how long to cook beef stir fry meat

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering, about 1 minute. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside. Allow the liquid in the pan to reduce until thickened, about 4 minutes.

Making this tasty beef stir fry recipe is simple in your own kitchen! The homemade sweet and savory sauce rivals even the best takeout.

How to Make Beef Stir Fry

  • Get the beef started! Season it with salt and pepper, then place it with cornstarch and rice wine vinegar in a bowl to sit while you make the sauce.
  • The sauce is made by combining the soy sauce, beef broth, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, chili garlic sauce, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl and giving it a good whisk until combined.
  • Now we stir fry! In a large wok (or a saute pan!) heat the oil over medium-high heat and cook the beef in two batches. You want to brown each side for 1-2 minutes, then pull it from the pan and set it aside.
  • Keep that pan hot! Add in the red bell pepper, carrot, and snow peas. Cook them until tender (about 3-5 minutes) with just an occasional stir.
  • Stir in the sauce and add the beef. The cornstarch in the sauce will make it thicken after about 2 minutes! Finish with the green onions and fresh herbs, if desired.

You can serve the stir fry over rice or noodles. Quinoa would also be good, use whatever is in your pantry. If you don’t want a starch, enjoy as is or serve in lettuce cups.

Garnish with sesame seeds, a little fresh cilantro or Thai basil, and sliced green onions and you are good to go! Dinner is served!

  • To Store: Place leftovers in an airtight storage container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat: Gently rewarm beef and vegetables in a skillet on the stove over medium-low heat. You can also reheat in the microwave.
  • To Freeze: Store cooled beef and vegetables in an airtight, freezer container or bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

how long to cook beef stir fry meat

Beef, it’s What’s for Dinner!

This Beef Stir Fry starts with beef, of course! It provides a great base and cooks to perfection. Flank steak and sirloin are your best cuts of meat for this stir fry because they are tender, affordable, and we often have some in our freezer.

Cut the steak, against the grain to shorten the muscle fibers, which will help tenderize the meat. You want the strips to be thin, about 1/4-inch thick, so the pieces will cook quickly. Plus, the bite size pieces make it easy to eat!

how long to cook beef stir fry meat

The secret is in the sauce! This sauce is made with pantry staples and comes together in no time. It adds so much flavor and really brings the whole dish together.

  • Soy sauce
  • Beef broth
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Minced fresh ginger
  • Garlic
  • Brown sugar
  • Chili garlic sauce
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Cornstarch

You can really stir fry any of your favorite vegetables! This is a great recipe for using up whatever is in the veggie drawer. We like to use:

  • Red bell pepper
  • Carrots
  • Snow peas
  • Green onions

Other good veggies include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green beans
  • Water chestnuts

how long to cook beef stir fry meat

How to make beef stir fry

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

how long to cook beef stir fry meat

Prep all your ingredients. Slice the steak into thin strips. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the stir fry sauce ingredients. Add half the oil to a skillet, and get it sizzling hot. Fry the veggies, tossing often, to desired tenderness. Set aside.

how long to cook beef stir fry meat

Add the rest of the oil to the skillet, and arrange the beef fairly spread out. Leave it for a minute to cook, then toss and cook for a short while longer. A little rare is ok. Return the veggies to the skillet, and toss with the sauce. Heat until thickened. Serve right away with rice or noodles.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering, about 1 minute. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside. Allow the liquid in the pan to reduce until thickened, about 4 minutes.

FAQ

How to cook beef stir fry meat tender?

Toss With Corn Starch The corn starch helps keep the beef moist and tender while cooking. It’s very noticeable when cooking meat tossed with vs. without corn starch — the meat without corn starch will exude liquid as it cooks, whereas meat coated with corn starch will retain its liquid content, making it more tender.

How do you know when stir fry meat is done?

Assuming that you slice your beef or lamb thinly as it should be for stir-frying, you can tell when it is done from the brownness of the meat. You don’t need to worry about internal temperature as the meat is thinly sliced.

How long does it take to cook beef strips?

Instructions. Lightly coat a large, non-stick frying pan with oil, then set over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add about one-third of beef. Stir occasionally until no longer pink, 3 to 4 min.

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