Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quick Eats: Stir Fry

Stir-frying is a fast and fresh way to cook. Simply toss and turn bite-sized pieces of food in a little hot oil in a wok over high heat, and in five minutes or less, the work is done. Vegetables emerge crisp and bright. Meats are flavorful, tender, and well seared. It is honestly one of the most simple and versatile ways to cook. Perfect for some good quick eats!

Dan's Beef Stir Fry


For the Sauce

  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Wine
  • Sugar
  • Mirin if you have it and want to use it
  • Beef
  • Corn Starch

The Veggies

  • Bok Choy
  • Snap Peas
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage

To Bring it Together

Prepare the Beef: Whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons rice wine in a medium bowl; add the beef, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes to lightly marinade. Heat a wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot, roughly 1 minute. Add a few tablespoons of peanut oil and coat the pan. Add your aromatics to the hot oil and stir-fry until fragrant, this takes roughly another minute. Add the beef and cook, making sure to occassionally stir the contents of the pan. Again roughly 1 or 2 minutes. Now add the soy sauce to the pan making sure to coat the beef in it so it thickens. Transfer this mixture to a bowl and keep in a warm place.

Prepare the Veggies: If the pan is dry, add 1 tablespoon peanut oil, then add the onion and stir-fry until just soft, about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies along with the sugar; stir-fry until the veggies are done for your liking. The Bok Choy should be just wilted, after 1 to 2 minutes so add it last it's easy to over cook. Return the beef and any juices to the pan and stir to combine. Serve over the rice and accompaniment of your choice.

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