February 24, 2010

Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Sirloin and Broccoli

Some up-front honesty before we get started: I debated whether to post this. Not because it wasn’t delicious – it most certainly was. No doubt about that. I just felt that the photo doesn’t do the dish justice. This is a dish that is bursting with flavor, demanded that I take seconds, and was indeed greater than the sum of its parts. In my opinion, this photo just didn’t convey those attributes enough. Unfortunately, it was also so well-enjoyed that by the time I downloaded the photos from my camera and came upon this realization, the opportunity to retake the pictures was long gone. All that remained were a few stray rice grains in the pan. Has this ever happened to you?

After some serious consideration, I decided to go forward with it. After all, why should I make you wait until next time (and there will be a next time!)? You should be able to enjoy a dish like this today. I’m a firm believer in immediate gratification when it comes to food.

The inspiration for this recipe came from the latest edition of Food and Wine magazine, amid other healthy, delicious recipes. (Yes, Food and Wine published a lot of healthy recipes this month! I was pretty darned excited, if I do say so.) Su-Mei Yu was the creator of a delectable Stir-Fried Red Rice with Sliced Sirloin Steak and Peas dish. Unfortunately, I didn’t have red rice on hand, and I knew it would require a bit of searching to locate. While I fully intend on tracking down some red rice, just to try it out, I wanted to make this dish now. (You know, that while immediate gratification thing.) So I substituted short-grain brown rice, changed up the vegetables a bit, and basically took a large number of liberties to suit my needs. Not sure that in the end, I’m actually following the original recipe at all, but regardless, I was definitely inspired.

The verdict? As you saw in the first paragraph, this was a hit. Who says healthy has to be bland or boring? I loved the slight heat the chile oil gave, loved the brightness of the cilantro and lime, and practically licked my plate clean. Even the husband was pleasantly surprised. (He’s not much for Asian cuisine, especially when it comes to a bunch of vegetables stir-fried together.) This recipe will definitely appear on the Tasty Eats menu again in the future.

Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Sirloin and Broccoli, adapted from Su-Mei Yu – Food and Wine magazine

1 large head broccoli, cut into florets

2 T olive oil (not extra-virgin)

8 oz sirloin steak, sliced thinly into strips

Salt and pepper

½ large sweet onion, diced

1 ½ T grated fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 carrots, peeled and julienned

1 c frozen peas, thawed

2 c short-grain brown rice, cooked (either follow your rice cooker’s instructions, or follow Nicole’s super-cool instructions for perfect brown rice) and cooled to room temperature

2 T gluten-free soy sauce (La Choy and Tan-J sell gluten-free varieties)

1 T fish sauce

1 t sesame oil

½ t chile oil (optional – can be found in the Asian section of most supermarkets)

½ c chopped cilantro

1 lime, sliced into wedges

Fill a medium saucepan with enough water to cover the broccoli, and bring to a boil. Prepare a bowl with ice water and set aside. When water is boiling, add broccoli and submerge. Boil for 1 minute and drain, and quickly dunk broccoli into ice water to stop cooking. When cool, drain broccoli and set aside.

In a skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil at medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the steak strips, season with a bit of salt and pepper, and spread out into a single layer. Brown for about 1 minute. Remove and set aside.

Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add the onion and sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until beginning to soften. Add the garlic, ginger, and carrots and sauté for another minute or two. Add the broccoli, peas, and rice and stir. Let sit untouched for about a minute, until you hear everything sizzle. Add the soy sauce and fish sauce and stir. Add the steak, sesame oil, and chile oil and stir again. Remove from heat and serve garnished with cilantro and lime wedges.

Serves 4.

24 Responses to “Stir-Fried Brown Rice with Sirloin and Broccoli”

  1. I have kept telling myself to get some brown rice….but kept forgetting it.
    Delicious, nutritious and well-balanced!

  2. great dish!

  3. I love this dish. It’s colourful, refreshing, healthy and delicious…mmmm

  4. I don’t ever cook with beef, but I like to eat it every once in a while. Wish I was at your dinner table last night for this!

  5. It looks fantastic! NO worries! The ingredients tell it all.

  6. This sounds amazing, I love stir fries, especially with steak and broccoli. Never tried brown rice – but have some in the cupboard! Thanks for not waiting ot give us this great recipe.

  7. The photo makes it look like it’s right in front of me. So it’s all good by me. Mmmmm….

  8. i don’t know what you were worried about – the dish looks fantastic! and those chopsticks…i grew up with those chopsticks, every single night at the dinner table.

  9. No worries. The photo is not that bad. :) Stir-fried brown rice is always welcome a home.

  10. Sounds wonderful, and doesn’t look bad to me either. ;-) I think many men are willing to try anything if they see steak! That’s true of Mr. GFE anyway. LOL

    Shirley

  11. I think this dish looks fab! I’ve been thumbing through the recent issue of Food and Wine too. I’ll be sure to try this one!

  12. A terrific meal! I love the addition of chile oil!

  13. Found some Texmati “Royal Blend” rice the other day and we love it! Nice and colorful and the variety of flavors and textures makes it a party in your mouth. I’m going to try it with this! Sounds and LOOKS absolutely deeeeelish!

  14. This dish looks gorgeous and your photo is good enough to eat! I have made a version of this dish in the past, but I marinated the meat for a little bit – it was delicious, but given how delicious your recipe looks, I don’t think that it was necessary? I’ll try this very soon..maybe this weekend!

  15. how lovely! we just made broccoli beef last night for dinner, so this looks oddly familiar! i really should try eating brown rice more than white rice, though!

  16. such a delicious and refreshing dish. the photo simply shows how much you enjoy it!

  17. That looks so tasty. I love the green and orange in your photo. I haven’t made stir fry in a while, and I love combining beef and broccoli. I ate too much beef this week, though, so I’ll come back to your recipe in a week or so.

  18. I think your photo looks great, but I go through the same conversation with myself when a photo doesn’t capture the dish aptly. This sounds like such a healthy and flavorful meal!

  19. Who are you kidding?! The photo looks great! I can imagine how tasty it is.

  20. Photo looks good to me! I love stir fry and this looks right up my alley!

  21. Sadly, I had that very problem last week!! But I still had to share because I love what I made so very much.

    And your picture is still lovely! Plus, I adore every ingredient and can’t wait to try this recipe!

  22. good post, nice recipe….it looks delicious!!

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