Stir fry dishes are my favorite way to incorporate a ton of veggies in to a meal. With prep work done on the front end, stir fry dishes also come together really quickly. Just a handful of ingredients and a touch of planning will make this delicious beef with broccoli lo mein one of your favorite week-night meals!
Confession: I have a special place in my heart for Ramen noodles. Not because of their salty-deliciousness (confession #2: I secretly love ’em, even though it’s been a decade or more since I’ve actually eaten any made per package instructions). Ramen noodles come wrapped in nostalgia for me so I couldn’t resist incorporating them into this dish to accomplish the “lo mein”.
My grandmother (who lived out of state) invited my cousins and I to her home for a week each summer during our elementary school years. I think back on this time and laugh because I can only conclude she did so to give our parents a break. My cousins and I were in charge of entertaining ourselves and one another, aside from a few group activities that included the grandparents. Grandma didn’t really hang out with us all that much. In fact, we weren’t allowed upstairs (where she was) at all during the day. We could play in the basement or exit to the outside through the garage. None of us minded one bit as there were adventures to be had that <I imagine we thought> adults would only spoil.
I recall specifically that grandma served us a big pot of ramen (that we ate outside on the deck, of course) every day for lunch. One bite of these tender and skinny noodles, even minus the salty seasoning pack, takes me right back to summer adventures with cousins at grandma’s.
So…let’s get to it!
I’ve found the key to a stir fry dish that includes beef is to marinade the beef for at least 1 hour (though, over night is preferable). The right marinade will make the beef tender and more like the take-out variety you typically enjoy.
Beef with Broccoli Lo Mein Marinade Ingredients & Instructions:
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 lbs sirloin (or other cut of beef)
Combine above ingredients. Pour into zip top bag and add 1.5 pounds of sirloin, sliced thinly.
Marinating overnight is ideal, but if you can only squeeze out an hour, that will work also.
Beef with Broccoli Lo Mein Main Dish Ingredients
2 packages Ramen (doesn’t matter which kind, you won’t be using the seasoning packet)
2 packages frozen broccoli, steam cooked in the microwave
1.5 pounds sirloin in marinade
2 T extra virgin olive oil
Beef with Broccoli Lo Mein Main Dish Instructions
Cook ramen noodles according to package directions
Begin steam cooking the broccoli in microwave
Heat oil in large wok (or skillet), add sirloin and all marinade (this is your sauce and it will thicken as it cooks thanks to the cornstarch); cook thoroughly
Add steamed broccoli and cooked ramen noodles
Toss to combine and serve with additional soy sauce (as desired)
I’d like to report that the leftovers were as wonderful as the night this dish was featured but there weren’t any leftovers to speak of.
Because I opted for frozen/steamed broccoli and quick cooking ramen noodles, this dish went stove to table in literally 15 minutes.
Quicker and, dare I say, better than take-out!
Add these delicious cheese wontons for the perfect side dish!