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Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry

This Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry is a total crowd-pleaser of a dish, and can be ready to go in less than 30 minutes! This post is also sponsored by McCormick.

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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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Yield: About 2-4 servings

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry

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:

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:

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.

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 the mushrooms have cooked, stirring regularly so that sauce does not burn. Add in the steak, and toss to combine.

Serve immediately over rice or quinoa, garnished with chopped green onions.

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Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post with McCormick. All opinions are 100% my own as always, and I loved being a part of this one! Thanks for supporting the brands that help make this site possible.

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  • We don’t have kale in my country or have never seen. What can be used to substitute please. Lovely dish. Can’t wait to try it

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 14th, 2015 @ 10:35 am
    Hi Jessie! You could use spinach, Swiss chard, or any other kind of leafy green you like. We hope this helps, and that you enjoy it! 🙂

  • My husband called this “one of the best meals you’ve cooked in a while”.  He especially loved the marinade, and told me to double the kale the next time.  I guess I’ll be making it again soon. 🙂

  • Simply delicious. My 82 year old Mom and 4 1/2 year old son both concur.

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 1st, 2015 @ 11:16 am
    Awesome, we’re so glad to hear that! 😀

  • Making this for dinner now! Can’t wait to try it! 

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 2nd, 2015 @ 9:18 pm
    Awesome Jenelle, we hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • This looks great. Can i substitute shrimp in place of beef?

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 9th, 2015 @ 9:18 am
    Thanks Kritika, and yes, you sure can! We hope you enjoy!

  • Made this for dinner and we just got done stuffing ourselves silly! Amazing!!! I used broccoli instead of kale since I haven’t tried kale and didn’t want to risk not liking it lol. My meat soaked up a lot of the marinade so when it came time to add it into the pan with the veggies, I came up a little short. I ended up having to add about a cup of water to have enough sauce. I would have used more broth, but I had just enough to initially make the marinade. 

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 23rd, 2015 @ 10:44 am
    We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed this Mandee, thanks for sharing! We’re sorry you came up a little short on the marinade though, we haven’t had that happen before – glad to know you were able to still make it work though. 😀

  • any nutrition facts can’t find 🙁

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 5th, 2016 @ 4:05 pm
    Hi Loran! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as 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!

  • 2/8/16 just sat down to eat this yummy meal!!! Will definitely make again.. Thanks for Sharing..:)

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 9th, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
    Thanks Laura! We’re happy you enjoyed this! 🙂

  • Loved this! Just made it for dinner and am serving it over riced cauliflower. My husband agrees – it is tasty as can be! Thanks for the great recipe. 

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 2nd, 2016 @ 9:52 pm
    Awesome Eliza! We’re so glad to hear that! 🙂

  • Hey Ali,
    I really love your blog – I’ve cooked a lot from here over the last few weeks. Only one thing with this recipe, you state 2 tbsps oil in the ingredients section, but then just use one in the body of the recipe. I used both when sauteeing the beef, and it tasted delicious – but was I only meant to make it with one?
    PS – your jambalaya recipe is the best of many I’ve tried!

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 14th, 2016 @ 9:57 pm
    Hi Irmani! Oops, thank you for catching that error — Ali just corrected it! 🙂

  • In reading the comments perhaps the saltiness was in 1/3 C. soy sauce. I plan on making this dish tomorrow and will reduce the saltiness by using less soy sauce (low sodium) , a bit of water and low sodium broth. I know that if I tried to serve a very salty dish, my husband and I would toss it in the garbage.

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 18th, 2016 @ 8:16 am
    We hope you enjoy this Lyn, and that the salt level is to you and your husband’s liking!

  • Hello there! Any way this could be cooked via crockpot? 
    A brand, spankin’ new cook!

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 8:17 pm
    Hey Ali! We’re not sure how this would work as a slow-cooker meal, as we haven’t tried it — we think it works best as a stir-fry (it’s super easy and fast though)!

  • Serving size, calories, fat, carbs, sodium, etc.? Thanks

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 29th, 2016 @ 3:59 pm
    Hi Sheree! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as 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!

  • Hello, I was wondering if it makes a big difference whether broth is used or water. And which is preffered and why. 
    Also reading the comments, I saw that someone had replaced kale with broccoli and that is something I was interesting in trying. Any suggestions? 
    Thank you! 

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 5th, 2016 @ 9:13 pm
    Hi Dana! Broth is ideal just because it has more flavor. And we think this would be so yummy with broccoli! We’d suggest just chopping it into small florets and sautéing for about 5 min or so (until it’s tender and bright green — just be careful not to over-cook). We hope you enjoy! 🙂

  • I loved this! My hungry boyfriend did too! 
    Although I made a few variations…
    I used minced garlic & 1 whole red chili (will use more next time)
    Added finely chopped broccolini and finely sliced carrot
    I wilted my kale in the microwave while the mushrooms & veg were sautéing
    Also doubled the marinade as it was so tasty & used minced ginger for a more full on flavour
    Left out the green onions on top because I forgot & I don’t really like onions
    And to alter one last thing, we had it on soba noodles because I suck at cooking rice!
    10/10 would cook again. Thanks for the idea!  

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 12th, 2016 @ 7:08 pm
    Thanks for sharing, Claire! We’re so glad you and your boyfriend enjoyed this, and we think your variations sound great! 🙂

  • Wow. this was delicious, it’s good to know I can substitute ingredients if I wanted to. I can almost taste the shrimp and broccoli with this sauce. Thanks for this recipe!

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 19th, 2016 @ 12:58 pm
    Thanks, Carmen — we’re so glad you enjoyed it!

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