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Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry

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Alright folks! This recipe marks my second round of McCormick’s Go 4 Gourmet challenge, in which McCormick presents you with 4 ingredients and challenges you to see what deliciousness can result. As I mentioned with my chorizo and brussels sprouts soup recipe last month, it’s all very “Chopped”-esque, which I love.

I also happened to love this month’s 4 ingredients — ground ginger, veggie broth, shiitake mushrooms and fresh kale.

Those ingredients are all regulars in my kitchen. So I decided to whip them up into one of my favorite quick and easy weeknight dinners — a beef stir-fry! Wait, make that a ginger beef, mushroom and kale stir-fry!

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I was actually telling my mom about this recipe yesterday after I made it, and mentioned that I imagined it would be right up my dad’s alley since he used to order a ginger beef dish every single Saturday for my ENTIRE childhood at our favorite local Chinese restaurant. I was telling her that had this really yummy ginger sauce that covered tender steak, a bunch of mushrooms and kale—-

—-when she stopped me.

“Dad doesn’t do the ‘k’ word,” she whispered.

Apparently he overheard her on the phone.

“Nope,” I heard him say in the background. “No kale!”

This is one of those moments when I wish we didn’t live 3 hours apart. Because had I been there, I would have marched these leftovers right over to their house to make him sample a bite. Because I’m pretty positive that even the “kale-ambivalent” folks out there would LOVE it in this dish! That includes you, Dad. ;)

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I don’t know if I had ever used kale in an Asian-flavored stir-fry before, but I’m so glad McCormick threw it into the mix, because it was a fantastic addition and softened up perfectly along with all of those mushrooms. And the flavor of those greens, paired with the beef and mix of mushrooms and that heavenly ginger sauce made for a fantastic lunch. And dinner.

And it all came together in less than 30 minute (including time for the beef to marinate)! Definitely a perfect meal for a busy weeknight.

Here’s the scoop:

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As I mentioned, here were the Go 4 Gourmet four ingredients for this round.

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First, you just whip up a very simple ginger marinade. Takes about a minute. And then toss it with the beef in a ziplock back or large bowl, cover it, and let that delicious ginger do its work.

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Meanwhile, prep your veggies. I decided to do a mix of mushrooms, tossing in some larger button mushrooms with the shiitakes for a little different texture and flavor. And then chop up that kale, baby! (Or you can be like me and get in the habit of buying pre-chopped kale. Perfect for kale chips too!)

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Then saute them up!

The beef gets perfectly cooked and tender, the mushrooms are cooked and delicious, the kale wilts down and softens, and that sauce — oh that sauce — is perfection. I served mine over some brown rice, but you could also serve this over quinoa or noodles or just eat it plain.

Be sure to check out McCormick’s Go 4 Gourmet site to see what other recipes folks created with these ingredients! Creativity and deliciousness abound, trust me. :)

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Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: About 2-4 servings 1x


This delicious ginger beef, mushroom, and kale stir fry is quick to make and full of great flavor!



Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (if making gluten-free, be sure to use GF soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth (or chicken/beef broth, or water)
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

Stir-Fry Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. thinly sliced flank steak or sirloin, cut diagonally across the grain into thin strips
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces baby portobello or button mushrooms, halved
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, halved
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


To Make The Marinade:

  1. Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl and whisk to combine. Pour marinade into a large bowl or ziplock bag, then add in the steak and gently toss to combine. Cover/seal and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

To Make The Stir-Fry:

  1. Once steak has marinated, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Remove steak from marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving the marinade, and add to saute pan with garlic. Saute for about 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove steak with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan.  Then add in the mushrooms, kale, and reserved marinade, and stir to combine. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until the kale is wilted, the sauce has thickened and come to a boil, and the mushrooms have cooked, stirring regularly so that sauce does not burn. Add in the steak, and toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately over rice or quinoa, garnished with chopped green onions.

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138 comments on “Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry”

  1. I’m usually fall into the kale hater category – but this would make me a believer I’m sure of it!!

  2. This would be really good with tofu or tempeh, too, for a vegetarian version!

  3. oh goodness, my mouth is watering just seeing this. So many of my favorite things in one place :)

  4. My husband is the same way. No kale EVER. I don’t get it! Me, on the other hand? Love love love — and this looks fantastic!

  5. I love beef stir-fry, what a mouthwatering dish!

  6. This looks insanely delicious! I can’t get over the beef, the mushrooms, and the kale. SO much to love!

  7. Delicious-looking stir-fry, Ali! Hope you have a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving!! :)

  8. This seems like the perfect meal to have when people are sick of turkey!

  9. Love the flavor–made it with beef broth. I made the marinade and sliced the beef in the morning and let it all sit in the fridge while I was at work. I didn’t have good results adding the marinade with the mushrooms and kale, however. Would recommend cooking the mushrooms and kale before adding the marinate because the sauce cooked way too fast and was stuck to the bottom of the pan in a minute. Added more broth, which rescued it. Will make again but with that one modification.

    • Thanks for this tip! It always takes me several minutes to wilt kale, so I think I’ll do the same. :)

  10. Made this tonight. So easy and delicious. Flawless meal!

  11. I made this last night, and it turned out really well. I added some crushed red pepper to the marinade, but other than that, the recipe is awesome as-is.

  12. Goodness gracious, this looks perfect. Planning to make this!

  13. This looks delicious and EASY! It’s on the meal plan for this week. And I just checked out the McCormick page–lots of yummy recipes to go through! :)

  14. I made this for dinner tonight it was delicious. Will make again. I also ran into problems with the marinade evaporating too quickly. Will cook the steak mushrooms and kale longer before adding the marinade. I used the chicken broth. Thank you for the recipe.

  15. I am intolerant to mushrooms. How should I adjust the liquid ingredients to make up for the fact that the mushrooms aren’t soaking up any of them?

    • Hi Gail,

      You could just leave them out, or substitute in some other veggies like zucchini, green beans, or bell peppers.


  16. I made this last night and it was so easy and so delicious! This recipe is a keeper! Thanks Ali :)

  17. Hi there. Does anyone know the nutrition info for this meal?

  18. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! We don’t eat red meat and I didn’t have any chicken thawed, so I just used lots of mushrooms and added two whole chopped peppers. Next time (when I plan ahead) I’ll make it with chicken.

  19. Hi,
    The picture was so tempting and we made it last night. We are not red meat lovers, so we subbed it with chicken and it tasted delicious. Your butter popcorn is my ‘to do next’ dish. Thank you.

  20. This was so yummy!! Will definitely make it again. I used broccoli, but will try the kale next time.

  21. Loved this but although I love the taste of ginger, it had too much. Next time I will use half the ginger. Thanks!!

  22. Loved this recipe but although I love ginger it was too ‘gingery’. Not sure if I messed up the measurement but will try it with less next time. Thanks for the recipe!

  23. Thank you! I made this tonight and am a big fan of this recipe and very much enjoyed eating it. Its one I will have to make again sometime.

  24. Thank you for this recipe! Hubby made it last night and it jumped to the top of our dinner list! We both are really excited for leftovers at lunch!

  25. Made this tonight looking for a healthy something, very tasty. A touch to gingery for my taste but overall a keeper

  26. Vegan/Plant-based version: I used seitan in lieu of beef and nix’d the oil (a little water works every time). I also added garlic to the marinade and fresh ginger vs. ground and swapped out the soy sauce for Bragg Liquid Aminos (it’s less salty). I found putting the marinade ingredients (minus the seitan) in the blender worked very well. Overall, very tasty. Next time I think I’ll go all-veggie. :)

  27. This looks and sounds to be a keeper of a recipe! I’m planning on doing it up tonight, but have ‘wine vinegar’ and ‘rice vinegar ‘ …not sure if I should mix the 2 to get the desired taste? Or does it really matter?
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Hi Darla,

      Ideally, you want to use rice wine vinegar for this recipe. It’s available in the Asian section. But you could also use an apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. Good luck!


  28. This is amazing, just made it! Delicious. I hope to get my non-mushroom eating husband to enjoy this as well. Thank you for the recipe!!

  29. All I had to do was say the magic word “KALE” to hubby and he was on board! We love Kale! I will make this tonite! Now how to trick the kiddos into tasting? Lol! 

  30. delicious! even my picky eaters (age 7 and 9 and 2) raved how good it was! my kids ate kale and mushrooms – WHAAAAT! and then they asked me to make it again! (usually they act like they are dying if they have to eat my cooking) 

  31. Thanks for sharing! I’m really starting to enjoy kale!!

  32. Tried this last night, it was ok but way, WAY too much ground ginger in it for me!
    If I do it again I’ll probably only use 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger instead, I’m sure that’ll be more than enough.

  33. Thank you for posting this recipe. I made it last night for dinner and it was a lifesaver. I had some bok choy, baby swiss chard and spinach in the fridge as well as some cremini mushrooms. I skipped the meat, and went just for the veggie version. My husband and I went for seconds, but our 4 year old had just a few bites of the veggies. She doesn’t like her leafy greens cooked, so nothing to do with the recipe. I did make a few changes, I already mentioned that I didn’t use meat. Also, I added the marinade, as suggested by other reviewers, after the mushrooms were half cooked. I didn’t use olive oil but sesame oil. We eat with very little sodium at home, so instead of 1/3 cup of soy sauce, I used 1/4, my hubby complained that it was still a bit salty (for our taste). I used 1/2 lb of leafy greens (bok choy, swiss chard and baby spinach) and 2 lb. cremini mushrooms (to make up for the lack of meat). We had leftovers for today’s lunch. I served it over a bed of basmati brown rice. It was very easy to make, tasty and healthy, a big thanks!

  34. I made this. The pictures look great and the vegetables are very fresh, but I really did not like the seasoning/sauce. It was missing a lot of flavor. I ended up adding a lot more ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar and sriracha. 

  35. do you have a calorie count for this dish?

  36. this was terrible! It looked so good in the picture but could hardly choke it down. Had to throw $40 worth of groceries in the trash! 

  37. Made this tonight, substituted the beef with quorn fillets (for my vegetarian SO) and used fresh ginger juice instead of the ground version and it was so good! Will absolutely make again! Thank you so very much for sharing! =)

  38. Made this tonight and added mung sprouts! I also cooked the mushrooms and kale a little FIRST BEFORE adding marinade. Loved it and so did the fam!

  39. Any idea on calories? 

  40. Amazing dish! I didn’t have kale on hand so substituted fresh spinach. Fabulous blend of flavors. Definitely a keeper!

  41. I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! My husband and I just brought 1/2 grass fed cow so we have a TON of beef in the freezer. I’m actually not a big beef eater besides ground beef, so I was looking for some simple beef dishes that would change my mind about beef… And this was it! It was so easy even for someone who doesn’t have experience cooking cuts of beef (I used a sirloin steak). Because of the quick cooking time the beef didn’t get over cooked either, which is super easy to do with grass fed beef. I used fresh ginger just because I had it on hand and only one package of baby bella mushrooms for the same reason. The marinade really made the meal- it was just perfect. I served it over rice and my husband was a huge fan! Thank you! We will be making it again.

  42. This recipe was awesome! My daughter and I loved it just the way it was. 

  43. Of course I added extra kale!!!

  44. Made this for lunch and I was surprised by how flavorful it was! We really enjoyed the dish and did add some crushed hot chili pepper for some spice factor.

    Thanks for sharing!

  45. wow salt overload. This dish was way too salty for me, I couldn’t even eat it. I used low sodium beef broth and soy sauce and did not add any extra salt, but it was still say to salty. 

  46. This looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try it! I love kale but never thought to put it in a stir fry. I’m going to check out that contest too!

  47. Haven’t tried your recipes yet – will do tonight. Overjoyed to see “normal” ingredients and quick. I have been told to go gluten free but have found it extremely difficult. I need quick recipes that require very little effort . Yours look perfect. Do you have a daily/monthly meal plan? What about gluten free muffins or cookies that taste good?

    • I’m sorry Del, I don’t have any daily or monthly GF meal plan, however you might want to check these sites out:



  48. Yaaay! Trying this right now, following this exact recipe! Will let you all know how it turned out! :) 

  49. I just made this tonight.  The sauce is delicious!  I agree with some earlier posters that it is a bit too salty and suggest cutting down on the soy sauce.  I love an assertive ginger flavor and would add some freshly grated ginger root next time.  I added a garnish of toasted sesame seeds (takes just a few seconds in my mini cast iron pan), which added some more flavor and was pretty to boot.

    • Thanks for sharing, Sarah! And the toasted sesame seeds sound like a lovely addition, I will definitely give that a try!

  50. This was so insanely good. When I made it I added extra kale, and it came out so well that my roommates even wanted to try it! I will 100% be making this again.