Saucy beef stir fry

Beef stir-fry

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins


Serves 3

Our quick and easy beef stir-fry can be whipped up in one pan using just a handful of ingredients. This takeaway classic is perfect for a family midweek meal. 

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (for 3)

  • kcal433
  • fat28g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein38g
  • salt3.14g


  • 500g stir fry beef strips



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • small bunch spring onions, sliced on the diagonal
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 200g roasted antipasto peppers in oil or vinegar, drained and sliced



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • boiled rice, to serve



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…


  1. Put the beef in a medium non-metallic bowl and cover with the vinegar, soy and Worcestershire sauce. Leave to marinate for 20 mins, or if you have the time, overnight.

  2. Heat a small dry wok until it’s very hot. Tip in the beef, marinade and spring onions, stir fry for 2 mins. Add the roasted peppers, then stir fry for a further 2 mins. Divide the stir fry between shallow bowls and serve with some boiled rice.

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27th Jan, 2013
Sorry to go against the consensus opinion, but this was hugely disappointing. As some others did, I added a chopped chilli pepper (that improved it) and served it with a sprinkling of cashew nuts, but none of the family liked the main stir-fry. The beef strips (bought as pre-prepared strips from Tescos) was tough, and felt like they needed another 20 - 30 minutes' cooking. OK, that wasn't the fault of the recipe, but the sauce was rather tasteless, rather too salty, and with balsamic vinegar it almost tasted sour. I made a double-batch to have again later in the week but it's all gone in the bin...and that never happens, no matter how disappointing a meal is.
16th Jul, 2012
Really easy and really nice. We have this for dinner most weeks because it is so easy to do!
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1st Jul, 2012
Great easy sauce for a simple stir fry. I use fresh red peppers and add other veg for texture. Great basic regipe and one I cook often
7th May, 2012
A really tasty recipe but I always do more of the marinade as I like it quite saucy.
29th Apr, 2012
This is so tasty and we have it probably on a weekly basis. I add some crushed garlic and fresh ginger to the marinade. I then just add whatever veg I might have in eg peppers, sugar snaps, baby corn, brocolli etc. I stirfry the veg, then take the strips out the marinade and cook, then finally add the rest of the marinade. Served with noodles - yum!
22nd Oct, 2011
I added garlic, chilli, broccoli and mushrooms and used half the beef. I think without additions it would of been bland. For a quick, easy supper this is ideal but must admit I prefer traditional Chinese flavours over the Worcestershire sauce!
15th Aug, 2011
Nice, doubled up the marinade quantities for plenty of sauce!
10th Jul, 2011
I agree it's wise to add some chilli to give it a kick and double the marinade. It would be slightly bland otherwise.
16th Mar, 2011
Quick & easy, although I added some chilli's to pep it up a bit!
9th Feb, 2011
Amazing, I made this but added some chilli, honey and nuts and served with noodles. I left to marinade overnight the beef was really tasty.


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