Stir-Fried Beef with Tomatoes

This is one of Ruby’s favorite dishes.  She showed me how to make it last year, and I’m happy to report that she thinks its good enough to post.  It’s a simple dish best served with steamed rice.

You can adjust the amount of sugar and ketchup to your taste.  Any kind of tomatoes will do; we normally buy what happens to be on sale.

For the beef, we like to use tenderloin or rib eye; however, these are pricey cuts.  If you use a less tender cut such as flank, be sure to marinade it well and don’t overcook it.

Stir-Fried Beef with Tomatoes

Serves 4


  • Beef tenderloin, rib eye or your choice of beef, thinly sliced (enough for 4)
  • 1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp soya sauce
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 4-6 tbsp ketchup (adjust to your taste)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 -2 tsp soya sauce (adjust to your taste and/or if you are watching your sodium)
  • 2 – 3 tsp sugar (adjust to your taste)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup cold water (in a small bowl, set aside)
  1. In a bowl, mix the beef with the Chinese cooking wine, oil, soya sauce and minced garlic.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes or marinate overnight (be sure to allow the beef to come to room temperature before frying)
  2. In a small bowl, combine ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, soya sauce, sugar, salt and pepper, set aside
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet until hot, you want to get a nice sear on the meat
  4. Fry the beef strips until slightly pink.  Remove and set aside.  Do not overcook
  5. In same wok or skillet, sauté onions for 2-3 minutes.  Add tomatoes and stir for another 2 minutes
  6. Add ketchup sauce and simmer on medium low until tomatoes are softened
  7. Raise heat to medium high/high and slowly add cornstarch mixture, a teaspoon at a time.  You may not need to use all of the slurry mixture
  8. When the sauce starts to thicken, add beef and stir just to coat
  9. Remove from heat and sprinkle with green onions (optional)



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