Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Beef:

  • 1 pound flank, sirloin, or other tender cut, thinly sliced across the grain.

Vegetables:

  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • ½ cup snow peas or snap peas

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar or sherry
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Stir-Fry Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (for thickening)

For Cooking and Serving:

  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (canola, vegetable, etc.)
  • Cooked rice and/or noodles
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish, optional)
  • Green onions, sliced (for garnish, optional)

Instructions:

Prep the Ingredients:

  • Thinly slice the beef across the grain.
  • Slice your vegetables into bite-sized pieces.
  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients.
  • Combine all the stir-fry sauce ingredients in a separate bowl.

Marinade the Beef:

  • Add the sliced beef to the marinade and toss to coat.
  • Let marinate for 15-30 minutes at room temperature (or in the refrigerator if marinating longer).

Cook the Stir-Fry:

  • Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Once the oil is shimmering, add the beef in a single layer (work in batches if needed to avoid overcrowding). Cook until browned, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remaining oil to the pan. Add the onions and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
  • Add the snow peas or snap peas and cook for another minute.
  • Return the beef and any accumulated juices to the pan.
  • Give the stir-fry sauce a quick stir and pour it over the beef and vegetables. Cook for 1-2 minutes more, or until sauce thickens and everything is heated through.

Serve:

  • Spoon the stir-fry over cooked rice or noodles.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

Tips & Variations:

  • Veg it up: Add other vegetables like mushrooms, baby corn, or zucchini.
  • Spice it up: Include a pinch of red pepper flakes with the sauce for some heat.
  • Sweet or savory: Play with the flavor of the stir-fry sauce by adding hoisin sauce, orange juice, or a bit of chili paste.
  • Use what you have: Substitute similar cuts of beef or try this recipe with chicken or tofu for a vegetarian version.

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