Sesame Steak Stir-Fry
- 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 8 ounces top round steak, thinly sliced against the grain
- 2 bunches scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 English cucumber, quartered and cut into -inch pieces
- 1/2 head napa cabbage, cut into 1-inch-thick strips
- 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2)
- 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
- 2 red jalapeno peppers, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
- 3 cups cooked white rice, for serving
Heat a large skillet over high heat; add 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Add the scallions, cucumber and cabbage; stir-fry until the vegetables start softening, about 2 minutes. Add the carrots and 1/4 cup water; cook, stirring, until the water evaporates and the vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; wipe out the skillet.
Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons sesame oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and jalapenos; stir-fry 30 seconds. Transfer the steak to the skillet using a slotted spoon; stir-fry until browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
Whisk 3/4 cup water into the steak marinade; add to the skillet and cook, stirring, until thick, about 2 minutes. Return the vegetables to the skillet and heat through. Serve over rice.
Photograph by Antonis Achilleos
Recipe courtesy of Robert Irvine