Beef & Cabbage Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

Beef & Cabbage Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

16 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009

The subtly sweet peanut sauce blends deliciously in this beef, cabbage and carrot sauté. Spice up the dish with a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Serve with udon noodles.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, trimmed and thinly sliced (see Tip)
  • 1 small head Savoy cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2-5 tablespoons water
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • ¼ cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts, (optional)


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  1. Whisk peanut butter, orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar in a medium bowl until smooth.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add steak and cook, stirring, until browned and barely pink in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Swirl in the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Add cabbage and 2 tablespoons water; cook, stirring, until beginning to wilt, 3 to 5 minutes. Add carrots (and more water if necessary to prevent sticking or burning) and cook, stirring, until just tender, about 3 minutes more. Return the steak and any accumulated juices to the pan, then pour in the peanut sauce and toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with peanuts (if using).
  • Tip: For thinly sliced beef, freeze for 30 minutes to make it easier to cut into very thin slices.
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¾ cup
  • Per serving: 367 calories; 17 g fat(3 g sat); 7 g fiber; 23 g carbohydrates; 30 g protein; 160 mcg folate; 59 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 2 g added sugars; 6,887 IU vitamin A; 67 mg vitamin C; 94 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 569 mg sodium; 854 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (138% daily value), Vitamin C (112% dv), Folate (40% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 16

February 16, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Peanut Sauce Too Heavy I was looking forward to this meal since I love cabbage and beef together. I made the sauce in a larger amount as some reviewers recommended. I did not like the peanut sauce at all. The peanut butter made it really heavy, gritty and too sweet (and I didn't add the sugar the recipe calls for). I think I might try it again without the peanut butter and see how it tastes. Bummed me out that it wasn't that good. Pros: Quick and Easy, One-Pan to Clean, No Carbd Cons: Heavy flavor, beef overwhelmed by sauce
December 09, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Needs more cowbell I would recommend more aromatics for the peanut sauce: ginger, tamarind, lemongrass, shallot and something with some heat (I used one poblano). Also, I added fish sauce and coconut milk. I've made peanut sauce before so I just stuck with my stand-by recipe.
September 17, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Where did I go wrong? I am not sure what I did wrong. The peanut sauce was gritty and not subtly sweet Maybe I just don't like peanut sauce? Anyway, I ditched the sauce, and made a different one that I had from a Beef with Broccoli recipe. I served it with Rice. The cabbage, carrots and beef were great! Pros: Beef, and Veggies are tasty Cons: The Peanut sauce
March 05, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Real good, but udon noodles double the calories Would not recommend udon noodles. For teh amount of calories, the satiety of them is not that great. Pros: delicious, nutritious, all around great by itself Cons: udon noodles have alot of calories
December 20, 2012
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By: Zierlich
Popular with the entire family I added some shitake mushrooms. Everybody loved it and asked for it to be made again. Pros: easy - everybody likes it
March 20, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
delicious - with some additions This was quite tasty. I did it with chicken. Added some fish sauce and used crunchy peanut butter. All 3 adults liked it. Two of us added some Sirachi sauce. I apparently did not read the reviews or they were posted after I snagged it. I'd add broccoli as some suggested. Also thought some onion would give it a bit more punch. Possibly browned ahead, but chopped and mixed with cabbage would also work. Pros: simple ingredients, easy prep Cons: none
February 07, 2012
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By: Al Prezzia
Sauce doesn't have depth None of the base ingredients are expensive, but the sauce doesn't do much for them. Pros: Base ingredients are good, and fairly inexpensive Cons: Rather bland
February 04, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Good Start, Needs Some Extras I made this as the recipe called for except i used 1 tsp of sugar instead of 2, regular vinegar instead of rice and chunky Kraft peanut butter instead of smooth natural as thats all i had in the house. I did find it a little bland so I added soya sauce and some hot sauce on the plate and then my fiance and I both ate til we were so full it hurt! Its an excellent base recipe, just need to make some changes to suit you and your family. I think we'll make this again for sure and just add a little more soya and hot sauce to the sauce mixture and add some broccoli and pea pods to the veggies and half the cabbage. Pros: Easy, Fast, Fragrant Cons: A Little on the Bland Side
August 21, 2011
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By: theresalovdal
Just needs a few additions... This recipe is a great start, and with a few additions it's one of my favorites! I followed the recipe to a tee, then added some broccoli to the veggies, as well as some sriracha sauce to the peanut butter / OJ / soy sauce mixture. It was FANTASTIC like this - and made great leftovers! We had it over some couscous cooked in chicken broth because it's all I had in the house, and it went wonderfully : ) I'm making it again tonight for my parents, but with chicken instead of steak this time. I'm sure they'll love it as much as we do! Pros: Easy and healthy Cons: A little boring
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