1. Steak and Asparagus Teriyaki Ramen
- Two packages ramen noodles (I used the ones from soup packages!)
- 1 pound boneless skirt steak
- 1/4 cup beef broth
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce; divided
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large bundle of asparagus, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish, optional
- Place noodles in a large heat proof bowl. Cover with boiling water and cover with a small plate on top; soak for 3-5 minutes, or until completely cooked. Drain well and set aside.
- Cut the beef crosswise into 3″ pieces and then rotate a quarter and slice very thinly lengthwise, cutting across the grain.
- In a medium-sized bowl stir together the beef broth, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, crushed red pepper flakes, cornstarch, sugar and sesame oil, whisking well to combine; set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Once sufficiently hot (the oil should be sizzling) add half of the beef and cook, stirring once or twice, until brown on the outside and still juicy on the inside, about 2 minutes. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large serving bowl. Repeat with the remaining beef, adding 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Transfer all cooked meat to the serving bowl, keeping the skillet on the burner.
- Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring frequently, just until it starts to soften, about 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium, add a dash of oil, the ginger and the garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, until *just golden and fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until mostly evaporated, about 1 minute.
- Add the beef broth mixture to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened; about 1 minute.
- Add the beef; stir to coat. Transfer the beef to a large serving platter, leaving room for the noodles.
- Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining oil and soy sauce over medium-high heat.
- Add the ramen noodles and and cook, stirring frequently, until heated through, about 1 minute.
- Transfer to the serving platter and garnish with additional green onions if desired. Serve at once!