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Marinated Beef, Asparagus, & Rice Recipe. Asian Version!

Marinated Beef, Asparagus, & Rice Recipe. Asian Version!

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Ingredients

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Beef and Asparagus Main Dish
1 pound Beef Sirloin cut lengthwise
1 pound Asparagus cut in half
2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
2 teaspoons Cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
3 tablespoons Canola Oil
Asian Sauce
2 tablespoons Fermented Black Beans
1 teaspoon Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
1 piece fresh Ginger
2 cloves of Garlic
Chinese Rice
2.5 cups long grain Chinese Rice
6 cups Water

Nutritional information

4
Servings
389
Calories
13.8g
Fat
2.5g
Saturated Fat
99mg
Cholesterol
854mg
Sodium
20.6g
Carbohydrate
3.2g
Fiber
2.7g
Sugars
39.1g
Protein

This Asian recipe for beef & asparagus with rice is the healthiest stir-fry you'll ever find. Fermented black beans give the original Chinese taste to the sauce, making it the best topping for beef & asparagus.

Did you Know?

High in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, the Asian diet is also low in saturated and total fat. It is this combination that many health professionals believe protects against many chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Ingredients

  • Beef and Asparagus Main Dish

  • Asian Sauce

  • Chinese Rice

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Fermented black beans, a common Asian ingredient, and fresh ginger are used in this recipe to make a great sauce for the beef and the fresh spring asparagus. Usually, the Asian cuisine serves the black beans, beef & asparagus over long grain rice (Chinese is recommended).


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About Marinated Beef and Asparagus recipe

I’ve just started to see spring asparagus in the markets these days, and I saw a really fresh selection today. In fact, the asparagus was so fresh that I decided to make a beef asparagus stir fry with some of my preferred choice: sirloin steak. This stir-fried beef & asparagus recipe is one of those 45-minute, over-rice, easy-to-make, one-pan dishes with a great sauce to soak into. The fresh asparagus gives a fresh and unique flavor with a texture similar to bamboo shoots.  If you don’t like beef, substitute with chicken or pork.

In this recipe, I included fermented black beans. Fermented black beans (also known as Douchi) is a condiment used for seasoning and it’s common among Chinese cuisine. It is aromatic, pungent, earthy, and salty. The main use of the fermented beans is to enhance the flavors. Don’t confuse its name with the normal (veggie) black beans. Fermented beans entail cooked soybeans that are fermented in water, then sundried and preserved in salt and spices. This normally softens the beans while drying them out.

 

 

Health Benefits for Marinated beef and asparagus

  1. Asparagus is a spring vegetable packed with a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other great benefits. When you buy asparagus, either fresh from the farmers’ market or grocery store, it’s best to eat it right away. Asparagus pairs nicely with lots of other spring vegetables and flavors-think peas, garlic, or new potatoes. 1 cup of cooked asparagus has 40 calories, 4 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and 404 milligrams of potassium. Potassium is good for blood pressure and asparagus also contains a compound called asparagine, which helps improve blood flow, lowering the blood pressure.
  2. The fermented black beans help to lower the blood sugar levels which makes it suitable for those with diabetes. The fermented beans help with insulin and stimulate it to fight the low blood sugar.
  3. Beef is categorized as red meat — a term used for the meat of mammals, which contains higher amounts of iron than chicken or fish. Beef protein is highly nutritious and may promote muscle maintenance and growth. It also contains varying amounts of fat, including CLA, which has been linked to health benefits. This particular meat is an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, iron, niacin, and vitamin B6.

 

 

The Asian way for healthy meals

The main focus of the Asian diet is to create wellness. This I believe is the best medicine, and by practicing these diet habits you will see improvement in your overall health. Limit drinks, especially cold drinks during meals. Some of us have a bad habit of drinking a cold glass of water or soda during meals, and changing this bad habit alone will create better digestion of food. Limit fluid intake with your meals and you will stop diluting your digestive enzymes which are so important for proper digestion. Green tea or other hot teas before a meal supports enzymatic activity and helps enhance your digestive abilities. It’s best to add liquids 30 minutes before or after meals, not during them. This is how Asian people tend to be slimmer… 

 

 

Can the marinated beef with asparagus and rice be frozen or refrigerated?

Properly stored, cooked asparagus will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Properly stored, froze asparagus will maintain the best quality for up 10 to 12 months but will remain safe beyond this time. Moreover, cooked asparagus that is kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely. When it comes to fresh meat (in our case, beef), it can last for several months in the freezer, depending on what type of meat it is. Specifically, the FDA says that raw steaks can be kept in the freezer for six to 12 months. Chops, however, last shorter at four to six months while roasts can be kept frozen from anywhere between four months to a year. The USDA says to eat refrigerated leftovers within 4 days.

The whole dish can last up to 4 days in the refrigerator (maximum) or can be kept up to 5 to 7 months in your freezer (these timings are for safety, can be kept longer in the freezer but it is not recommended).

 


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Steps

1
Done
40 Minutes

Marinate the beef

First of all, cut the beef lengthwise, Chinese style. In a bowl large enough to hold the beef, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, cornstarch, sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Stir to mix and dissolve the cornstarch. Stir in the beef and coat well. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

2
Done
3 Minutes

Preparing the Asian Sauce

To make the sauce, in a small bowl, stir together the black beans, garlic, ginger, vinegar, and soy sauce. Set aside.

3
Done
10 Minutes

Prepare the rice

While the beef is marinating and you've done with the sauce, prepare the rice as per instructions from the package. I can write how to do it, but every brand of Chinese rice has different timings of cooking. Anyway, you only need water and Chinese rice, and by the way, do not add salt in it.

4
Done
2 Minutes

Prepare the asparagus

When the beef is almost ready, over medium-high heat, heat the remaining oil in a wok or deep frying pan and sauté the asparagus until bright green, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

5
Done
6 Minutes

Cook the beef

Put the beef and its marinade in the hot oil, and stir. Cook until the meat has changed color but is still pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the black bean mixture and continue to cook just until the meat is cooked through, another 1 to 2 minutes.

6
Done
3 Minutes

Wrapp up

Stir in the asparagus to cook another 30 seconds, just to warm the asparagus. Most probably, the rice is also ready and you can put it in 4 plates. Add the marinated beef and asparagus mixture over, and serve hot. You can add more soy sauce over if you like. Enjoy!

Susan Dale

Hello there, I’m Susan Dale. I do not remember exactly when I started to cook, but now I cannot imagine life without the magic of this wonderful art. I hope you will enjoy my recipes with a modern cooking style.

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