Hearty, rich, and utterly satisfying, this beef and mushrooms recipe promises a filling dinner that takes little effort. Everything comes together in one single pan in approximately 30 minutes, making the dish a great option for busy weeknight dinners.
Taking inspiration from Asian cuisine, we stir-fried tender beef with a saucy mixture of mushrooms, onion, and savory condiments. Served over a fluffy bed of white rice, this homemade dish is a delicious comfort food that brings warmth to the dining table.
Is This Beef and Mushrooms Healthy?
Yes, it is.
Beef being one of the main ingredients, this dish is chock-full of complete proteins. We kept an eye on sodium and saturated fat and made sure neither exceeds the daily intake limit. As such, each serving provides around 472 calories, 576 mg sodium, and 3.4 g saturated fat.
With health guidelines in mind, we picked the most nutritious ingredients possible for this dish. We used lean beef, which is low in saturated fat and a good source of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, zinc, and heme iron.
Accompanying the beef are white mushrooms, which offer many nutrients like fiber, vitamins, selenium, and potassium while also being low in calories.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Beef and Mushrooms
In addition to beef and mushrooms, this recipe requires a few extra vegetables and condiments. Almost everything is a pantry staple, so you can assemble the ingredients quite easily.
Beef: We used flank steak for this recipe, which is arguably the most common choice for stir-frying. It offers a rich and savory taste that’s further enhanced after it’s marinated and cooked. The marinade also helps to tenderize the meat and keep the cut from becoming too chewy.
When purchasing this cut, make sure to choose one that’s consistent in thickness so that it cooks evenly.
Mushrooms: We opted for white mushrooms, which have a pleasantly earthy and subtle flavor that deepens significantly when cooked. You can also switch them for cremini mushrooms if you want a slightly bolder taste.
Vegetables: Garlic and ginger were used to fragrant the food while frying. Onion caramelizes quite beautifully when fried, so we also added a generous number of slices to intensify the dish’s overall taste.
Rice: We served the beef and mushroom mixture over a fluffy bed of white rice. It softens the overall taste and also makes the dish a lot more filling.
Baking Soda and Cornstarch: The flank steak cut can be relatively tough, so we used baking soda and cornstarch to tenderize it while still maintaining the original flavors.
Sauces and Oils: Since this is an Asian dish, we went with the essentials – soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. They harmonize and blend together quite seamlessly, creating a rich and savory sauce that browns the beef to perfection.
Seasonings: To deepen the sauce, we used some brown sugar and pepper flakes. These seasonings impart a sweet undertone to the sauce while lending a hint of spiciness to kick up the flavors.
What Kind of Beef Is Best for Stir-Fry?
Using the right beef when stir-frying is quite crucial as it could significantly affect the taste and texture. In addition to flank steak, here are a few other beef cuts that can also be used:
Sirloin is a cut from the rear back of the cow. It’s divided into two parts: the top and bottom sirloin. The top is generally more tender while the bottom—mostly referred to as sirloin steak—can be tougher. This cut should be thoroughly marinated before stir-frying to maximize the taste and improve the texture.
Skirt steak is a long and thin cut that comes from the short plate or the diaphragm area. It’s buttery in taste and has a tender texture that browns beautifully when cooked on high heat.
Ground beef is a beef cut that has been finely ground into small pieces. It’s used in a variety of recipes, such as burgers, meatballs, tacos, and meatloaf. In stir-fried dishes, it’s paired with lots of colorful veggies and an optional bed of rice or noodles.
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
This beef and mushroom dish should last for one day when kept in an airtight container in the fridge. The rice should be kept separated so it doesn’t become soggy.
Reheat by microwaving the dish for one minute, or stir-fry the beef and mushrooms on the stovetop and heat the rice in the microwave.
What to Serve With Beef and Mushrooms
This dish is quite filling and flavorful, so you’ll need only a light side dish to accompany it. We recommend the following dishes to create a complete meal:
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