Saturday, April 10, 2021

# Steak & Vegetable Stir-Fry with Black Bean-Garlic Sauce by @DeniseSwansonAU

 Once again, my quest for healthy, tasty, and quick Asian dishes has paid off. This stir fry is super easy and can be made in about 20 minutes.

  • Ingredients
  • ½ cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons black bean-garlic sauce or oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1 pound steak, trimmed and thinly sliced across the grain
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


Whisk broth, black bean (or oyster) sauce, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a small bowl. 

Toss steak with the remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a medium bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large wok or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steak and cook, stirring until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a clean plate.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, asparagus and bell pepper to the pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until almost tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in onions and garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. 

Whisk the sauce and add it to the pan along with the steak. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Garnish with green onion slices.

Serve over rice cauliflower with egg rolls.





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  1. Love these dishes. I just wish there was a good egg roll available in the grocery. The frozen ones are okay, but lack something. And we don’t have a good Asian restaurant where I live 😏

    1. We like Chung's Vegetable Egg Rolls. They are the ones in the picture.

  2. Another tasty offering. Thanks

  3. My daughter would love this. I'll have to pass it along to her. I'm up to date on all your series and waiting for the next installments. Happy writing.