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Spicy Beef & Pepper Stir-Fry

Think of this stir-fry as your chance to play with heat and spice. I balance the beef with coconut milk and a spritz of lime. —Joy Zacharia, Clearwater, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a large bowl, toss beef with ginger, 2 garlic cloves, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk coconut milk, sugar, chili sauce, lime zest, lime juice and remaining salt until blended.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; stir-fry until no longer pink, 2-3 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Stir-fry red pepper, red onion, jalapeno and remaining garlic in remaining oil just until vegetables are crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Stir in coconut milk mixture; heat through. Add spinach and beef; cook until spinach is wilted and beef is heated through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 312 calories, 16g fat (5g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • fotobydede
    Aug 22, 2020

    I'm surprised at all the good reviews of this. I found it to be a bit bland and not nearly enough sauce if you are serving over rice. The sauce was super runny too so I had to quickly make a cornstarch and coconut milk mixture to add to it. I now have half of it left over (minus the sauce b/c I used all of it already) and will need to figure out what to do with it.

  • testing123a23874823
    Feb 19, 2020

    I love this!

  • BeckyJCarver
    Jan 12, 2020

    My son loves oriental food

  • michnap
    Sep 17, 2019

    Very good. This is a keeper . Only thing I had to substitute was lime (used lime juice) and dried cilantro. Made jasmine rice on the side. Prep EVERYTHING first it makes it much easier.

  • Dj
    Jul 21, 2019

    This was really delicious and fun to make! Not too rich/and or fatty either. The flavors are just amazing. Will be making this again. As a side note, I did use a pound of Ribeye steak in this recipe.

  • Julie
    Jul 13, 2019

    The sauce on this recipe is amazing and very versatile. It reminds me of a good Thai sauce. It works with chicken and tofu as well! I use the whole can of coconut milk because I would waste it otherwise. Also, if the jalapeño is too hot it can be omitted depending on preference. I love spicy food but if the jalapeño is too hot it ruins it for me. I do a taste test before adding it.

  • annrms
    Nov 18, 2018

    Used bean sprouts along with the other vegetables and added more Sriracha to taste! I had skirt steak to use so I trimmed it well and cut it into small strips across the grain. It's a delicious dish, and will make it again.

  • ksandjs1
    May 24, 2018

    No comment left

  • NH-rescue
    Jan 26, 2018

    This recipe combines heat and spice with the calming sweetness of the coconut milk. We used roasted red peppers from a jar in place of fresh ones, with no significant difference. Sriracha hot sauce was a new ingredient to us, but it gave a nice kick to the dish. The 4 cups of spinach may seem like a lot, but when it wilts, it's just the right amount. This was a big hit with the whole family!

  • lori_g_57
    Sep 12, 2017

    Packed full of flavor. One of our favorite stir frys and so easy! Left out spinach due to personal preference & increased peppers.