Mertzie's Spicy Steak Stir Fry

Michelle Koletar/Mertz


Stir fry probably is what my son requests the most often for dinner, so I make it often. I like coming up with various combinations/seasonings. This one is a keeper. Just the right amount of heat for us without being "burny." My son told me I needed to post how I made the stir fry tonight, so that is what I am doing. :) (The pic shows garlicky chicken and broccoli also, as I make a LOT of food.) Enjoy!

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15 Min


10 Min


pound of steak (i like flat iron), -- bring to room temp & cut in thin strips
oz. mushrooms, sliced
small onion, cut into strips
green pepper, cut into strips
cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
tsps sesame oil + more for pan
cup beef broth
4 Tbsp
soy sauce
2 Tbsp
rice vinegar
heaping, of garlic chili paste (use more if you like it really spicy)
3 tsp
dash of chinese 5-spice (if you don't have it, use some ginger if you wish)
salt, ground black pepper,

Directions Step-By-Step

I like to have all my veggies chopped the night before or morning of to make it easy when I get home from work. Heat your wok or large fry pan to high. Add enough canola oil to cover bottom and add a splash of sesame oil. As this is heating....
Whisk together the sauce (I just use a fork): sesame oil, soy, rice vinegar, chili garlic paste, and cornstarch. Make sure there are no cornstarch lumps. Set aside.
Add your steak slices, onions and peppers to the pan. (I keep them separate for ease of flipping the steak pieces). Salt the peppers & onions lightly. When bottom of steak gets seared, toss to other side. Toss the onions & peppers frequently for a minute or two. As they get soft, add the mushrooms and toss. Then add the tomatoes, and toss everything together.
Add beef broth a little at a time until you feel it is the right amount of liquid. Simmer for a minute or two, then add the soy mixture sauce. Add a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper. Add salt to your liking -- I don't need any.
Coat evenly and once it all is covered & hot -- you are ready to dig in with a bowl of rice. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Steaks and Chops
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids