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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!
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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 486kcal
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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 442mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3.2mg