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Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

This is another variation of green beans and ground beef stir fry recipe, and this version is more child friendly with the use of bell peppers and tomato sauce. Now, you don’t have to follow the recipe to the letter. A couple of ideas on how to improvise, though bear in mind the lists are not exhaustive:

  • use regular green beans or snake beans (Indonesian: kacang panjang) instead of baby green beans
  • use ground pork or ground chicken instead of ground beef
  • use chilies instead of bell peppers
  • e.t.c.
    Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

    Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

I love this kind of recipe where I can substitute what to cook depending on the ingredients at hand, this way, as long as my pantry has enough for the “sauce” part, I don’t have to think too much over the choice of vegetables or meat ;)

Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

Green Beans and Ground Beef Stir Fry

5.0 from 3 reviews



Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 6-8


  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 450 gram (1 pound) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 4 tablespoon ketchup (Indonesian: saus tomat)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 450 gram (1 pound) baby green beans, trimmed and cut into halves
  • salt, to taste
  • tapioca starch solution (1 tablespoon tapioca starch + 2 tablespoon water)


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and sauté garlic and onion until the onion starts to wilt.
  2. Add bell pepper and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add ground beef, and stir until no longer pink.
  4. Add Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, and ground pepper. Mix well.
  5. Add baby green beans, mix well, then cover the frying pan with a lid and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and check for doneness. The green beans should be cooked but still crispy.
  7. Adjust salt as needed. Then add tapioca starch solution and mix well.
  8. Turn off heat, transfer to a serving plate and serve with steamed white rice.


  • simplysedap says:

    Hi Anita, its lovely to have you back. I am a big fan of your blog because most of the food are very interesting and achieveable. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes with us. I really appreciate your time and effort. Linda

    • Anita says:

      Hi Linda, thank you for the welcome and trying out my recipes :)

  • the lousy cook wife says:

    I made this last week. It was delicious. Thanks again.

    • Anita says:

      You are welcome Stephanie :)

  • Sally says:

    Hi Anita, if I don't eat beef can I substitute it with chicken or pork?

    • Anita says:

      Hi Sally, yes you can substitute with chicken or pork.

  • Yovita says:

    Hi Anita, i've tried this dish and my 2.5 year old boy love it. Thank you so much. I live in Canada, so always try to cook Indonesian or chinese indonesian food as good as i can. Your blog is my livesaver. Keep up the good work. :)

    • Anita says:

      Thank you for the kind words Yovita :)

  • Amy says:

    hey thanks for sharing this recipe. just wondering if you meant tomato sauce or tomato ketchup? thank!

    • Anita says:

      Hi Amy, I meant ketchup, good catch! It's really a bad habit of mine since in Indonesia, we call it "saus tomat" with got translated to English as tomato sauce ;)

      • Amy says:

        thank you for clarifying. i tried out this recipe and it was a hit!! gonna have it for dinner again tonight :)

        • Anita says:

          Hi Amy, I am so glad it worked out :)

  • Mina says:

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I am an iranian living in Indonesia. I love your recipes.

    • Anita says:

      You are welcome Mina. I hope you are having a fun time living in Indonesia :)

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