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Hot & Sour Beef Stir-Fry

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Yield: 4 servings

kikkoman products used:


1/2 pound boneless tender beef steak, about 1/2 inch thick
2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1 tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 large clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup Kikkoman Ponzu
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
Hot cooked rice
1/2 cup chopped salted roasted peanuts


  1. Cut beef across grain into thin slices. Combine 1 Tbsp. cornstarch with soy sauce, sugar and garlic in small bowl; stir in beef to coat. Let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, blend remaining 1 Tbsp. cornstarch with 1 Tbsp. water in small bowl. Combine ponzu and 1/4 cup water in another bowl.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in wok or large skillet over high heat until hot. Add beef and stir-fry 1 minute; remove.
  4. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in same pan. Add onion and crushed red pepper; stir-fry 1 minute. Add red bell pepper; stir-fry 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; stir-fry 1 minute.
  5. Stir in cornstarch and ponzu mixtures. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Add basil and beef; cook and stir until basil wilts.
  6. Spoon over rice and sprinkle with peanuts. Serve immediately.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.


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