Chili-ginger brussels sprouts and beef
For the chili-ginger sauce:
- 3 jalapeños or other chili peppers seeded and chopped
- 2- inch piece fresh ginger peeled and sliced
- 10 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup sesame oil
- 1/3 cup water
- juice from half a lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Combine the chili-ginger sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Marinate the sliced beef in the chili-ginger sauce for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Heat canola oil in a wok over medium heat. Add the brussels sprouts. Turn the heat to medium-high. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add bell pepper to the wok, cooking for 1 minute.
- Add the marinated beef and chili-ginger sauce to the wok. Stir and cook until the beef is medium rare, about a few minutes.
- Turn off the heat. Stir in scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
|Nutrition Facts Per Serving|
|Total Fat 67g||103%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||52%|
|Trans Fat 0.8g|
|Total Carb 28g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 11.5g||46%|
Now that it’s October, brussels sprouts are in season and a fall-themed stir-fry dish is in order. I remember back when brussels sprouts used to be such a despised vegetable, until people discovered that you could pair it with crispy fried bacon (see Instant Pot Brussels Sprouts). For today’s recipe, I made wok-fried brussels sprouts with red bell pepper, thinly sliced beef, scallions, and sesame seeds. The beef is marinated ahead of time in a chili-ginger sauce. I absolutely love this orange-colored sauce — it has jalapeños, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, lemon juice, and salt blended together. It’s spicy and very flavorful.
For this recipe, I’ve partnered with Nordic Ware and tested out their new 14-inch Asian Spun Wok. At 14 inches, it is a full-sized wok, which is the best size to get when shopping for woks because it can fit about 4 servings’ worth of ingredients. Anything smaller and you will overcrowd your food and they will not get properly stir-fried. Anything larger and the wok won’t be heated enough using most stovetop burners. The wok that I received from Nordic Ware was well-made, and I was very satisfied with its stir-fry performance.
A few tips for cooking with a wok:
- Don’t overcook the beef. Turn off the stovetop burner as soon as the beef is cooked so that the meat doesn’t get tough. For more tender beef, slice the meat into very thin strips.
- Use dry vegetables. If your brussels sprouts are wet, dry them off in a salad spinner before cooking. It’s best to use dry ingredients in a wok if you want a proper stir-fry.
- Chop your ingredients to the same size so that they take roughly the same amount of time to cook. You don’t want some vegetables to be overcooked and burnt while others are still undercooked.
This stir-fry dish can be eaten by itself, or paired with steamed white rice. You can even make it for Thanksgiving this year to replace your usual brussels sprouts dish. You can make this dish ahead of time and simply reheat when ready to serve.
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