Beef stir fry, loaded with tons of fresh vegetables and a tasty sauce, is a quick and easy dinner best cooked in a wok that your family will love.
Beef Stir Fry is one of my family’s favorite recipes. It has everything you want in a dinner – protein, loads of veggies, and great flavor!
BEEF STIR FRY
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Beef Stir-Fry with broccoli and rice and everything nice is so. Darn. GOOD. Why must I torment myself so? I decide to sit down and write this post when I’m starving? Not smart.
I recently purchased an electric wok. I love it. You have no idea how much I love it.
You see, I have an induction cook top which I love as well. But you know what you can’t do on an induction cook top? Cook with a wok. The heat is only transferred to the surface the cook top touches, and the beauty of a wok is that the heat goes all the way up the side walls. This is what creates that super fast and quick cooking.
Wok cooking is perfect for stir fry recipes because you want your meat and vegetables to be just cooked enough but also to get a really nice sear on them.
What kind of beef do you use for stir fry?
I prefer to use a sirloin steak. You can certainly use any kind of steak that is a higher quality cut than a sirloin, but since you’re going to slice it thin and cook it fast, you should save your money. A sirloin steak will taste just as good as a premium cut when cooked this way at a fraction of the price.
How do I make stir fry meat tender?
There are many ways you can make meat tender. One method is to pound it flat with a meat tenderizer like I do with my chicken parmensan recipe. You can also marinate it so that the tissue breaks down a bit during the cooking process.
In order to make this recipe quick and easy, the only thing I did to ensure really tender meat was to slice it very thin against the grain. A simple trick to make your slicing easier is to have your meat partially frozen. It needs to be thawed enough to easily get the knife through, but cold enough to hold up against the knife, thus making it easy to slice.
Cutting against the grain will give you the most tender bites of steak.
What is the secret to a good stir fry sauce?
I know some people have been cooking with fish sauce their entire lives, but it’s newly adapted in our family.
Admittedly, the thought of using fish sauce is not super appealing to me, but it truly does enhance the flavor of Asian dishes. Give it a try!
Watch my recipe video for Beef Stir Fry below!
Beef Stir Fry
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil or other high heat oil
- 1 pound beef sirloin cut into thin strips, see note
- 2 cups broccoli fresh florets
- 1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
- 2 large carrots peeled and cut into thin strips
- 1 small zucchini thinly sliced
- 2 green onions thinly sliced
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp ginger freshly grated
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds toasted
- Throughout entire recipe, do not overcrowd your wok. You're better off cooking in small batches, setting aside, and combining everything at the end. You want everything to have a nice sear on it but not be soggy and overly cooked.
- Ensure meat and all vegetables are cut prior to cooking.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large wok or skillet over high heat. When oil is near it's smoking point, cook and stir beef until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. It will continue cooking later, so it doesn't need to be fully cooked at this point. You just want a nice sear on it.
- Transfer beef to a plate. Add broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, zucchini, and green onion to the center of the wok. Cook and stir vegetables for 2 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes and stir well.
- Add beef into vegetables and season with soy sauce, fish sauce, and sesame seeds. Continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 2 more minutes.
- Serve hot over rice or noodles.