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Peanut ginger beef stir-fry

Total Time
45 min
30 min
15 min
If you don't have fish sauce on hand for this stir-fry, substitute it with half a tablespoon extra soy sauce. But we highly recommend you invest in some, as it adds so much umami goodness to a variety of recipes. You have to cook the meat and veggies in stages, but like most stir-fries, it comes together pretty quickly. First you brown some garlic and ginger, then cook thin strips of beef. Brown the onions and bell pepper next, then add the broccoli. When the broccoli is crisp-tender, the components all come together along with the sauce, which features the aforementioned fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, chili sauce, brown sugar, and peanut butter. The stir-fry is topped with fresh cilantro and basil and some bean sprouts and cooked down slightly just before serving.


Low sodium soy sauce

3 Tbsp

Fish sauce

1 Tbsp

Fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp, or juice from 1 lime

Chili sauce

1 tsp

Unpacked brown sugar

2 tsp

Reduced sodium peanut butter

1 Tbsp, crunchy, unsalted


1 cup(s)


1 Tbsp

Canola oil

2 tsp


3 medium clove(s), minced

Ginger root

2 Tbsp, minced

Uncooked lean beef round

12 oz, boneless, trimmed of fat, cut into thin strips

Uncooked onion(s)

1 large, chopped

Sweet red pepper(s)

1 medium, chopped

Uncooked broccoli

2 cup(s), florettes


2 Tbsp, chopped


2 Tbsp, chopped


2 tsp

Uncooked bean sprouts

1 cup(s)


  1. Whisk together soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, chili sauce, brown sugar, peanut butter and 1 cup of water until smooth. Separately, mix cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water; set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Cook garlic and ginger until browned, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Remove garlic and ginger from skillet and set aside.
  3. Add beef and cook until no longer pink, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  4. Add onion and pepper; cook until onions just start to brown, about 2 minutes. Add broccoli and cook 2 minutes more.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add sauce and garlic mixture. Cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.
  6. Add beef, cilantro, basil, bean sprouts and cornstarch mixture. Cook until sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute more. Serve.