Skip the takeout and make a simple stir-fry meal at home. Stir-fry your beef strips then add your favorite vegetables, sauce and other ingredients, and you’ll have a delicious one-dish meal on the table in minutes.
Skip the takeout — it's just as fast (and fresher) to cook this simple one-pan meal at home. Stir-frying is best done with bite-sized pieces of food and lots of added flavors from aromatics (garlic, ginger, scallion) and Asian condiments (soy, hoisin, chili paste, etc.).
This is a quick-cook technique, so it's important to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go. Preheat the wok or skillet.
Some recipes recommend cooking the beef completely before moving on to the next step, while others call for giving the beef a quick brown, then removing it from the pan, cooking the vegetables, and returning it to the pan to finish. You can quickly pull out a piece of beef to test for doneness.
Follow recipe guidelines, but generally it’s important to cook things in order depending on how quickly they cook — onions first, then firm veggies such as broccoli and carrots, and finally leafy ingredients such as spinach.
Now's the time to add the ingredients for a sauce, or even a bottled sauce, depending on your recipe. Stir well to ensure the beef and vegetables are evenly coated.
Most stir-fry recipes go straight from pan to plate, and are often served over rice, noodles, or spiralized vegetables.
Placing your beef in the freezer for around 30 minutes makes it easier to slice.
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