Vietnamese Stir-fry Beef, Green Beans and Tomatoes Recipe (Đỗ Xào Thịt Bò)

Vietnamese Stir-fry beef, green beans and tomatoes

Are you not sure what to do with all those fresh vegetables that are coming into your garden this summer? We have two perfect recipes that will give a fresh take on using green beans and tomatoes.

The Vietnamese stir-fry beef, green beans and tomatoes recipe (Đỗ Xào Thịt Bò) is a very easy Vietnamese dish to make. The recipe uses the quick-cooking stir-fry method. When made correctly it is bursting with a lot of great flavors and taste. It is also a very healthy recipe as it uses only fresh ingredients.

To make the recipe correctly you should first understand a bit about the Asia stir-fry cooking method.

The Asian Stir-fry Cooking Method

The stir fry method of cooking food originated in China but then spread to other parts of Asia. Many Vietnamese dishes use this method for cooking.

The defintiion of stir-fry cooking is:

“Fry (meat, fish, or vegetables) rapidly over a high heat while stirring briskly.”

Oxford Dictionary

With the right kind of wok, you can use minimal oil in your cooking. Also water tends to be used a lot in the Vietnamese stir-fry method. If you are going to be stir-frying a lot of Asian food, investing in a good wok is essential.

Stir-fry cooking is considered a healthy way of eating. If you watch our video on how we make the stir-fry beef, you will see that we use minimal oil in the cooking. The flavors are brought out by the meat and the simple sauces we use and the quick-cooking stir-fry method.

Stir-fry Tips and Pointers

There can be a bit of skill required to properly stir-fry food and not overheat or burn the food.

Here are some of our tips and pointers on how to correctly stir-fry:

  • Heat the pan – When stir-frying you should always heat the pan first. Do not try to stir-fry when the pan is cold. Take the time to make sure the pan is very hot. Do not be afraid to use a high temperature.
  • Pour in the oil – When the pan is hot then you can pour the oil into the pan but not before. To pour it down the sides is a good method to use. As the pan is very hot you should see the oil start to cook almost immediately.
  • Ginger, Garlic, Shallots, and Scallions Cook First – You should always cook the ginger, garlic, shallots or scallions first. And when you cook them, you cook them fully so that the flavor will get into the oil. As you are cooking them you must constantly stir and toss them so they will not burn.
  • Start with the longest cooking ingredients first – When stir-frying you start with the longest cooking ingredients first, which is usually, the meat. In the case of our stir-fried beef we cooked the beef first and then took it out of the pan. Sometimes this is the method that is used as you do not want to overcook the meat.
  • Meats must be very thin or in small pieces – When you are stir-frying any meat you must use meat that is very thinly sliced or very small pieces. The reason is if you have to cook them too long this could change the flavor of the dish. In this recipe of our Vietnamese stir-fry beef you will see that the beef we used is extremely thin. If you watch the video you will also see how quickly the beef was able to cook because it was so thin. The thin meat gives this dish a lot of great flavors that you will not get if the meat is too thick.
Vietnamese Stir-fry beef, green beans and tomatoes dish and recipe.
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Vietnamese Stir-fry Beef with Green Beans and Tomatoes (Đỗ Xào Thịt Bò)

We really love this Vietnamese stir-fry beef with fresh green beans and tomatoes as it is a great way to use your summer harvest of fresh vegetables. The Vietnamese name for this dish is Đỗ xào thịt bò.

This dish is originally from North Vietnam, but now it is so popular that it can be found throughout Vietnam. It is considered a basic Vietnamese stir-fry dish. One reason may be that it is quite easy to make and requires very few ingredients.

You can watch our video on how we make this Vietnamese stir-fry beef, with the green beans and tomatoes. Click on the link below.

You can download a copy of our recipe of the Vietnamese stir-fry beef, green beans and tomatoes (Đỗ xào thịt bò) by clicking on the link below:

Here is our recipe of the Vietnamese Beef, Green Beans and Tomatoes Stir-fry -Đỗ xào thịt bò

Recipe Serves About 6 people. 

Recipe Ingredients: 

10 cloves of garlic

4 small tomatoes

800 grams or 1.75 pounds of green beans

300 grams or .66 pounds of thinly sliced beef

2 teaspoons vegetable oil and additional oil for cooking. 

1 heaping tsp of salt

1/4 cup water 

Recipe Cooking Directions: 

Cut the ends off the green beans  and clean the green beans and cut them in half about 2” long per piece  Cut up the tomatoes   Crush and mince the garlic cloves into very small pieces

Marinate the beef with 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil and about 1/2 teaspoon of salt.  

Marinate Beef for at least 10 mins.  

Quick boil the beans.   A quick boil is when you bring the water to a boil and put the beans in the water for about 1 to 2  minutes.   You want them to still be crisp and not fully cooked.  Rise then with water.  

Heat up your Wok or pan on high

Add about 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil to the hot wok.

Cook the garlic in the wok with the oil until brown,  Stir constantly.  This will take about 1 minute.  Then add the beef and cook until almost done.  If the beef is thinly sliced this should also only take a minute or so.  Take the beef and garlic out of the wok.  Do not rise the wok, but put aside the beef and garlic mixture.  Do not turn off the heat on the stove.  

Add 1 tablespoon of oil into the hot wok.

Now add the tomatoes to the wok.  Cook them for a bit and then add 1/4 cup water.  

When cooking the tomatoes smash them up so they become like stewed tomatoes.  

Once the tomatoes are fully cooked, add the green beans and stir them together.  Cook the tomatoes and green beans together a few minutes mixing them up as you are cooking them.  

Cook until the tomato and green beans are until almost done.  You do not want to over cook them. 

Then add the beef mixture into the beans and tomatoes mixture and stir fry them together for about 1- 2 minutes, stir frequently.  If you want to at this stage you can turn the heat down just a bit.  

Once fully cooked the Vietnamese beef, green beans and tomato stir-fry dish is ready to eat. 

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We like to serve the Vietnamese Beef, Green Beans and Tomato with Brown Rice and the Vietnamese Cucumber Salad.  

To find out how to make the Vietnamese Cucumber and Peanut Salad you can read our blog Vietnamese Cucumber and Peanut Salad Recipe -Nộm Dưa Chuột by clicking here. We also have a video to show how the salad is made.

Preparation Tip:

If you wanted to cook this dish for an evening meal, you can marinate the beef ahead of time and cut up all the vegetables ahead of time. You could even quick cook the beans so they are ready to go into the stir-fry.

To actually cook this dish should not take you any more than 10 minutes once the vegetables and meat are cut up and prepared. With a bit of preparation the Vietnamese beef, green beans and tomatoes dish (Đỗ Xào Thịt Bò) is a very quick, healthy and easy evening meal.

This is a very simple, yet easy Vietnamese food to make. We love how all the ingredients are fresh and so this added freshness makes this recipe healthy and yet bursting with a lot of great flavors.

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Anita L Hummel

Hi, I live in Hanoi, Vietnam but spend time traveling the region. I love to share with you things I see and learn through my travels.

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