Classic Beef Stir Fry - Khin's Kitchen (2024)

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Simple and delicious classic Chinese style easy beef stir fry with bell peppers, onions, spring onions, and savoury umami sauce. One of the best easy stir-fried beef recipes, you can make everything from scratch with cupboard-friendly everyday ingredients. Serve with a bowl of plain rice or noodles.

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Stir-fries are our Asian family's staple and are always in our family meal rotations. We love stir fry steak and we've tried so many versions of it. If you love to cook restaurant-quality Chinese beef recipes at home, you must try our Easy Beef Chop Suey and Chinese Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry recipes.

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Why this recipe works

One of our much loved tried and tested, fail-proof beef recipes that anyone can cook at home.

When you cook it at home you can customize the vegetables and sauces to your preference. You can serve the whole family with a minimum budget. Skip the dried crushed chillies if you are cooking for children.

In this recipe, I am sharing our authentic Chinese-style juicy tender beef stir fry with colourful crisp vegetables and homemade delicious sauce. If you follow these simple cooking steps you will be a stir-fry master in no time! I can guarantee that!

What do we need

You will need beef steak, garlic, onion, ginger, a choice of stir fry vegetables, and pantry-staple sauces. Following is a quick guide with step-by-step photos and you can find the detailed measurements on the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

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Beef - The secret of tender beef starts with choosing the right steak cut. You don't always have to use the expensive steak cut. It's good to go with rump, sirloin, chuck, ribeye steak, etc.

Garlic & ginger - Add freshly chopped garlic and ginger paste for the best flavour.

Vegetables - I used onions, bell peppers, and spring onions ( green onions ) in this recipe. Feel free to add your choice of stir fry vegetables.

Stir-fry sauce - Oyster sauce, light soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and Chinese cooking rice wine ( Shao Xing ) are essential sauces to make this sauce. I add cornstarch to create a thick and glossy sauce texture.

Crushed chillies - I love to add crushed dried chillies for a kick of heat.

How to cut and marinate beef

Slicing the beef is an important step and you need a well-sharpened knife to slice the beef into thin strips or slices. Make sure you cut the steak against the grain. The purpose of slicing against the grain is to cut through the meat fibres. It creates a very tender beef result and is easy to chew.

Once you've sliced all the beef, add them to a mixing bowl and start the marinating process. Add soy sauce, baking soda, cornstarch, sesame oil, and ginger paste.

Give it a good massage by using your hands and set it aside for at least 15 minutes. If you have more time you can leave it for up to 30 minutes. This process is a Chinese technique of marinating beef and is also known as meat velveting.

How to make this beef stir fry

Prepare the sauce and vegetables:

  • Cut the peppers, and onions into thin slices and finely chop the garlic cloves. Cut spring onions into 2" pieces. Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.

Stir fry the beef:

  • Heat the large wok/pan over medium-high heat and add 3 tbsp of oil and add the marinated beef. Flatten the beef and let it sear for 2-3 minutes or until the bottom part is charred. Then flip the beef and continue to stir fry for another 1-2 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • Then add chopped garlic and follow the crushed chillies, onions, and bell peppers.
  • Next, pour the sauce into the wok and continue to stir fry for about 1 minute or until the sauce is glossy.
  • Add spring onions and make a quick toss. Finish with toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately with plain rice or noodles.
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Frequently asked questions

Why do you add baking soda to the marinade?

The purpose of adding baking soda to the marinade is to tenderize the beef and it keeps the steak juicy and tender.

How to serve this dish?

This dish goes well with plain jasmine rice, egg fried rice, or plain chow mein noodles. You can also pair it with Tomato Egg Drop Soup, Singapore Fried Rice, or Chicken Siu Mai ( Shumai ) and make it a complete family dinner.

Can you freeze it?

Do not recommend freezing but you can keep leftovers in the fridge in an air-tight container. You can reheat it in the microwave or in a pan until hot.

Why my stir-fried beef is tough?

Overcooking can result in tough stir fry beef. So make sure not to overcook the steak and fry it in a large high-heat wok or skillet. It only takes 2-3 minutes for each side of the beef slices to be cooked. Do not forget the beef slicing and marinating process mentioned above.

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Classic Beef Stir Fry

Simple and delicious classic easy beef stir fry with bell peppers, onions, spring onions, and savoury umami sauce. One of the best Chinese stir-fried beef recipes that you can make everything from scratch with cupboard-friendly everyday ingredients. Serve with a bowl of plain rice or noodles.

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Course: Main

Cuisine: Chinese Cuisine

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Beef marinade time: 15 minutes minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes minutes

Servings: 2 - 3

Calories: 559kcal

Author: Khin

Equipment

  • 1 Large Wok Or pan or skillet

Ingredients

Beef & Marinade

  • 250 grams Beef steak Rump, chuck, ribeye, sirloin, etc ( About 8.8oz )
  • 1 tbsp Light soy sauce Or regular all-purpose soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil Or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Corn starch or potato starch
  • ½ tsp Ginger paste Or grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp Baking soda

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Oyster sauce or vegetarian stir fry sauce
  • 2 tsp Brown sugar or regular white sugar
  • 1 tbsp Light soy sauce thin soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shao Xing wine Chinese cooking rice wine ( see details in note )
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • ½ tsp Corn starch

Stir Fry Ingredients

  • ½ Onion Cut thin slices
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic Finely chopped
  • ½ tsp Crushed chillies Dried chilli flakes ( optional )
  • 1-2 Bell peppers Cut thin slices
  • 2-3 Spring onions Cut 2" pieces
  • 1-2 tsp Toasted sesame seeds For garnish ( optional )
  • 3 tbsp Cooking oil Vegetable oil, sunflower, canola, peanut oil, etc.

Instructions

Prepare the beef and stir fry sauce

  • First, cut the steak into thin strips or thin slices against the grain by using a well-sharpened knife.

  • Place the beef slices in a bowl and add soy sauce, sesame oil, baking soda, corn starch and ginger paste. Mix everything evenly and massage with your hands. Set it aside and marinate for 15-30 minutes.

  • Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.

Stir fry the beef

  • Heat the large wok/pan over medium high heat and add 3 tbsp of oil and add the marinated beef. Flatten the beef and let it sear for 2-3 minutes or until the bottom part is charred. Then flip the beef and continue stir fry for another 1-2 minutes or until no longer pink.

  • Then add chopped garlic and follow by the crushed chillies, onions, and bell peppers.

  • Next, pour the sauce in the wok and continue stir fry for about 1 minute or until the sauce is glossy.

  • Add spring onions and make a quick toss. Finish with toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately with plain rice or noodles.

Nutrition

Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1728mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2150IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg

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