Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry

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Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry |

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!

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry |

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.  ;)

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry |

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:

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry |

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

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry |

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.

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry |

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.  :)

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir Fry |


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

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

  3. 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! 

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  6. 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! =)

  7. 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!

  8. Any idea on calories? 

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

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  13. 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.

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

  15. Of course I added extra kale!!!

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  17. 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!

  18. 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. 

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  22. 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!

  23. 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:



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

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  35. 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!

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  37. 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. 

  38. Well, i have n`t tried it yet . Today iam going to buy the requiered food stuff.But it`s view sounds great.

  39. This recipe is the Best, and it is so easy. So healthy!!  I have made this many times.  The marinade makes the meat sooooooo tender!  Thank you 

  40. Making this tonight, using my wok to fry up the beef though, can’t wait to try it!

  41. I recently left a positive review, but I just need to add one more comment.  Made this for the third time in two months, and the leftovers are delicious!  I just added another 8 ounces of mushrooms, as mushrooms  r very healthy!  This is my favorite Stir fry recipe. 

  42. About to make this for the second time, my very Anti Kale family loves it!  

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  44. This is the first dish that I’ve eaten that I’ve enjoyed kale!!  Great recipe!!  Do you have a serving calorie count on this recipe?

    • Emily, that’s so awesome, thanks for giving it a try! Unfortunately though we aren’t currently publishing nutrition facts on the site. The nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

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  46. Im going to try this soon.  It looks  so good. Cant wait !!! But I think I will leave the kale out.

    • Thanks Tonya, we hope you like it! You can definitely leave the kale out, or you can sub in another green that you like (such as spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, etc.). :)

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  49. Would using fresh ginger instead of ground work? 

    • Chloe, we think fresh ginger instead of ground would be delicious, and it should work great!

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