In a world where everyone has endless amounts of obligations, sometimes cooking falls on the back burner. It is still completely possible, though, to create good and healthy meals that are super fast. Making a stir fry is one of my favorite quick meals.
A stir fry is basically a “one skillet” (or in my case, wok) meal that is extremely flexible. You can literally put whatever you want in it – it’s great for clearing out stuff that’s been hanging out in the fridge. For this recipe, I am including one of my favorite proteins, steak, and one of my favorite veggies, asparagus, because that is what I had at home.
- 1 pound steak, cubed or cut into strips
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon ginger, grated or minced
- 1 teaspoon chili oil
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- ¼ cup black bean stir fry sauce (or any preferred stir fry sauce)
- In a small bowl, combine the beef with cornstarch, soy sauce, ginger, and chili oil. Mix until the beef is evenly coated. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large wok or pan set over high heat. Add the asparagus, red pepper, and garlic. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes or until the asparagus are tender and bright green. Remove from the wok using a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add the beef to the wok and stir fry until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Return the vegetables to the wok and stir in the sauce. Cook until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
You can put it on rice or just eat it by itself! While I prefer using a wok for stir fry, you can always use a pan. I also love putting hot sauce on it, like this yummy new sriracha hot sauce called Fix! This is my new go-to hot sauce for stir fry dishes among other things.