When I first started cooking, I made a lot of Steamy Kitchen's recipes. She has a great way of showing you all the steps and breaking it down so it's very easy. Her recipes are pretty tasty and simple, too. Here are a few I like which provided the inspiration for tonight's dinner. Black Pepper Steak, Pad Thai, and Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry.
Serves 6 - 8
- 1 pound beef tenderloin, flank steak or flap meat, cut into pieces. I used tenderloin and it was expensive but it was SO tender and amazing.
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil. I used coconut and sesame.
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- One 1 in (2.5 cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- ½ small green bell pepper, deseeded and cut into pieces
- ½ small red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into pieces
- 1 onion, cut into strips
- 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms
- a bunch of snow peas or snap beans
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Salt, to taste
- sriracha, of course
- feel free to add in any vegetable you like - thinly sliced carrot or broccoli would work well in this!
For the Marinade
2 teaspoons soy sauce or coconut aminos
2 teaspoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or sherry
1 teaspoon fish sauce (Red boat brand is awesome)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon cornstarch (I did not use cornstarch but you can. It makes the sauce stick to the ingredients.)
- Marinate the beef with all the Marinade ingredients, about 15 minutes.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Stir-fry the beef until the beef is browned on the outside but still pink inside. A good method for this is to layer the meat in a single layer and do not overcrowd - leave space between each piece. Do not touch for at least 2 minutes, let it brown. Then flip over and let cook for 2 more minutes. It should still be pink on the inside but browned on the outside. Dish out and set aside. Stir fry the shrimp in a similar manner and set aside. Shrimp cook much faster so limit it to 2 minutes total in the skillet.
- Heat the remaining oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Stir-fry the garlic and the ginger briefly until aromatic, and then add the green bell pepper, red bell pepper, onion, and black pepper. Stir-fry until you smell the aroma from the ingredients in the wok.
- Transfer the beef back into the wok or skillet. Add a squirt of sriracha. Stir-fry until the beef is cooked through and the center of the meat is no longer pink, about 1-2 minutes. Dish out and serve immediately.
You could pair this with rice if you wish, but we just eat it like it is. If it needs more salt you can add a few dashes of soy sauce or fish sauce.