Ginger Beef Stir Fry


The posts may be plentiful around here, but truthfully, I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut lately. This time of year, I can’t get enough of soups, pot pies, pasta and roasts for dinner, but though my husband would disagree, most of us get tired of heavy, hearty meals after a while.

So, last week I introduced a little variety to our plates with this light but flavorful stir fry made with sirloin steak, fresh ginger, red pepper, carrots, broccoli and sweet plum sauce.

Piled high on top of fluffy, warm rice and sprinkled with a touch of toasted sesame seeds and salted peanuts, this dinner was a welcomed change in routine and a delicious dish to add to my rotation.

I know you will enjoy this scrumptious stir fry, too, and find it a fun dinner to make during a weekday, or with friends and family some weekend. It’s absolutely delicious and also makes for great hot or cold leftovers, so you can keep enjoying it again and again!

Ginger Beef Stir Fry

Servings 4


  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup plum sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak cut into thin 2-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper julienned
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 medium carrots thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons salted peanuts chopped
  • Hot cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted


  • In a small bowl, whisk cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Stir in the plum sauce, ginger, soy sauce and pepper flakes; set aside. In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry beef in oil until no longer pink; remove and keep warm.
  • In the same pan, stir-fry the red pepper, broccoli, carrots, onions and garlic until tender. Return beef to the pan. Whisk the plum sauce mixture; stir into skillet. Cook and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in peanuts. Serve over rice if desired. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!

Join the Conversation

  1. Hi Georgia, do you think subbing hoisin sauce for the plum sauce would be acceptable in this dish? I have hoisin sauce in my pantry and when I googled subs for plum sauce it was suggested to use hoisin. Not knowing the flavor of this dish I couldn’t decide for sure whether or not to try it! Thanks in advance.

  2. Hi Kristin,

    Sure, hoisin sauce could be substituted for plum sauce, but it would result in a slightly different taste. After you try this stir fry, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you!

    Thanks for visiting.

  3. Hi Georgia, Found your blog thru Annie’s Eats and will definately try this. I would love a little ectra sauce to drizzle over my rice. I was just curious if there was ample sauce left in the pan or if you think I should double the sauce for my needs. Thanks for your thoughts. I can’t wait to keep poking around and following you.

  4. Hi Tara,

    There is definitely enough sauce in the pan (but not too much) to keep the stir fry moist. Good question! I hope you enjoy this if you make it.

  5. It’s times like these when I wish there was virtual eating and I could take a fork and stick it into my computer screen!

  6. Whenever I’m on the rush but still need to whip out something for dinner, stir fries are always my first choice. I find it quite easy, fool proof and less time consuming. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I will definitely add this to my list.

  7. This is remarkably similar in result to the kalbi recipe I just posted. Full of wonderful flavors.

  8. I see no reason why not, Wendy! Any other meat (chicken, fish, pork) would be delicious in place of steak.

  9. SprinklesofParsley says:

    Wow this is exactly what I’ve been in the mood for!! I’m definitely giving it a try! Great post!

  10. We still have plenty of less-cool nights around here between cool snaps, so I don’t want to make soups all the time either! I LOVE stir fry and have some ginger in the freezer…could I sub in shrimp or chicken instead, do you think?

  11. I love the thought of this stir fry “piled on top of fluffy, warm rice”. Stir fries are one of my favorite meals to make. They are fresh, flavorful and fast! What else can you ask for? Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  12. Twopeasandtheirpod says:

    You can’t go wrong with stir fry! One of my favorite meals!

  13. Victor @ Random Cuisine says:

    I just posted a recipe on marinated beef. Nothing beats a good stir-fry with veggies.

  14. Lovely change from the normal winter grub!!

  15. Georgia, this is a lovely and comforting dish. I love it!

  16. This looks like a great go to family dinner!

  17. Tasty! Love this recipe.

  18. Beautiful stir fry. I love making a stir fry. Ginger is such a wonderful addition to this recipe. I hope you have a wonderful weekend Georgia:)

  19. this looks amazing. i l-o-v-e your blog.

  20. Pachecopatty says:

    Hi Georgia, you have a beautiful space here filled with delicious looking recipes. My husband would go nuts over your ginger beef stir fry and I was drooling over your shortbread chocolate truffles. So many wonderful things to make for the holidays, so little time:) Have a nice weekend.

  21. plum sauce? I’ll have to keep an eye out for that

  22. We do lots of stir fry and this is a dish we make all the time. Your looks mouth-watering. I love your photos!

  23. It’s usually right next to the soy sauce and other Asian-style sauces in any grocery store. No need to look far and wide!

  24. This looks delish! An dthat is a fantastic photo!

  25. Georgia, I know what you mean about getting one too many hearty holiday meals; sometimes they can be overwhelming this time of year! I also find myself trying to search for lighter dishes, and stir fry is a great option. Fresh ginger is delicious, and I bet the plum sauce puts it over the top! Yum!

  26. Georgia, I definitely go for one succulent, tender and juicy stir-fry like this after lots of hearty holiday meals! Simply irresistible.!

  27. Oh My! That photo is edible…a beautiful dish, Georgia. My hubby would luv this, I must make this for him. How fantastic with the plum sauce and ginger.

    Seriously, that photo is magazine/publication worthy!

  28. stir fry dishes are always popular at my home.. this ones looks so lovely. thanks for sharing this.

  29. Baking Serendipity says:

    This is the perfect meal to break up a strand of hearty, heavy dinners. I always forget about stir fries this time of year and yours looks fantastic. Thanks for the reminder, Georgia :)

  30. Jenn's Food Journey says:

    Gorgeous picture, Georgia! I would love a big plate of that right now…..even though it’s only 6:30 in the morning!! YUM! I love stir frys…and I’m with you, even though I love the warm, heavy, comforting foods this time of year…sometimes you just gotta go light!

  31. I love stir fries! One of my favourite things to cook. They taste really good and everything is done in the one pot. This is definitely a recipe I would like to try!

  32. I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut as well. This looks like a great way to break out of it!

  33. Wow this dish looks delicious as well! You have definitely increased my list of recipes I want to try! Stir fry is one of my favorite things, and it’s especially good because I can make a vegeterian portion for my boyfriend and an omnivore portion for myself with very little extra work! Thanks for the recipe :) I’m really enjoying reading your blog!

  34. So just found this the other week. I had some leftover honey glazed chicken that i used instead of the beef, and had zome zucchinni laying around too.. soi did tweet it a bit, but it was *amazing*

    oh, and did I mention that it was actually a dinner for 40?

  35. Wow, that’s amazing Anne! So glad you trusted my recipe for such a big crowd. Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know you enjoyed it!

  36. Absolutely scrumptious!!! I couldn’t use the plum sauce, so i made the sauce without it and just added pineapple blocks to the stir fry. family loved it….

  37. Made this tonight, and it was good! I did not have plum sauce, so I used sweet chili sauce instead. Also used asparagus instead of carrots. Will definitely make again. Thanks!

  38. made this and absolutely love the flavors. Bought thin cut beef with plenty of marbling at the local Asian market, but it was tough ! This seems to always be the case with beef and stir fry. marinade it first, or……? Will make again, as the flavors are fabulous – – just need to figure out the beef part……….

  39. Hi Nancy – I’m glad you liked the flavors of the dish! Just make sure you’re removing the beef before adding the vegetables, to avoid over-cooking the beef. Or, cook the beef until almost-done, remove and finish cooking your vegetables, then add beef and finish with the vegetables. Hope that helps!

  40. It’s really a nice and useful piece of info. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

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