I’m a fan of beef, stir fry, sweet, and spicy… they all sounded good tonight so this is what I came up with. It was delicious and easy and you should make it… maybe even tonight 🙂
It starts with a pile of thinly sliced beef. I used a sirloin steak but you could use any similar cut you have on hand. Season with salt and pepper.
Get a pan on the stove with some olive oil… heat it up good and hot.
Working in small batches place the beef in the pan spaced out evenly so it can brown properly. Since it’s sliced so thinly it will cook in no time. In the time it took me to grab the camera and take a pic it was half done on the first side.
Once it has a good sear give it a flip and let it go for just another minute. Move the cooked pieces to a clean plate and start the next batch. Add a little bit of oil between batches, not a lot.
Prep your veggies. I usually use regular carrots but the baby ones were all we had on hand so that made prep pretty easy. I also thawed out some frozen broccoli.
And sliced up some onion and garlic (not pictured).
Also, you’ll need a couple of cups of beef stock. Pour about 1/4 cup into a small bowl.
Mix that up with some corn starch to make a slurry.
Add a few tablespoons of soy sauce to the remaining stock.
By now the last of the steak is almost done. Oh my… look at that pan… some of you may be thinking it’s ruined… over… a wreck… I’m thinking it’s a ticket to flavor town!!
Keep the pan hot and add in the beef stock and soy sauce mixture.
It will smoke, it will sizzle… you will scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon and turn it into wonderfullness.
Add in your carrots, onion, and garlic. Stir and cover with a lid to let them start to cook.
Once all that starts to get tender add in the broccoli. Stir.
If you’re into spicy… add in a few shakes of red pepper flakes. Sorry about the blurry picture… I was excited about the red pepper flakes 🙂
If you’re into sweet… add in a glob of honey. Stir and cover for a bit to let those flavors hang out.
Now stir and add in your cornstarch slurry. Stir over heat until sauce thickens.
Drop in your steak… and stir to combine. Taste to check your seasonings. And grab a piece of steak if you haven’t already 🙂
Serve over brown rice. So simple, so tasty. You can adjust the amount of pepper flakes and honey to make it as sweet or spicy or both that you want. This disappeared off our table in no time. You should give it a shot!
Spicy Sweet Beef Stir Fry
1 steak, cut of your choice
1 small onion, sliced into petals
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
About 4 cups of veggies of your choice – carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts… etc.
2 cups beef stock
1 Tbs cornstarch
3 Tbs soy sauce
2 or 3 shakes of red pepper flakes (optional or to your liking)
2 Tbs honey (optional or to your liking)
Thinly slice steak, season with salt & pepper. Heat small amount of oil in a wok or skillet over med-high. In small batches sear steak on one side and flip to finish on the other. Transfer cooked steak pieces to clean plate and continue cooking until all beef is cooked. While beef is cooking prep your veggies. Measure out 2 cups of beef stock. Pour about 1/4 cup into a small bowl and mix with cornstarch. Add soy sauce into the remaining beef stock. Pour that mixture into hot pan and use wooden spoon to scrape up the bits off the bottom of the pan. Toss in long cooking veggies and garlic. Stir and cover for a few minutes. Toss in remaining veggies, red pepper flakes, and honey. Cover and cook for a few more minutes. Taste and check for seasoning. Stir and add in cornstarch slurry. Stir until sauce thickens. Add in beef and stir to combine. Serve hot over brown rice. Enjoy!