Stir-Fried Beef

This is a good basic recipe for marinating and stir-frying beef that you can adapt according to your tastes and the ingredients you have on hand.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2


  • ½ lb. lean beef
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 Tbsp. Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • ½ tsp. sugar


  • Cut the beef across the grain into thin strips and place in a medium bowl. Add the soy sauce, cornstarch, and baking soda to the meat, in that order. Use your hands to mix in the cornstarch and baking soda. Marinate the meat for 30 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of oil, and marinate for another 30 minutes.
  • Add the remaining oil to a preheated wok or skillet. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and stir-fry about 30 seconds until aromatic. Add the beef, laying it flat on the wok. Let the meat cook for 1 minute. Turn it over to brown on the other side and then begin stir-frying. When it is nearly cooked through, another 2–3 minutes, add the rice wine and sugar. When the meat is cooked, remove from the wok and drain on paper towels.