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Beef Chop Suey is a saucy and flavorful Asian-inspired dish made in under 25 minutes and full of nutritious veggies. A soy sauce, sesame oil, and honey sauce smothers crunchy broccoli, snow peas, water chestnuts, and tender steak bites for an easy and delicious meal.

Beef Chopped Suey on a white plate with a black rim.

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Ingredient Notes

  • Sauce: Make a delicious savory and sweet chop suey sauce by combining low-sodium beef broth, low-sodium soy sauce,  rice vinegar, cornstarch, honey, and sesame oil.
  • Beef: Choose your favorite cut of beef steak and cube it for the recipe. You can use ribeye or sirloin steak. some even use rump or chuck (just keep in mind these are tougher cuts).
  • Cornstarch: Coat the beef cubes with cornstarch to retain moisture and produce a deliciously tender texture.
  • Oil: Saute the meat and veggies with avocado oil or you neutral oil of choice.
  • Vegetables: Complete the dish with a tasty mix of fresh vegetables. Add peeled matchstick carrots, crunchy broccoli florets, sliced yellow onions, thin strips of red bell pepper, crisp bean sprouts, and baby bella mushrooms. I also like to add snowpeas towards the end of the recipe for a satisfying crunch.
  • Garlic: Mince three cloves of garlic for subtle spice and depth in flavor.
  • Chestnuts: Toss in an 8-ounce can of chestnuts, drained well, for a nutty taste.

How To Cook Beef Chop Suey

Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact ingredients and full recipe instructions!

Step 1 | Mix the sauce

First, mix up the delicious chop suey sauce! Add all the sauce ingredients to a small bowl, stir well, and set aside.

Adding chop suey sauce to a clear bowl and stirring to combine.

Step 2 | Cook steak

Next, prepare the steak by adding it to a separate bowl with cornstarch and tossing it to coat completely. Set the steak aside and warm a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add two tablespoons of avocado oil and, after a couple of minutes, add the cornstarch-coated steak.

Adding oil and then steak bites to a cast iron pan to cook.

Then, cook it for 3-5 minutes, adding more oil as needed. After cooking thoroughly, move the steak from the large nonstick skillet to a bowl.

Cooked steak bites in a cast iron skillet.

Step 3 | Saute the veggies

Now, turn the heat down and add two more tablespoons of oil to the skillet. Toss in the carrots, broccoli, yellow onion, thin slices of red bell pepper, and fresh mushrooms, cooking for 4 to 6 minutes until they are soft with a little bit of a crunch.

Adding oil to the pan with veggies and sautéing them.

Then, add the garlic, water chestnuts, and bean sprouts, stirring for just a minute.

Adding water chestnuts to veggie stir dry.

Step 4 | Add the sauce

Add the sauce to the skillet with the cooked veggies and stir it for a couple of minutes until it thickens. Don’t forget to scrape the bottom of the pan to collect all the little bits and give the chop suey sauce even more flavor!

Stirring in chop suey sauce into veggies in a skillet.

Then, taste the sauce to see if it needs more salt or honey.

Step 5 | Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Adding cooked steak and snow peas to the veggie mixture.

Finally, add the steak back to the skillet, tossing it until the meat is coated. Add the snow peas, and make sure everything is well combined and covered in the tasty sauce. Then, serve and enjoy!

Thickening sauce in beef chopped suey.

Tips

  • Adding the Snow Peas– If preferred, add the snow peas with the rest of the veggies if you want them less crunchy. I like adding them at the last minute of cooking to ensure they don’t lose their crunch.
  • Cast-Iron Skillet– Use a cast-iron skillet to give the steak a perfect sear.

Variations and Substitutions

  • More Crunchy Veggies: Add more of your favorite vegetables, like baby corn, chopped celery stalks, yellow and green bell peppers, white onion, bamboo shoots, and cabbage.
  • Adjust the Sauce: Make the sauce just the way you like it by adding more soy sauce for an extra bite or adding more honey for a little extra sweetness.
  • Spicy Chop Suey: Include freshly ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, siracha sauce, or hot peppers to add a kick to the recipe.
  • Vegetarian Chop Suey: For a tasty vegetarian dish, omit the beef and swap the beef broth for vegetable broth.
  • Add Noodles: This dish is commonly enjoyed with crispy fried noodles added to the recipe.
  • Chicken Chop Suey: Replace the beef with chicken breasts or chicken thighs for a slightly different flavor profile. You can also make pork chop suey or shrimp chop suey.
  • Swap the beef pieces for ground beef.
  • Try thick slices of carrots instead of thin matchstick carrots.
  • If preferred, substitute the honey with brown sugar.
  • Try different mushrooms, like wild, white, or shiitake mushrooms.
Asian Beef Chopped Suey in a cast iron skillet.

Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between beef chop suey and beef chow mein?

The primary difference is that cop suey has a thicker, gravy-like sauce, and chow mein has a much thinner sauce with chow mein noodles. They are similar dishes with many of the same ingredients, but their tastes are distinctively different.

What’s the difference between American chop suey and Chinese chop suey?

American chop suey has a sweeter sauce with a touch of sour and a tomato base and is often served over pasta. On the other hand, an authentic Chinese chop suey is more spicy and savory with white rice or noodles.

Is chop suey healthy?

Without rice or noodles, chop suey is relatively healthy with loads of vegetables and simple ingredients. The savory-sweet sauce makes the recipe better served in moderation.

Why is it called chop suey?

Chop suey means “odds and ends” in Mandarin, which describes it as a dish made of leftovers.

Beef steak chopped suey plated with the serving pan in the background.

Storage

Storage: Leftover chop suey can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Then, reheat the dish to enjoy again on the stovetop or in a microwave.

What to Serve with Chinese Chop Suey

Serve this delicious Asian dish with a refreshing Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe, or enjoy it over freshly steamed white rice or this Easy Rice Pilaf.

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Beef Chop Suey

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Nikki Lee
Easy Beef Chop Suey is a saucy and flavorful Asian-inspired dish made in under 25 minutes and full of nutritious veggies.
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Ingredients 

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups beef broth, low-sodium
  • cup soy sauce, low-sodium
  • cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Beef Chop Suey Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef steak, cubed sirloin or ribeye
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled matchsticks
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • ½ cup yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup bell pepper, sliced, (I used a mixture of red & yellow)
  • 8 ounce baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 cup bean sprouts, drained
  • 1 cup snow peas

Instructions

  • Add all the sauce ingredients to a small bowl, stir well, and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add the steak to the cornstarch and toss to coat completely. Set steak aside.
  • Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add two tbsp avocado oil, after a 2-3 minutes (or when hot), add cornstarch-coated steak.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes, adding more oil as needed. Remove steak to a bowl and set aside.
  • Turn the heat down to medium, and add two more tablespoons of oil to the skillet along with carrots, broccoli, yellow onion, red bell pepper, and mushrooms. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes until the vegetables are soft with a bit of crunch.
  • To the pan, add the garlic, water chestnuts, and bean sprouts, stirring for a minute. This allows them to keep their crunch.
  • Then pour the sauce into the cooked veggies and stir to thicken. Scraping the bottom of the pan, to remove the bits and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Finally, add the steak to the skillet and toss until the meat is coated. Add snow peas, and toss until well combined.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: Leftover chop suey can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. Then, reheat the dish to enjoy again on the stovetop or in a microwave.
Tips:
  • Adding the Snow Peas– If preferred, add the snow peas with the rest of the veggies if you want them less crunchy. I like adding them at the last minute of cooking to ensure they don’t lose their crunch.
  • Cast-Iron Skillet– Use a cast-iron skillet to give the steak a perfect sear.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 238kcal (12%) Carbohydrates: 27g (9%) Protein: 6g (12%) Fat: 13g (20%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 9g Sodium: 973mg (42%) Potassium: 665mg (19%) Fiber: 4g (17%) Sugar: 16g (18%) Vitamin A: 5244IU (105%) Vitamin C: 70mg (85%) Calcium: 53mg (5%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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