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Clear Broth Braised Beef

Clear Broth Braised Beef

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While I do love myself some Red Braised Beef, occasionally I like to switch it up! This Clear Broth Braised Beef is another go to way of making some delicious beef. The beef is cooked with ginger, green onions, dried red peppers, Sichuan peppercorn, and star anise. The flavor is delicious!

The difference between Clear Broth Braised Beef vs. Red Braised Beef

Clear broth braised beef (清燉牛肉 Qīngdùn niúròu) and red braised beef (紅燒牛肉 Hóngshāo niúròu) are very similar in the way they are cooked, but differ in the ingredients.

For red braised beef, two of the ingredients used is Chili bean paste (aka doubanjiang) and Soy Sauce. These two ingredients are not in the clear broth braised beef. Instead of those flavors, ginger is used to give a delicious strong flavor to this dish.

This dish is keto, and because Clear Broth Braised Beef does not use soy sauce or doubanjiang, this dish is naturally gluten free, paleo, and whole30 friendly unlike Red braised beef!

How to serve Clear Broth Braised Beef?

There are two ways I like to serve this dish:

With Rice

The first day I make it, I like to serve it with rice and 1-2 veggie side dishes. If you’re looking for veggie side dish ideas, check out my Bok Choy Stir Fry, Napa Cabbage Stir Fry, or Eggplant in Garlic Sauce.

With Noodles

Just like red braised beef, I like to make Beef noodle soup with this beef dish on day two! You can do this by cooking up your favorite noodles, adding it to the broth in this beef dish, and I also recommend adding your favorite Chinese vegetables and an egg and poach both while you’re cooking the noodles.

How to make Clear Broth Braised Beef?

First gather your ingredients:

  • 1 lb Beef Shank, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 inch of Ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks of Green onions, cut in to 2 inch length
  • Salt, as desired
  • 3 tbsp Rice Wine
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 tsp Sichuan peppercorn
  • Dried red pepper, as desired (optional)

First thing we’re going to do is blanch the beef chunks. Heat up a pot of water, and once the water is boiling, add the beef to the water. As soon as it is pretty much mostly looking brown on the outside, remove from the water. Remove from heat.

Now heat cooking oil in a wok or cooking pan to medium high heat. After it’s hot, add ginger, green onions, and red peppers (optional) to the pan for about a minute.

Add the chunks of blanched beef, star anise, Sichuan peppercorn in to the wok/pan. Stir fry for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a medium sized pot.

In the pot, add enough water to cover the beef. Bring to a boil, and then lower to heat and cover. Let it simmer for about an hour and a half, or until desired tenderness.

Remove from heat and serve with rice or with noodles (like beef noodle soup)!

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Clear Broth Braised Beef

Clear Broth Braised Beef

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This Clear Broth Braised Beef is cooked with ginger, green onions, dried red peppers, Sichuan peppercorn, and star anise. The flavor is delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Beef Shank, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 inch of Ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks of Green onions, cut in to 2 inch length
  • Salt, as desired
  • 3 tbsp Rice Wine
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 2 tsp Sichuan peppercorn
  • Dried red pepper, as desired (optional)

Instructions

    1. First thing we’re going to do is blanch the beef chunks. Heat up a pot of water, and once the water is boiling, add the beef to the water. As soon as it is pretty much mostly looking brown on the outside, remove from the water. Remove from heat
    2. Now heat cooking oil in a wok or cooking pan to medium high heat. After it’s hot, add ginger, green onions, and red peppers (optional) to the pan for about a minute.
    3. Add the chunks of blanched beef, star anise, Sichuan peppercorn in to the wok/pan. Stir fry for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a medium sized pot.
    4. In the pot, add enough water to cover the beef. Bring to a boil, and then lower to heat and cover. Let it simmer for about an hour and a half, or until desired tenderness.
    5. Remove from heat and serve with rice or with noodles (like beef noodle soup)!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 39g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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