Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry
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Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry is quick, simple and flavourful. Thinly sliced beef gets fried quickly over high heat to keep it tender, while crisp and healthy snow peas balance the umami “ish” sauce. Let’s talk about the beef for a moment. There are several cuts that work well, and I have a couple of tricks to create tender, silky beef. My cuts of choice are tenderloin, strip loin or flank steak. Regardless of the cut you choose it is imperative that you cut it thinly across the natural grain of the meat to ensure a chewable bite.
The second trick is to add a small amount of baking soda (mixed with soy sauce) to the slices and allow to marinate. The baking soda helps to break down the meat fibres and create a silky texture. If using tenderloin, the need to marinate is less because it’s already a very tender cut of meat, however, I still do. Just marinate it for a shorter length of time, about 30-60 minutes. If using other cuts I recommend marinating for 1-2 hours. Please know that more soda does NOT mean more tender. It only adds a sharp taste to the meat, so resist the urge to do so. Beef and Snow Pea Stir Fry is wonderful served over rice or your favourite noodle. Enjoy!
Author: Compelled to Cook
Beef & Snow Pea Stir Fry
- 10 ounces beef, thinly sliced across the grain, see notes
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 10-12 ounces snow peas
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/3 cup beef broth, cold
- 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp sugar
- 1/4-1/2 tsp red chili flakes
- as needed canola oil
- as needed scallions, thinly sliced
- as needed sesame seeds
- Toss beef with ginger and minced garlic.
- In a small bowl stir together soy sauce and baking soda. Pour over beef and mix well to evenly coat the beef slices (I use my hands to ensure it's mixed well). Set in the fridge to marinate for 30-120 minutes depending on cut used. (see notes)
- While the beef is marinating whisk together beef broth and cornstarch (see notes). Stir in oyster sauce, sugar and chili flakes.
- Prep snow peas by trimming the ends and removing the side string.
- Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat and add a generous splash of oil. When the oil is hot add the beef, separating the slices with your hands as you add it. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until just cooked through and starting to brown. Remove to a clean bowl and cover.
- Add the 1/4 cup of water and snow peas to the wok and cook uncovered for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until most of the water has cooked off and the peas are starting to soften but are still slightly crisp (they will continue to cook in the sauce).
- Add the sauce to the snow peas and cook for about a minute, stirring until the sauce fully thickens. Add the beef and stir to combine and warm.
- Serve over rice or desired noodles and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.