Five-Spice Beef Stir-Fry

Sweet, spicy, and savory Chinese five-spice powder gives this one-dish dinner robust flavor.
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Five-Spice Beef Stir-Fry

Recipe by Joe Piccirillo

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 lb. beef top round, thinly sliced against grain into strips and cut crosswise in half
  • 3 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 cups snow peas
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tbsp. water
  • Cooked rice, for serving


In wok or large skillet, stir-fry beef in oil over high heat until browned, 2 minutes. Add peas, bell pepper, scallions, ginger, garlic, and spice powder; stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add soy sauce, vinegar, and cornstarch; stir until saucy, about 1 minute. Serve over rice.