Ground beef with Peas & Carrot – stir fry

 Beef with Peas and Carrots

Ground beef with peas and carrots

It’s a budget friendly meal that is both delicious and easy to make. Growing-up mom made this ground beef with peas and carrots and the beefy oyster sauce smells would fill the house and we felt so blessed! It was a dish I made for my college friends and they were all hooked on it as soon as they smelled the flavors coming from the wok.

Ingredients/Preparation

1 lb. of lean ground beef (I like 95% lean ground sirloin beef)

1 bag of frozen peas and carrots (boil and rinse in cold water set aside in a colander)

1 medium sized onion diced into small cubes

oyster sauce

soy sauce

2 cloves of minced garlic (or 1 tsp garlic salt)

1/2 cup water

2 TBSP cornstarch

2 pinches of salt

2 pinches of black pepper

cooking oil (I like canola oil and blended olive oil)

Egg optional

  How to do it

  •  Dice the onions and set aside.  Mix well 1/2 cup of cold water with 1 Tb of cornstarch then add 1 tsp of soy sauce; mix it until the cornstarch dissolves into the water setting aside for making gravy.
  • Now, you heat up the wok on medium high heat.  Add some cooking oil and begin to brown the ground beef. We want to add raw onions to the ground beef when half way browned. I love the smell of beef and onions it a beautiful thing really.
  • Now, as the beef is being cooked you want it to be completely browned before adding the peas and carrots. Uncooked ground beef is dangerous to consume. Add the peas and carrots to the cooked beef and mix together well. You may add fresh garlic at this time or garlic salt.
  •   In the meantime make a corn-starch slurry with either using beef stock or water. It’s what you have at your finger tips.  With this recipe you may want to figure out if you want a dryer dish or a gravy dish. The more corn starch slurry you make the more gravy you have for the dish. Add to the wok immediately after making the slurry. No time to waste we need to finish the dish! Add some black pepper to the dish. Taste it before you add anything else you’d like.
  • Corn starch Slurry — 1-1/2 cup of cold liquids to about 1- 2 Tbsp of corn starch dissolved with a spoon. You may add soy sauce or black beans to the slurry or even cooking wine.  Slurry must always come up to a boil before it thickens into a sauce.
  •  Lastly but most importantly you want to add oyster sauce to this dish. I say about 2-3 Tbsp. It’s a very salty sauce so if you don’t like it too salty, use it sparingly. I love this dish with oyster sauce so I put a lot on. Add about 2 tsp of sugar to even out the flavors. Mix well and once you’ve covered with oyster sauce and gravy it’s done. But you have one more option to this dish, fried egg.
  • Take the beef with peas and carrots place into a serving bowl before you add the egg. Presentation is fun people!

Optional Item Fried Egg

  • Totally up to you it’s not important to have it but it’s nice. I take a frying pan turn up the medium high heat.  Add some cooking oil. When the pan is hot crack the egg right onto the pan. Let it cook up for about 2 minutes until the egg whites are not translucent, but you want the egg to be runny.