I surprised myself with this dish.  I’m normally not much of a red meat eater.  Beyond a few recipes that call for ground beef, it’s just not something I cook with often.  I would venture to guess that I frequently go a month at a time without using red meat at all.  Normally when I do add it to the menu, it’s more for the sake of variety.  But in the case of this stir fry, I saw it and I just had to try it.  The real carnivore of the house (Ben, obvs) went nuts for this dinner.  The great news is I really enjoyed it too.  Stir fry is always a nice option for a quick and filling dinner, and we liked this particular combination of veggies, meat and sauce.  Of course you can switch out various ingredients to suit what you have on hand and what you prefer.  The most time-intensive part is the ingredient prep.  The faster you are with a knife, the quicker this meal will be.  Makes great leftovers too, or so I heard – I didn’t get to any of them before the carnivore :)


1 tsp. cornstarch
¼ cup cold water
3 tbsp. plum sauce
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
1 lb. boneless sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
1½ cups small broccoli florets
1 carrot, peeled and julienned
4 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tbsp. salted peanuts, chopped (optional)
Rice, for serving
Sesame seeds, for garnish


  • 01

    In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water; whisk until smooth.  Stir in the plum sauce, ginger, soy sauce and red pepper flakes.  Set aside.

  • 02

    In a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, cook the steak strips until no longer pink.  Remove to a plate and set aside, draining the excess fat from the skillet if necessary.  Add the oil to the pan and heat through.  Add the red pepper, broccoli and carrot pieces to the skillet and stir fry until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.  Mix in the green onion and garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.  Return the steak pieces to the pan.  Add the sauce to the pan, stirring well to coat everything.  Cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes more.  Stir in the peanuts.

  • 03

    Serve the warm stir fry over rice and sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.


  • Sylvia

    This looks delicious — can’t wait to try it! I realize that you’re not a big red meat eater, but have you thought about your desire for red meat might be because you’re expecting? When I was pregnant with my first, I craved red meat for lunch and dinner for 6 months. That is all I ate everyday — I couldn’t get enough of it! While normally, I don’t eat it but once a week (if that). Just a thought…

  • Beautiful dish. It calls the red meat craving forth. ;)

  • Tricia

    I’m so glad you’re back to doing all these great dinner recipes–I love desserts, but your dinners are always a hit in our house! Looking forward to making this one.

  • Annie

    I don’t think it’s that. I’ve still probably only eaten red meat once in the past two months. This meal just sounded good.

  • my husband would be ALL over this… he loves steak, and ginger is his favorite seasoning. definitely bookmarking this one :) thanks, annie!

  • Alice

    That’s so funny – I am the same way! I could easily go quite a while without having (non-ground) beef, but it is always a big hit with my husband. We made a fairly authentic Japanese teriyaki dish with flank steak recently and it was really delicious. It reminded me that I need to branch out more and try to incorporate red meat recipes a little more often. Glad to know I’m not the only one :)

  • I knew this looked familiar, haha! Your beef stir fry looks wonderful and SO flavorful, Annie. Great job and thanks for sharing it with your readers and providing a link to my blog! Have a great day :)

  • Right up my alley. I’m a red meat eater and love stir fries. My wok needs to get into action again as soon as I can find some good beef on sale!

  • vanessa

    would the plum sauce be in the oriental section?

  • Annie

    All grocery stores are different but the Asian section would be the best place to start.

  • I think a lot of people eat red meat out of habit. The best beef can be wonderful, but if it’s not the top 5% or so, it’s like chewing shoe leather. I love dishes like this, where the meat is almost an accent. Cheers!

  • I’m not crazy about red meat either, but this stir fry looks so delicious!

  • Yum! I’ll be adding this to my menu for next week! : )

  • This looks so good! We love trying homemade Chinese food, so I’m bookmarking this one for later. Thanks for sharing Annie! :)

  • Regina

    I don’t eat red meat, do you think this would work with chicken?

  • Annie

    Yes, as I mentioned in the post, you can use whatever ingredients you like to suit your taste.

  • Mmmm, sounds delicious!

  • Cate

    Making this tonight for dinner. I’m not sure if I overlooked it, but how many servings does this recipe make?

  • Annie

    I don’t include servings on recipes like this because everyone’s definition of a serving size is so different.

  • Christina

    This was delicious!!

  • I made this stir fry tonight with great results. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Jennifer K

    Another recipe my fiancé made for me this weekend. It was super! (he likes to cook, and I sent him the link to your blog :)

  • Quangkhiem

    My name is Quang-Khiem, I’m French and … I LOVE YOUR SITE
    But I can’t understand all your recipes ^^ And the pictures are Sooo beautiful !!!

  • Quangkhiem

    PS : My English is not very good :S

  • Gail

    I made this tonight. It is delicious! Next time I make it, which will be soon, I plan on doubling the sauce. Soooo good!

  • anna wilson

    i made this and it was the best stir fry we’ve ever had! big success!

  • noreen23

    Hi Annie,
    I made this last night and it was a hit (not so much with my daughter since she’s very picky). The mister went for seconds. :) Leftovers? Yes! It’s my lunch today here at work. :)

  • Tara

    Too much turkey at Thanksgiving, so we made a plan to eat more beef. This is the perfect addition! It was delicious!! Husband loved it and kids ate it. Next time I’ll prep the veggies the night before, and this would be a very easy weeknight meal. As always, thank you Annie!