Ginger Stir-Fry Beef With Green Beans


In just 30 minutes, make an easy, saucy stir-fry that's dinner ready.

ginger stir fry beef with green beans

Jennifer Causey

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

You can never have too many stir-fries in your repertoire and this 30-minute one is a keeper. The two keys to a great stir-fry are a) having all of your ingredients ready to go before you start cooking, and b) starting with a really hot skillet to brown, not steam, your steak. Cook the steak in batches if needed to avoid crowding the pan. A thick, glossy sauce flavored with fresh soy sauce, sesame, and a punch of heat from chile-garlic sauce ties the dish together, and matchsticks of fresh ginger add a pleasant bite. 


  • 1 cup long-grain white rice

  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce, divided

  • 3 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce (such as sambal oelek)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 4 scallions

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks

  • 12 ounces trimmed green beans

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, toss steak, cornstarch, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce in a medium bowl until steak is evenly coated. Combine chili-garlic sauce, sesame oil, and remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce in a small bowl. Roughly chop scallion whites and thinly slice dark green scallion tops.

  3. Heat canola oil in a large wok or skillet over high. Add steak mixture in a single layer; cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute. Stir once and cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute. Add ginger and scallion whites; cook, stirring often, until steak is well browned, about 2 minutes.

  4. Push steak to sides of pan, creating room in middle, and add beans. Cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are barely tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add soy sauce mixture; cook, stirring often, until steak and vegetables are well coated, about 1 minute. Serve with rice, topped with sliced scallion greens and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

472 Calories
25g Fat
25g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 472
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 33%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 936mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 19mg 95%
Calcium 127mg 10%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 678mg 14%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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