Beef, Shiitake and Snow Pea Stir Fry from We Are Not Martha

Shiitake Snow Pea Stirfry

This very weeknight-dinner-friendly stir fry is brought to you by Chelsee Adams of Boston dining duo We Are Not Martha.

The summer months are always go, go, go. Work all day only to run home just to head back out to enjoy the last bits of daylight before the sun goes down. I find myself always searching for quick dinners to make in between all of the welcome-chaos that the summertime brings. It’s so easy to find yourself in an unhealthy slump when you get busy so I find that cooking quick dinners from scratch is the perfect remedy. And stir-fry is always a great option when I’m looking for something fast but delicious. Plus, it typically provides a generous amount of leftovers, so you’ll have lunch or dinner for the following day!

The chili-garlic sauce provides the right amount of heat while the hoisin sauce adds a special touch of sweetness and stickiness. I also imagine enjoying this stir-fry with a heaping bowl of rice… Delicious!

Shiitake mushrooms on a cutting board.

Beef, Shiitake, and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

(adapted from

Serves 4

1 lb sirloin steak, cut into 2-inch long, 1/5-inch-thick slices
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tabelspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, thickly sliced
8 ounces snow peas
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
5 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce


Begin by seasoning the beef with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and mushrooms until mushrooms are tender, about 3 minutes.

Next, add the beef to the skillet until beef browns but still remains a bit pink in the center, about 1 minute.

Add snow peas, half of the green onions and half of the cilantro, stir-fry for about 1 minute.

Now, stir in hoisin sauce and chili-garlic sauce and continue to saute until peas are crisp and slightly tender, for an additional 1-2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with remaining cilantro and green onions. For a warm entree, serve immediately. Or if you’d like a cooler, more refreshing dish, chill in refrigerator and serve over cool udon noodles.

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