A spicy beef stir fry, with bold flavors of ginger and garlic with just a hint of sweetness, made with leftover steak.
If you've been following my blog I'm sure you've noticed I love leftover recipes. Stir-fries are easy meals to make using leftovers. I like making stir-fries because they are quick and delicious. As long as you have everything prepared you can whip up a stir-fry in about 15 minutes. The difficult part is prepping the ingredients. Often I cut up all the veggies ahead of time and keep them in a bags or Tupperware until ready to stir-fry. Lots of small prep bowls with lids or different sizes of Tupperware come in handy for this (technically I use Rubbermaid storage containers...but you know what I mean).
Stir-fries are easy meals to reuse leftovers. [Tweet this]
Not all the ingredients in stir-fry are added at the same time. So I mince the ginger, garlic, and peppers then put them in a small container (I actually read that cut garlic should sit for 10 minutes before cooking to get the most health benifits).
#Cookingtip: Separate ingredients by cook time for easy stir-frying. [Tweet this]
Then, the order of adding everything is simple. I start with a hot pan with some oil in it. If using uncooked meat, I usually cook it first then remove to a plate on the side. Then I cook the garlic and ginger for just a little while until fragrant. I usually add the onion next. Onion doesn't take long to cook so I just cook it briefly before adding everything else. Then I add any long cooking vegetables. If the vegetables need to be steamed I add just a bit of water and cover the pan for a few minutes until just barely tender, then uncover the pan and add the quicker cooking vegetables (the water should evaporate while they are cooking). Lastly, I add the sauce and meat back in until the meat is heated and the sauce is thickened. Since all of this happens in a very hot pan it's good to have everything ready to dump in when ready. That's how I do it. Feel free to use whatever method works for you. Please let me know if you have any tips or tricks for stir-frying.
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This time when I had leftover steak I thought I'd try something new. I make Beef and Broccoli most of the time I have leftover steak, but my husband suggested something spicy. Szechuan style stir-fry immediately came to mind. I love my recipe for Szechuan Eggplant so I thought I'd use the same basic recipe with steak. Then I just chose whatever vegetables looked fresh at the market (beans and carrots). It made a simple and delicious meal that will wake up the taste buds (of course my husband added even more hot sauce to his...he likes an incredible amount of heat).
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Szechuan Beef Stir Fry
Cook time: 15 minutes
4 ounces leftover steak sliced thinly
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2-1 cup water
2-3 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp oil (suitable for high heat)
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
2-3 minced chilies (more or fewer depending on how spicy)
1 small onion chopped
2 cups of vegetables (I used green beans and carrots)
Sliced green onions (optional)
Szechuan peppercorns, finely ground (optional)
Mix together the sauces, sugar, water, and cornstarch (start with 1/2 cup of water). Mix in the steak and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
In a large wok or saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it starts to simmer. Add the garlic, ginger, and chilies stir-frying until fragrant.
Then, add the onion and stir-fry until just translucent.
Add the green beans and small slices of carrots. Stir-fry for about 1 minute and then dribble in about 1 tablespoon of water. Cover and let steam for a few minutes until you just start to smell the beans. They should be tender yet still crisp.
Pour in the sauce and meat and stir to combine. Let cook until meat is heated through and the sauce is thickened (add the rest of the water if it's too thick or you want more sauce).
Remove from heat (crack fresh Szechuan pepper over if you have it) and serve over rice garnished with green onions.
Makes 2 servings.
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