Tuesday Night Special: Chinese Five-Spice Beef Stir-Fry

beefstirfryIn the time it’ll take you to find the take-out menu in your “menu drawer” you can prepare a quick and easy dish with fresh ingredients and lots of flavor. This is a definite go-to meal when the little is down for a nap or if he’s distracted by an episode of Wallykazam!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 1/2 pound beef sirloin, trimmed and sliced lengthwise into 1-inch strips
1/4 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 small carrots, peeled and julienned
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely diced
1 small onion, coarsely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon organic cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce or Tamari
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
Ground black pepper
2 cups prepared Jasmine rice (optional)
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, to garnish


  1. Heat a wok or large saute pan over high heat. Add the oil and beef in two batches; stir-fry until browned, about 3 minutes per batch. Remove the beef from the wok and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  2. Add the beans, carrots, pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan; stir-fry for 2 minutes and return the beef back to the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the beef broth, cornstarch, soy sauce, and sesame oil and mix well. Add the beef broth mixture to the pan and stir well. Add the five-spice powder and black pepper to taste; cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken and coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and serve atop Jasmine rice and garnished with sesame seeds

**To cut prep time, use a frozen stir-fry blend of veggies for added convenience.

1 Comment

  1. October 9, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    I am def going to try this later on this week… It looks so yummy! I may substitute for chicken as I am trying to give up red meat (very very hard to do) Insert a depressed emoji lol

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