Walnut Broccoli Stir-Fry

Sure, there’s the classic beef & broccoli stir-fry dish you’ve come to know and love, but for the days where you’re just looking for a little less meat, it’s time to turn to the almighty walnut. It’s fatty and rich, with a fun, rippled texture that gives sauces lots of nooks and crannies to hug onto. Lightly caramelize it first with sugar and sesame just until it’s ever so slightly candied, and you’ve got yourself a worthy contender of a meat alternative.

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Ingredients 2 tbsp. canola oil, divided 1 c. walnuts 1 tbsp. sesame seeds 1 tbsp. granulated sugar Kosher salt 1 medium yellow onion, chopped into 1″ pieces 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2″ piece ginger, minced 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced on the bias 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets 2 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1″ pieces 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth or water 2 tsp. cornstarch 1 tbsp. sriracha 1 tbsp. oyster sauce 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil Juice of 1/2 lime Pinch MSG (optional) Scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish (optional) Cooked rice, for serving Directions Step 1 In a large skillet over medium-low heat, heat 2 teaspoons oil. Add walnuts, sesame, sugar, and a pinch salt, and stir until sugar is just beginning to caramelize, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Step 2 Return skillet to medium heat and heat remaining oil. Add onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, broccoli, and soy sauce, and cook, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is bright green, 5 minutes. Add red bell pepper and stir until slightly softened, 3 minutes. Step 3 In a medium bowl, whisk together broth, cornstarch, sriracha, oyster sauce, white pepper, paprika, black pepper, and sesame oil. Add cornstarch slurry to skillet and cook until sauce is thickened, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and MSG if using, then fold in caramelized walnuts. Step 4 Garnish with scallions, if desired, before serving with rice.


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