beef stir fry

Beef Stir Fry

Dinner | April 12, 2016 | By

 

Back in the day (Spice Girls, Madonna’s cone bra and the “Rachel” haircut)  I thought I was ever so trendy and chic because I cooked what I thought was real Chinese food in an electric wok. I know. . .I had much to learn. On top of that, washing the wok wasn’t easy because you had to be careful not to get water in the plug. The last time I cooked in this wok I was (unsuccessfully) multi-tasking and ended up burning dinner. The burnt taste never left the wok so it was kicked to the curb and I never got around to buying another one. I’m strictly a skillet gal these days. One of my favorite things to make in that wok was this Beef Stir Fry ~ thinly sliced beef with a variety of vegetables over rice. I may have been off base about the chic part, but this Beef Stir Fry is so delicious it’ll have you saying, “take out? who me?”.

beef stir fry

The vegetables I used for this Beef Stir Fry can be swapped for any vegetables you have a taste for or what’s on sale at your grocery store. I have a few must-have’s: onions, red bell peppers and bean sprouts but the rest vary each time I make it. Mushrooms or zucchini are also really good.

I only marinate the meat as long as it takes me to prep the rest of the meal. The marinade goes like this:

  • 1/2 cup of beef stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 – cloves of garlic, grated
  • 3 – tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce (low sodium if you prefer)
  • 2 – tablespoons of corn starch
  • Small pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (additional olive oil needed to sauté)

Whisk it all together until there are no corn starch lumps.

beef stir fry

Slice about a pound of flank or sirloin steak very thin against the grain:

•1 - pound of steak (flank or sirloin) sliced very thin against the grain

The beef is added to a bowl and just 3 tablespoons of the marinade on top of it, saving the rest. It doesn’t look like that’s enough to do the job. It is. The job — in case you’re wondering is to season  and tenderize the meat. I like it when stuff works. This works. Anyway, I get my hands in there and really mix the marinade all around the beef. Then I cover it with plastic wrap and into the frig she goes.

beef stir fry

While the meat is marinating, I get the vegetables ready:

  • 1 – red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 – medium onion, sliced
  • 2 – cups of fresh broccoli chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup of carrot match sticks

beef stir fry

Start preparing the rice now so it’ll be ready to eat when the rest of the Beef Stir Fry is done. You may already know I’m a fan of Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Brown 90 Second Rice. It’s really good, good for you and 90 seconds? Don’t know how you do it, Ben! If I’m out of this 90 second rice, I always have white rice on hand which is also delicious.

While the rice is cooking, Add a drizzle of olive oil to your largest skillet over medium-high heat. Drop in the vegetables and season with pepper only. Let them cook, browning a bit and when they’re done, remove them from the skillet and leave on a plate for now.

beef stir fry

Using tongs, add the beef to the skillet spreading it out into a single layer. Color = flavor; let it brown. No flipping it back and forth. 

beef stir fry

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beef stir fry

When the beef is done, add the marinade and whisk it around over low-medium heat until it’s a smooth, tasty sauce. Then add the veggies and bean sprouts blending it all together.

beef stir fry

Serve the Beef Stir Fry over rice or noodles. 

beef stir fry

Beef Stir Fry
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MARINADE
  1. 1/2 cup of beef stock
  2. 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  3. 2 - cloves of garlic, grated
  4. 3 - tablespoons of brown sugar
  5. Small pinch of red pepper flakes
  6. 1/2 cup of soy sauce (regular or low sodium)
  7. 2 - tablespoons of corn starch
  8. 1 - pound of steak (flank or sirloin) sliced very thin against the grain
  9. 1 tablespoon of olive oil (additional olive oil needed to sauté)
VEGETABLES
  1. 1 - red bell pepper, sliced
  2. 1 - medium onion, sliced
  3. 2 - cups of fresh broccoli
  4. 1/2 cup of carrot match sticks
  5. 1 - can of bean sprouts
  6. 2 - 1/2 cups of cooked rice
Instructions
  1. Whisk the marinade ingredients together.
  2. Slice the beef very thin against the grain.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of the marinade to the beef, mixing thoroughly with your hands and refrigerate. Reserve the rest of the marinade.
  4. Chop the vegetables.
  5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat,
  6. Drop in the vegetables, seasoning with pepper only and cook until slightly browned then remove from the skillet and reserve.
  7. Using tongs, add the beef to the skillet still over medium-high heat in a single layer.
  8. Allow the beef to caramelize without flipping it back and forth.
  9. When the beef is browned, pour in the rest of the marinade and whisk until smooth.
  10. Add the vegetables and bean sprouts to the skillet and combine.
  11. Serve over rice or noodles.
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    Mary
    April 13, 2016

    We love a good stir fry, and this sounds so easy and simple to make. Will definitely try the Uncle Ben’s rice…..a healthier choice. Love the veggies you use……gotta have water chestnuts! I use those things with anything Asian……LOL! Pinned. Thanks for sharing. Oh, I also had an electric wok…..found out skillet worked better for me!

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      Bernie
      April 13, 2016

      Hey there Mary ~ mmmmm love the water chestnuts idea. I always like a little crunch. I’ll try it next time I make Asian. You seem like a great cook. I could learn from you! Skillets are definitely the way to go — how did those darn electric woks ever get so popular? Take care and have a good day.

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