An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Beef, Snap Pea & Mushroom Stir Fry

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Beef, Snap Pea & Mushroom Stir Fry

A new favorite tradition I've started is watching the Pioneer Woman on Food Network Saturday mornings while I drink coffee. I grab a pen, stationary and my phone (for Pinteresting during the commercials) and meal plan for the upcoming week.

Hubs is out baby-wearing Lil' H while they walk the dogs. The. Whole. House. To. Myself. With Pioneer Woman and Food Network. Pretty sure this is SAHM heaven!

Anyway, this last weekend she made her version of chicken and cashew stir fry. Baby 2 has decided that all poultry is off limits for the foreseeable future, and I can't follow a recipe verbatim to save my life anyway, so this is my spin on what she aired!

Beef, Snap Pea & Mushroom Stir Fry
- 1C uncooked brown rice (cook to the directions on the package per that serving)
- 1lb stir fry beef strips (I additionally cut mine into smaller pieces)
- 1.5C snap peas
- 1C broccoli florets (fresh, not frozen)
- 2C button mushrooms, quartered
- 1T ginger
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4C oyster sauce
- 1/4C plus 2T sesame oil
- 1/4C water
- 2T rice wine vinegar
- 3T soy sauce
- 1T brown sugar
- 1T flour
- 2T olive oil
sliced green onions/scallions (to top/ganish)
chopped fresh parsley (to top/garnish)
sesame seeds (to top/garnish) 
Optional: several tablespoons of your favorite chili-garlic hot sauce, such as Sriracha 

Fresh ingredients for Beef, Snap Pea and Mushroom Stir Fry

After prepping all your veggies and starting your brown rice, heat olive oil in a large skillet on high. Salt and pepper the beef, and add to the searing hot pan. Turn on your hood/vent, because you want this so hot it smokes! Don't stir or move the beef, but instead let it develop a dark brown color. Brown both sides, then remove from pan.

Let the pan sit to cool for a few minutes, but don't wash or clean out the beef drippings. After it's cooled, add 2T of sesame oil along with the mushrooms and broccoli. Cook on med-low heat. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, water, oyster sauce, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, optional hot sauce and brown sugar.

One the veggies are al dente, add flour to the pan and cook for about a minute, sopping up the oil. Add the snow peas and beef back to the pan. Pour over the sauce you just mixed. Combine and simmer to thicken.

Serve over hot brown rice. Add green onions, parsley sesame seeds to taste and to garnish.

Beef, snap pea and mushroom stir fry

Enjoy! Do you like making your own stir fry at home? It's SO much healthier than takeout!


  1. I love making stir fry at home! Snap peas are one of my favorite ingredients to add, and I love bean sprouts, too. Typically I make it with rice, but rice noodles are SO GOOD too. I get them at Trader Joe's and they are awesome.

  2. I absolutely adore watching the Pioneer Woman on Saturday mornings. It is the BEST.

    This recipe looks like it's right up my alley.

  3. I love the green onions as the garnish - I'd probably get rid of the mushrooms since I'm not a fan, but snap peas - YUM! This sounds so tasty! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. hmmm... we don't keep or cook beef in the house, but for some reason the thought of chicken lately has been making me want to puke as well (not pregnant haha). this looks delicious. i don't think i have ever seen rice wine vinegar in the shops before, though i'm sure i'm just not looking properly.

  5. I love all versions of stir fry and this one looks like one I definitely have to try. She is the best. I love her recipes and her show.

  6. This stir fry looks amazing. I totally need to make this and soon.

  7. This looks amazing! I am pinning it! I have all the ingredients in my pantry right now, too.

  8. We went for pho last night and this is making me crave all the Asian food again! I bet the oyster sauce gives it such a good flavor. I always get beef and broccoli when I get takeout, but I am sure this is 100% healthier.

  9. Mmm this looks delicious! I love cooking shows! :)

  10. You must twirl around and say FREEEEEEE when the boys are out of the house. Love little moments of silence during the day.