Green Bean Stir Fry with Steak

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Sauteed ginger and garlic are an aromatic start to this crave-worthy green bean stir fry.

Green Bean Stir Fry in stainless skillet with plaid cloth underneath it

“What is that amazing smell?” Those words are music to my ears when my kids and husband wander into the kitchen while I am cooking dinner. This stir fry creates an aroma that fills the kitchen and inevitably I’ll hear the question, “How long until dinner?”

Mastering a few stir fry techniques will reduce any desire you might have to grab takeout on a busy night. When you can pull together a restaurant-quality meal at home in less time and at a lower cost than eating out, your family and your budget will thank you for it.

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Find a basic sauce that everyone loves and it will be easy to scale up or down and swap ingredients with what is on hand in the refrigerator or pantry.

Stir Fried Green Beans

Many of our favorite stir fries begin with fresh ginger and garlic. Add some sauce, fish sauce, or oyster sauce, and kick up the heat just a little (or a whole lot sometimes!) with some chili sauce or red pepper flakes. Last, don’t forget to balance that heat with a bit of honey or brown sugar.

You can use the basic ingredients here with whatever meat and vegetables you like best. The aromatic garlic and ginger are a popular combination that works well together for everything from stir fried vegetables to beef, pork, chicken, and fish.

For a beef stir fry, skirt steak is my first choice. Flank steak is a good alternative if you can’t find skirt steak at the store.

It’s always easier to slice steak when it is cold. If you have time, place it in the freezer for about 30 minutes before slicing and it will cut beautifully.

steak and green beans in skillet with grey tea towel

Green Bean Stir Fry

To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • coconut oil or light-flavored olive oil
  • skirt steak
  • green beans
  • ginger
  • cloves 
  • water
  • fish sauce or soy sauce
  • fresh basil
  • cooked rice
skillet with green beans and beef stir fry

Stir Fry with Green Beans

To make this green bean stir fry with steak, start by sauteing thinly sliced steak strips in a hot skillet or wok. This large stainless skillet is just right to use for this recipe.

After the beef is browned, transfer it to a plate and add the green beans, garlic, and ginger to the hot skillet along with a splash of water. Cover with a lid and allow the green beans to steam just a bit.

Uncover and toss for a few minutes, until the green beans are tender-crisp. Add the beef back to the skillet along with the fish sauce. Toss to coat and cook for another minute before serving over rice.

close up of green beans with thinly sliced steak in skillet

Quick Stir Fry Dinners

Stir fries are the perfect weeknight meal because they are quick, easy, and versatile. You can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes with any of these recipes.

Looking for a hearty side to serve with your stir fry? This mixed vegetable rice is delicious, nutritious, and only takes a few minutes to make.

For another great stir fry with green beans, saute about a pound of green beans and add them to this Steak Stir Fry with Mushrooms.

Change things up and swap the broccoli for green beans to make this Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stir Fry. Or trade the zucchini for green beans in this Sesame and Zucchini Chicken Stir Fry.

Looking for a simple and delicious side dish? Colorful Confetti Corn pairs wonderfully with many of our favorite meals.

Stir fried steak and green beans in skillet with grey tea towel

Green Bean Stir Fry with Steak

Sauteed ginger and garlic are an aromatic start to this crave-worthy green bean stir fry.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil or light flavored olive oil
  • 1 pound skirt steak cut against the grain into very thin strips
  • 1 pound green beans trimmed
  • 3 inch piece of ginger about ¼ cup peeled and cut into very thin matchsticks
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce or soy sauce
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves roughly chopped plus more for topping
  • cooked rice for serving


  • In a very large skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the steak and cook, tossing or stirring constantly just until browned, about 4 minutes. Remove the cooked steak to a plate.
  • Add the green beans, ginger, and garlic to the juices left in the skillet. Toss to combine, add water, and cover with lid. Continue cooking over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Uncover and continue tossing the green beans in the skillet constantly until the green beans are crisp-tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Return the beef and any juices to the skillet along with the fish sauce and basil. Toss quickly to coat and cook about a minute. Sprinkle with more basil, if desired and serve immediately, by itself or over rice.


Calories: 229kcal · Carbohydrates: 10g · Protein: 27g · Fat: 10g · Saturated Fat: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g · Monounsaturated Fat: 4g · Trans Fat: 0.4g · Cholesterol: 71mg · Sodium: 790mg · Potassium: 639mg · Fiber: 3g · Sugar: 4g · Vitamin A: 951IU · Vitamin C: 16mg · Calcium: 64mg · Iron: 3mg
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