How to Make Quick Beef in Gravy

Beef strips in gravy are a quick and delicious entree that can be served over rice, with mashed potatoes, or over noodles.

Beef strips in gravy are a quick and delicious entree that can be served over rice, with mashed potatoes, or over noodles.

We’ve already talked about why beef strips make a great dinner option (hello, they cook quick!). We also show you how to choose the right pre-cut beef strips that cook perfectly tender and also how to cut them yourself in you want. Be sure to check that out so you don’t end up with tough beef strips.

If you want your beef strips to have a nice sauce, like a gravy, it’s easy to do. You’ll follow the instructions in the article I linked above to make floured beef strips.

Then once the beef is cooked, slowly add two cups of low-sodium beef stock, stirring as you add it.

Some of the flour that was on the beef is going to mix with that stock to make a thin sauce. Bring it to a simmer before serving. Make sure you give it a taste in case you want to add more salt and pepper. A dash of Worcestershire sauce is always good here too!

If you want the sauce to be a little thicker, you can simmer it for 5-10 minutes to evaporate off some of the water. Or, you can make a slurry by mixing together 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with 4 teaspoons of water. Add the cornstarch slurry to the pan, constantly stirring. Bring to a simmer to thicken it.

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Quick Beef in Gravy

Beef strips in gravy are a quick and delicious entree that can be served over rice, with mashed potatoes, or over noodles.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 lb. beef strips
  • 2 TBS. vegetable oil
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch (optional)
  • 4 tsp. water (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Add the beef strips and toss to coat.
  3. Transfer beef to a plate, shaking off excess flour. Discard excess flour.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat until very hot.
  5. Add beef in a single layer and do not touch for 2 minutes.
  6. Flip beef and stir frequently until it is under your desired done-ness. It only really needs a minute or so.
  7. Remove from heat. While stirring, slowly drizzle in the beef stock. Put it back on the heat and bring it to a simmer.
  8. If you’d like the sauce to be thicker, in a small bowl combine the cornstarch and water until smooth. Add it all at once to the skillet. Stir until it comes to a simmer and thickens.
  9. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Beef strips in gravy are a quick and delicious entree that can be served over rice, with mashed potatoes, or over noodles. #beefrecipes
Beef strips in gravy are a quick and delicious entree that can be served over rice, with mashed potatoes, or over noodles. #beefrecipes

Christine Pittman

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