Finished Stir Fry Dish

Steak and Bell Pepper Stir Fry

I love making stir fry dishes and I love eating them too! There’s so many good stir fry recipes out there. You can go spicy, sweet, or find a sauce somewhere in between.  Also you can tweak the ingredients to your tastes whether you want chicken or steak or just vegetarian. If you don’t like a particular vegetable in a stir fry, you can easily swap another one into the recipe.

This is one of my go to stir fry recipes. It incorporates steak, bell peppers, and onions which include some of my most favorite ingredients to cook with. It has a good thick sauce that has a little bite to it but is not overly spicy by any means.  It also produces enough sauce to properly coat the ingredients and rice but isn’t too runny where it ends up in a pool in your bowl.

Chopped Onion

Have I mentioned that every good meal starts with preparing an onion? There are few things that I make that don’t have onions in them. I also love cooking with bell peppers whenever I get a chance.

Chopped Bell Pepper

By the way, if you’ve never prepared a bell pepper or another particular ingredient and you’re not sure how, you should check out the app called How to Cook Everything. This app has tons of recipes and teaches a lot of cooking skills but the part I use the most is it where it has tips and instructions on how to prepare different ingredients. I use this all the time while in the kitchen to check on ingredients I’m either new to or I’m not comfortable with yet.

The Sauce

Stir fry wouldn’t be complete without some yummy rice. If you have trouble making rice or never feel like you get it quite right, you should check out this article below. I stumbled on to it about a year or so ago and it’s the only way I cook rice now. It’s a really easy and low maintenance way to cook rice while you’re preparing other things. It helps if you have a good non-stick pan too when you cook the rice this way: http://allrecipes.com/howto/how-to-cook-rice/

Stir Fry

I’ve included my recipe below.

Steak and Bell Pepper Stir Fry

Serves four

Ingredients

  • Stir Fry
    • 12 – 16 oz steak, cut into thin strips (top sirloin or something similar)
    • 1 medium yellow or white onion, sliced into strips root to tip
    • 2 bell peppers, seeded and de-ribbed, sliced into strips (different colors)
    • 3 Tbsp all purpose flour
    • 2 tsp sesame oil
    • Prepared rice
  • Sauce
    • 1/3 cup soy sauce
    • 1 tsp peanut butter
    • 1 tsp honey
    • 1 1/4 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
    • 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
    • 1/8 tsp of black pepper
    • Few drops of hot sauce
    • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Take the steak out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Prepare the onions and bell peppers if you have not done so already. If the bell peppers slices are really long, you may want to cut them in half
  2. Prepare the sauce. In a bowl, mix in just a little of the soy sauce with the peanut butter, honey, sesame oil, and rice vinegar so it can incorporate together well. Pour remaining soy sauce in small increments and stir to incorporate. Add the black pepper, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine.
  3. Heat 2 tsp sesame oil in a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Dredge steak in flour while pan is getting hot.
  4. Add steak to the pan when it is well heated and stir fry for 4-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the steak. It doesn’t have to be all the way cooked through at this point but should be well browned around the outside but not burnt. Add sauce and stir fry for one minute. Add vegetables and stir fry for 4-5 minutes depending on how tender you want your bell peppers.
  5. Serve over rice and ENJOY!
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