Sesame Beef

Super Easy Sesame Beef. Tender flank steak stir fried with red peppers and green onions. Better and healthier than takeout!

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This Sesame Beef Stir Fry is AMAZING and so simple. Marinate the beef overnight and you have a quick and easy meal to throw together the next day.

This dish is just like the Sesame Beef you get at a takeout restaurant except it’s even better AND healthier. Most Sesame Beef recipes are fried in oil. I went on the lighter side and stir fried the beef instead. It’s just as juicy will less oil and calories.

Ingredients

  • Dark soy sauce: This can be found in the International Isle in the grocery store or Asian supermarket stores.
  • Low sodium soy sauce: Helps to keep the salt level down in this recipe.
  • Light brown sugar: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the sauce!
  • Sesame oil: All you need is a little bit to add a nice toasted nuttiness to the sauce.
  • Garlic: I always love to use garlic in my stir frys!
  • Bell pepper: I used a red bell pepper however you can do a mix of colors
  • Cornstarch: Added with water the cornstarch thickens up the sauce.

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One of the best things about this Sesame Beef is the sauce! The sauce consists of brown sugar, dark soy sauce, regular soy sauce and water. I use half of the sauce as a marinade and the other half to cook with the beef.

The trick to this dish is cooking the steak quickly over high heat. It gets a nice sear on the outside but stays nice and juicy on the inside.

How to make Sesame Beef

  • Add both soy sauces, brown sugar and water to a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  • Pour half of the sauce into another bowl and set aside. (We will be using this when we cook the beef)
  • Add steak to the other 1/2 of the sauce and marinade for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • When you are ready to cook add sesame oil to a large skillet or wok. Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Remove steak from marinade and saute for about 1-2 minutes on each side. (You want the pan to be very hot so the steak cooks quickly and browns.)
  • Add red bell pepper and saute for 1 minute. Add in the reserved sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Slowly add cornstarch mixture to pan. Continuously stir until sauce is thickened, about 1 minute.
  • Serve immediately with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish if desired.

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Sesame Beef

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Super Easy Sesame Beef. Tender flank steak stir fried with red peppers and green onions. Better and healthier than takeout!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak sliced against the grain into strips
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • green onions sliced
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. *NOTE: Prep time does not include marinating time*
  2. Add both soy sauces, brown sugar and water to a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Pour half of the sauce into another bowl and set aside. (We will be using this when we cook the beef)
  4. Add steak to the other 1/2 of the sauce and marinade for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  5. When you are ready to cook add sesame oil to a large skillet or wok.
  6. Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Remove steak from marinade and saute for about 1-2 minutes on each side. (You want the pan to be very hot so the steak cooks quickly and browns.
  8. Add red bell pepper and saute for 1 minute.
  9. Add in the reserved sauce and bring to a simmer.
  10. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water.
  11. Slowly add cornstarch mixture to pan. Continuously stir until sauce is thickened, about 1 minute.
  12. Serve immediately with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Sesame Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 834mg36%
Potassium 492mg14%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 931IU19%
Vitamin C 39mg47%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: 20 Minute Meal, Asian Beef Recipe, Flank Steak, Garlic, Sesame

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  • Nathan

    Here’s the nutritional breakdown

    calories 655
    Total Fat 32 g
    Saturated Fat 7 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 9 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 10 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 75 mg
    Sodium 310 mg
    Potassium 300 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 63 g
    Dietary Fiber 5 g
    Sugars 52 g
    Protein 32 g
    Vitamin A 19 %
    Vitamin C 64 %
    Calcium 39 %
    Iron 42 %

      • Edward

        It seems like it’s per serving. There is way more protein in a pound of flank steak. 100g of flank steak has approx. 28g of protein.

  • missyb

    What other cuts of meat would work besides flank steak. I have a beef share and rarely get flank, but have lots of roast, stew meat , sirloin and ribeye.

    • Hi Missy!

      I would say the closest to flank steak is skirt. However out of the ones you listed I think your best bet would be maybe the sirloin!

      I hope that helps, Thanks!

      Kelley