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An easy beef stir fry with hoisin sauce and lots of vegetables.

Hoisin Beef with Vegetables on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated August 2013

Yesterday was one of those days. I would normally blame it on pregnancy (pregnancy is a good excuse for many things!) but I ate so bad, that even pregnancy wasn’t a good excuse. A tortilla with cheese for breakfast, followed by a Snickers bar for a morning snack, chicken fingers from Chick-fil-A for lunch and then a snack of chocolate chip cookies. Yeah, not nutritious whatsoever. And I was feeling it by the time I got home from work. All I wanted was something tasty and healthy for dinner. Good thing healthy was on the menu!!

I had actually been meaning to make this all week, but other things kept popping up (as they seem to do a lot lately!) Robin Miller claims this is her go-to meal because it is so adaptable, and adaptable it is!! From her original recipe, I subbed broccoli for the asparagus and a yellow pepper for a red one, since I had yellow ones in the garden. She also included carrots and water chestnuts, but I didn’t have any carrots on hand, and my husband isn’t a water chestnut fan, so those were left out. And she suggests quick cooking rice, but I’m not a fan of quick cooking rice, so I took the time to make up some jasmine rice. It worked perfectly, because everything else was done just as the timer went off for the rice.

This was my first time using hoisin sauce, and I’m looking forward to using it in many recipes to come. This dish wasn’t overwhelming with flavor, like I first expected to be with the hoisin, ginger and garlic, but it was still delicious and flavorful. And I can see why Robin Miller uses this as her go-to recipe – it really is adaptable to whatever you have on hand!

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Hoisin Beef with Vegetables
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An easy beef stir fry with hoisin sauce and lots of vegetables.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic โ€“ to taste โ€“ minced
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 1¼ pounds boneless lean sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the broth, hoisin, and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the steak and stir-fry until browned on all sides, about 4-5 minutes. Add the vegetables and cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add the broth mixture to the skillet, bring to a simmer, and simmer until the sauce thickens and the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice.
adapted from Quick Fix Meals

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30 Responses to Hoisin Beef with Vegetables {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. Lisa says:

    Love yummy healthy recipes! I also like to eat snickers and cookies.

  2. Candy says:

    Oh this looks good. I know what you mean with the candy. Those little Halloween bars are calling my name these days and I can’t blame it on being preggo!

  3. Happy cook says:

    So easy to make them and delicious looking too.

  4. Melanie says:

    Don’t feel too guilty about eating badly – you are right, pregnancy is a great excuse! And I just love hoisin sauce – I use it all the time and this looks like a fantastic recipe!

  5. kat says:

    I love hoisin sauce so I bet this was great!

  6. Maria says:

    We all have days like that! Glad you tried hoisin! I love it!

  7. Patsyk says:

    Thank goodness you chose this cookbook this month! Now, I have some new recipes that I know will be good from it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sounds like you eat the way I did when I was pregnant (both times!)… I was always too tired to bother with anything very involved so, quick and easy and whatever sounded good did the trick!

  8. Mrs. L says:

    I actually would probably like the substitutions you made anyway. Looks really good and I do have some Hoisin sauce that needs to be used.

  9. Erin says:

    This looks great! What a good dinner idea. I’ve never had hoisin sauce, but I’m pretty sure I would like it. I’ll have to try this sometime!

  10. Dhanggit says:

    LOL you are just like me Deborah when I was pregnant..I blame everything on my pregnancy! Our only difference I couldn’t make beautiful and sumptous dishes like this, hehehe I was too lazy to cook ๐Ÿ™‚ your photos are truly excellent!
    btw, Im imagining how the tummy is going on now ๐Ÿ™‚ take care dear

  11. flower says:

    Havent had a snickers in years, I could so easily have a jar of peanut butter fingers in 1 sitting

  12. diva says:

    don’t feel too guilty! everyone has those days ๐Ÿ™‚ this looks so yummy..i love hoisin.

  13. How's it Taste? says:

    Wow, looks great! And so quick and easy too! Now I can start using up that huge bottle of hoisin sauce I have in the fridge that I bought for some reason but can’t remember what for : )

  14. kamailesfood says:

    This looks really tasty and healthy. I love recipes that are easily adaptable.

  15. Mary says:

    If it makes you feel better I was out of control bad eating yesterday, and I don’t have preganancy to blame for it. Your dinner looks so delicious and healthy that I’m totally bookmarking it!

  16. Mary says:

    Snickers — great snack food! Hoisin sauce adds layered flavor and I love it. I think Robin is great and this is a nice recipe.

  17. Fearless Kitchen says:

    This looks great. It’s always good to have a healthy recipe that you can throw together quickly.

  18. Pam says:

    I enjoy eating fried foods and cookies sometimes but I also love to eat dinners like this. It looks tasty and healthy.

  19. Grace says:

    oh, your meals and snacks don’t sound all that bad. i’ve done worse. ๐Ÿ™‚ meanwhile, i’ve never used hoisin, but this looks scrumptious! good for robin miller and good for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Sara says:

    This looks great, I always love a good stir fry!

  21. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    These are just the kind of mid-week meals I love to make. And hoisin sauce makes everything taste better.

  22. Jenny says:

    Great looking recipe Deborah! Love it, but I’m with you, bring on the sweets. Enjoy it, this is your time to not worry about a thing!

  23. hot garlic says:

    Oh yum, this sounds ALMOST as good as the rest of what you ate that day. Oh man, I’m a slave to the sweets and occasionally chase down a lunch of cookies with another dessert too.

    I love Robin, this seriously must be good if it is her go-to

  24. Emiline says:

    This does look healthy and delicious!

    Hey! You are allowed to eat like that when you’re pregnant. DO NOT feel bad about it.
    Okay, I’m not helping.

  25. Paula says:

    The combo of beef and broccoli is a favorite of one of my kidlin’s. I’m with you on not using quick rice. And eating this healthy dinner totally balanced out the snickers … it’s a yin yang thing, right?

  26. Sophie says:

    LOL I have days like that and I’m not even pregnant :D. Funny you mention that because my mom just told me a few weeks ago that she’s eat really healthy when she was pregnant with me but, every now and then, she’d binge on horrible food for a whole day! She said that she actually went to the grocery store and filled up her cart with things like twinkies and chips :).

    That dinner sounds like a winner. I need to hold on to this one, especially since it’s a quick recipe. I definitely need those for the week :), thanks for sharing!

  27. Peabody says:

    Chick Fil A is always good for you. I miss it so, WA doesn’t have them.
    Your beef and veggies looks plenty good for you though.

  28. Jaime says:

    this looks delicious and perfect for weeknights!

  29. Katerina says:

    Yum, I love hoisin! Try it with lettuce wraps, so good.

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