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25 Minute Beef Tomato Recipe

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All you need is 25 minutes for this delicious Hawaiian Chinese style beef tomato recipe. Tender beef stir fry, tossed with tomatoes and an umami packed sauce. A delicious dinner, perfect for weeknight meals.

beef tomato on white rice on a black plate

I’m all about quick weeknight meals. Life gets so busy and sometimes we just don’t have time to slave for hours in the kitchen. Getting dinner on the table and the kids fed in a timely manner makes the rest of the evening much easier.

Hawaiian Chinese dishes are a large part of Hawai’i cuisine and beef tomato happens to be one of them. Tender slices of beef are quickly stir fried with tomatoes and other veggies and simmered in thick, yummy sauce.

First off, let’s talk about what you’ll need to make beef tomato.

  • Beef
  • The sauce
  • Veggies
beef tomato ingredients

The Beef

I like to use flank steak. For a time saving trick you can use already sliced beef. For a more budget friendly option you can slice the meat yourself. Partially freezing the meat will help make slicing it easier.

The Sauce 

The sauce is loaded with umami flavors and is a big part of this dish.

  • Shoyu: This is a Japanese style soy sauce. This can be found in the Asian aisle at most grocery stores. For a gluten free option you can use tamari.
  • Sugar: This recipe uses granulated sugar, but you can also use brown sugar.
  • Oyster sauce: This is a slightly sweet and savory sauce that is a staple in many Asian dishes.
  • Mirin is a sweet rice wine that can also be found in the Asian aisle in most grocery stores. You can replace this with shaoxing wine or sherry.
  • Rice vinegar is a vinegar made from fermented rice.
  • Sesame oil is a vegetable oil made from sesame seeds. It has a very strong flavor so use sparingly.

The veggies

The best part about stir frys is its versatility. You can use any vegetables you have on hand or use what’s in season. Since this is beef tomato I would recommend using tomatoes, but any other added veggies is totally up to you.

close up of beef tomato in a pan

What type of tomato do I use?

I like to use beefsteak tomatoes, but there are other tomatoes you can use as well.

How to store beef tomato?

Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze beef tomato?

Yes. Once completely cooled, place in a zip top bag and store in the freezer for 2-3 months.

How to reheat beef tomato?

Place frozen dish in the refrigerator and allow to defrost overnight. You can also opt to defrost in the microwave or at room temperature for a few hours. Then warm up on the stove over medium heat.

top down view of beef tomato on a black plate

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How to make beef tomato?

Add beef and cornstarch to a large bowl. Toss until beef is well coated and set aside

flank steak and cornstarch for beef tomato

To another bowl add shoyu, sugar, oyster sauce, mirin, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Whisk until well combined and set aside.

sauce for beef tomato

Add avocado oil to a large pan set over medium high heat. Add beef, salt, and pepper. Cook until lightly browned. Remove the beef before it has fully cooked through and set aside.

cooking steak in pan for beef tomato

Add avocado oil, ginger, and garlic. Saute until fragrant.

Then add onions and bell peppers. Cook until the onions are just starting to become translucent.

Next add the tomatoes and cook for another minute or two.

cooking veggies in a pan for beef tomato

Pour the shoyu sauce in the pan and stir the veggies to coat.

adding sauce to a pan of veggies for beef tomato

Return the beef to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.

To thicken the sauce add cornstarch and water to a small bowl. Whisk to combine and add to the pan. Stir until sauce thickens to your liking.

adding cornstarch and water to beef tomato

Serve with sticky white rice. Garnish with green onion and ENJOY!

close up of beef tomato in a pan

Beef Tomato

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

All you need is 25 minutes for this delicious Hawaiian Chinese style beef tomato recipe. Tender beef stir fry, tossed with tomatoes and a delicious sauce. A delicious dinner perfect for weeknight meals.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup shoyu
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • green onion to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add beef and cornstarch to a large bowl. Toss until beef is well coated and set aside
  2. To another bowl add shoyu, sugar, oyster sauce, mirin, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Whisk until well combined and set aside.
  3. Add avocado oil to a large pan set over medium high heat. Add beef, salt, and pepper. Cook until lightly browned. Remove the beef before it has fully cooked through and set aside.
  4. Add avocado oil, ginger, and garlic. Saute until fragrant.
  5. Then add onions and bell peppers. Cook until the onions are just starting to become translucent.
  6. Next add the tomatoes and cook for another minute or two.
  7. Pour the shoyu sauce in the pan and stir the veggies to coat.
  8. Return the beef to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.
  9. To thicken the sauce add cornstarch and water to a small bowl. Whisk to combine and add to the pan. Stir until sauce thickens to your liking.
  10. Serve with sticky white rice. Garnish with green onion and ENJOY!

Notes

*Save time by buying already sliced flank steak or save money by slicing the meat yourself.

*Avocado oil can be replaced by the oil of your choice.

*You can substitute veggies that are in season or use the ones that you have on hand.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 389mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 33g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on September 27th, 2020

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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10 thoughts on “25 Minute Beef Tomato Recipe”

  1. I love your videos and made a couple. Only thing about this video is I would kill my kids if they used a metal tong on my tephlon pans, lol… keep the recipes coming love them.

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  2. You reference below this beef tomato recipe Aji Mirin. But write “mirin” so a little confused! The two are different products. Which one to use or does it matter? Love beef tomato but never could get it right.

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    • True mirin can be difficult to source on Amazon due to the alcohol content. Aji mirin has a lower alcohol content than regular mirin, but I’ve used both and think either one works great. These shopping options are there to make it easier for people to find ingredients that may not have at home. Thanks for stopping by.

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