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Sesame Beef and Green Bean Stir-Fry
with rice

Active: 25 minTotal: 45 min
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This quick and easy stir-fry might come together fast, but it isn't short on flavor.
Smarts: A two-ingredient marinade adds flavor and tenderizes the beef. Even 20 minutes of marinating time will pay off, but overnight is best.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Sesame Stir-Fry Sauce:
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Brown sugar - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Gochujang - 1 Tbsp (sub a combination of chili garlic sauce and honey)
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
Sesame Beef and Green Bean Stir-Fry:
  • Rice, uncooked - 1 cup
  • Steak, skirt or flank - 1 lb, thinly sliced against the grain
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
  • Bell peppers, red - 1/2, finely diced
  • Green beans - 1 lb, sliced into 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Rice - (Skip if rice was made ahead for Monday.) For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Steak - Thinly slice steak against the grain. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Marinate steak - Combine steak with soy sauce and rice vinegar (portions for stir-fry). Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Garlic / Bell peppers / Green beans - Prep as directed. Store garlic in one container. Combine bell peppers and green beans in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Make sauce - Combine garlic, water (portion for sauce), brown sugar, soy sauce (portion for sauce), vinegar (portion for sauce), gochujang, and sesame oil. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Green onions / Limes - Prep as directed.

Make

  1. Whisk together water (portion for stir-fry) and cornstarch to make a slurry.
  2. Heat a wok over high heat. Add cooking oil and then bell peppers, green beans, and white parts of green onions to heated oil. Saute until green beans turn bright green and start to turn golden in spots, ~3 minutes.
  3. Drain marinade off steak and add steak to vegetables. Saute until steak is nearly cooked through, ~3 minutes.
  4. Pour sauce over steak and vegetables and bring to a simmer. Add cornstarch slurry to simmering liquid. Continue cooking until sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  5. If rice was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  6. Serve stir-fry over rice with green parts of green onions on top and lime wedges on the side. Add hot sauce, if you’d like. Enjoy!
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Reviews

This meal has 29 reviews

Totally solid meal. I gave 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for absolutely stellar meals. Flavor good, family liked it, easy to make!

By: Talia
Posted: Jul 09, 2019
Diet: Original

Tasty, and quick to make after the prep.

By: Arlene
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

i heart gochujang. and the lime made it a million times better.

By: Whitney
Posted: Jul 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Pretty good overall - I liked the kick the gochujang added, but I didn’t love the lime wedge with it. I left the lime juice off of the leftovers and liked the flavor of the sauce much better on its own.

By: Melissa
Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Diet: Original

I added a fraction of the gochujang but it was still a bit too spicy for my kids. They got through it but a lot of prodding and milk was required. My husband and I loved.

By: Amanda
Posted: Jul 05, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Pretty good. Would up the gochujang next time, and maybe decrease the vinegar.

By: Danielle
Posted: Jul 03, 2019
Diet: Original