Japanese Steak Bento Bowl with Rice, Broccoli, and Roasted Peanuts
$7.49 per portion
Prep & Cook Time:45-55 min.
Cook Within:6 days
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Meal-in-a-box seems like a relatively new creation, but not so: before meal-kits, lunch boxes, and frozen dinners, the Japanese had bento boxes. The bento box originates in the 12th-13th century, as a way for Japanese workers to take food to work. We'll stop the history lesson here, even though the flavors of this bento-inspired dish speak for themselves. Steak strips in garlic sauce and sweet mirin sit atop rice with fresh carrots and broccolini. Add some peanuts for a salty crunch, and red pepper flakes for a bit of heat, and you've got a meal-in-a-box that's a bowlful of joy. Tip: To peel the carrot with less effort, lay it down on your cutting board peel one half, rolling it as you peel. (Be sure to peel in a motion away from you!)
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You Will Need
Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:
Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
Seafood 145° F |
Chicken 165° F |
Ground Beef 160° F |
Ground Turkey 165° F |
Ground Pork 160° F
Customize It Instructions
If using flank steak, follow same instructions as steak strips.
If using diced chicken breast, follow same instruction as steak strips in Steps 2 and 3, stirring occasionally until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature, 5-7 minutes per side.
If using tofu, line a plate with a paper towel. Cut tofu into 1" dice and place on towel-lined plate. Top with paper towels, then press gently but firmly to remove excess moisture. Follow same instructions as steak strips in Step 3, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes.
Cook the Rice
Bring a medium pot with rice, 3 cups water, and ¼ tsp. salt to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender, 18-20 minutes.
Remove from burner and set aside covered.
While rice cooks, prepare ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces, if necessary.
Coarsely chop peanuts.
Peel, trim, and cut carrot into ¼" slices on an angle.
In a mixing bowl, combine cornstarch and 2 tsp. water until dissolved.
Separate steak strips into a single layer and pat dry. Season all over with seasoned salt and a pinch of pepper.
Cook the Steak Strips
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Working in batches if necessary, add steak strips to hot pan and stir occasionally until no pink remains, 5-7 minutes.
Transfer steak strips to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat.
Cook the Vegetables
Return pan used to cook steak strips to medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add carrot and a pinch of salt and pepper to hot pan. Stir often until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
Add ¼ cup water, and cover. Cook until water is mostly evaporated and carrots are tender, 3-5 minutes.
Transfer carrot to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil, broccoli, and a pinch of salt and pepper to hot pan. Stir occasionally until tender and lightly browned, 5-7 minutes.
Finish the Dish
Stir cornstarch mixture to recombine
Add cornstarch mixture, carrots, steak strips and any accumulated juices, garlic sesame sauce, and mirin to pan. Stir until steak strips and vegetables are lightly glazed, 1-2 minutes.
Remove from burner.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping rice with steak strips and vegetables and garnishing with peanuts and red pepper flakes (to taste). Bon appétit!
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