Beef Stir Fry: A low calorie beef stir fry that is accompanied with a delicious soy sauce based marinade.
This one pan wonder has the perfect balance of spices and ingredients that really makes this stir fry recipe climb the charts for a beef stir fry dish. Tender strips of steak, and delicious veggies, all combined in a flavorful sauce for the perfect meal.
30 minute meals are amongst my favorite. Being able to get a great dinner on the table quickly is one of the number one skills I want my kids to have when they leave my home and are off on their own. And while things like Instant Pot Spaghetti or Greek Chicken Wraps are a great place to start, this stir fry is one of my faves because it is so versatile, easy, and flavorful.
This Beef Stir Fry recipe is easy to prep and fast to make. Try this stir fry recipe on a night that you want a complete and quick meal.
How Do You Make Stir Fry?
Making a stir fry involves high heat, lots of veggies, a great protein, and a flavorful sauce. A stir fry is such an easy dish and there are so many different options out there for what to include in one. That is why stir fry meals are one of my favorite, quick dinners.
How To Make A Stir Fry:
- Pick complimenting veggies and ingredients
- Heat skillet or wok with oil
- Cook meat for a few minutes
- Add veggies and cook for about 5 minutes
- Simmer meat and veggies with the sauce
Note: You don’t want to overcook the meat and that is why some recipes have you take the meat out, while you cook your veggies. Then add the meat back into the pan to blend the flavors and marinade the ingredients with the sauce.
In this beef stir fry recipe you don’t need to take the meat out while you cook the veggies. And if you want extra tender meat, it is a good idea to marinate it first. But it will turn out even if you don’t.
You just simply give the meat a head start and cook for 3 minutes first. Then you add your veggies and continue to cook with the meat.
The meat will be thoroughly cooked but not overdone.
What Can You Put In A Stir Fry?
What can you put in a stir fry? The answer is A LOT.
Most veggies are great for stir fry and then of course there are a variety of proteins you can use as well.
In addition veggies and proteins, it’s also fun to mix different ingredients together to make a fun and flavorful stir fry sauce.
Ingredient Options for Stir Fry:
- Tofu (vegetarian option)
Food to Mix or to Put Stir Fry On
- Cauliflower Rice
- Sweet Potatoes
A Fun Stir Fry Sauce
And here is the fun part, choose a marinade. What are you in the mood for? Sweet n’ Sour, Teriyaki, Thai Peanut? The list goes on and on.
I really like the stir fry sauce for this beef stir fry recipe. With the use of a honey substitute, vinegar for a little acidity, ginger, garlic, and chili paste, this stir fry sauce is more than just another soy sauce marinade.
It definitely has a little zip.
How Do You Make Stir Fry Vegetables?
Not every stir fry has to contain meat. Whether you are adding meat or not, there are a couple tips for when you are cooking veggies.
Tips For The Perfect Stir Fry Veggies:
- Cut veggies evenly in size.
You want your vegetables to be fairly similar in size. For example, if one carrot is cut really small and thin and another carrot is left really chunky then either the small carrot will be overcooked or the large carrot will be underdone.
- Don’t overcrowd the pan.
If your pan is overcrowded then not all the vegetables may get cooked due to lack of space in the hot skillet.
- Identify which veggies take longer to cook.
Some vegetable are harder than others and just simply cook longer. Be aware of that and give those veggies that take longer a head start and start cooking them first.
For this beef stir fry recipe I use broccoli, onion, and peppers. Fortunately you don’t have to worry in this recipe about cooking one of these vegetables longer than the others. Just throw them all in at once and you will get a great cook on them all.
What Vegetables Do You Stir Fry First?
Typically you want to begin stir frying vegetables that take longer to cook first. For example, carrots are hard vegetable so they will cook longer.
On the other spectrum, you want to leave out veggies until the very end that cook really quickly.
For example, if you wanted to throw in some spinach in a stir fry, you would add it once the dish was practically done. Spinach cooks extremely fast.
One minute you have a huge leaf of spinach and the next minute it will be small, wilted, and ready to serve.
I kept this beef stir fry recipe really simple. Peppers, onions, and broccoli florets all cooked at the same time.
Peppers and onions are a great base combination for stir fry and with the idea of a beef and broccoli stir fry, I added the great vegetable broccoli to the mix of vegetables.
Beef Stir Fry Is A Must Try!
I you are looking for a beef broccoli stir fry or just simply a stir fry that is easy to make and a crowd pleaser, try this beef stir fry recipe. You will love it.
Steak Stir Fry
- 1 pound sirloin steak
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 onion
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup honey substitute
- 1 teaspoon garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger minced
- 1 teaspoon chili paste
- Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add one tablespoon of vegetable oil to the skillet to heat.
- Cut the steak into bite-sized pieces. Slice the onion and bell peppers into strips.
- Add the steak to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes over very high heat.
- Stir in the broccoli, peppers, and onion and let cook for 5 minutes or until tender-crisp, stirring often.
- Stir together soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, and chili paste in a small bowl. Add to pan and stir to coat. Cook 3 minutes, stirring often.
- Serve immediately.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.