Umami Beef Stir-Fry

Recipe by Steve_G
READY IN: 45mins


  • For the Marinade
  • 12
  • 2
    tablespoons honey
  • 6
    garlic cloves (minced or crushed ) or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2
    tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2
    tablespoons peanut oil or 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • For the Stir fry
  • 12 - 1
    lb top round steak, cut about 3/16-inch thick across the bias (or similar lean cut, sirloin, flank, chicken breast, thighs, boneless pork chops, tofu, shrimp, port)
  • 1 12
    cups snow peas
  • 1
    cup carrot, cut up about the size of the snow peas
  • 12
    cup onion, cut up about the size of the snow peas
  • 1
    teaspoon sesame oil
  • 14
    cup water, for veggies
  • 2
    teaspoons cornstarch, mixed in water
  • 14


  • Combine liquid marinade ingredients in a 2 cup heat proof measure, heat in the microwave (or in a pan of hot water) just enough to thin the honey, stir to combine, add spices, stir.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile trim all fat from beef, slice up meat, place meat and marinade in a 1 gallon ziploc bag, remove all air from bag and refrigerate for 4 to 48 hours.
  • Remove meat from marinade, drain in colander, reserve strained marinade!
  • In a wok or large skillet over medium/high with teaspoon of sesame oil (just enough to coat pan when wiped with a paper towel) cook meat until lightly browned, stirring constantly.
  • Pull meat from center of pan and add chopped vegetables and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Cover and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook until veggies are tender, about 5 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached, be sure to stir every few minutes after the first 5.
  • Remove meat/veggie mixture, pour reserved marinade into pan, bring to a boil.
  • Allow to boil for a minute or two to kill any bacteria that was present from the marination process.
  • While stirring constantly, slowly pour cornstarch mixture into heated marinade until desired thickness is reached it may not take all the cornstarch.
  • Just GO SLOW as once the thickening process starts it happens almost instantly.
  • Add meat/veggies back into the sauce, toss to mix and coat, pour onto a serving platter.
  • Serve with white rice.