My husband got a lot of experience working in restaurant kitchens when he was in high school. Though it has been many years, he keeps his skills sharpened at home. He’s really good at cooking but he really shines when it comes to Chinese food. Some of his favorite dishes to prepare are Beef stir-frys. It’s very simple to make and only takes a few ingredients.
Here’s what you will need:
Boneless beef steak or roast, sliced across the grain
Low sodium Soy sauce
white onions sliced
green onions sliced
green peppers sliced
ginger, diced or minced
fresh green beans
vegetable or olive oil.
First add about a tablespoon of oil to a hot skillet. You don’t have to have a wok. We have one, but only use it occasionally. Toss in your sliced beef and cook until just done (no more pink). Be careful to not cook the beef too long because it can become tough. After the beef is cooked remove from the skillet.
In the same skillet, add a bit more oil and add your sliced carrots. Carrots will take a little longer to cook, so always add them before the rest of the veggies. Cook them until the center of the carrots begins to lighten in color and they have become a bit tender (not mushy). Now you can add the onions, and peppers and cook them until they become tender (not mushy). Add your ginger and now add the beef back to your skillet. Stir the ingredients in the hot skillet. Be careful to not toss your ingredients out of the skillet! When everything is thoroughly heated, add as much of your Soy Sauce, Ponzu (citrus infused soy sauce), Teriyaki Sauce, and Sri Racha as you like. Sri Racha is a Thai garlic – chili sauce. It’s hot, so be careful! Some cooks will take about a teaspoon of cornstarch and mix it with a little water to add to the sauces to thicken. This is optional. We were out of cornstarch, but I used a little trick that Mama taught me. Take about a teaspoon of flour and mix it with just enough water to give it the consistency of milk. Pour this into the skillet when you add the sauces and it will thicken just the same as cornstarch. Stir the ingredients well and let them come up to a simmer. This makes the sauces thicken and gives the ingredients a good glaze. Remove beef and veggies from skillet and set aside.
Add a little more oil to the hot skillet and toss in your green beans. You can add whatever seasonings you like. We only added salt and pepper. Toss until hot and tender.
As the kitchen chairman says ‘a la cuisine’! Easy Beef Stir-Fry with fresh green beans! Enjoy!
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