how long to cook beef strips

They will take 2-4 mins to cook in a hot pan.

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.

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.

How to Cut Beef Strips

If the steak is thin, ½-inch or less, then simply use a sharp knife to cut it into ¼ to ½” strips.

If the steak is thicker, cut it into ¼ to ½” strips. It will now be the correct width but will be too thick, or too high. So cut each strip such that you end up with the width/height also being ¼ to ½”.

They will take 2-4 mins to cook in a hot pan.


How do you not overcook beef strips?

Make thin cuts about 1/4 inch or thinner. Thin strips of beef are best because they won’t take long to cook. The thinner the beef, the more tender it will taste and the less chewy it will be. Thicker strips require longer cooking times, which usually means the outside is overcooked by the time the inside is cooked.

How long does it take to cook beef pieces?

Generally, beef chunks will take about 1-2 hours to cook if simmered in a stew or braised. For grilling or frying, the cooking time can be shorter, typically around 15-20 minutes. It’s important to ensure that the beef reaches a safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for medium rare or 160°F (71°C) for medium.

How many minutes to cook beef?

The total cooking time depends on the weight of the meat. To cook rare, allow 15-20 minutes per 500g of meat. To cook medium allow 20-25 minutes per 500g of meat. To cook well done allow 25-30 minutes per 500g of meat.

How long should beef be on pan?

For a medium-rare steak, aim to remove the steak from the heat at about 130°F, about eight minutes total cooking. For a medium steak, 140°F is the sweet spot at a total of nine to 10 minutes cooking. A well-done steak will take about 12 minutes.

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