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Spicy Ginger Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

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Ginger and red pepper flakes brings a little zip to this beef-and-veggie stovetop supper stirred up by our Test Kitchen staff.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each cornstarch and ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1-1/2 cups julienned carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 12 ounces boneless beef top round steak, cut into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 254 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 502 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, ginger, pepper and red pepper flakes. Stir in the sherry or broth, soy sauce, barbecue sauce and sesame oil; set aside. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry carrots and onion in hot canola oil until crisp-tender; remove and set aside. In the same pan, stir-fry beef and garlic until meat is no longer pink. Stir sauce mixture; stir into pan. Add carrot mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Garnish with green onions. Serve over rice if desired. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Ginger Beef Stir-fry in Light & Tasty February/March 2004, p14

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 254 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 502 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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