Beer-and-Soy Braised Beef

Star anise is a dark-brown pod with a distinctive licorice flavor similar to that of regular aniseeds.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup meat mixture and 1 cup couscous)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 453
  • Calories from fat: 13%
  • Fat: 6.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
  • Protein: 30.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 70.9g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 44mg
  • Iron: 5.1mg
  • Sodium: 370mg
  • Calcium: 57mg


  • 1 pound beef stew meat
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
  • 2 thin gingerroot slices
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise pods (optional)
  • 2 cups sliced carrot
  • 2 cups sliced leek (about 2 medium)
  • 6 cups hot cooked couscous


  1. Trim fat from meat; cut meat into 3/4-inch cubes, and sprinkle with pepper. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add meat, and cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Add soy sauce and next 4 ingredients (soy sauce through cinnamon); stir in star anise, if desired, and bring to a boil. Cover meat mixture, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour.
  2. Add carrot and leek; cook, uncovered, an additional 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard gingerroot, green onions, cinnamon, and star anise. Serve over couscous.
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