how long to cook beef strips on stove

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.

What are Beef Strips?

Beef strips are taken from a cut of beef that is tender when cooked quickly, like on the grill. They’re sometimes called Fajita Strips or Stir Fry Beef. Why? Because they’re used to make fajitas and stir fries. They’re also sometimes calle Steak Strips. They’re good for so much more than that though like classic Beef Strips in Gravy.

If you’re looking to make a Beef Tips recipe, that is a slightly different cut and often prepared from sirloin steak.

Which Cut of Beef to Use

If you’re going to cut your own beef strips, you’ll want to buy a cut of beef that is good for grilling. That can be a rib eye or strip loin steak or even filet mignon, but all of those are a bit pricey for this. I typically go with flank steak or skirt steak.

Other cuts that are good for cutting into strips and then cooking quickly are sirloin, tri-tip, tenderloin, shoulder center (Ranch Steak), shoulder top blade (Flat Iron), and shoulder petite tender. Also be on the lookout for chuck eye steaks. This is a slightly rarer cut of steak that I’ve been seeing more often at my own grocery store. It’s very juicy and tender. Perfect for grilling, and perfect for cutting into beef strips. And it tends to be quite a bit cheaper than rib eyes and strip loins so it’s a win-win for sure!

If you’re thinking of cutting your own beef strips, just go in and see if any of the above-listed cuts of beef are on sale. That might help you choose one.

Choosing top quality steak: grass-fed vs USDA Prime

Grass-fed = has a bold flavor which can be a little less juicy. Some find the flavor to be gamey (I do.) Grass-fed beef tends to be ethically raised, and it is pricey. Grass-fed is also harder to find, check butcher shops and better grocery store meat counters.

USDA Prime = Ultra-tender, rich taste, and tends to be more marbled. It’s also relatively expensive, but more commonly available in your grocery store.

Craving taste & tenderness? Go with prime.

Looking for healthy & ethical? Grass-fed.

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.

FAQ

How long does strips of beef take to cook?

COOK beef in hot lightly oiled non-stick skillet using medium heat for 2 to 4 minutes per side for steak, 1 minute per side for strips, or until browned. REMOVE from pan. For steak, serve with steak sauce if desired.

How long should you cook beef in a pan?

(Remember, a bit of pink is okay if the meat registers 160°F.) On most stove tops, browning a pound of ground beef takes approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Remember, it’s important to continue stirring and breaking the pieces into the same size with the wooden spoon or heatproof spatula so the ground beef cooks evenly.

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