Essanaye's Sesame Beef Stir Fry


Very good stir-fry. A little on the sweet side. Cook in a large wok on medium-high heat. Marinating overnight is good, but not necessary.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • ½ cup soy sauce

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • cup rice wine vinegar

  • cup minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 pound round steak, thinly sliced

  • ¼ cup peanut oil

  • 2 cups 1-inch sliced asparagus

  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms, or more to taste

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup whole cashews

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon water (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. Whisk soy sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, garlic, and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds in a bowl; pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add beef, coat with marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal bag. Marinate beef in the refrigerator overnight.

  2. Heat peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir beef and marinade until beef is well-browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in asparagus, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and green onions; cook and stir until vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Add cashews and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds; continue cooking until vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 minutes more.

  3. Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl; stir into beef stir fry until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sesame seeds.

Cook's Note:

If you don't plan on consuming the entire batch the first meal, I suggest you omit the cashews altogether, or add them to each plate when served. They will turn soggy and not be very appealing the second day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
27g Fat
38g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 1380mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 39mg 194%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 667mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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