Beef & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Two Japanese Cooking Mistakes Explained

There are two mistakes often made when making asian cuisine from home. These mistakes will land Beef & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry in disaster if you don’t first marinade the meat and second cook the meat correctly. This article will help you understand these two pitfalls. Then hopefully lead you to great tasting meal for you and your family. You will love this beef & broccoli noodle stir fry recipe. It is nutrition packed, low calorie meal that won’t leave you hungry. If you love stir fry, then this stir fry recipe is a must have in your personal recipe treasures.

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Beef & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry, the First Mistake

If you have ever attempted making stir fry from home, there is one thing that you probably did not know. Because you did not know this thing, what happens is your meat will turn out dry and bland tasting. What’s the problem? The problem is that when you make a stir fry of any sort you are using small bits of meat to a large portion of vegetables applied to high heat. The small chunks of meat are delicate, and will quickly evaporate moisture. During this process they will shrivel up, and be dry before the vegetables have had a chance to cook.

The solution is to marinate the meat first for at least 20 minutes in a sugary and salty solution. What happens is the texture of the meat changes drastically when sugar is applied to meat. If you eat stir fry at an asian restaurant the meat is almost always rubbery, slippery, chewy, yet very tasty. This texture difference is caused by the marinating of the meat. Specifically, the sugar in the marinade changes the texture of meat and changes its cooking characteristics. The good news is that you don’t need much sugar for this effect to occur.


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Beef & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry for the nutrition conscious

I created this recipe from the inspiration of a few different resources. One is that I love asian food, and I enjoy Japanese teriyaki style cooking, another is my love for a great tasting sauce. In French cooking, deglazing your frying pan after a fond is created is a way to build flavor in french cooking. So I put the two together, and viola you get an awesome tasting sauce, on great tasting teriyaki style cooked beef. I hope you love this recipe and much as my family loves it, and that you will share it with your friends and family. Enjoy!


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  1. Gather the ingredients. Then read the secrets found here.

  2. Cut the beef at a diagonal bias about 1/4" thick or less.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Slicing the beef across the grain at a diagonal
  3. Mix 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar, add beef to mix, stir to coat beef, set aside for 15 minutes.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Marinating the beef
  4. Measure all ingredients, whisk together the sauce, and set up work area. Be prepared for fast cooking.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Mixing the sauce
  5. Cut down broccoli to florets. Steam them for 7 to 10 min, till softened but still snappy and crunchy, set aside when done.

    Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry - Steaming broccoli
  6. Put a stainless steel frying pan on medium high heat (6 on my glass top oven) with enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Begin frying beef in batches, season with black pepper if desired while cooking. After finishing a batch, set it aside in a bowl.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Frying the beef
  7. Only cook a few minutes per side, these are thin slices of beef and will cook fast. The first batch will only come out light brown when done. Note: cook each individual piece on one side, then flip over to cook the other side. Don't try and stir the beef, we want to create a fond to the bottom of the pan. Add more oil as necessary during this process.

    beef teriyaki with vegetables - cooking beef charing
  8. Keep cooking in batches, each batch will get progressively more brown on the outside as the fond is created. Once fond is created the beef will stick less to the bottom of the pan. I use a tongs for turning over the pieces of beef. This process should take two to three batches to cook the beef. Immediately after the last batch of beef is cooked and set aside in a bowl.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Frying the beef until charred
  9. Begin to fry the onion and water chestnuts(optional).

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Sautéing  the onion
  10. Cook the onion approximately 3 minutes until desired doneness. If the fond starts to smoke, remove the onions and cook in a different pan. But if you cooked all the beef in two batches this should not be an issue. When onion is finished cooking remove from pan and set aside in a bowl.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Sautéing the onion
  11. Immediately add the sauce, red pepper, and garlic to the pan and and deglaze the pan. Whisk the sauce scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the fond, the sauce should thicken quickly.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Thickening the sauce
  12. When the broccoli has finished steaming remove the steam basket and add noodles to the boiling water. Cook noodles for 3-5 minutes.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Boiling the soba noodles
  13. Mix all the cooked ingredients together in a sauce pan.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry – Combining the beef and onion
  14. Combine with the noodles and broccoli and serve.

    Beef Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry
Nutrition Facts
Beef & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 1325mg 55%
Potassium 342mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 137%
Calcium 5%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Recipe Notes

Chef Tips: Making Great Beef & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry

Be sure to measure, and cut everything in advance. Everything should be cooked together at the same time, so everything is hot being put together.  One hack that I do is that I cook the soba noodles in the water used to steam the broccoli.  This saves time from having to boil two pots of water.  Just make sure that you use extra water in your steam pot to accommodate the noodles afterwards. Have one large bowl set aside to put everything into as its finished cooking.

Serving Size = 2 cups

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