Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe {Freezer Meal}

Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe

Is anyone like me and have a freezer full of beef? This summer, some friends and I went in together to purchase a grass-fed cow. It’s a great way to go if you have a deep freeze and like beef.

Locally-raised, grass-fed beef is incredibly healthy. In fact, it’s the only kind of red meat I’ll ever buy again. Plus, it’s a huge cost savings to purchase it in bulk like this and you’re supporting a local farmer. You get various steaks, roasts, ground beef, and, yes, even a few weird parts. Overall, I think it’s the way to go.

Now the challenging part to having a ton of beef around is using it up!

Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry

This Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry recipe is one of my Freezer Club‘s favorite beef meals. A big shout out to my friend, Shelly M, for the original recipe! It’s got a ton of flavor and is easy to make. I usually serve it over brown rice for some added fiber. (Update from 8/2/14: I made this again tonight and my entire family LOVED it!)

Freezer meal instructions are included below. If you have questions, let me know! Looking for more healthy and delicious freezer meals? Check out these 70+ recipes.

Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe

Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe

Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry Recipe {Freezer Meal}

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Freezer Meal
  • Method: Stir fry
  • Cuisine: Szechuan


This very quick and easy meal rivals any Asian take-out stir-fry. Serve over brown rice for some added fiber.


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup all-natural soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural stir-fry sauce
  • 1 pound steak (any kind), sliced thin, 1-2” long pieces
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 12 tablespoon vegetable or peanut oil
  • 23 cups (1 small package) frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts


  1. Combine garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, sesame oil, and stir-fry sauce in a large Ziploc bag. Close bag and shake well to combine. Add steak to bag and put in fridge to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Combine water, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetables and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, just until crisp-tender (do not over cook). Remove to plate.
  4. Add beef and marinade to hot pan. Stir fry just until meat is cooked through (do not over cook). This only takes 1-2 minutes.
  5. Return vegetables to pan and toss with meat and sauce. Bring sauce to a simmer. Then add water/cornstarch mixture to thicken sauce. After sauce thickens (after about a minute or so), remove from heat.
  6. Top with with cilantro and peanuts and serve over rice.


Freezer Meal Instructions:
Prepare the different uncooked ingredients and freeze them separately in freezer-safe containers/bags as follows:
– Make the marinade and put the steak in the marinade in a large freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible.
– Mix the cornstarch, sugar, and water and put in small zip-top bag.
– Chop peanuts and put in another small zip-top bag. (Do not prep and freeze cilantro ahead of time.)
– Put all three zip-top baggies into one gallon-sized freezer bag. Freeze with the frozen veggie bag on top or nearby, so the meal is all together.
When ready to cook, thaw steak/marinade, cornstarch mixture, and peanuts in the refrigerator overnight or by running the bags under cold water for several minutes. IMPORTANT: Do not thaw the frozen veggies! Then cook everything according to directions, starting with Step 3. Prepare and garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

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  5. Nicole says

    Hi, if you have fresh veggies do you think you could just sautee the veggies, and then add the defrosted marinaded meat and then a minute or two later, the cornstarch? I prefer using fresh veggies…thanks your site is really helping me and I now have a freezer full of goodies 🙂

    • Rachel says

      Oh, yes, definitely. I wrote this as a complete freezer meal, but I prefer fresh veggies too!

  6. Beth says

    I recently made this recipe with venison. I let the sauce and meat stand in frig for 2 days (it partially froze because it was in meat drawer). I froze the veggies just to see how they would stand up. I have been cooking venison for decades. It was one of the best recipes I have cooked. I think sitting in frig for 2 days really tenderized the meat. I specifically chose the less tender part of venison to experiment. I am teaching a “Meals in Minutes” class at our church this weekend and wanted to show them an example of preparing freezer meals. It is my hope that we will one day do a freezer meal group.

    • Polly says

      So glad you liked it! That is such a fun idea to teach a Meals in Minutes class. Hope it goes well.

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  8. Amy Cook says

    Recipe looks interesting to try but what is stir fry sauce? do you mean fish sauce…or to simply use your choice of sauce?

    • Rachel says

      No, it’s actually called Stir-Fry sauce at our store. Teraiyaki (sp?) Sauce works well too.

  9. Jill says

    Could you substitute the beef with chicken or pork? Same freezing directions?

    • Rachel says

      I think you could for sure!

  10. Dalia says

    My husband now asks me to make this every week! So good!

  11. Heather says

    Do you cut the veggies and then freeze raw?

    • Rachel says

      Actually I use frozen veggies for this recipe when freezing it. If you cut up raw ones to freeze, you’ll need to parboil for one minute and shock them in ice water (to stop the cooking) before freezing.

  12. Mariah says

    Love the recipe. I was wondering how long this recipe can freeze, if i seperate all everything? Im pregnant and wany to start some freezer meals because my husband cannot cook.

    • Rachel says

      Most freezer meals last 2-3 months in a deep freezer and about a month in your regular freezer. If you wrap it up really tight, it can go longer (I know from experience!).

  13. Rochelle says

    This looks like a great recipe. I’m wondering how (at which step) you freeze it? I saw it in your freezer cooking post. Thanks!

    • Rachel says

      Hi Rochelle,

      I usually freeze the sliced raw meat, sauce, and the veggies separately. Then, I thaw overnight and cook from there. I don’t think it would work to pre-cook this one and then freeze it. The veggies would be mushy.

      • Rochelle says

        Thank you 🙂

  14. Janice says

    That looks really delicious. I’m sold on grass fed beef. It’s healthier for you and it’s so much more flavorable. Your Szechuan Steak Stir-Fry is one I’m definitely going to try.