A simple recipe for steak stir fry that will wow your guests and become a family favourite. This is my daughter’s special recipe, one she requests often.
Let me start by saying I have an amazing giveaway for you today. I was lucky enough to receive a 5 Piece Wüsthof Knife Set to review last month. Let’s just say I’ve been having far too much fun playing with knives. They sent me the Wüsthof Classic 5-piece Studio Block Set to try out. It’s been an absolute joy to take these knives for a test ride. More on them later, first I need to tell you the back story to how this post came to be.
I have to start by saying how lucky I am to do what I do for a living. My job is pure joy. I pinch myself every day that I get to play in the kitchen. One of the perks of food blogging is being given the opportunity to review products. I like playing with new toys as much as a kid, it’s endlessly entertaining. I have to admit most days it doesn’t feel like “work”, and I say that knowing how absolutely lucky I am.
I thought Wüsthof would be a great fit for an idea I had been pondering. My daughter’s birthday was approaching and I typically do a big birthday post for each of my kids on the blog. So my idea was to surprise my daughter, Mini-Me, with her favourite dish for her birthday. Most kids have favourite cakes or treats, not my hooligan. Mini-Me is a stir fry girl. She could eat it every day. She likes it kept simple and she likes it with noodles, not rice. After chatting with the powers that be, I was soon awaiting my Wüsthof knives with eager anticipation.
When they arrived and Mini-Me was let in on my secret plans she quickly declared the knives to be “hers” since I was doing it as a birthday surprise. I love my kids, any chance to wrangle my gear out of my hands is a good day for them. She still lives at home but has very boldly told me the knives will be moving out with her when the time comes. She’s quickly taken control of them. Every time I pull out my cutting board she sneaks in behind me and tiptoes off with the prized knives. It’s becoming a huge problem. One I find endlessly entertaining and endearing.
We began cutting everything we could get our hands on. This knives cut like a dream. We’re making up excuses to cut everything in the house. Want an orange, wait, I’ll cut it for you. Want an apple, hold on, let me grab one of my trusty knives. Need me to cut up your steak for you, sure, just let me grab my favourite knife. I swear there’s arm wrestling matches breaking out over who gets to use them.
This family is rough on kitchen tools. Any review I do is going to be thorough. I have two young adults I like to refer to as my hooligans. Mini-Me lives here, and my son, B-Dude, is out west getting his PHD. He came home over the holidays. So these knives were used and abused in a big way over the course of the last few weeks. They stood up to all of it.
They cut like a dream. I’m so impressed with the how they pull through everything I slice with them. I cook way too much and I’ve not had one bad experience with these knives. The weight is perfect, which is super important. The handles are easy to grip. The block is not only functional but cute. I’m a girl at heart, I like cute things. The scissors are absolutely perfect. I have to keep grabbing them away from hubs who wants to cut tin cans with them for some reason. I swear my family has weirder quirks than I do.
The set includes a 3.5-inch paring knife, 4.5-inch utility knife, and 6-inch cook’s knife, along with kitchen shears and a 4 slot block. I have a weird fondness for large knives. I use the cook’s knife for everything. Mini-Me loves the paring knife and hubs keeps stealing the utility knife. We are all so very impressed with this Wüsthof Knife Set. I cannot recommend them enough. I’m already adding more pieces to my wish list. I keep leaving photos of different sets taped all over the house. I’m nothing if not subtle.
If you are a stir fry fan like my daughter this recipe is for you. I do subtle variations of it all the time. I like more veggies in mine but since this was her special day I did it her way. Just the way she likes it. Simple, full of flavour and absolutely delicious.
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- 1 pound of good quality beef I used striploin since we had lots on hand, cut into thin strips
- 1/4 cup Italian Salad Dressing seems odd but amazing as a marinade
- 1 large sweet onion either diced or cut into thin strips
- 3 shallots cut into thin strips
- 1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
- 1 green bell pepper cut into thin strips
- 1 orange bell pepper cut into thin strips
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic or 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce
- 2 cups prepared noodles or rice
If preparing rice and/or noodles start those now. That way it all times out perfectly. We usually do both. I like rice and my daughter like noodles.
Cut up your beef. Pop it into a glass bowl. Pour Italian Dressing over top. Mix really well with a spoon. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.
While the meat is resting you can cut up your veggies. I like to dice my onions, then I like to have odd pieces that are a bit bigger, I find that the layering of textures with some onions being cooked soft and some with just a bit more crispness left is really amazing. I do this often with onions as well. about two thirds are cut into strips, and the other third of them I leave in chunkier pieces. The peppers I like uniformly cut into thin strips though. Just a personal thing.
Drain any excess marinade from the beef.
Now take a wok or large skillet and add some oil, I like olive oil but you can use canola or vegetable oil. Let that get hot, it should sizzle a bit and get this glimmer over the oil.
Now carefully add your beef, if the pan is small do it in two or three batches. Don't overcrowd when stir frying, the trick is to get a good hot sear which is impossible if the pan is overcrowded.
Cook each batch until it's perfectly browned.This only take a few minutes if your pan is hot and not crowded.
Now transfer the meat to a bowl for the time being. Set aside.
Add you onions and shallots to the same pan, don't wash it, you want that yummy goodness, there's flavour in that. I add about 1 tablespoon of butter and a dash of salt when browning the onions and shallots. Works wonders. Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes over a medium-high heat.
Now toss in the peppers and if needed you can add some olive oil. Toss and cook over medium-high heat for about 2 to 4 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook for less than 1 minute, it should be fragrant but not burning. It cooks really fast.
Now toss your meat back in the pan.
Season quickly with salt and pepper.
Add the teriyaki sauce and continue to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, you want everything to come together nicely.
Poured over prepared rice or noodles of your choice.
Serve with a big old I love my new Wüsthof Knives smile!
Absolute perfection. I sure hope you get a chance to try this. We never make it exactly the same. We’re always changing up veggies based on the seasons. It has endless variations which is what I think we love about stir fry. Plus it is so easy to prepare. If I have my prep done really well I can make a stir fry in under 30 minutes. That’s perfect for a family as busy as ours is.
I can tell you from trying these out that I can recommend these to anyone. I am seriously already planning out which of their products I want next. I’m thinking ALL of them would be really nice. I figure aim high and dream big right.
Wüsthof has been setting the standard for designing and manufacturing precision-forged knives since 1814. It’s a family run business in its seventh generation of ownership. The products are made in two state-of-the-art facilities in Solingen, Germany.
Giveaway is now CLOSED! Thanks to everyone who entered. xx
Today I have the pleasure of giving away a Wüsthof Classic 5 piece Knife Set. This set includes is a 3.5-inch paring knife, 4.5-inch utility knife, and 6-inch cook’s knife, along with kitchen shears and a 4 slot block. Enter below in the rafflecopter.
Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner must be 18 years of age, or older. Winner will be contacted by email, and has 72 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. Good luck.
*Disclaimer: This review is my opinion, and mine alone. I was not paid to provide this review. I was provided with a set of knives to test out. Which my daughter quickly stole from me. Y’all know my obsession with being an open book. If I did not like something you would be the first to know. My readers trust is incredibly important to me.*
Toodles and smoochies! xx