Classic Cashew Beef Recipe
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Classic Cashew Beef Recipe

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My family loves stir-fries, and I love them even more because they are healthy and easy to prepare. I’ve been making this recipe for years.—Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 8 green onions, cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 2/3 cup lightly salted cashews
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without rice): 380 calories, 24g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 463mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein .


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients until smooth; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry beef in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. Stir-fry onions, cashews and garlic in remaining oil for 1 minute.
  3. Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add beef; heat through. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Classic Cashew Beef in Taste of Home June/July 2011, p43

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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LPHJKitchen 249629
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

"The sesame really makes the dish! I loved the sauce in this recipe - the soy sauce, sesame oil and cayenne. It was easy to make, light and delicious. My only suggestion is to add a bit more cayenne and fresh ginger for flavor."

teachershirl 231087
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"This recipe was such a huge disappointment. After everyone's glowing reviews, I really looked forward to making this. I followed the recipe exactly and the result was a bland, tasteless dish that was a waste of pricey cashews. It tasted nothing like an "authentic" cashew beef. I won't be making this again!"

sealmeat 177625
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"Whole family (including kids aged 10, 8, 5, and 2) loved the flavor. I loved the suggested recipe that accompanied (sesame green beans with red peppers) as an alternative to typical stirfry veggies. This has become my new go-to for stirfry."

jesalstrom 212346
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"It's so easy and tastes fantastic. We like it even better with chicken. Big hit with the family."

Saucygal 183631
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"An absolute hit! Everyone loves it!"

tsmeby 194875
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2011

"Excellent taste!! This recipe is a keeper - my 3 yr old and 6 yr old sons really liked it. We definitely want to eat this again. I made the side that is shown - Sesame Green Beans - which is also a ToH recipe. They were a hit, too!"

manndl13 126664
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"The whole family loved it!"

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