Satisfy those beef stir fry cravings with this simple hoisin beef, snow pea, and shiitake mushroom stir fry. This ‘feel good’ weeknight dinner recipe delivers on flavour in record time.
Today’s beef stir fry recipe is ready and on the table in mere minutes! You will be amazed at how much flavour is packed into this unassuming dish.
The secret? A flavourful marinade that does double duty by marinating the meat and acting as a finishing sauce. The sauce ingredients are a combination of sweet and savoury Hoisin sauce, garlic, and ginger accented by the sesame oil and soy sauce. It’s pretty basic, but oh so tasty!
Stir fry doesn’t need to contain numerous ingredients to be satisfying. This easy beef stir fry only contains beef, shiitake mushrooms, onions, and snow peas. A simple variety of vegetables allows each one to shine through while making the beef the star of the dish.
1 lb round steak
1/8-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons ginger; minced
2 tablespoons garlic; minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
20 shiitake mushrooms
1 medium white onion
2-3 cups snow peas
4 green onions
For the Beef Marinade/Sauce
Add 1/4 -1/8 tsp baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water to every 1 lb of meat. Thoroughly massage it into the meat and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Combine hoisin sauce, cornstarch, soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil together in a small bowl.
Slice round steaks into very thin strips and place in a small bowl.
Pour 1/3 sauce over the beef and massage it with your hands so all the beef is covered. Set aside the rest of the sauce.
For the Vegetables
Prepare the shiitake mushrooms by removing stems and gently cleaning off dirt and debris. Slice larger mushrooms but keep smaller ones whole.
Peel and cut the ends off of the onion. Cut it in half, then cut into large wedges. Slice green onions on the diagonal and set aside.
Remove stems from snow peas. Slice the larger peas into 2 or 3 pieces and leave the smaller ones whole.
For the Stir Fry
Add 1-2 tablespoons oil to a large frying pan (with high sides) or wok. Stir fry shiitake mushrooms over high heat until they soften. Remove and set aside.
Stir fry the white onion wedges (adding more oil if necessary) until they begin to soften, then add the snow peas and stir fry 2-3 minutes more. Remove and set aside.
Add more oil, then stir fry the beef until it is almost cooked through.
Add the mushrooms, vegetables, and extra sauce and stir fry a few more minutes.
Serve over steamed rice. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
Bernice Hill is a Calgary-based foodblogger, writer, recipe developer, taster, and photographer. As a brand ambassador for Alberta Beef Producers, Bernice shares unique content with her community, to encourage and inspire anyone to cook with Alberta beef. Check out her blog, Dish 'n' the Kitchen, for great recipes, local food finds, and more!