My Plate Inspired: Beef Stir Fry with Broccolini Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

As part of the My Plate dietary guidelines, I demo’d this dish with the First Lady on Good Morning America. Adding some ginger and garlic give this Asian-inspired dish rounded flavors, and broccolini is a great alternative to regular broccoli. Of course should you not prefer either, any vegetable or mix of vegetables will do great.

Prep Details

Servings: 6

Calories per serving: 275 per serving

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes


Beef Stir Fry

1 cup orange juice

2 tsp sesame oil

2 cloves garlic , chopped

3 tbsp olive oil

2 pounds flank steak, cut into 1/2-inch strips

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 red onion , thinly sliced

2 tsp curry powder

2 tomatoes , chopped

2 tbsp light sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp chopped parsley

2 tbsp cilantro, chopped


Freshly ground pepper


2 cups chopped broccolini (1 bunch)

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 red onion , sliced

1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced

2 garlic cloves , chopped

1 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tsp curry powder

2 tsp tomato paste

2 Anaheim chilies , chopped with seeds and ribs removed

2 tbsp soy sauce

Juice from 1 lime

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 scallions , chopped


Freshly ground pepper


For the Stir Fry:

1. Combine the orange juice, sesame oil and garlic. Add the flank steak, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.

2. Strain the marinade from the steak, reserving 2 tablespoons of the marinade and discarding the rest. Mix together the reserved marinade with 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Set

3. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a wok or a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the onion and curry powder and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the flank steak and sauté until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the marinade mixture, tomatoes and soy sauce; bring to a boil and cook until sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the parsley and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.

For the Broccolini:

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccolini and simmer for 1 minute, then drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, curry powder and tomato paste and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the broccolini, chilies, soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, vinegar and scallions and stir until the broccolini is heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.