Korean Beef Stir-Fry


Inspired by the flavors found in Korean barbecue, this dish is a mouth-watering addition to any weeknight repertoire. A fruity Riesling and rice noodles are perfect accompaniments.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings, cups each


  • 3 tablespoons mirin, (see Note)

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 8 ounces flank steak, trimmed of fat and very thinly sliced against the grain (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno pepper, or to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh ginger

  • 4 cups mung bean sprouts

  • 1 6-ounce bag baby spinach

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, (see Tip), optional


  1. Combine mirin, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Spread steak out in the pan and cook until seared on one side, about 1 minute. Add garlic, jalapeno and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bean sprouts and spinach (the pan will be very full). Pour the mirin mixture into the pan and stir gently until the sauce thickens and the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in cilantro and sesame oil. Serve topped with sesame seeds (if using).


If you have a little extra time before dinner, put the steak in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help make it easier to slice thinly.

To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

Note: Mirin is a low-alcohol rice wine essential to Japanese cooking. Look for it in the Asian or gourmet-ingredients section of your supermarket. An equal portion of sherry or white wine with a pinch of sugar may be substituted for mirin.

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 Facts (per serving)

410 Calories
17g Fat
28g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 410
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 35g 69%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Vitamin A 8173IU 163%
Vitamin C 55mg 62%
Folate 309mcg 77%
Sodium 680mg 30%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 7mg 36%
Magnesium 145mg 35%
Potassium 1237mg 26%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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