Easy Sesame Beef Stir Fry

by Pamela

Easy Sesame Beef Stir Fry

Who doesn’t love a good stir fry? You get the combination of crispy, soft, salt, and sweet all in one easy to make dish. This sesame beef stir fry has all that and it’s a whole lot cheaper to make a stir fry at home than to do take out. Let’s not even talk about the calorie savings.

This sesame beef stir fry comes together in minutes

OXO has a brand new line of cookware (actually two) out and they were kind enough to send me a 12″ stainless steel wok pan to play with. It’s my very first wok pan evah. Up until now, any of my stir fry’s have been made in a skillet. Yeah it works fine, but after using this OXO wok I now understand why these pans exist. It’s so much easier to stir the foods around without having everything flying out of the pan while you’re trying to actually stir fry it. For me, I was mostly stir flying…instead of stir frying with bits and pieces of dinner flying all over the stove top. Well not anymore! Also, since this pan has two heat proof handles, so it’s really easy to work with even with the generous 12″ size.

This sesame beef stir fry is a breeze to throw together too.

For a change, I actually got all of my ingredients together and laid out in front of me before I started cooking. That mis en place thingy really works great. I should do it more often. This recipe starts off by frying up a bunch of thinly cut yellow and red peppers. I wouldn’t use green peppers in this because they’re kind of bitter for the subtle flavors in this dish…they’ll basically end up taking over the whole thing. If you’re a big fan of onion, you could slice up half of a medium red onion and toss it in the pan too. Lots of pretty colors.

This sesame beef stir fry comes together in minutes

Once the peppers are slightly softened, they come out and it’s time for the meat to go in and get all nicely cooked (Look at how nicely everything fits in that wok pan).

This sesame beef stir fry comes together in minutes

Then in a great kumbaya moment, the peppers re-join the beef and get showered in a sweet and salty sauce bath to bring all the flavors together. Once the liquid thickens up, scrape up all those yummy browned bits from the bottom of the pan, and in go the sesame seeds and green onions. Look at all those colors…isn’t it pretty?

This sesame beef stir fry comes together in minutes

I cooked up a pot of mixed grains to put under this sesame beef stir fry and soak up all those yummy juices. Just like I try to sneak extra vegetables into things, I try to sneak in extra healthy grains where I can. I mean, why serve up a boring bowl of plain white rice when you can have lentils, couscous, and brown rice in there too. Besides, who’s going to notice?

Back to the OXO cookware for a minute. I have to say, I was concerned with the cleanup of the wok (it’s stainless steel) and it had a few really browned bits that didn’t get scraped up into the dish. This pan cleaned up easy peasy! In case you’re not a fan of stainless steel cookware, they also have a line of non-stick cookware.

Easy Sesame Beef Stir Fry
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This easy sesame beef stir fry comes together in minutes and is packed with vegetables to give you a healthier and tastier dinner than takeout.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4
  • For Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • For Beef Stir Fry
  • 1 Pound Thinly Sliced Sirloin
  • 1 Teaspoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 Clove Garlic (minced)
  • 3 Teaspoons Corn Starch
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil (divided)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (sliced thin)
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper (sliced thin)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 4 Green Onions/Scallions (sliced thin)
  1. For Sauce
  2. Mix the ingredients together in a small container and set aside.
  3. For Beef Stir Fry
  4. In a bowl, thoroughly mix the beef with the ginger, garlic and corn starch and set aside.
  5. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil to the pan and heat over medium high heat.
  6. Once oil is hot, add peppers to the pan. Add a pinch of kosher salt, stir, and cook just until they begin to soften.
  7. Remove peppers from pan.
  8. Add remaining oil.
  9. Once oil is hot, carefully add beef to pan.
  10. Stir and cook beef (add a pinch of kosher salt) just until the pink is gone.
  11. Add peppers back to pan, give it a taste and add a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.
  12. Pour in the sauce and stir, scraping up browned bits, until sauce has thickened. (about 5 minutes)
  13. Turn off heat and add 2½ Tablespoons of sesame seeds and most of the green onions to the pan and stir to combine.
  14. Serve over rice or grains and top with remaining sesame seeds and green onions.
You could add sliced onions with the peppers or swap out the peppers for 2 cups of chopped broccoli.



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Theodora Nan March 17, 2015 at 5:07 am

Hi Pamela. This recipe seems to be amazing. Do you think it would work well with chicken instead?

Pamela March 17, 2015 at 6:16 am

Hi Theodora, Yes – it would work great with chicken. ENJOY!!!

Nancie February 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

Girl, it’s like we were separated at birth and share a brain. I’ve been perusing for a new “deep” pan this morning – that SS Oxo Woklet (Wok/Skillet – see what I did there?) is exactly what I’m after. They should send you more stuff because I’m going to track this guy down immediately.

Oh, and the recipe? Looks amaze! I’m a big fan of the mis en place and agree with the omission of green bell (too vegetal here). You’re batting 1000 here.

Thanks & can’t wait to try this in my new pan!

Pamela February 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Hi Nancie, (my cosmic twin)

You can order it direct from OXO, but it also looks like they’ve got it at Bed, Bath, & Beyond (don’t forget to use that coupon they always have) and at Kohl’s. You’re gonna love this pan!!!! Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

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