Easy Beef Stir Fry

by lydia on December 10, 2013

Stir fry is one of those easy dinners all home cooks should have in their arsenal. It’s also universally a dish just about everyone under the sun enjoys! My kids love stir fry, it makes them feel like they are getting to have take-out Chinese food (which happens just about once in a blue moon for them).

Did you ever watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? Back in 2010, he came to the US to a town in West Virginia, statistically one of the unhealthiest cities in the country. He created a shop in the main drag that was there for anyone who wanted to come in and learn how to cook real food. Anyway, I remember an episode where he had the street blocked off and had a cooking demonstration with numerous folks, teaching them how to make a basic stir fry. I really think stir fry is easy¬†and can be a very healthful meal (especially when cooked in healthy oils) for just about anyone to learn how to make. Stir fry is also fun to make and quick. It’s a great meal to add to your families regular repertoire for sure. I hope you will try my Easy Beef Stir Fry!


Easy Beef Stir Fry
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
  • 2 lbs stir fry beef, cut in thin strips
  • 1 large head broccoli, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, quartered and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 red peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 yellow summer squash, cut into thin 1-inch pieces
  • ½-1 hot pepper, any kind you like, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root peeled and minced
  • 2 Tablespoons tapioca, arrowroot or non-GMO cornstarch
  • 4 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut aminos or gluten-free tamari
  • Sesame oil
  • Coconut oil for the pan
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  1. Whisk the tapioca with 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a medium bowl, and then add the beef, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons coconut aminos and sesame oil in a large bowl; set the bowl near the stove. Heat a wok, large chef's pan, or skillet over high heat until very hot, about 1 minute.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons coconut oil, then the ginger, garlic and hot pepper; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the beef and cook, stirring or shaking the skillet occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer the beef with a slotted spoon to the sauce mixture and toss.
  6. If the pan is dry, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil, then add the onion and stir-fry until just soft, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the broccoli, peppers and squash; stir-fry 3-4 minutes.
  8. Return the beef and any juices to the pan and stir to combine.
  9. Drizzle with sesame oil and coconut aminos to taste, along with more salt or pepper.
  10. Serve with rice if desired.



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Leal December 11, 2013 at 7:51 pm

This looks wonderful. I will need to get the ingredients and get it made. Thanks.

lydia January 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

Thanks Leal – I hope you love it!

April January 25, 2014 at 12:40 am

This looks fantastic. I think my husband would love this and he is very picky with food, thanks for the recipe.

lydia January 25, 2014 at 7:13 am

You’re welcome April – Enjoy it!

Denise March 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I am making this tonight. It looks great and I think my whole family will love it.

lydia March 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Awesome Denise – I hope you enjoy it!

Tracey Black June 2, 2014 at 1:11 am

This kimchi fried rice recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. I just included it my gluten free Asian recipes round up: http://dontmesswithmama.com/gluten-free-asian-recipes.

Liju October 13, 2015 at 7:56 am

Thank you. Fantastic recipe

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