Quick Beef With Snow Peas Stir-fry

Beef With Snow Peas
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  • Total: 27 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 7 mins
  • Yield: Peas serves 3 - 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
200 Calories
8g Fat
6g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Peas serves 3 - 4
Amount per serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 447mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 25g
Calcium 39mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This beauty of this dish is that it is both simple and adaptable: pork, chicken or even tofu can replace the beef, and other green vegetables such as broccoli can be used instead of snow peas.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound flank steak
  • 3 tablespoons oil (for stir-frying, or as needed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 5 too 6 ounces snow peas (trimmed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water (or chicken broth or rice wine)
  • For the Marinade:
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Cut the steak across the grain into thin strips 1 1/2 - 2 inches long. Place the beef strips in a bowl and add the marinade ingredients (the rice wine or dry sherry, soy sauces, Asian sesame oil, black pepper, sugar, and cornstarch) one at a time, adding the cornstarch last. Mix well with the beef and marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a wok or heavy skillet on medium-high to high heat, and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the beef. Let sear (brown) for a minute, then stir-fry until the redness is gone and the beef is nearly cooked. Remove the beef from the pan and drain. Wipe out the pan.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the wok or skillet. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and the snow peas. Stir-fry the snow peas, stirring continually, until they turn dark green (up to 2 minutes). Sprinkle the salt over the snow peas while stir-frying.
  5. Add the beef back into the pan. Add the chicken broth, water or rice wine. Stir for another minute to mix everything together. Serve hot.
    Cooking Tips: For extra flavor, use preseasoned oil when stir-frying the beef.