Are you craving a takeout right now? Maybe put the phone down because you can make this delicious cannabis-infused “fake-out” at home! Beef and broccoli is a classic Asian dish that you can pick up at many takeout places, but it turns out that it’s incredibly easy to make.
This dish is ready in just 20-30 minutes, providing you have ready-made canna-oil. Any seasoned cannabis chef has cannabutter and canna-oil on hand, prepared for cooking. If you’re not familiar with how to make it, we explain below.
How to Make Canna-Oil
For this recipe, you will need canna-oil. Luckily, it’s easy to make; the downside is that it takes a while to do so. You can prepare a huge batch of canna-oil and store it in a cool, dark place to use time and time again, but keep in mind that the cannabinoids may undergo light degradation if left out.
First of all, you need to decide what strain to use. Below, we cover the best strains to use for this meal, but you can use any you like.
Below, we cover the best strains to use for this meal, but you can use any you like.
Place the buds on a baking tray and stick them in the oven to decarboxylate them, activating the cannabinoids. You will need to leave them in the oven for about 30-45 minutes at 350˚F, turning halfway.
Afterward, you can make the oil. Take a large saucepan, crockpot, or slow cooker, and add the desired amount of oil. You can use vegetable oil, olive oil, or another kind of cooking oil. Then, grind the cannabis buds coarsely. Add them to the oil and give them a good stir.
Keep the heat low and cook the oil for approximately three hours, allowing the cannabinoids to leech into the liquid. Ensure that the oil doesn’t boil or stick, stirring occasionally.
In the end, drain the mixture through a cheesecloth and into a jar or bottle. It will catch the plant matter and leave you with tasty canna-oil to use when you need it.
Best Strains for Beef and Broccoli
There is no one strain that’s the best for cannabis beef and broccoli. It depends on the type of effects that you wish to experience and the flavors you like best.
Presuming you’re eating this quick and easy meal in the evening, it’s perhaps best to opt for an indica strain. After enjoying the mouth-watering flavors and comfort that cannabis beef and broccoli has to offer, you can sink into the couch and enjoy some much-needed rest. Eventually, the right indica will lull you to sleep.
Here are our top three recommendations for this recipe:
White Widow is a classic strain. It’s only just indica-dominant, with 60% indica genetics. It has a pretty high THC level of about 22.5% and barely any CBD to speak of. White Widow is adored for its clear-headed high that straddles the line between indica and sativa effects. It’s the strain to try if you’re looking to chill out but don’t want to be stoned beyond belief.
The high will have you feeling euphoric and happy, and many users also report feeling sociable. If you’re not looking to go to sleep right away, White Widow is a great choice.
Its flavors also marry well with this recipe, providing a savory skunk foundation with notes of spice. There is also an ever-so-slight sweetness to it.
As a 50/50 hybrid, Skywalker is another strain that’s ideal for those looking to experience the best of both worlds. It’s a strain commonly used by MMJ patients to combat conditions like depression, anxiety, and insomnia. The high will ensure that you feel content, sleepy, and settled.
Users adore its effects for the way it makes you feel uplifted. It may be a little sedating at times, though, so make sure you use the right amount. While Skywalker is also quite delicious on account of its fruity flavor, the hash undertones that emerge make it great for cooking.
Sweet and Sour Widow
Another member of the Widow family, Sweet and Sour Widow offers up 70% indica genetics. As its name makes clear, this strain has a delightful flavor that combines sweet and sour notes, making it the perfect strain for an Asian takeaway recipe!
It has a remarkably low average THC content of 8%, too, allowing users to reap the benefits while remaining of sound mind. Furthermore, it has a balanced CBD content of 8%, too!
The effects will leave you calm, relaxed, and with a touch of creativity. It’s a fantastic example of an indica strain that blends perfectly into this beef and broccoli recipe.
How to Make Cannabis-Infused Beef and Broccoli
Beef and broccoli is super tasty on its own, but we added canna-oil to give a twist on this takeout classic. The recipe below provides four servings.
- 1lb flank steak, thinly sliced
- 1 cup beef broth
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon ginger, grated
- 2 tablespoons canna-oil
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Sesame seeds, to garnish
- Add a dash of the canna-oil to a skillet or wok over medium-high heat, and sear the steak until it is cooked through. Tip the steak out onto a plate and set aside.
- Add some more canna-oil, then fry the garlic and ginger until soft.
- With the remainder of the canna-oil, add the soy sauce, honey, and beef stock. Stir to mix together.
- Add in the broccoli florets and allow them to cook and soften.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch and water to make a slurry. Tip this into the broccoli mixture, bring it to a boil, and cook until the sauce has thickened.
- Add the cooked steak strips back to the pan and warm it through if needed.
We recommend serving this meal on top of rice with some sesame seeds on top to garnish.
Final Thoughts on Cannabis Beef and Broccoli
Cannabis beef and broccoli is a delicious meal that you should definitely try out when you next have a chance. It’s ideal if you have pre-prepared canna-oil that you can use to make this quick dish.
Keep in mind that, since you’re cooking with canna-oil rather than using it as an ingredient, this meal may not be as potent as some edibles you have tried. Nevertheless, always go low and slow with edibles and make sure you don’t over face yourself.