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Spicy Beef & Pepper Stir-Fry

Think of this stir-fry as your chance to play with heat and spice. I balance the beef with coconut milk and a spritz of lime. —Joy Zacharia, Clearwater, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a large bowl, toss beef with ginger, 2 garlic cloves, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk coconut milk, sugar, chili sauce, lime zest, lime juice and remaining salt until blended.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; stir-fry until no longer pink, 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Stir-fry red pepper, red onion, jalapeno and remaining garlic in remaining oil just until vegetables are crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk mixture; heat through. Add spinach and beef; cook until spinach is wilted and beef is heated through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 312 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • testing123a23874823
    Feb 19, 2020

    I love this!

  • BeckyJCarver
    Jan 12, 2020

    My son loves oriental food

  • michnap
    Sep 17, 2019

    Very good. This is a keeper . Only thing I had to substitute was lime (used lime juice) and dried cilantro. Made jasmine rice on the side. Prep EVERYTHING first it makes it much easier.

  • Dj
    Jul 21, 2019

    This was really delicious and fun to make! Not too rich/and or fatty either. The flavors are just amazing. Will be making this again. As a side note, I did use a pound of Ribeye steak in this recipe.

  • Julie
    Jul 13, 2019

    The sauce on this recipe is amazing and very versatile. It reminds me of a good Thai sauce. It works with chicken and tofu as well! I use the whole can of coconut milk because I would waste it otherwise. Also, if the jalapeño is too hot it can be omitted depending on preference. I love spicy food but if the jalapeño is too hot it ruins it for me. I do a taste test before adding it.

  • annrms
    Nov 18, 2018

    Used bean sprouts along with the other vegetables and added more Sriracha to taste! I had skirt steak to use so I trimmed it well and cut it into small strips across the grain. It's a delicious dish, and will make it again.

  • NH-rescue
    Jan 26, 2018

    This recipe combines heat and spice with the calming sweetness of the coconut milk. We used roasted red peppers from a jar in place of fresh ones, with no significant difference. Sriracha hot sauce was a new ingredient to us, but it gave a nice kick to the dish. The 4 cups of spinach may seem like a lot, but when it wilts, it's just the right amount. This was a big hit with the whole family!

  • lori_g_57
    Sep 12, 2017

    Packed full of flavor. One of our favorite stir frys and so easy! Left out spinach due to personal preference & increased peppers.

  • Madhavi
    Mar 19, 2017

    absolutely fantastic. my husband and i love thai food and we are always looking for recipes that incorporate those flavors. i just got a breville wok and wanted to try this. i followed the recipe except added some premade thai curry sauce(comes in small 4 oz tins in our local ethnic grocery store) to the coconut milk mixture. this was unbelievable. this was as good as if not better than many beef dishes we have had in restaurants. will try this next with shrimp and chicken. plus it was easy to make.

  • rwippel
    Jan 7, 2017

    This was incredible! I loved the spicy sweet flavor. Nice change up from your standard stir fry.