Savoury and saucy udon noodle stir-fry with tender beef and broccoli for a great quick dinner.
Stir-fries are a great, fast and easy dinner option when you need to get in and out of the kitchen quickly. The plump udon noodles in this recipe are a great backdrop for the tender spiced beef and vegetables coated in a savoury sauce. Your family is going to love this meal.
I love stir-fries for their adaptability. If I don't happen to have beef on hand, chicken works just as well. The same holds true for the vegetables. I've often swapped out the broccoli for broccolini, sugar snap peas, shaved carrot slices, etc., and even combined them all when in the mood.
The key to this recipe is the Chinese five-spice powder. If you don't have any on hand, it can be made at home with the right combination of spices. I have a recipe for Chinese five-spice, or you can pick it up at your local grocer, or on Amazon.
TIP: If you can't find thick soy sauce, add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the sauce to thicken the sauce as it cooks.
(Makes 2 servings)
2 servings Udon noodles
2 tablespoons thick soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Chinese Five-Spice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup broccoli florets, washed and cut
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 strip loin grilling steak, sliced
sesame seeds (optional)
In a medium pot, prepare the udon noodles as per package instructions. When done, drain and set aside. As the noodles cook begin preparing the sauce, broccoli, and beef.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, minced garlic, Chinese five-spice, and ground black pepper then set aside. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets and wash before combining with the sauce mixture and tossing to ensure the florets are well coated.
In a wok or sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced beef and fry, stirring continuously until it is cooked and begins to brown. Remove the beef using a slotted spoon and set aside.
To the hot wok/pan add the broccoli and sauce. Stir-fry for 4 to 5 minutes until the broccoli is bright green and has started to soften but is still somewhat crisp. Add the beef and drained udon noodles to the wok/pan and combine well. Cook for a minute or two to heat thoroughly before serving. Optional: garnish bowls with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 341.5 | total fat = 12.61g | saturated fat = 2.51g | cholesterol = 36mg | sodium = 528mg | net carbohydrates = 33.28g | dietary fibre = 2.18g | sugars = 10.15g | protein = 22.9g