Other websites will put up recipes and go “this is delicious, you should make it immediately!” and claim it’s the greatest you’ve ever tasted and toss out bullshit because this is the internet and it’s powered by hyperbole and content.
This isn’t like other websites. Sometimes I’ll post recipes and say “you know what, I just don’t god damn know.” This Sesame Ginger Beef recipe is many things yet nothing at all.
Here’s what it is: it’s tasty, it tastes like something you’d get at any standard Chinese restaurant, it’s easy to make and it’s filling.
Here’s what it isn’t: memorable. I could make this for the family and they’d eat it or I could never make it again and no one would notice.
Here’s how I classify this recipe: it’s one of several in everyone’s recipe book that sticks around forever and one day someone will go “why don’t we have this more?” and no one remembers the answer so it gets made and everyone is like “ehhhh” but no one bothers to take it out of the book. It’s like that guy you dated three different times in college because you weren’t sure why you stopped answering his texts and until it dawns on you an hour into the date “oh yeah, he’s dull as fuck!” Dull Paul. Maybe that’s why he’s in your phone as Dull Paul?
Here’s a recipe for Sesame Ginger Beef. Try it for yourself. Maybe you’ll like it. Maybe you married Dull Paul.
Sesame Ginger Beef Recipe
1 lb. skirt steak sliced into 1/4″ strips
kosher salt & ground black pepper
3 tablespoon cornstarch
1 lb. green beans
3 chopped garlic cloves
3 piece of ginger (peeled and grated)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Place beef in a large mixing bowl and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and black pepper, toss with cornstarch until well coated and set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle 1 tsp oil and cook green beans 1 minute. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cover with a lid. Steam for 1 minute more then transfer to a plate and discard excess water.
Return skillet to high heat and add 1 tbsp oil. When oil is almost smoking, add beef. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes until beef is almost cooked through. Reduce to medium heat and add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Stir quickly to coat the beef. Add back green beans, scallions, and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Just A Few Notes
I said my piece up top. All of this would just bury the recipe further. How about making some suggestions to make it better? Leave ’em in the comments.