Making Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry!

Hi Everyone! As you can see from the title, I made a Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry! If you have never had it before, try it! The recipe is very easy to follow and it was delicious! When I decided to make this dish, I was very unsure of how it would turn out. I had never made my own sauce for any food before, so I was excited and nervous to try it. Also, this is the first time I am using my new chef’s knife! YAY! Before I get into the details of this experience, I am looking for more ideas of meals to cook, do you have any really good recipes?

After reading the recipe a few times, I made a grocery list and went shopping! For the vegetables, I used bell peppers and carrots. I wanted to continue practicing different cutting techniques with the carrots and I used a video on YouTube to teach me how to cut a pepper! I also learned how to mince garlic for this recipe! I followed a video from America’s Test Kitchen that taught the technique of mincing. The recipe also calls for minced ginger, however, I did not feel comfortable enough with the mincing technique, so I bought a small container of minced ginger. 

Now for the process of preparing!

First, I decided to prepare all the ingredients before starting. I watched the video linked above on how to cut bell peppers. I found the closest knife I had to the one they used in the video, and I followed along. I did not realize how easy it is to cut a pepper! I am glad I tried this and I will for sure be using this skill again.

After the peppers, I cut the carrots. This time around, I did not follow a video because I had learned how to cut them for my last post, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. The only difference is that instead of just slicing the carrots, I also made them into long strips. I followed the same video, How to Master Basic Knife Skills. In the video, they show this technique on a potato, but you can also do it on a carrot! I also learned that this type of cut is called a Batonnet cut! To see if I could find more resources on different types of cuts, I googled “Batonnet”. I came across a blog post by Petit World Citizen that explained different types of cuts! I also found that her entire blog is about living a healthy lifestyle and she shares many recipes!

Before moving on to the cooking stage, I finished preparing the ingredients. So after the peppers and carrots, I minced the garlic. It was surprisingly easy to learn how to mince! The only issue I had was that garlic is quite sticky and it kept sticking to the knife. I had to constantly wipe it off the knife in order to keep cutting it.

Now to start the sauce! As mentioned above, the recipe is very easy to follow. I combined the ingredients like the recipe says, and I learned one really cool thing about making sauces. I learned that if you add cornstarch and water, it helps to thicken the sauce! This amazed me! I am surprised that I didn’t know this!

After making the sauce, I put it aside and began the vegetables. I browned them, then steamed them to allow them to cook fully. Every time I have made stir fry in the past, I have always cooked the meat before the vegetables, but this recipe said to make the vegetables first, so I gave it a try. I think making it this way, allows the vegetables to get a bit of a crisp on the outside because they are the only items in the pan. After the vegetables were done, I put them in a bowl to the side.

Next was the meat. I cut it into small pieces and fried it. After the meat was done, I added the vegetables and sauce into the pan with the meat. I put a lid on the pan to allow the food to heat up. This is the final product!

This meal was amazing! I did not expect it to turn out so amazing! I am very proud of myself for cutting my own vegetables and mincing the garlic, I never imagined that I would make a stir fry without using frozen veggies.

As mentioned above, I am looking for more recipes! I am thinking that I might put together a recipe book! Let me know in the comments if you have any good recipes that I could try out!

4 thoughts on “Making Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry!

  1. Hi Celine, your teriyaki beef stir-fry looks amazing. I love to cook and bake and it is enjoyable to see you learning project and how you have been achieving your goals of learning more!

    Corn starch and water is a very fun trick to use in the kitchen. I don’t if you know, but if you can get the right ratio of water and cornstarch it can be both liquid and solid, this is called oobleck. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5_hwpIixDg here is a link to video. Skip to 1:25 to see the liquid and solid form.

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  2. Hi Celine! You stir-fry looks delicious! Cooking is such a valuable skill to have.
    If you’re looking for a new recipe, a family favorite is Chicken-fajita lasagna. We don’t follow any exact amounts, so it usually varies a little depending on who’s making it, but it’s super simple! Fry up some chicken breasts (2-3) in chili powder and chili flakes (not too many flakes, unless you like it hot). Add-in some sliced red and yellow peppers (at least one of each) and sauté just until they start to soften. In a deep stoneware baking pan, pour just enough salsa to cover the bottom well. Sprinkle some shredded cheese over, then cover with tortillas (it’s the best with homemade tortillas, but delicious with store-bought as well). Add about half of the chicken mixture, pour more salsa over, and more cheese. Do another layer of tortillas, and repeat the last step. Add a final layer of tortillas, salsa, and cheese. (Altogether, about 1 jar (not the super small ones) of salsa and 3-4 cups of shredded cheese, just to help figure out proportions). Bake at 375 until heated through and cheese is bubbly and starting to brown, about 45 minutes (depends on the oven though).

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