Beef with Snow Peas

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This Beef with Snow Peas is an easy dinner recipe! Tender marinated beef and crisp peas toss perfectly over rice or noodles for a delicious weeknight supper.

a bowl of beef and snow peas
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  1. Ingredients in Beef with Snow Peas
  2. All About Snow Peas
  3. How to Make Beef with Snow Peas
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. What to Serve with This Recipe
  6. Beef with Snow Peas Recipe

Beef with Snow Peas is one of those dinners I plan for and look forward to all week! It’s an absolute favorite. The tender sirloin or flank steak, sliced super thin and then marinated with garlic and soy sauce is then paired with vibrant, crisp snow pea pods for a filling, yet light meal. I love it served over fluffy rice or steamy noodles, with extra sauce for drizzling.

This dish has an Asian flair with regular ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. No fussy spices or anything. It’s mild enough for the young ones in your family too; my kids love the snow peas and eat them plain. This is a quick, healthy dinner for even the busiest of weeknights!

Ingredients in Beef with Snow Peas

  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce – You can use regular one third cup soy sauce if you like, but low sodium tastes just as good and keeps the salt content down.
  • Chicken Broth – again, you can use low sodium broth if you want. This also tastes delicious with beef broth or even vegetable broth.
  • Garlic – two cloves garlic, or a couple of tablespoons minced garlic.
  • Beef Sirloin Steak – For this beef with snow peas recipe I like to use a couple of good beef sirloin steaks and slice them as thinly as possible with a sharp knife. But flank steak or skirt steak will work wonderfully too. The longer you marinate the sliced meat, the more tender and flavor-filled it becomes. For even more tender steak, make sure to slice against the grain, and very thin. The slices of steak will cook up really fast and are never tough.
  • Cornstarch – mix together with a bit of cold water or soy sauce mixture to thicken up the rest of the marinade for a delicious sauce.
  • Fresh Snow Peas – find them in the produce section of the grocery store or grow garden pea pods. They’re yummy to eat in this recipe or alone.
  • Canola Oil – for sautéing
snow peas sautéing in a pan



All About Snow Peas

Snow Peas are similar to sugar snap peas. The whole crispy pod can be cooked and eaten or eaten raw. Plus they’re so good for you! Snow peas are a terrific source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, iron, magnesium, and other nutrients. I love them on top of a green salad or in stir fry recipes like this beef with snow peas.

When cooked on a high heat for a good minute or two they turn a bright green. They add a sweet flavor and crunchy texture when they aren’t overcooked. Just chop the tops and bottoms of the pea pods off and cook for just a couple of minutes. Perfection.

Beef and Snow Peas on chopsticks

How to Make Beef with Snow Peas

  1. First, add all your cooking liquid into a small bowl. Mix the soy sauce, broth and garlic together and save about a quarter cup.
  2. Place the rest of the liquid along with the meat into a resealable bag. Store the meat mixture in the refrigerator on a clean plate for at least an hour.
  3. Create a cornstarch slurry with the remaining soy sauce mixture, and whisk until smooth. Place cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir in reserved soy sauce mixture until smooth; set aside.
  4. Using a wok or a large heavy skillet, stir-fry the snow peas in about two teaspoons of hot vegetable oil or olive oil over medium high heat until the snow peas are bright green and crisp-tender.
  5. Set the snow peas on a separate plate and cover to keep warm.
  6. Drain and discard marinade from beef. In same skillet, add beef pieces with tongs and stir-fry beef in remaining oil for 2 minutes.
  7. Stir cornstarch mixture; add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  8. Add the snow peas back in and serve over white rice, long grain rice, or brown rice.
meat and veggies cooking in a skillet

This simple beef dish can actually be changed up all sorts of ways. Try some of these additional ingredients to make the most out of your meal and stretch your dollar further:

  • Diced or shredded carrots
  • Sliced zucchini
  • Bell peppers
  • Whole scallions
  • Broccoli
  • Season with kosher salt, black pepper, basil or other herbs.
  • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds

Frequently Asked Questions

Do the snow peas need to be blanched before using?

You can blanch the peas before stir frying in this recipe, but it’s not necessary. It will soften the edges a bit, but they are tasty either way!

Can I use snap peas instead of snow peas?

Snap peas can be used in this recipe. Cook them the same way you cook the snow peas. You’ll know when they are done when they turn a bright green. It will take a few more minutes to cook them the snow peas, but they will taste great.

What can I use instead of snow peas?

If you can’t find snow peas or don’t like snow peas, you can use sugar snap peas, broccoli, or bell peppers as a substitute.

a bowl of beef and snow peas

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What to Serve with This Recipe

I love serving this beef with snow peas with simple white rice or egg noodles or any of these mouth watering recipes:

a bowl of beef and snow peas

Beef with Snow Peas

5 from 11 votes
This Beef with Snow Peas is an easy dinner recipe! Tender marinated beef and crisp peas go perfectly over rice or noodles for a delicious weeknight supper.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4

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Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound boneless beef sirloin steak (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh snow peas
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil divided

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, broth, and garlic. Reserve ¼ cup.
    Brown sauce in a glass measuring cup
  • Cut steak into thin slices. Place beef in a resealable plastic bag. Add remaining soy sauce mixture, seal and mix. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
    thinly sliced beef marinating in a ziplock bag
  • Place cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir in reserved soy sauce mixture until smooth; set aside.
    Brown sauce in a glass measuring cup
  • In a wok or large skillet, stir-fry snow peas in 2 tsp hot oil for 3-4 minutes or until snow peas are crisp-tender and bright green. Remove and keep warm.
    snow peas sautéing in a pan
  • Drain and discard marinade from beef. In same skillet, add beef pieces with tongs and stir-fry beef in remaining oil for 2 minutes. Stir cornstarch mixture; add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thickened.
    meat cooking in a skillet
  • Combine with snowpeas. Serve with rice (serve with brown rice if you want to be really healthy!)
    meat and veggies cooking in a skillet

Notes

  • Nutrition Facts do not include rice.
  • Looking to spice up the sauce? Add fresh ginger, Sriracha, or red pepper flakes. 
  • Add a few dashes of rice vinegar or sherry to the sauce for flavor. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 27gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 847mgPotassium: 540mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 535IUVitamin C: 31.3mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 3.3mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yum! One of my favorite things to get at our local Chinese restaurant! Can’t wait to make it for myself!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never had beef and snow peas but this recipe looks like the perfect excuse to try this recipe!

  3. I’ve made this receipe similar to this 1,000 of times. I use sherry in the sauce and at times( not all the time) minced ginger. You can use broccoli , mixed red and green sliced peppers, mushroom and bok Choy cooked crisp, bamboo shoots, shitake mushrooms , snow peas , green onions almost anything to your liking ☺️

  4. 5 stars
    I've made this so many times now & it's one of our favorites! I was wondering if you have ever used snap peas & if they would still be good? Harmons didn't have any snow peas! I was so bummed but my meat was already thawed out when I was at the store. I even went to Smiths to see if they had some! NOPE! BUMMER!

  5. 5 stars
    This was so good! I had no leftovers which is a rare thing. One thing I did different was double the sauce so there would be extra for the rice.

  6. YUM! I can't wait to try this one out 🙂 My husband loves snow peas and it gives me good reason the get the chop sticks out… the kids will LOVE that!