Beef & Mushroom Stir Fry

We all have them: recipes in the arsenal straight from Mom’s kitchen. We rarely mess with them because really, why mess with perfection?

One of my favorite things about cooking from memory is that you have that select set of go-to, weeknight meals that speak to you heart the same way a hug from your mama does.

This Beef and Mushroom Stir Fry is one of those recipes for me. When I was a kid, my mom made this at least once every two weeks. Pure simplicity: beef, mushrooms, soy sauce, and water, with a little flour to thicken. Sometimes there were bean sprouts, but more often than not, there weren’t.

I don’t know why I haven’t made this simple supper more often in my adult life. It comes together quicker than take-out can be delivered, and I gotta be honest: to me, it tastes better.

I joojed up Mom’s recipe only a little bit, I swear, and I am happy to report I don’t regret it. The addition of frozen edamame for a little green goodness, minced garlic for a further savory factor, and ground ginger to brighten the whole thing up.

This may become my new Tuesday night go-to. How about you? Do you have a weeknight standard?


  1. says

    I have a couple of recipes like this, like my macaroni cheese, which my mother taught me (and which her mother taught her and I love that I don’t even need to think about it when I make them, it’s almost second nature. This is such a perfect week night meal, anything that comes together this quickly is a winner in my book!

    • says

      Shelly, let me know when you do. I hope you guys really like it! Though for your boys, you might want to double the recipe. They strike me as strapping guys with big appetites.

  2. says

    I grew up in a family where we ate the same meal every day of the week, week after week. I was so sick of it by the time I moved out that I had determined I would never do that. So, um, no weeknight standard. However, we do default to the same 2 or 3 meals every Friday during the school year.

    I love your additions to this. Ginger is one of my favorite things to cook with.

  3. says

    This sounds perfect for a quick weeknight meal. I have been struggling to come up with things to make since I don’t feel like cooking in this awful heat wave, and this is going on the list. :-)

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