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mertzie's spicy steak stir fry

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Michelle Koletar/Mertz
Harrisburg, PA

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!

★★★★★ 1
serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For mertzie's spicy steak stir fry

  • 2/3
    pound of steak (i like flat iron), -- bring to room temp & cut in thin strips
  • 6
    oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1
    small onion, cut into strips
  • 1
    green pepper, cut into strips
  • 10
    cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3
    tsps sesame oil + more for pan
  • 1/2
    cup beef broth
  • 4 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    rice vinegar
  • Tbsp
    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,

How To Make mertzie's spicy steak stir fry

  • 1
    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....
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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.
  • 5
    Coat evenly and once it all is covered & hot -- you are ready to dig in with a bowl of rice. Enjoy!

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