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sesame beef with vegetables

Sesame Beef Bowls


Easy 30-minute sesame beef is an easy recipe inspired by take-out. The beef is cooked in a savory sauce and served with crisp-tender vegetables and rice. This recipe is a great dinner for two or double it to serve more!



  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 pound chuck-eye steak seasoned with salt and pepper, sliced thin against the grain
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup snow peas, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, white and tender green parts sliced


  1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
  2. Whisk the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, pepper, red pepper flakes and honey in a small bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  3. Coat the beef in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it easily coats the bottom of the pan. Place the beef in a single layer in the pan and cook it for about five minutes, or until it’s browned. Transfer the beef to a plate. Add the bell pepper and snow peas to the skillet and cook them for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a plate.
  4. Transfer the beef back to the pan and add the sauce. Cook the beef and sauce for about a minute, or until the sauce thickens and coats the beef. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top of the beef.
  5. Divide the rice, beef, and veggies between two bowls. Garnish with the sliced green onion.


If you are sensitive to salt, use low-sodium soy sauce.

The leftovers are great – just store them in an airtight container and they’ll last for three to four days in the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
  • Calories: 515
  • Sugar: 6.1g
  • Sodium: 972.5mg
  • Fat: 28.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14.7g
  • Trans Fat: 1.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.6g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Cholesterol: 77.1mg

Keywords: sesame beef, beef stir fry