Sesame Beef and Asparagus

5
5
5
Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
21 min
Prep
12 min
Cook
9 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
Broccoli florets work as well as asparagus—and skinless, boneless chicken breasts work as well as beef—in this versatile stir-fry.

Ingredients

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), fresh, tough ends trimmed

reduced-sodium chicken broth

¾ cup(s)

low sodium soy sauce

3 Tbsp

cornstarch

1 Tbsp

vegetable oil

1 Tbsp

uncooked lean beef round

16 oz, top, or 1 pound, trimmed of all visible fat and cut into 2 x 1⁄8-inch strips

ginger root

1 Tbsp, fresh, peeled and minced

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

sesame seeds

1 Tbsp, toasted

Instructions

  1. Cut off the asparagus tips and put in a medium bowl. Cut the asparagus spears on a long diagonal into 1⁄8-inch-thick slices; add to the asparagus tips.
  2. Combine the broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch in a cup.
  3. Heat a nonstick wok or large deep skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles. Swirl in the oil, then add the beef. Stir-fry until just cooked through, 3–4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Add the asparagus, ginger, and garlic to the wok; stir-fry until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Return the beef with any accumulated juices to the wok. Add the broth mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Transfer the beef and asparagus to a platter, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  5. Add the asparagus, ginger, and garlic to the wok; stir-fry until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Return the beef with any accumulated juices to the wok. Add the broth mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Transfer the beef and asparagus to a platter, then sprinkle with the sesame seeds. Yields 1 1/4 cups per serving.

Notes

Toasting sesame seeds brings out their nuttiness and turns them a lovely deep golden brown. Cook them over medium heat in a small skillet, tossing them often, until they begin to look shiny and just turn color. Be sure to transfer them to a plate: they will continue to darken if left in the skillet.

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