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Savory beef and onion stir fry served on a plate, garnished with green onions .

Beef and Onion Stir Fry

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  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Quick, easy, and delicious! This Beef and Onion Stir Fry will be your new go-to dinner. Savory beef, crisp onions, and a hint of garlic make for a perfect combo.



Beef Marinade

  • 1 pound beef flank, sirloin, ribeye, or tenderloin steak, thinly sliced against the grain, about 1/4-inch
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)


Stir Fry

  • 3 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon, minced ginger
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • 4 stalks scallion, 3 inch slices


  • Place the beef slices in a large bowl, add cornstarch, soy sauce and wine. Stir everything together and let it marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  • As the beef marinates, mix the sauce ingredients together. Once well combined, set it aside and start prepping the vegetables.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the garlic, ginger, onions and the white part of scallions, and stir-fry until they're slightly soft. After cooking, remove the veggies, retaining the oil in the skillet/wok, and set them aside.
  • In the same skillet, fry the marinated beef until slightly crispy, which should take about 2 minutes. Be cautious as the beef cooks quickly . Ensure the heat isn’t too high to prevent oil splatters. 
  • Pour in the sauce. Cook until the beef is done, about 2 minutes and the sauce gets thicker.
  • Return the veggies and add the scallions. Continue cooking for another minute, stirring continuously.
  • Garnish with extra scallions and enjoy right away with rice or steamed veggies.



  • Cooling: Allow to cool down to room temperature. This prevents excess moisture and condensation, which can affect the texture and flavor.
  • Airtight Container: Transfer the cooled stir fry into an airtight container. This will keep the dish fresh and prevent it from absorbing other odors from the refrigerator.
  • Refrigeration: Store in the refrigerator if you plan to eat it within the next 3-4 days.


  • From the Refrigerator: Reheat the stir fry in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. You can also use a microwave by placing the stir fry in a microwave-safe dish and heating in short intervals, stirring in between until hot.
  • From the Freezer: It's best to thaw the stir fry in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Once thawed, follow the same reheating instructions as above.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: Beef recipes
  • Cuisine: Asian


  • Calories: 259 kcal
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 712 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 65 mg