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Beef chop suey and rice on plate with forks and green napkin.

Beef Chop Suey

  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Asian/American


This Beef Chop Suey recipe is a homemade version of a popular takeout dish. It is a tasty stir fry loaded with a variety of crispy vegetables and tender beef. The sauce is both sweet and savory with a little heat from the red pepper flakes.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak, sliced into thin strips *
  • 2 -3 tablespoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons oil, canola, vegetable or sesame
  • 3 stalks scallions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw*
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 6 ounce can bean sprouts, drained
  • 1 12 ounce can water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce or Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Place steak in large bowl with the arrowroot powder or cornstarch.  Stir to cover steak.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet or wok on medium high heat.
  4. Carefully place beef in skillet and cook the beef for about 5 minutes until golden brown.  Test the meat with an internal thermometer.  It should register at least 130°F.   Remove to a plate.
  5. Cook red peppers for 2 minutes then add the broccoli slaw and scallions, stirring about 3 minutes.  Add a few teaspoons more oil if vegetables start to stick to the pan.  Then stir in the water chestnuts, garlic and bean sprouts.  Cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Whisk sauce again before adding to pan. Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Add beef and vegetables back to pan and stir to combine with the sauce.  Stir for a minute to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve over white or brown rice, cauliflower rice or rice noodles.


* You can also use flank steak, skirt steak, beef chuck steak or sirloin tip.

*Instead of broccoli slaw, use 3 cup of broccoli florets, cut into medium size pieces.

*Taste the sauce before adding to the skillet.  Add more soy sauce, sugar or red pepper flakes as you prefer.

*Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days.  Freeze for up to 3 months.  Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.  Reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes until hot.  Or reheat in a pan on the stovetop  for    2-3 minutes until hot.

Keywords: stir fry, chop suey, sirloin beef, quick dinner