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.

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Recipe Summary

30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine mirin, soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl.

  • 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

410 calories; protein 34.7g; carbohydrates 28.1g; dietary fiber 6g; sugars 16.1g; fat 17.2g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 78.2mg; vitamin a iu 8172.9IU; vitamin c 55.4mg; folate 308.6mcg; calcium 157mg; iron 6.5mg; magnesium 145mg; potassium 1236.9mg; sodium 679.7mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

Reviews (16)

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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
Flavorful and Delightful I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. So flavorful. I served over a serving of brown rice and cut down on the cilantro. Overall great flavor quick to make little to no mess to clean. Enjoy! Pros: Quick to make! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Fabulous and Fast Weeknight Meal Rather than mess with slicing flank steak I had the meat dept slice it for me. Added more frozen veggies along with the fresh - I like Whole Foods stir fry veggie bag - and a tablespoon of additional spicy sauce. Served with 1/2 cup brown rice per serving and a little siracha. Great! We will definitely make again. Pros: fresh fast and easy to throw together Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Disappointing The seasoning was unremarkable and despite all efforts to slice beef thinly enough it was still not enough to match the delicacy of the spinach and bean sprouts. Not impressed. Needs more distinctive seasonings and marinated beef - like Kalbi beef. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
It could have been more flavorful. Perhaps marinating the meat in some type of Asian spices prior to cooking would have helped. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Oh hells yes. The smell wafting through my apartment is intoxicating. This was ridiculously good and came together so quickly. Chopping the garlic ginger and jalapeno was probably the most time-consuming part and that still only took about ten minutes. Maybe I'm just lazy:x I might try adding a small amount of sugar and replacing the spinach with bok choy but it's extremely delicious the way it is. Pros: quick easy Cons: could do with some sweetness Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Quick Easy and Delicious I altered it to taste. I added more meat and less greens (my hubby doesn't like too many greens) and more jalapenos. Everything else was to par. It was delicious! Will definitely be making this one again Pros: Very Easy to make delicious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Not your typical stir-fry! The Korean twist makes this a very unique meal. The addition of cilantro and mirin make this one of those meals where you just really enjoy the flavors! Don't skimp on the jalapenos I used 2 and the dish could have stood another! Pros: Straight forward and easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
Easy to prepare and great flavor. We all including our 8 year old liked it a lot and I will be making this frequently. Did I mention easy? Read More