Steak and Green Bean Stir-Fry

A first attempt at steak via Curtis Stone’s What’s For Dinner.

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  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine or dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 lb flank steak, excess fat trimmed and cut across the grain into ¼ in slices
  • 1 lg red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into strips
  • 8 oz green beans, trimmed and cut in half on the diagonal
  • ½ cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 lg garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 lg scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • fresh cilantro leaves (optional, garnish)
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds (optional, garnish)
  • rice, for serving

1. In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup with oyster sauce, rice wine, and soy sauce; set aside. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add 1 tbsp of the canola oil and swirl it to coat the cooking surface. Add the beef, spreading it out in a single layer, and cook, without stirring, for about 2 minutes, or until well browned on the bottom and remove from pan. [I turned it til I was sure it was brown on all sides.]

 

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2. Add the remaining 1 tbsp canola oil to the wok, then add the bell peppers and green beans and cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes, or until the vegetables soften slightly. Stir in the shallots, garlic, and ginger, then stir the oyster sauce mixture, add to the wok, and cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes, or until the vegetables are crisp-tender and the sauce has reduced slightly. Return the beef and its accumulated juices to the wok, add the scallions, and stir for about 1 minute, or just until the beef is heated through. Stir in the sesame oil and reduce from heat.

3. Serve over rice!

This wasn’t my favorite recipe, but it was good! I think pounding out the steak or slicing it in half long ways would have made the texture of the meat better for me.

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