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Beef and Onion Stir Fry

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This beef and onion stir fry is very similar to Mongolian beef. It makes a fantastic dinner, especially when I paired with roasted broccoli. This dish is hands down easier to make than a traditional steak but tastes incredibly delicious. Let’s dive into the recipe and see how you can whip up this dish in no time!

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb ribeye or top sirloin steak, sliced
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • White scallion, chopped
  • Green scallion, choped
  • Minced garlic
  • Avocado oil, for sautéing

For the Steak Marinade

  • 1 tsp regular soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Sauce

  • ½ tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp regular soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Garnishing (any of the below)

  • Black/white pepper
  • Green scallion
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh Thai chili (optional)
  • Sesame seeds
Beef Marinate

How to make beef onion stir fry 

Marinate the Steak

  1. In a bowl, combine regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, cooking wine, cornstarch, baking soda, and avocado oil.
  2. Add the marinade to the steak. Mix well to ensure an even coat.
  3. Let the steak marinate for 15 minutes. This helps tenderize the meat and boost the flavor.

Prepare the Sauce

  1. In a small bowl, mix oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, regular soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, water, and sugar.
  2. Stir until the cornstarch and sugar are fully dissolved. Set aside.

Stir Fry the Beef

  1. Preheat a stainless steel pan over high heat until it starts to smoke.
  2. Lower the heat, add a drizzle of avocado oil, and then add the marinated steak slices in a single layer.
  3. Increase the heat back to high and let the steak brown on one side before flipping to brown the other side. Ensure the beef is well-browned but not overcooked.
  4. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

Cook the Onions

  1. In the same pan, add a bit more avocado oil if needed.
  2. Add the chopped white onion and the white parts of the scallion. Stir fry until the onions are just starting to soften but still have a bite to them.
  3. Add the minced garlic and stir fry for an additional 30 seconds, making sure the garlic doesn’t burn.

Combine and Finish

  1. Add the browned beef to the pan with the onions and garlic.
  2. Pour the prepared sauce over the beef and vegetables. Stir well to coat everything evenly.
  3. Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened slightly, ensuring it’s not too thin.
  4. Optionally, add fresh or dried Thai chili for an extra heat.

Garnish and Serve

  1. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with chopped green scallions. The residual heat will cook them.
  2. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil, a sprinkle of black or white pepper, and a generous pinch of sesame seeds.
  3. Serve hot, garnished with additional fresh Thai chili if desired.
Beef and Onion Stir Fry

The secrets to a perfect beef stir fry 

lie in browning the beef properly using a stainless steel or cast iron pan. These types of pans retain heat well, allowing you to get that perfect sear on the beef, which is crucial for developing deep, rich flavors and color.

When heating the pan, it’s crucial to get it to the right temperature to prevent the meat from sticking. While many people test this by dropping a few drops of water—if they sizzle and evaporate quickly, the pan is ready. My method is watching the pan closely as you turn on the heat. When you begin to see a faint wisp of smoke rising, that’s the signal to add the oil, remember to lower the heat immediately before adding the oil. At this point, your pan should be perfectly heated and ready for frying. 

You can turn the heat back to high when frying the steak. 

When considering adding sesame oil to this dish,

it’s best to reserve it for garnishing rather than using it in the stir-fry itself. Sesame oil has a low smoke point, which means it can burn easily at high temperatures. To avoid this, I recommend adding sesame oil at the end as a finishing touch. This not only enhances the dish with its nutty aroma but also preserves its flavors. So, remember to drizzle a bit of sesame oil over the stir fried beef just before serving.

Beef and Onion Stir Fry

Baking soda is to tenderize the meat. 

When you mix it into the marinade, it helps break down the proteins in the beef, making it more tender and juicy. Just be sure not to over-marinate, as too much baking soda can affect the texture of the meat. About 15 minutes is perfect to get that perfect balance of tenderness without altering the meat’s flavor.

Beef and Onion Stir Fry

Cornstarch is the secret ingredient that gives the stir fry beef its glossy look. 

When you add cornstarch to the marinade and sauce, it acts as a thickening agent. This not only helps the sauce cling to the meat, enhancing the flavors, but also adds a beautiful sheen to the dish. 

There you have it. Remember.searing the beef in a hot pan is key, ensuring a perfect caramelization. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil for a final touch of aroma and enjoy this savory dish with rice or noodles. Happy cooking!

Beef and Onion Stir Fry

Beef and Onion Stir Fry

This beef and onion stir fry is very similar to Mongolian beef. It makes a fantastic dinner, especially when I paired with roasted broccoli. This dish is hands down easier to make than a traditional steak but tastes incredibly delicious. Let’s dive into the recipe and see how you can whip up this dish in no time.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Beef, Dinner
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • 1 Stainless steel pan

Ingredients
  

Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb ribeye or top sirloin steak sliced
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • White scallion chopped
  • Green scallion choped
  • Minced garlic
  • Avocado oil for sautéing

For the Steak Marinade

  • 1 tsp regular soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cooking wine
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil

Sauce

  • ½ tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp regular soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Garnishing (any of the below)

  • Black/white pepper
  • Green scallion
  • Sesame oil
  • Fresh Thai chili optional
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions
 

Marinate the Steak

  • In a bowl, combine regular soy sauce, dark soy sauce, cooking wine, cornstarch, baking soda, and avocado oil.
  • Add the marinade to the steak. Mix well to ensure an even coat.
  • Let the steak marinate for 15 minutes. This helps tenderize the meat and boost the flavor.

Prepare the Sauce

  • In a small bowl, mix oyster sauce, dark soy sauce, regular soy sauce, rice vinegar, cornstarch, water, and sugar.
  • Stir until the cornstarch and sugar are fully dissolved. Set aside.

Stir Fry the Beef

  • Preheat a stainless steel pan over high heat until it starts to smoke.
  • Lower the heat, add a drizzle of avocado oil, and then add the marinated steak slices in a single layer.
  • Increase the heat back to high and let the steak brown on one side before flipping to brown the other side. Ensure the beef is well-browned but not overcooked.
  • Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.

Cook the Onions

  • In the same pan, add a bit more avocado oil if needed.
  • Add the chopped white onion and the white parts of the scallion. Stir fry until the onions are just starting to soften but still have a bite to them.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir fry for an additional 30 seconds, making sure the garlic doesn't burn.

Combine and Finish

  • Add the browned beef to the pan with the onions and garlic.
  • Pour the prepared sauce over the beef and vegetables. Stir well to coat everything evenly.
  • Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened slightly, ensuring it’s not too thin.
  • Optionally, add fresh or dried Thai chili for an extra heat.

Garnish and Serve

  • Turn off the heat and sprinkle with chopped green scallions. The residual heat will cook them.
  • Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil, a sprinkle of black or white pepper, and a generous pinch of sesame seeds.
  • Serve hot, garnished with additional fresh Thai chili if desired.
Keyword beef onion stir fry, beef soy sauce stir fry, beef stir fry, mongolian beef

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