Whether you’re on the run like most busy Texans or looking for a quick and easy meal, stir-fry is the perfect solution. Sometimes all you have time for is throwing stuff in a skillet and hoping it turns out good enough for your family to chow down on. Leave out the second-guessing with these simple stir-fry secrets!
Beef is a stir-fry’s best friend. Cook your beef strips then add your favorite vegetables, sauce and other ingredients, and you’ll have a delicious one-dish meal on the table in minutes.
Best Beef Cuts for Stir-Fry
- Top Sirloin Steak
- Flat Iron Steak
- Petite Tender Roast
- Ribeye Steak
- Strip Steak
- Top Round Steak
- Eye of Round Steak
- Skirt Steak
- Flank Steak
These are ideal cuts for stir-frying, but any cut will do as long as it’s sliced thin enough.
Prepare Your Beef
Once you’ve chosen the right cut, you’re already nearly finished preparing your meal.
- Cut beef into thin, uniform strips or pieces.
- Marinate to add flavor, if desired, while prepping other ingredients.
- Heat a small amount of oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
Cook Your Beef
Stir-fry in 1/2 pound batches (do not overcrowd), continuously turning with a scooping motion. Cook until outside of beef is no longer pink. Add additional oil for each batch if necessary.
- Cook beef and veggies separately, then combine them to heat all the way through. This helps avoid over and under-cooking either item!
- If you need to thicken your cooking liquid, dissolve cornstarch in water and add to the mixture.
- No wok, no problem! A 12″ skillet with slightly sloped sides will work just fine.
- Microwave or steam vegetables beforehand to save time.
- You can easily throw in instant rice or udon noodles to be creative.
- For a low-carb solution, use butter lettuce or romaine to make a wrap.
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