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Cheater Sesame Beef is everything you love about takeout Chinese sesame beef -garlicky sauce with crispy beef-but is made in your own kitchen with no deep frying. Bonus: It's better for you and faster than Chinese takeout!

Sesame Beef

Cheater Sesame Beef is everything you love about takeout Chinese sesame beef -garlicky sauce with crispy beef-but is made in your own kitchen with no deep frying. Bonus: It's better for you and faster than Chinese takeout!

Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Keyword cheater sesame beef, sesame beef, sesame beef recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 486 kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower or refined coconut oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger or ginger paste
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth or beef broth separated
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 8 green onions thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Drizzle the sunflower or coconut oil into a stainless steel everyday pan or cast iron skillet with high sides over medium heat. Add the ground beef, sprinkle the salt over, and press into a patty all the way to the edges of the pan. Let it cook for 3 minutes without disturbing or stirring it.

  2. After 3 minutes, begin breaking up with a bamboo or wooden spoon until opaque and browned. Stir in the minced garlic and ginger, raise the heat to medium high, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the chili garlic paste and brown sugar and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, and 1 1/4 cups broth and pour over the beef. Bring to a simmer.

  3. Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup of broth and the cornstarch until smooth. Pour into the simmering beef and sauce, stirring vigorously until combined. Return to a simmer, drop the heat to medium low, and let bubble and thicken for about 3 minutes, adding extra broth, 1 tablespoon at a time if it becomes too thick.

  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame seeds and green onions. Serve hot on rice, warm on lettuce leaves, or cold on salads.
Nutrition Facts
Sesame Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 486 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1025mg43%
Potassium 442mg13%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.