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Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

"I'm a working mom, so I appreciate meals like this one that I can whip up in no time using whatever vegetables I have on hand," says Tere Abel of Muskegon, Michigan. "What's really great is that even my pickiest eater likes it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine,apple juice or water
  • 1 pound beef top round steak, cut into thin strips
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (6 ounces) frozen pea pods, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, undrained
  • Hot cooked rice


  • 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce and wine, apple juice or water until smooth; add beef. Seal bag and turn to coat; set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, stir-fry the broccoli, carrots, pea pods and onion in 1 tablespoon oil for 1 minute. Stir in water chestnuts. Cover and simmer for 4 minutes; remove and keep warm.
  • 3. In the same skillet, stir-fry beef in remaining oil until meat reaches desired doneness. Return vegetables to pan; toss. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 313 calories, 12g fat (0g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 466mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 7g fiber), 31g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 4 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Flavorful Beef Stir-Fry

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Very good but not things you would have on hand. This has to be planned ahead."

Reviewed Jun. 6, 2013

"We thought that this was just okay- other than the salty soy sauce (and I did use light), there wasn't a ton of flavor. The cornstarch mixture thickens almost instantly, making the beef cooking process rather...gloppy. The flavor wasn't terrible, or anything, we just didn't find it really special, either. If I do make this again, I will most certainly use frozen broccoli and carrots instead of fresh to cut down on prep time."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"Excellent! Just like what you would get from a good Chinese restaurant. Made this with venison round steak and it turned out really well."

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"I just follow the recipe for the sauce and I add frozen vegetables and either chicken or beef"

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2010

"Have made this several times. We don't care for the pea pods so I substituted frozen soy beans for them. Think it was tastier and certainly healthier."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.