Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry is in rich in flavor and tastefully simple!

Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

I can remember at least 5 foods that would make me gag as a kid.  I’m sure there were more but these five foods stand out in my mind as the worst offenders!   They were:  swiss cheese, mushrooms, liver, brussels sprouts and an egg/tomato breakfast dish that my mom would sometimes serve.  One thing they all have in common?  They are smelly.

Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

As I matured, my tastes followed suit.  I slowly learned to appreciate three of the five “make me gag” foods.  I believe somewhere in my teens I got brave and tried mushrooms only to discover that despite their texture, they really do have good flavor.   I was in my 20′s before I realized that swiss cheese compliments a reuben sandwich like no other cheese can!   And ham DOES taste really good with swiss!  Finally, it wasn’t until I turned 40 that I even dared to try my hand at brussels sprouts.  Now I’m a believer.  Despite their cabbage like odor and texture, these little greens pack lots of flavor and taste especially wonderful roasted or with bacon (what doesn’t?).  It dawned on me that I have been missing out on something wonderful all these years.

Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

I have gone as far as combining swiss cheese and mushrooms!  How’s that for working through my gag reflexes!  It’s amazing how not only our tastes change with age, but our willingness to try new things.  I can only hope that my own kids will grow to appreciate some of the foods that make them scrunch up their face in disgust now.  Perhaps one day my son will actually like cooked tomatoes and peppers.  Maybe my oldest daughter will actually find melted cheese appealing.  And if I’ve done my job, maybe my youngest will eat peas with a newfound zeal!  I can dream can’t I?

Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

The last two foods on my list of foods I hate are still on that list.   I am fairly confident that no one under 50 has ever actually made liver for themselves.  I’m not even sure stores sell liver?  Ewe.  And as for that scrambled egg, runny tomato breakfast dish my mom would make, well I’m gagging now just writing about it!  Never liked that stuff!  And so I understand that my own kids will probably have a certain disdain for foods that I have served and maybe continue to serve.  I get that and it’s ok.  The goal is to teach them to develop an open mind over time.  And then the culinary world will be theirs!


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Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

Beef and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry


  • 1 lb flank steak
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Thinly cut steak diagonally cross the grain. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet. Add on tablespoon oil. Add steak in batches, letting them cook over high heat for 2-3 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Transfer meat to a plate and set aside. Wipe out skillet.
  3. Add remaining tablespoon of oil. Stir-fry Brussels sprouts for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Add ginger and garlic stirring for 1 minute. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine broth, sugar, soy sauce, lime juice and cornstarch. Whisk until smooth. Add liquid to sprouts and bring to a boil. Cook until sprouts are tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in steak.
  4. Serve over rice.


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14 Responses

  1. I know all about those kid tastebuds that develop over time Only I will still spend an entire lunch hour picking peas out of my fried rice!

    • My youngest will pick out peas with you! Thanks Chandra!

  2. The other night we had Brussels sprouts that were just OK. I think I might have killed my chance at ever having my husband want them as a side dish. This however would cure that. Looks great!

    • This might be the only way I can my own husband to eat Brussels sprouts!

  3. This sounds like a great recipe, Tanya, Sprouts are one of the unsung heroes of Fall and I do enjoy them, always have really. Glad that you joined the bandwagon. Just look at the dish you’ve shared with us. :)

    • I agree John, Brussels sprouts are the forgotten veggie around here! Thanks John!

  4. This looks delicious! I love the idea of pairing beef with Brussels sprouts…it literally makes me salivate just thinking about it right now! :-)

    • Beef and Brussels sprouts are so good together! Thank Lauren!

  5. I have yet to try Brussel sprouts….keep posting recipes like this and I might try them!

    • Hey, I didn’t try them until recently. You have at least 10 years to go1


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