Are you a big fan of the Chinese take-out staple Broccoli Beef? That simple, yet delicious mix of tender beef strips and broccoli, soaking up a subtly sweet-salty-umami sauce, served over steamed rice is a delicious and popular choice. Of course, if you must follow a gluten-free diet, Chinese take-out is no longer an option, as most of the recipes are made with regular soy sauce, which is made with wheat.
Did you know that it’s easy to make at home?
This version, as the title suggests, is made with lamb instead of beef, but beef could easily be substituted. (We had an abundance of lamb steaks in the freezer, and I was looking for unique ways to use them.) If you have venison steaks, I imagine they would be divine in a recipe such as this as well. I’m a fan of substitutions, in case you hadn’t guessed.
Anyway, back to Broccoli Beef. Or lamb. Whatever. Typically, Broccoli Beef has soy sauce, and possibly oyster sauce, both of which have wheat in the ingredient list. But what if you could make a sauce without gluten that’s just as simple, and just as delicious? You can! And the beauty of stir-fry is that it takes no time at all. After a quick chop of veggies, the actual cooking time is less than 5 minutes. How’s that for fast and easy?
My husband and I gobbled this up last night for dinner. And I happily took leftovers for lunch. (Although if I’m being honest, it was hard for either of us to leave any leftovers!) This is definitely going on the “keeper” list, not just because I have more lamb steaks to use, but most especially because it was so simple and delicious. In fact, I think I’ll add the other ingredients to the grocery list right now!
Broccoli, Carrot and Lamb Stir-Fry (gluten-free, dairy-free)
For the marinade:
1 1/2 t gluten-free soy sauce (I use San-J)
2 t tapioca starch
1/2 t sesame oil
1/2 t ground black pepper
1 lb thinly sliced lean lamb steak (or beef steak, such as skirt steak or sirloin)
Whisk together the soy sauce, tapioca starch, sesame oil, and ground black pepper in a medium bowl. Add the lamb steak and toss to coat well. Allow to marinate for 10 minutes.
For the stir-fry sauce:
2 T gluten-free fish sauce (almost all brands are gluten-free, but check the label. I like Thai Kitchen)
2 t rice wine
2 t balsamic vinegar
1 t gluten-free soy sauce
2 t agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
Whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
For the dish:
12 oz fresh broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 c thinly sliced carrots
1 T olive or coconut oil
1/2 t grated fresh ginger
2 T minced onion
1 T minced fresh garlic
In a large skillet or wok, add about an inch of water and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and carrots, cover with a lid, and steam until just tender, about 2-3 minutes. Drain and set the vegetables aside.
Dry the skillet and return to the stove. Turn to medium-high heat and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the ginger, onion, and garlic and sauté for about 20-30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the marinated lamb and spread out into a single layer and allow to cook, undisturbed, for about 30-45 seconds. Stir and cook another 30-45 seconds to brown well, and then add the stir-fry sauce. Bring the temperature down to low and toss the meat with the sauce, allowing it to simmer and thicken. (This should only take a minute.) Once the sauce is thick, add the carrots and broccoli and stir well to coat and warm the vegetables.