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Korean Beef Stir Fry

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Served over lo mein noodles or rice, Korean Beef Stir Fry is a blend of tender slices of beef and crunchy, colorful veggies cooked together with a sweet sauce made with soy sauce, garlic, and freshly grated ginger.

Cook thinly sliced beef quickly at high heat and you can skip the marinating time without sacrificing tenderness or flavor with this short-cut Korean Beef Stir Fry recipe.

Often, authentic Korean stir fry incorporates a grated Asian pear to add sweetness. For this recipe, I use dark brown sugar and mirin, a subtly sweet rice cooking wine, instead.

A bowl of Korean Beef Stir Fry

Korean Beef Stir Fry

Some people shy away from doing stir fry at home because of all the slicing and dicing required, but with just a little planning ahead, today’s recipe comes together quickly and almost effortlessly!

French chefs religiously practice mise-en-place—the practice of measuring, peeling, dicing, slicing, or grating ingredients—before they start the cooking process.

Doing this ensures that everything is at the ready to be tossed in at the appropriate step in the recipe preparation.

Think about all the kitchen stress you could avoid by making this a regular practice!

Ingredients for Korean Beef Stir Fry in small bowls

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More stir fry recipes!

Generally speaking, stir fry recipes are a healthier dinner option and are a great way to incorporate more veggies into your meal. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Pepper Steak Stir Fry. Fresh ginger and a trio of bell peppers in this Pepper Steak Stir-Fry result in loads of flavor and a colorful entrée for your dinner table.
  • Shrimp Broccoli Stir Fry. Forget Chinese take-out! You’ll love this homemade Shrimp Broccoli Stir-Fry.
  • Easy Chicken Stir Fry. This easy Chicken Stir Fry recipe is loaded with fresh veggies and the most delicious sauce made with honey, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil!
  • Sriracha Chicken Stir Fry with Brussels Sprouts. With a sweet and spicy honey sriracha sauce, delicious dish is ready prep to finished meal in just 30 minutes.
  • And, if you’re looking for a quick and easy steak dinner, check out this easy New York Strip recipe!
A bowl of Korean Beef Stir Fry

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Yield: 4 servings

Korean Beef Stir Fry

A bowl of Korean Beef Stir Fry

Cook thinly sliced beef quickly at high heat and skip the marinating time without sacrificing tenderness or flavor with this short-cut Korean Beef Stir Fry recipe.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean steak, strip or sirloin
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 can bean sprouts, drained
  • 1 can whole baby corn, drained
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Thrive Algae Oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, if desired for garnish
  • lo mein noodles or rice, prepared per pkg. directions

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Instructions

Prep Ingredients

  1. Thinly slice steak across the grain; set aside.
  2. Mince 1 clove garlic and place in a small prep bow. Thinly slice the white potion of the green onions and add to the garlic. 
  3. Diagonally slice the green portion of the onions into 1/2-inch pieces and place in another prep bowl.
  4. Slice red bell pepper into thin slices (julienned) and place in a prep bowl; set aside.
  5. Drain baby corn and bean sprouts.
  6. For the sauce, in a small bowl stir together 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons corn starch until smooth. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and whisk until combined; set aside.

Stir Fry

  1. Add Thrive Algae Oil to a wok or large cast iron skillet and heat on high. Add the bowl of garlic and onion—it should sizzle immediately—and cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the red bell pepper and cook for 1-2 more minutes, stirring frequently. Add baby corn and the sauce and cook until thickened. Stir in the bean sprouts.
  3. Remove from heat and serve over lo mein noodles or rice and garnish with the remaining bean sprouts, green onions, and sesame seeds, if desired.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

4 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 658Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 130mgSodium: 1102mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 41g

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ABOUT SHEILA
Sheila Thigpen, author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook, is a recipe developer, food photographer, and food writer. She spent 20+ years as a business manager in the publishing industry before she retired in 2018 to focus on her passions — cooking, photography, and writing. Living near the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Sheila and her husband have two adult daughters and two fine sons-in-law, are active in their church, love to travel, and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. Follow Sheila on YouTubePinterestInstagramFacebook, and Twitter!

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