Korean Beef Stir-Fry

Inspired by the flavors found in Korean barbecue, this dish is a mouth-watering addition to any weeknight repertoire. A fruity Riesling and rice noodles are perfect accompaniments.

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Korean Beef Stir-Fry

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    3 tablespoons mirin, (see Note) 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
    2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 4 cups mung bean sprouts
    2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 6-ounce bag baby spinach
    1 tablespoon canola oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    8 ounces flank steak, trimmed of fat and very thinly sliced against the grain (see Tip) 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    1 tablespoon chopped garlic 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, (see Tip), optional
    2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper, or to taste


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      Combine mirin, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl.

    • 2

      Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spread steak out in the pan and cook until seared on one side, about 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeno and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bean sprouts and spinach (the pan will be very full). Pour the mirin mixture into the pan and stir gently until the sauce thickens and the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro and sesame oil. Serve topped with sesame seeds (if using).


    Note: Mirin is a low-alcohol rice wine essential to Japanese cooking. Look for it in the Asian or gourmet-ingredients section of your supermarket. An equal portion of sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar may be substituted for mirin.


    Tips: If you have a little extra time before dinner, put the steak in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help make it easier to slice thinly.


    To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

    nutritional information

    6 g
    17 g
    Saturated Fat:
    4 g
    28 g
    35 g
    536 mg
    Monounsaturated Fat:
    8 g
    3 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat, 2 fat
    48 g
    Carbohydrate Servings:
    1 1/2
    1248 mg
    Nutrition Bonus:
    Vitamin A (160% daily value), Vitamin C (90% dv), Folate (75% dv), Iron (35% dv), Potassium (32% dv).
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