Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sirloin Steak Stir-Fry


This week has been hectic. I'm expecting guests starting Friday and will be having house guests for the next several weeks. I'm more than excited about this especially since they are some of my favorite people in the whole world. So, besides getting ready to make our home as comfortable as possible for our visitors, we've had early releases, parent teacher conferences, and the start of soccer season for our youngest. In case you are wondering where I'm going with this, it is that dinners need to be quick during busy times while also being fairly nutritious and the family has to approve of them as always.

This is how I found the recipe for this Stir-Fry. Most of the components can be prepared ahead of time, and putting everything together literally takes only 20 minutes, or until your rice is cooked. This is another Cuisine at Home dish that has won everyone in our home over. It is also an extremely versatile dish. I'm thinking that pretty much any vegetable would work in this. I could see this meal prepared  with broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms etc. There are so many options to customize it to your families taste. This recipe makes 6 servings but my kids were fighting over every last scrap in the pan, so there was nothing left over.


The recipe starts by making the sauce. Store bought hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, honey and pineapple juice along with ginger, garlic and salt get mixed together and reduced to about half the amount on the stove. This is something that could easily be done ahead of time and all you would have to do is re-heat it when ready to serve. The sirloin steak gets sliced thinly, then placed in a bowl for a quick toss with some brown sugar,  canola oil and a little kick from red pepper flakes. The vegetables are: shelled edamame, red pepper and scallions, but like I mentioned above, use whatever suits your taste. The vegetables are another component that can easily be cut up ahead of time and refrigerated to alleviate dinner time rush. The marinated steak gets a quick sear in a hot pan for a few minutes, the vegetables are added and quickly sauteed without overcooking them because you still want a bit of crunch. Final touches include a tablespoon of sesame oil and sesame seeds. The stir fry is served over rice and the sauce is drizzled over the top to everyone's liking, this way you can add as much or as little of the sauce as you desire.

A fantastic, quick, healthy dish! I was hoping for leftovers, but my kids obviously had different plans for sure. This is certainly a meal that fits a busy lifestyle and since I will be fairly busy in the next few weeks stay tuned for more "on the fly" dinner ideas. It is certainly not necessary to go the take out route when you can fix a meal this delicious in just about the same time it would take you to order it. This recipe got the thumbs up all the way around and I hope you'll give it a try as well!


Sirloin Steak Stir-Fry
(adapted from Cuisine at Home)

Ingredients:

1 (8 ounce) jar hoisin sauce
1 cup rice vinegar
1 (6 ounce) can pineapple juice
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 pounds sirloin steak, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2  red bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
Toasted sesame seeds
Cooked rice

Preparation:

Combine hoisin, vinegar, pineapple juice, honey, garlic, ginger, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to 1 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes.

Toss together sirloin, sugar, canola oil, and pepper flakes in a bowl to coat sirloin. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat, then stir-fry beef until browned, about 3 minutes.

Add bell pepper, scallion, and edamame; stir-fry a couple of minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the sesame oil.

Serve stir-fry with rice and prepared sauce on the side, then garnish with sesame seeds.

20 comments:

  1. Stir-fries are most certainly my go to meal for a quick, flavorful meal! This one looks incredible! My daughter would LOVE this. I love your photos as well. Very nice!

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  2. The stir fry looks soooo good! I love stir fry and needed a good stir fry recipe using steak. Thanks so much for the recipe Susi. :)

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  3. Wow, that looks fantastic! Even with just two people in my house, this would not last long.

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  4. Sehr lecker. Da waere bei uns auch nichts uebrig geblieben, obwohl wir nur zu viert sind.
    Enjoy your guests!

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  5. What a wonderful meal! It looks beautiful and it "reads" delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  6. Yummy! That looks delicious. And beautiful.

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  7. Stir-fry is the reason a pull an extra steak out of the freezer when I grill. It's like meal-planning by-proxy.

    Q: Did you use a standard nonstick skillet or do you have a favorite wok? I'm looking for a wok and haven't found one I'm crazy about, so I end up doing my stir-fry in a cast-iron skillet.

    Browsed your foodgawker pictures while I was here. Love your lighting!

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  8. Stir fry is my favorite. So easy to make and not to mention how colorful your dish is.

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  9. somethingedible - thanks for your nice words! Most all of my pictures are taken outside, so I really can't take credit for the lighting :o)
    I use a big, cast-iron skillet as well to do my stir-fries. I don't own a wok and the last time I was looking for one I didn't see anything I liked a whole lot either but I heard an Asian supermarket (if you have one in your area) might be the best source to find a great one!

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  10. I love hoisin, it should be in every pantry. I don't use a wok for stir fry's either, this is going on the try list!
    -Gina-

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  11. Your stir fry is so full of color. I love the sesame seeds all over it, too. Stir fry is one of the best go-to dishes. I hope you have lovely time with your guests.

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  12. Looks super duper yummy! Stir-fry has always been a favourite cooking method of mine. Sesame atop is a nice touch.

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  13. This is a beautiful dish! I'm always on the look-out for dishes that can be thrown together quickly for the nights that I don't get home until 7 or 8, and this is perfect!

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  14. I love how easy you've made stir fry! For some reason I always thought that it was really hard to put together. It looks super yummy and I love how customizable the ingredients are!

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  15. Wow!! That picture is stunning! So colorful! Great job! I love stir fry..I will have to try this one out soon. :)

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  16. Absolutely my favourite of all times.....stir -fry :)))
    the pics are great too...:)

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  17. Kids fighting over it is a very good sign! It looks absolutely delicious - and I love that it is versatile. Love the Cuisine at Home magazines too.

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  18. A lovely recipe. It seems we are in parallel universes as I just tonight sent out an email to a link on my blog about a soup I made on Friday evening for exactly the same reasons as you - I needed something easy, quick and nutritious as life is busy at the moment...

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