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!
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.