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Stir-Fried Beef ‘n’ Beans

Garlic, ginger and soy sauce lend a robust flavor to this meaty marinated dish. My mother-in-law took cooking lessons while living in Japan and brought back this recipe. It has become a favorite of family and friends...even those who don't usually eat green beans. -Kristine Lowry, Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1/2 pound fresh green beans, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic and 2 tablespoons oil until smooth. Set aside 1/2 cup. Pour the remaining marinade into a large resealable plastic bag; add the beef. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 25-30 minutes.
  • Drain and discard marinade from beef. In a wok or skillet, stir-fry beef in remaining oil for 4-6 minutes or until browned. Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, stir-fry the beans, sugar and salt for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.Stir in the beef and reserved marinade. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rice.

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