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Stir Fried Beef with Green Beans

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Just because you started your post-Holiday diet doesn’t mean you should stop eating well. It’s important you don’t deprive yourself of the right foods. This Stir-Fried Beef  with Green Beans is perfect! It’s a wholesome, healthy combination of beef strips and fresh green beans.  A quick pre-marinating and some stir-frying will do the trick. Once you combine it all in the wok, the simmering sweet orange-soy sauce aroma of the beef tastes so good with the salty black beans and the veggie-freshness of the green beans.

Stir Fried Beef with Green Beans

This Stir Fried Beef with Green Beans is a quick stir fry of beef and vegetables. Use sirloin or skirt steak sliced in strips and it cooks quickly in the skillet with the aromatics of onions, garlic, ginger combined with the crisp, sliced green beans. The sauce is savory and sweetened by a hint of orange marmalade. At the end of cooking, add more texture to the vegetables with the black beans This recipe was adapted from The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook.
Makes 2 up to 4 servings if paired with rice.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time16 minutes
Total Time1 hour 16 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Stir Fried Green Beans with Beef
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 389kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • large skillet or wok


  • 2 Tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 pound beef sirloin sliced in 2-inch strips; or skirt steak beef
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 whole onion chopped
  • 1 knob (1-inch piece_ fresh ginger peeled, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 pound green beans washed, edges trimmed, sliced in 2-inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper powder
  • 1/3 cup black beans (tausi) canned; drain liquid
  • for serving steamed rice


  • In a small bowl, combine orange marmalade and soy sauce. Coat the beef strips. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Over medium high heat, in a large wok, heat the vegetable oil. Coat the beef strips again, this time with the cornstarch and put aside. To the hot wok, add the garlic, onions and ginger.
  • Then add the beef strips coated with cornstarch. Stir around a little and cook till beef turns from pink to brown. This should only take about 8 minutes.
  • Add the broth to the wok and let beef simmer in it for a few minutes. By this time, the liquid will have a gravy-like consistency. Add the sherry. Lower flame if sauce starts to boil and get too thick.
  • Add the green beans in the last 8 minutes of cooking. Mix in the salt and pepper. Lastly,drain the liquid and add the black beans. Serve the dish warm with steamed rice.
  • COOK’S COMMENTS :  Salted black beans are called 'tausi' (say 'taw-see') in the Philippines. They add a salty, savory texture to the vegetable dish. These beans I used are canned and can be found in Asian groceries. They are small, approximately the size of raisins. They are black preserved soybeans. Their salty flavor brings out the flavors of meat. In this dish, they provide a great contrast to the sweetness of the orange marmalade marinade.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 389kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 2118mg | Potassium: 724mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 782IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Looks wonderful and a recipe that even I could manage to pull off without causing people to excuse themselves from the table while they made a dash for take-out 🙂

  2. Happy New Year, Betty Ann!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I don’t say it enough but thank you for all the support with the blog. And thank you for this recipe! All the best to you in the New Year!

    1. Why thanks so much, Jun! So honored to be your fellow Filipino-foodie! You make us all so proud with your wonderful blog posts, mentions, features all over the world! Back at you and wish you many more honors & great things in 2012 !

  3. Hola Elizabeth, This beef recipe looks delicious! I love that fact it has string beans in it. It goes perfect with white rice! The peanut cookies look delicious too! Thanks for the recipes 🙂

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