Beef with Black Bean Sauce

By this time, you have probably surmised that I am a big Jamie Oliver fan. And you would be correct. Today’s entree originated from a recipe out of Jamie’s Food Revolution, Sizzling Beef with Scallions and Black Bean Sauce. Though the original recipe isn’t bad for you, I’ve spiced it up a bit, added some veggies and removed some sodium and cholesterol.

The portions below serve 2-3, all depending on how hungry you are. I multiplied the recipe by 3 when I had a dinner party, and it was just as delicious. The guests left happy that night.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 – 1 1/4 pound top sirloin (filet even tastier, but sirloin is less pricey).
  • 1 bunch asparagus (about 12-15 stalks, trimmed)
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 TBSP chopped ginger
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBSP black bean sauce
  • 1 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 lime
  • bunch of fresh cilantro

Pantry items:

  • Rice
  • Sesame oil (1-2 TBSP)

Step One: Prepare rice

Using 1 cup of brown or white rice, add double the amount of water and simmer on low. Note that brown rice takes about twice as long to cook as white rice, so plan accordingly.

Step Two: Prep

Chop the ginger, garlic, scallions, beef and asparagus and place together in a bowl with 1 TBSP sesame oil and mix thoroughly.

Step Three: Cook

Preheat a skillet with another tablespoon of sesame oil. Add ingredients from previous step and cook about one minute on medium heat. Add the black bean sauce, soy and lime juice. Cook another minute or two (taste test to ensure the beef is cooked just right) and add about 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.

Step Four: Serve

Serve the beef mixture on top of the rice. Add more cilantro if you wish.

Note: Feel free to add/substitute vegetables according to your taste. Snow peas would be good, as would red peppers. The combination of black bean sauce, soy sauce and lime juice is a great base for lots of stir fries, even if you wish to leave out the meat.

Melinda Hinson