This quick and easy Steak Stir Fry recipe is perfect for a simple and delicious weeknight dinner! Made with the most tender beef strips, fresh veggies, and a homemade stir fry sauce that has so much great flavor. It will definitely become a new favorite recipe for the whole family!
Best Steak Stir Fry Recipe
This is honestly one of our best stir fry recipes of all-time! We will show you just how easy it is to make your favorite Chinese restaurant recipe right in your own kitchen. Our favorite part is the simple stir fry sauce! It is made with real, simple ingredients in a matter of minutes. With the option to toss in any fresh or frozen veggies that you have on hand, you can really adjust to make this one work for your family!
If you are looking for more stir-fry recipes, you should definitely checkout our Shrimp Stir Fry! Another good one that always hits the spot.
What You Will Need
- stir fry sauce – the recipe card below lists all the ingredients needed for making the best stir fry sauce, but you can also find a store-bought version at your local grocery store.
- olive oil – some splashes in the large skillet are perfect for searing the steak and sautéing the veggies.
- kosher salt & ground black pepper – simple seasonings that are always a must when cooking any cut of steak.
- steak strips – there are so many types of steak that are perfect for this easy recipe or many stores will carry steak that is already cut into strips in their meat department.
- garlic – everything is always better with a little fresh garlic in the mix!
- broccoli, carrots, celery, mushrooms, & red onions – a variety of fresh vegetables that we love in stir fry, but feel free to switch them up with anything you have on hand!
- canned water chestnuts – classic stir fry ingredients that always brings a nice crunch.
How To Make Steak Stir Fry
The first steps to making this steak stir fry recipe are to use a sharp knife to cut the steak in to thin slices. Then bring a large wok or skillet to a medium heat, add a drizzle of olive oil, and then add the strips of steak to sear for 1-2 minutes on each side. For best results, make sure you do this step in batches. You want the steak to be in a single layer and not touching each other.
While the steak is cooking, you can place all the stir fry sauce ingredients in a small saucepan bring it to a boil and then drop to a medium low heat to simmer while you finish making the stir fry.
Once all of the steak batches have been cooked and removed to a large plate. Add another tablespoon of oil to the large frying pan and toss in the garlic. Next, add the broccoli, celery, carrots, and water chestnuts to cook for about 5 minutes. Then it’s time to add the mushrooms and onions to the party. Continue to toss and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
Now add the tapioca starch to the sauce saucepan and whisk to fully combine and thicken. Once it has reached your preferred consistency, add as much as you want to the skillet along with the stir-fried steak and any juices that have settled on the plate.
Toss everything together to fully coat in the sauce and serve any way you want!
Best Way to Serve Steak Stir Fry
Our favorite way to serve the best beef stir fry is over a bed of steamed rice and any variety of rice would work! We have used long grain white rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, basmati rice, etc. Or you can add even more veggies to the mix by serving over cauliflower rice. Just make sure you also add a sprinkling of chopped green onions and sesame seeds!
- Variety of Vegetables: this is where you can really get creative and mix up the veggies that are used. Other great options include pea pods, red bell pepper, baby corn, bok choy, zucchini, asparagus, & snow peas.
- Tapioca Starch: we typically use this as the thickening agent, but you arrowroot powder could be used too. Just add it a 1/2 teaspoon at a time until the sauce reaches your desired thickness.
- What kind of steak is best in stir fry: we love using a top sirloin steak, but you could also use a flank steak, skirt steak, chuck steak, or another cut of beef.
- Storage: simply store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. A great option to meal prep ahead of time!
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Steak Stir Fry – a delicious and healthy steak stir-fry recipe you are going to love! Makes great leftovers and that stir fry sauce is packed with flavor!
Steak Stir Fry Sauce:
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 3 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1/2 tablespoon ginger, grated
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3/4 teaspoon tapioca starch
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (more, if needed)
- kosher salt and ground black pepper
- 1–2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak (trim fat and then cut against the grain into thin strips)
- 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
- (1) 8oz can sliced water chestnuts
- 2 large carrots, sliced
- 2 large celery stalks, sliced
- 1/2 purple onion, sliced
- 1 pint of mushrooms, sliced
- Combine chicken broth, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, orange juice, garlic, ginger and sesame oil in small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, uncovered.
- Meanwhile, bring large cast iron skillet to medium high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Place your plate of sliced steak strips on the counter next to your cast iron.
- Once pan is hot, add strips of steak to the hot pan so they are all laying flat in a single layer, without touching. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 1-2 minutes per side and then flip, cooking 1-2 minutes on the other side as well.
- Once that batch is done, place cooked steak aside on a clean plate. Continue working in batches, adding more olive oil to the pan as needed, until all the steak strips are cooked.
- Using the same pan you cooked your steak in (don’t clean it out) add another tablespoon of olive oil and swirl to coat the pan.
- Add garlic and move around the pan on medium-high heat, about 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
- Add carrots, celery, water chestnuts, and broccoli florets.
- Move around the pan allowing them to sauté, about 5 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and onions. Stir to combine with other veggies and allow to cook an additional 3-5 minutes.
- Add tapioca starch to the simmering stir fry sauce and use a whisk to combine. Continue whisking and the sauce will start to thicken slightly.
- Add the steak back to the cast iron skillet along with as much stir fry sauce as you want and toss to combine.
- Serve over your rice of choice!
- Extra Stir Fry Sauce – some people like a lot and some don’t. Leftover sauce can either be frozen for next time or save it in the fridge for later use!
- Frozen Vegetables: option to use frozen veggies in place of fresh, if that is what you have on hand! Fresh will taste the best, but sometimes frozen is all you have.
- Nutrition Info: calculated for the stir fry and sauce. Does not include any rice options since they will vary based on your personal preference.
- Serving Size: 6oz
- Calories: 265
- Sugar: 4.5 g
- Sodium: 666.6 mg
- Fat: 7.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 21.3 g
- Protein: 28.3 g
- Cholesterol: 67.9 mg
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