This Asian-inspired lean beef dish is brought to life through the power of umami. A dash of soy sauce added to the zesty, sweet marinade brings out the best in beef.
- 1 beef top round steak, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 cups thinly sliced carrots
- 3 cups fresh pea pods, strings removed
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Salt and black pepper
- 3 cups hot cooked jasmine rice, prepared without butter or salt
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup prepared plum sauce
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1. Combine marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef steak and 1/2 cup marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and reserve remaining marinade in refrigerator.
2. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 8 to 9 minutes for medium rare doneness, turning occasionally and basting with some of the reserved marinade during last 2 to 3 minutes of grilling. Remove; keep warm.
3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add carrots; stir-fry 5 minutes. Add pea pods and garlic; stir-fry 2 minutes.
4. Carve steak into thin slices. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Place remaining marinade in small saucepan; heat until warm. Serve with steak, vegetables and rice. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
Nutritional information is provided by the author.
Nutrition information per serving: 496 calories; 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 61 mg cholesterol; 531 mg sodium; 66 g carbohydrate; 6.2 g fiber; 36 g protein; 8.4 mg niacin; 0.8 mg vitamin B6; 1.5 mcg vitamin B12; 6.9 mg iron; 43.0 mcg selenium; 6.1 mg zinc.