Ginger Beef Recipe

Ginger Beef Recipe

Derived from the northern Chinese dish, Jiāng Niúròu (薑牛肉), ginger beef is actually a North American fusion dish thought to have originated in Canada. The traditional dish in China is less saucy and sweet compared to the restaurant version we know.

Although it’s served across the country, it’s widely agreed upon that this dish’s origin is Calgary, Alberta. During the mid-1970s, Chef George Wong at the Silver Inn in Calgary, Alberta, put a spin on the traditional dish to accommodate the tastes of Westerners.

There’s nothing new about combining ginger and beef though! Ginger is a common ingredient in many Chinese dishes, such as ginger chicken, noodles, and steamed fish.

As a superfood, there are tons of reasons to include ginger in your cooking, especially for the health benefits. Fighting colds and the flu is one of the benefits, so why not make it tasty too?

Enjoy this easy ginger beef recipe! Try it and let us know what you think.

Ginger Beef Recipe

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients:

Marinade

  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey (or 2 tbsp of sugar)
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated 
  • 1 tsp chilli pepper flakes

Beef and Stir-Fry

  • 1 1¼ to 1½ lb sirloin or flank steak
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (optional)
  • 3-4 green onions, cut on a diagonal, 1/2-inch apart
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli pepper flakes
  • 1-inch nob of ginger, peeled, cut lengthwise into matchstick shapes
  • 2 medium bell peppers, chopped into slices
  • ½ cup cilantro (loosely packed), chopped (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Slice the steak into two halves horizontally. Then slice each half into ½-inch thick strips.
  2. To make the marinade, add the soy sauce, vinegar, grated ginger, honey and red chilli flakes into a medium-sized bowl. Stir and combine the ingredients.
  3. Put the strips of beef into the marinade and let it sit for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.
  4. Next, take a small bowl and mix the cornstarch and 2 tbsp of cold water together. Keep aside.
  5. Heat a wok with the vegetable and sesame oils over high heat. When the oil is hot enough, add in the beef with the marinade sauce and cook until brown or slightly cooked. Remove the beef and sauce and set aside in a bowl.
  6. Add the garlic, chopped ginger, and some chilli flakes into the wok. Stir-fry for 30-45 seconds to bring the flavour out.
  7. After adding the beef back in, add the bell peppers, green onion and cornstarch mixture. Make sure to stir the cornstarch again before pouring in. 
  8. Stir-fry everything together for another minute or two. If the sauce is not thick enough to your liking, mix more cornstarch with some cold water and add it in. 
  9. When everything is fully cooked, remove the wok from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
  10. Plate the dish and it is ready to serve! It is recommended to serve with rice. Enjoy!

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