In Today’s Delicious Recipes: The 20 Minute Garlic and Broccoli Lo Mein

Among the many delicious recipes out there, probably none is as good or as easy to make than the 20 Minute Garlic and Broccoli Lo Mein. It has tender beef, it has broccoli, it has carrots, and it has noodles – everything the body needs, and more. The sauce poured all over it, will add such an amazing flavor, being able to combine all the ingredients together, making them seem as if they’re playing a symphony in your mouth.

As far as delicious recipes go, the Garlic Beef & Broccoli one is only a variation of the larger Lo Mein dish. Lo Mein is a traditional Chinese recipe that is made with wheat flour and egg noodles. These noodles stand out for their elastic texture. The dish is actually the dry version of the famed wonton noodle soup, a staple meal within the Chinese diet. The meaning of Lo Mein comes from Cantonese and it roughly translates to the word “stir”, whereas, in Mandarin, it means something more along the lines of “to dredge” or “to scoop out of the water.” Nevertheless, the Chinese serve this dish in a wide variety of ways, oftentimes containing vegetables, seafood, and meats such as beef, chicken, pork, shrimp or wontons.

A frequently asked question about this dish is how it differs from chow mein noodles, another one of China’s delicious recipes. The biggest difference between the two is not actually in the type of noodles used, but rather in how the two dishes are prepared. With chow mein, the ingredients are stir-fried and then added over the noodles that have been prepared separately. With lo mein, on the other hand, the boiled noodles are tossed alongside the other ingredients inside the wok, during the final stages of cooking, thus allowing for the noodles to pick up more of the sauce’s flavor.

Nevertheless, Lo Mein is a favored type of Chinese food in America, and as these things often are, some changes have been brought to the original formula. Nevertheless, all of them are delicious recipes in their own right.

Besides the incredible taste, as well as the many vitamins, proteins, and mineral this meal has and the body needs, the 20 Minute Garlic Beef & Broccoli Lo Mein is fast and easy to make. If you have a family, then you know just how important this last part is. Not only is this a healthy meal for everyone, regardless of their age, but it can also save you a great deal of time in preparing it. I can tell you from experience that this is the case.

This is, in fact, my own family’s favorite meal, and I make probably twice a week. If you’ll do this Garlic Beef & Broccoli Lo Mein several times, you’ll even be able to make it in 15 minutes. I’ve added the extra 5 minutes for those who aren’t as proficient in the kitchen. But don’t let this frighten you in any way because when you’ll see just how easy it is to prepare, you’ll wonder why you haven’t heard about this recipe before. With that being said, let’s take a look at how the 20 Minute Garlic and Broccoli Lo Mein is actually made.

This recipe below is tailored for four servings. If you need more or less than that, then a simple addition or subtraction for each of the ingredients will be enough. 

The Ingredients 

  • 8-ounces flank steak, sliced against the grain 
  • 8 ounces lo mein noodles. Spaghetti noodles work equally as well here 
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil 
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 3 cups broccoli florets 
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded 
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar, or 3 tablespoons of honey 
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil 
  • 2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce 
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger 

Instructions

  • Use a large pot and put some water to boil. Cook the noodles according to the instructions on the package, usually between 9 to 11 minutes, depending on the pasta. During the last 5 minutes, add the broccoli in as well, and cook them together until it turns tender (roughly 5 minutes). 
  • While all of this is happening, add the olive oil in a medium-sized skillet, and once hot enough, add the steak. Fry it until it’s no longer pink. Add the minced garlic, shredded carrot and cook them together for a minute, or so. 
  • In the meantime, take a small bowl and whisk together all the other ingredients: ginger, peppers, red pepper flakes, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, and brown sugar. 
  • After the pasta and broccoli are ready, drain and add them to the skillet, alongside the beef, garlic, and carrots. Pour the sauce over everything and toss until everything is incorporated. That’s it!