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 User ID: 7521213 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 User ID: 6365761 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 User ID: 5099959 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 User ID: 5990586 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 User ID: 6335384 183631
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"An absolute hit! Everyone loves it!"

tsmeby User ID: 2254804 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 User ID: 6010793 126664
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"The whole family loved it!"

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