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Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups beef mixture and 1/2 cup rice)

This speedy stir-fry, ready in just 20 minutes, achieves everything we love about Chinese takeout with just a few wholesome ingredients; no special equipment required. The trick is to get a good sear on the beef without cooking it all the way through, then adding it back into the mix after the vegetables become nicely crisp and the sweet-savory sauce, made from just 4 ingredients, has reduced into a thick, glossy sauce. Pop the flank steak in the freezer for just a few minutes so it will be easier to slice. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high. Sprinkle steak with black pepper and salt. Add steak to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove steak from pan (do not wipe out pan).

Step 2

Combine sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar in a small bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, broccoli, and bell peppers to pan; cover, and cook 2 minutes. Uncover pan; add soy sauce mixture.

Step 3

Cook 6 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender and liquid reduces by about half. Add steak; cook 1 minute. Divide rice evenly among 4 plates; top with beef mixture and green onions.