Surprisingly, I have never made a beef stir fry. I have made chicken stir fry and I have made flank steak teriyaki, but never a beef stir fry. I had the fixins for a stir fry so I decided to make one. I must say, it was SO delicious.
Unfortunately I didn’t realize until about 4pm that I didn’t have any fresh ginger, and I really didn’t feel like picking up any after work. To sort of compensate, I used a little five spice powder. If you have fresh ginger, you should add it the same time you add the vegetables and garlic to the wok.
Beef Stir Fry
1/2 lb. flank steak, cut into strips against the grain
2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce, divided
1.25 tsp. sugar, divided
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. sherry
1/2 tsp. Chinese 5-spice powder
1/3 cup beef broth
1/2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
2 cups fresh veggies you prefer (I used red and green bell pepper, snow peas, mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, bean sprouts, broccoli)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste
salt and pepper
In a bowl, marinate the flank steak strips in 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp. sugar and some freshly ground pepper. Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
In the meantime, make the sauce. In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 1 Tbsp. soy sauce. Stir in the five spice powder, beef broth, remaining 1 tsp. sugar, sherry, and oyster sauce.
Heat wok or skillet over high heat. Add oil and heat until it begins to smoke.
Cook beef in hot oil until no longer pink, just a minute or two. Add vegetables, garlic and red pepper flakes (and more oil, if necessary) to wok and stir fry for 1-2 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Stir in sauce cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve over rice.
I haven’t quite figured out where the best place to take a picture is yet in our new place. Of course natural light is the best but I rarely have that come dinnertime…let alone on a gloomy day like today. So, this is a little dark, but I tried to compensate by sticking it on top of a hot pink dishtowel. LOL