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Asian Ground Beef Stir Fry

Asian Ground Beef Stir Fry

A quick asian stir fry recipe, made with lean ground beef and fragrant asian stir fry sauce. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Rika Livingston


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 shallots minced
  • optional: 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds (crushed)
  • 1/2 tablepsoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Ching kiang Chinese black vinegar (see note for substitute)
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste
  • black and white sesame seeds
  • red chilies chopped
  • green onion chopped
  • Fresh mint or basil leaves
  • Rice or lettuce


  • In a small mixing bowl: add soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil, white sugar. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over high heat and add beef, then season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook undisturbed for about 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and repeat the same proces on the other side until the meat is browned.
  • Using a wooden spatula, start break the meat into small pieces. Push the meat to the side of skillet.
  • Add cumin, garlic and shallots. Cook until fragrant.
  • Stir the beef with the cumin, garlic and shallots mixture.
  • Add the asian marinade sauce and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Keep stirring until the meat is coated and is cooked through (for about 4 minutes). Season with salt and pepper according to your taste. 
  • Serve over rice or lettuce. Top with some fresh mint or basil leaves, choppe green onion, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.


If you don't have Black Vinegar, you can make your own by combining:
1 part balsamic vinegar 
1 part rice wine vinegar 
3 part water 
In a small mixing bowl, whisk all the ingredients above. Then use in recipe as required (for this Asian Ground Beef Stir fry, you only need to use 1 tablespoon of the mixture). 
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