Stir Fry with Steak

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stir fry steak

I love beef stir fries but I’ve always found it really hard to cook the meat such that it’s crusty on the outside but still rare, tender and juicy on the inside. This recipe solves that problem once and for all, and in a very simple way: you stir fry only the vegetables and cook the steak separately.

Here’s how it goes: take a nice tenderloin steak, sear it well all around in a very hot cast iron pan, then finish it in a 350-degree oven to the desired doneness. Meanwhile cook soba noodles, then stir fry snow peas, baby bok choy and red bell pepper with a little bit of vegetable oil in a very hot pan. Once the vegetables start to soften a bit, add my trusty stir fry sauce. Once the steak is done, slice it up, then serve it with the stir fry and voila, you’ve got yourself a flavorful meal with juicy and perfectly cooked beef.

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Stir Fry with Steak

An easy recipe for a delicious stir fry with rare and juicy tenderloin steak.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: beef, stir fry
Servings: 2


For the steak:

  • 1 large tenderloin steak

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

For the stir fry:

  • 3 ounces soba noodles, uncooked
  • 2 heads of baby bok choy, chopped up into 1 - 2-inch pieces
  • 20 snow peas
  • 1/2 red bell pepper


For the steak:

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat a little bit of vegetable oil in a cast iron pan until shimmering.
  • On high heat, sear the steak well on all sides, then move it with the pan into the oven and cook to desired doneness.

For the sauce:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Set aside.

For the stir fry:

  • Cook the soba noodles according to instructions. Drain, then set aside.
  • Heat a little bit of vegetable oil on high heat until shimmering.
  • Add the vegetables and cook on high heat until they start to soften.
  • Add the stir fry sauce into the hot pan with the vegetables and cook until thick and translucent.
  • Serve noodles with vegetables and sauce and sliced up steak.

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  1. Nagi@RecipeTinEats says:

    That’s really clever! How have I never thought of doing it this way? I agree, that crust on the steak is the best!

    Oh PS you’re pic isn’t too bad either…you know, they’re okaaaay….

    *Snort*! You know as well as I do that it’s a ripper. :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Hehe, thank you! Yeah, I love the crust and the pink center, well, I love everything about a rare steak really.

  2. Maggie says:

    Your photo is stunning as always Nicole! Really like the flavor of soba noodles, and it’s a great idea to pair them with steak. Great idea!

  3. Hannah says:

    What a clever idea! So true, my beef stirfries always end up with rubbery, dry beef strips rather than the juicy bits I want! I will definitely try it this way next time! And your universal stir fry sauce sounds amazing

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