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Steak Stir-Fry

Steak Stir-Fry with Bell Pepper and Basil

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In the Test Kitchen, we love the challenge of trying to recreate our favorite takeout specials at home—plus, that way, we get to customize them, making swaps and adding extras of our favorite ingredients. Here, Chef Taylor’s riff on Chinese-American pepper steak is equal parts familiar and surprising. First, she sears steaks to create flavorful pan drippings for sautéing onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Then, she tosses everything in an addicting blend of soy, oyster sauce, and rice wine vinegar and serves it all over fluffy jasmine rice.

  • Stovetop Only
Serving size
2servings
Prep & cook time
minutes
Cooking Skill
easy
By Chef Taylor

By Chef Taylor

  • Calories 640
  • Protein 39g
  • Total Carb 75g
  • Total Fat 18g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • jasmine rice
    • 3/4 cup
    • jasmine rice
  • steaks
    • 2
    • steaks
  • red bell pepper
    • 1
    • red bell pepper
  • cherry tomatoes
    • 1/2 pint
    • cherry tomatoes
  • basil
    • 1/8 ounce
    • basil
  • cilantro
    • 1/8 ounce
    • cilantro
  • yellow onion
    • 1
    • yellow onion
  • garlic
    • 2 cloves
    • garlic
  • gluten-free soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup
    • gluten-free soy sauce
  • gluten-free oyster sauce
    • 2 tablespoons
    • gluten-free oyster sauce
  • cornstarch
    • 2 teaspoons
    • cornstarch
  • rice wine vinegar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon
    • rice wine vinegar

What You’ll Need

  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 6" small pot with lid
  • 12" large pan

Allergens

Cooking Steps

  1. Cook rice

    Cook rice

    In a small pot, combine rice, 1¼ cups water, and ¼ teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir once, reduce heat to medium low, cover pot, and simmer until water is fully absorbed, 10-12 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand, still covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork, then cover again to keep warm until ready to serve.

  2. Sear steaks

    Sear steaks

    While rice cooks, pat steaks dry with paper towel and season all over with ½ teaspoon salt and black pepper as desired. Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add steaks and sear until browned and medium rare, 5-7 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, leaving behind any juices in pan for Step 4, and set aside to rest for about 5 minutes.

  3. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    While steaks sear, rinse all produce. Halve bell pepper lengthwise, discarding seeds and stem; cut lengthwise into ¼-inch strips. Halve tomatoes. Roughly chop basil and cilantro leaves, discarding stems. Peel onion, halve, and thinly slice. Thinly slice garlic. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, rice wine vinegar, and black pepper as desired. Set stir-fry sauce aside for Step 5.

  4. Stir-fry vegetables

    Stir-fry vegetables

    Heat ½ tablespoon canola oil in pan from steaks over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened and golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Add bell pepper and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until bell pepper is tender and lightly browned, 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, cut steaks against the grain into ¼-inch slices.

  5. Finish steak stir-fry

    Finish steak stir-fry

    Add stir-fry sauce to pan with vegetables, then increase heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add sliced steak, half of basil, and half of cilantro and stir to coat with sauce. Remove pan from heat.

  6. Plate steak stir-fry

    Plate steak stir-fry

    Divide rice between serving plates, then top with steak stir-fry. Drizzle over any remaining stir-fry sauce from pan and garnish with remaining basil and remaining cilantro. Enjoy!

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