Stir-frying is one of the fastest, easiest methods of cooking—perfect for a busy weeknight when that take-out menu is calling your name. In this Peanutty Beef Stir-Fry recipe, tender strips of beef are glazed with a kid-approved peanut sauce that only has five ingredients. Asian Sriracha hot sauce gives it a pleasant kick, but you can adjust the amount to suit your family’s preference.
Firm meat is easier to slice. Pop your steak into the freezer for 30 minutes, and then cut it into thin, uniform slices. (Uniform slices will cook evenly.) Let the steak come to room temperature while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
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- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 to 11/2 Tbsp Sriracha Asian hot chile sauce
- 2 lb flank steak or top sirloin
- 1 tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil (or use vegetable oil)
- 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (optional)
- 4 green onions, thinly sliced
- ½ cup (or more) chopped peanuts
- Whisk together first 4 ingredients and 2 Tbsp water (mixture will be thick).
- Cut beef diagonally across the grain into thin slices; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add half of beef, and sauté 5 minutes or to desired doneness. Remove from skillet. Repeat with remaining oil and beef.
- Add bell pepper (if using) to skillet; sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Return beef to skillet, and add peanut sauce; cook until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with green onions and peanuts.
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