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Sesame Beef and Mushrooms
with sesame green beans

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
Sauteed mushrooms give a savory flavor base to this quick and spicy sesame beef stir-fry. Serve the dish over green beans that are cooked on their own to get them perfectly crisp.


Sesame Beef and Mushrooms:
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 2 tsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
  • Maple syrup - 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds, white - 1 Tbsp
  • Arrowroot powder - 1 Tbsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt), more or less to taste - 1/4 tsp
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1 , diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp , grated
  • Green onions - 2 stalks , chopped, white and green parts separate
  • Mushrooms, shiitake, fresh - 6 oz , chopped
  • Steak, flank or skirt - 1 1/2 lb , sliced against the grain
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
Sesame Green Beans:
  • Green beans - 1 lb , trimmed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds, white - 2 tsp
  • Lemons - 1/2 , juice of


  1. Sauce - Combine stock, aminos, sesame oil (the portion for the beef), maple syrup, sesame seeds (the portion for the beef), arrowroot powder and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Green beans / Bell peppers / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed. Combine garlic and ginger in one bowl. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Green onions / Mushrooms - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Beef - Slice against the grain into 2” / 5 cm long strips. Season with salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)

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  1. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (the portion for the green beans) and when it begins to shimmer, add green beans. Saute green beans until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add sesame oil (the portion for the beans), white sesame seeds and some salt and pepper. Saute for 1 minute more and then transfer green beans to a bowl and cover with foil or a plate to keep warm.
  2. Return the wok to heat and add first part of oil for the beef. To hot oil, add beef and saute until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and return wok to heat.
  3. Add second part of oil and to hot oil add mushrooms and bell peppers and saute until mushrooms are deep golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and white parts of green onions and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute. Add sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer until thick, about 2 minutes. Add beef back into pan and toss to coat in sauce.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice over green beans. Serve beef over green beans with green parts of green onions on top. Enjoy!



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