Yellow Pepper Beef Stir-Fry Recipe

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A quick marinade lends a bit of sweetness to tender beef strips in this enticing meal-in-one from our Test Kitchen. Each generous serving also features a bevy of vegetables lightly coated in a delightful sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, divided
  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup julienned sweet yellow pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 253 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 418mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, garlic, pepper and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Add beef; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. In a bowl, combine the remaining cornstarch and brown sugar. Add the broth, soy sauce and remaining vinegar; stir until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil; stir-fry beef until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. In the same pan, stir-fry onion for 2 minutes. Add asparagus and yellow pepper; stir-fry for 5-6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  4. Return beef to the pan. Stir broth mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Yellow Pepper Beef Stir-Fry in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p25

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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

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