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Beef-and-Vegetable Stir-Fry

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr
Prep time 25 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield 4 servings
This easy stir-fry dinner calls for strips of top round steak, fresh asparagus, and classic stir-fry seasonings and vegetables. By cooking your favorite takeout dishes at home, you'll save both money and calories. See our full collection of stir-fry recipes for more dinner ideas.


  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 12 ounces top round steak, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 4 small carrots, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 5 green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 357
  • fat 7.8 g
  • cholesterol 49 mg
  • sodium 665 mg

How to Make It

  1. Snap off tough ends of asparagus; cut spears into 1-inch pieces, and set aside.

  2. Dredge steak in flour; set aside.

  3. Stir together soy sauce, 1/4 cup water, garlic, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, hoisin sauce, and crushed red pepper.

  4. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Add beef and carrot, and stir-fry 4 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture, and stir-fry 1 minute. Add asparagus, bell pepper, mushrooms, and green onions, and stir-fry 3 minutes. Serve over rice.

  5. Vegetable Stir-fry: Omit round steak and flour, and stir-fry vegetables as directed above.