Monday, February 17, 2014

Beef With Snow Peas

Beef With Snow Peas
Beef With Snow Peas is one of those dinners you can put together quickly. Great for nights when you are busy but yet want to prepare a healthy meal. This has been a favorite dinner of the family's for years.  I spice this dish up a bit with some red pepper flakes. The older two kids in the family like their stir fry extra spicy so I put a bottle Sriracha sauce on the table.
I marinate some sliced flank steak in soyy sauce, mirin, sugar, garlic, and fresh ginger.  A tip in slicing the flank steak thin is to put it in the freezer for 30 to 40  minutes or until it is firm.   The marinated beef and snow peas are fried over high heat in a heavy skillet - I used my favorite cast iron one.  Then they are added to a sauce made of soy sauce, mirin,  cornstarch, and some chicken stock. I then sprinkle some pepper flakes on top.  Check for seasoning and add salt if necessary.  I serve over some Jasmine rice but you could also  serve it over some Chinese noodles.  Here is a  satisfying dinner that is quick and delicious:)

Beef With Snow Peas

1 1/2 pound beef flank steak
4 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
2 tablespoons Mirin, divided
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons cornstarch
8 ounces fresh snow peas
5-6 tablespoons peanut oil
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon onion powder
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Jasmine rice cooked according to package directions

1. Cut the beef across the grain into 1/8-inch thick slices.  Set  aside.
2. In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon Mirin, the ginger, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon oil,  and 1 tablespoon cornstarch.  Mix well. Add the beef and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
3. Mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch and the onion powder with some cold water until smooth.  Stir in the chicken stock, 2 tablespoons sauce sauce, 1 tablespoon mirin and 1/2 teaspoon sugar.  Set aside.
4. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in the skillet.  Add the snow peas and stir-fry for about 1 minute.  Remove the peas to a plate.
5. Add more oil if needed to the skillet.  Scatter the beef, 1/3 at a time in the skillet.  Cook for about 1 minutes.  Remove to a plate and cook the remaining beef.
6. Stir the chicken broth mixture.  Add to the skillet and heat to boiling.  Cook for about 1 minute or until the sauce has thickened.  Add the beef, peas and crushed red peeper flakes.  Cook another minute.  Taste and add salt if needed.
7. Serve over the cooked rice.

Makes 6 servings



  1. I can't tell you how many times that freezing tip has saved me, Geraldine:) I made chicken with snow peas just the other night. I'd love to try it with beef and those fragrant ingredients you have in yours! Thank you so much for sharing...

  2. my kids love snow peas. this is such a delicious and easy meal to prepare. :) thank you so much for sharing.