during the week and are packed full of exotic flavors. I kept thinking of what flavors I was craving, as I basically choose my meals based on what my tastebuds are craving.

I spotted some fresh cubed beef in the meat department, and instantly thought of an Asian-inspired meal with some broccoli and teriyaki sauce.

Now, this is the first attempt at me making a teriyaki beef and broccoli and I have to say it came out BOMB!

My first step was prepping all my ingredients, including the meat I was using. For this dish, you can use any type of protein or meat-replacement protein, that you wish. I washed and seasoned my cubed beef with salt, black pepper, garlic and onion powder, and a little Mrs Dash Montreal Steak seasoning. You can also add a little extra red pepper flakes for added heat if you like your food spicy.

You really can season your protein any way you want. Keep in mind we're adding a teriyaki sauce towards the end, so seasoning with spices that complement teriyaki is important. You don't want anything too overpowering.

Next up was chopping up some fresh garlic and slicing red onions up thinly.

Then get a big pot on the stove and heat it up with some oil. You want to throw your minced garlic in and let that warm up and become fragrant. Be careful not to let your garlic burn, it does cook very quickly.

Then you want to throw in your meat! Since I was cooking with beef, it cooks pretty quickly. So I made sure to watch my meat as it was cooking, stirring occasionally. Next I added my red onions and let them sweat down. I was looking to caramelize them, so I let them cook down and stirred a few times to really distribute all the flavors.

Once the onions were sweated down and softened, I added in some broccoli that I already had pre-steamed to help quicken my cooking time.

A huge game changer is either having veggies cooked and ready to go or buying frozen bags that are quick and easy to throw into a pot.

At this point, your meat should be done cooking, your broccoli should be softened but still have a bite, and your onions should be soft and caramelized.

Now here's where you're going to add a huge punch of flavor!

I used store bought teriyaki sauce from the brand Kikoman, but feel free to use your favorite brand of teriyaki sauce. Or, you can feel free to make it from scratch if you have more time!

I left everything to simmer for a few minutes once I added in the teriyaki sauce, just to let all the flavors and spices come together. The gravy does thicken slightly and coats the meat and broccoli perfectly, making every bite super flavorful

This dish is perfect to be served over rice or mashed potatoes, and holds very well for a few days as a meal prep option, too!

Quick and easy, everything came together in no time at all and made a super filling and flavorful dinner tonight!


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