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Classic Cashew Beef

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


  • 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


  • In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients until smooth; set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • LPHJKitchen
    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
    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!

  • slmendez
    Jan 14, 2013

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  • sealmeat
    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.

  • craigsuem
    Feb 18, 2012

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  • jesalstrom
    Nov 22, 2011

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

  • Saucygal
    Nov 11, 2011

    An absolute hit! Everyone loves it!

  • yodkma
    Jul 26, 2011

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  • tsmeby
    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
    May 28, 2011

    The whole family loved it!