Fabulous, Lean Steak Stir-Fry, Better Than Takeout



You won’t find this fabulous dish at your local Chinese takeout!  The homemade sauce is bursting with flavor and so easy to make. I’m stir-frying with just 1 teaspoon oil and using healthy ingredients such as a lean steak, red peppers, edamame, pineapple and serving over brown rice. Each serving has 469 calories, 7 grams of fat and 12 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Serve without rice and it’s 8 POINTS PLUS and 309 calories. Try it served over steamed broccoli slaw instead of the rice, if desired. This dish is so hearty, you really don’t need anything else to complete the meal. That said, you still might want to serve this recipe with Low Carb Chicken Lettuce Wraps or Panda Express Egg Rolls Made Skinny.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes, including making rice


1 cup brown Basmati rice, uncooked, see shopping tips

½ of a (7 oz jar) hoisin sauce, see shopping tips

½ cup rice vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar

1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks, unsweetened, not drained, ½ cup juice from can

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped

1 tablespoon ginger (from a jar), see shopping tips

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

Less than ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes or more, if you like it very spicy

1 teaspoon olive oil or canola oil

1 pound lean top sirloin, cut into bite size chunks, see shopping tips

1 cup red bell pepper, seeded, thinly sliced

1 cup scallions, chopped

1 cup frozen shelled edamame or green peas, not defrosted


1. Cook rice according to package instructions and keep warm.

2. In the meantime, in a small saucepan add ½ of the jar of hoisin sauce, vinegar, pineapple juice from the can of pineapple, honey, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and mix well. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Set aside.

3. In a large nonstick pan or wok, heat 1 teaspoon oil over high heat.  Add beef and stir-fry until browned, about 3-4 minutes.

4. Add red bell pepper, scallions, edamame, pineapple chunks and saute for 1 minute. Add sauce and mix well. Cook for 1 more minute.

5. To serve: place ¾ cup brown rice on each plate or bowl and spread out. Top each with 1 cup stir-fry.

Makes 4 servings-each serving (¾ cup rice and 1 cup stir-fry)

Healthy Benefits

Steak is nutrient dense. It’s a complete protein, contains vitamin B12, iron, niacin and zinc. Eaten in moderation, lean beef can be part of a healthy life style.

Brown rice is a good source of magnesium, which helps to maintain proper blood pressure.  It also contains a fair amount of fiber, iron, niacin, thiamine and vitamin B6.

Edamame is extremely high in protein and fiber. It provides useful amounts of B vitamins, significant calcium and a little zinc.

Shopping Tips

Choose lean beef such as tenderloin or top sirloin. Trader Joe’s sells packages of very lean top sirloin. They also sell packages of very lean grass fed steak. Be sure to cut the steak into bite-size pieces. This dish would also taste great using chicken or pork.

Brown Basmati rice is really tasty. It’s tastes much nuttier than most brown rice. Most supermarkets sell it either in the rice aisle or health food aisle. I found it at Trader Joe’s.

Hoisin sauce is sold in most supermarkets in the Asian or international section.

Ginger, in a jar, is a wonderful product and can be found in the produce section where garlic, in a jar, is displayed.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 9

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 12
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 
(without rice) 8

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (3/4 cup rice and 1 cup stir-fry)
469calories, 7g fat, 0g sat. fat, 0mg chol, 36g protein, 68g carbs, 4g fiber, 859mg sodium, 25g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 full fat serving
830 calories, 21g fat, 33g protein, 133g carbs, 2g fiber, 2273mg sodium, 50g sugar

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24 Responses to “Fabulous, Lean Steak Stir-Fry, Better Than Takeout”

  1. Yvette Says:

    I was a little scared to leave the pineapple chunks in there lol but this turned out sooooo good! One of your best recipes!

  2. admin Says:

    Ahhh…Thanks so much Yvette!

  3. Gary Z Says:

    That is still an insane amount of sodium and sugars!

  4. admin Says:

    Gary, this recipe might not be for you!

  5. Alyson @ Starting Over at the Dirty 30 Says:

    This looks DE-LISH!!! Thanks for sharing, I know the hubs would love this:)

    Visiting from Tell Me Tuesday


  6. admin Says:

    Thanks for stopping by Alyson!

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  8. Sandra - The Foodie Affair Says:

    Stir-fry! One of my favorite dishes. I love that you used pineapple juice. Such a great addition to the recipe! Thanks!

  9. Carol Cassara Says:

    This looks like another winner, Nancy.

  10. Helene Cohen Bludman Says:

    Yum! This looks way better than the Chinese takeout food we get. I can’t wait to make this dinner for my family.

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks Helene. I hope it becomes a family favorite!

  12. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Carol!

  13. admin Says:

    I love pineapple too Sandra. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. lynninflorida Says:

    This looks great and can’t wait to try…you always serve up something so deelish! I’m a little confused tho…your recipe says that with the brown rice it is 9pp…without the rice only 8pp….you allow a 3/4C serving of rice….which no matter where I search will be at least 4pp ….

  15. Healing Tomato Says:

    You are a great cook and it shows in all your recipes. I like how you are emphasizing healthy in this recipe and others.

  16. admin Says:

    So nice Rini. Thank you!

  17. Kecia Says:

    Delicious as always!! So healthy and fresh looking!!

  18. Aunt Bee Says:

    This looks great! I love stir fry!

  19. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for the nice words about my site! And, you are so right Lynn. I just recalculated this recipe and I found I made a mistake. This recipe was first calculated with 1 cup cooked brown rice not 1 cup uncooked. I’m so sorry for the error. I’ve made the corrections now.
    All the best to you,

  20. admin Says:

    Thanks Brandi. I hope you enjoy this one!

  21. admin Says:

    Ahhh…Thanks Kecia!

  22. Lissy Keller Says:

    I made this tonight and my we really enjoyed it. Because I have to watch my salt intake, I did removed the beef & veggies for myself before adding the sauce and I also skipped the rice. Can you tell me the nutritional info without sauce and rice? Thank you and keep these wonderful recipes coming.

  23. Paleo Diet review Says:

    we’ll include this delicious recipe to our list.

  24. admin Says:

    Thank you.
    My best,

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