Don’t dream of Chinese takeout…make it yourself with this beef stir fry recipe! Tender slices of beef in a savory yet sweet sauce, just like your local takeout place makes, only healthier without all that oil. My family loves when I make this beef stir fry recipe, and you’re going to love it too!
Best Beef Stir Fry Recipe
I know it seems a little daunting to make food from another cuisine. Stir fry is one of the easiest Chinese dishes to make. Once you make it yourself, you’ll wonder why you ever thought it was hard. I love to make this on a Friday night to make the end of our week finish on a high note.
Easy Beef Stir Fry Recipe
What makes this recipe so easy? You’re using that frozen stir fry veggie mix so that helps a lot. It looks like a lot of ingredients, but it’s all very easy. In fact, most people tend to have these things in their kitchen so your grocery list shouldn’t need much. In less than an hour, you’ll have beef stir fry that will disappear fast!
Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry Ingredients
- Flank steak – Thinly sliced, this beef will melt right in your mouth and is perfect for beef teriyaki.
- Lo mein egg noodles – Lo mein egg noodles are the best beef stir fry noodles. Get these cooked up before you begin.
- Frozen stir-fry veggies – I know you’ve got a bag of these in your freezer, waiting for you to use!
- Easy stir fry sauce – This stir fry sauce recipe is made with orange juice, water, garlic ginger paste, low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch, it’s amazing on the noodles!
- Green onions – Adds a nice pop of color as the garnish.
Rock out with your wok out.
How do you Make Beef Stir Fry from Scratch
You’ll season the flank steak with salt and pepper, then toss with cornstarch. Next, you’ll heat vegetable oil in your wok and cook the beef in small batches until browned. Set the beef aside and then add the veggies, then remove those. Make the sauce next and once it simmers and thickens, you can add the veggies and beef back in until it’s heated through. Put it on those noodles and you’re done!
How do you make beef stir fry sauce from scratch?
Simply follow this recipe and you’ll know how to make it! The best beef stir fry sauce only requires a few simple ingredients including orange juice, water, garlic ginger paste, low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch.
How to Cook Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry
This steak stir fry recipe is cooked over the stove. You should use a wok but if you don’t have one, a deep skillet will work too.
What are three important steps to a good stir fry?
- Make sure your wok is super-hot! Stir fry gets its flavors from that high-heat.
- Cook the meat first. Make sure it comes to room temperature first so it cooks evenly. For the same reason, cook it in batches.
- Remove the meat before cooking the vegetables. This keeps you from getting chewy, overcooked meat.
How do you make a good stir fry?
The key to a good stir fry, besides quality beef, is in taking your time. Let the beef come to room temperature while it sits with cornstarch. Cook the beef in batches and quickly. Cook the vegetables separately. Then make the sauce and add everything back in to finish it off.
What is the best beef for stir fry?
Flank steak is what is used in this recipe and is also the cut your Chinese restaurant likely uses for similar stir fry dishes. Cooking it as directed will ensure tender pieces.
Should you marinate beef for stir fry?
You don’t need a beef stir fry marinade for this recipe. However, don’t skip the salt, pepper, and cornstarch step. Those stir fry seasonings will help keep it tender.
How do you make stir fry beef tender?
Adding the cornstarch while it comes to room temperature is an important step for tender beef. Another thing to keep in mind is cooking at a high temperature and removing the beef after you’ve cooked it about 3 minutes on each side.
How do Chinese restaurants get their beef so tender?
Chinese restaurants use a technique known as velveting which is a coating that the protein will sit in prior to cooking. Even just using cornstarch, salt, and pepper can help your beef stay tender though the rest is up to you when you cook it.
Can you stir fry meat and vegetables together?
That’s a big NO! The meat should be cooked first, then removed. Then you can add the vegetables. And you’ll remove those too to make the sauce, then add it all back in at the end.
What can I add to stir fry for flavor?
This steak stir fry has so much flavor, you won’t need to add much else. With this homemade stir fry sauce, you’ll have all the flavor you need because it incorporates garlic and ginger, two essential aromatics in Chinese cuisine.
Why is my stir fry beef so tough?
One of the secrets for getting tender beef out of your stir fry is to cook it quickly over high heat. Cook it in batches too so it all cooks evenly. This keeps the meat from sweating or stewing which would make it tough.
What goes well with Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry
I recommend serving this stir fry with lo mein egg noodles. However, you can also top it on rice. If you want to make an Asian slaw or salad, that’s a great addition to this meal. You can start the meal with egg drop soup which is quick and easy too.
How to Store Beef Stir Fry
Beef stir fry needs to be put in the fridge in an airtight container, if you have anything leftover that is!
How Long Does Beef Stir Fry Last?
In your fridge, you can count on those leftovers lasting about 3 or 4 days.
Can You Freeze Beef Stir Fry?
And if you didn’t get a chance to eat those leftovers, better put it in the freezer! Sometimes I make a bigger batch of this so we have a quick and easy lunch or dinner waiting. I put it in a freezer bag and label it, making sure to use it within a month.
How to Reheat Beef Stir Fry?
Let it thaw in your fridge overnight, then warm it on the stove until it’s ready!
Beef Stir Fry Recipe
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil (divided)
- 1 lb flank steak (thinly sliced)
- 1 lb lo mein egg noodles (cooked)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 bag frozen mixed stir-fry vegetables
- salt (to taste)
- pepper (to taste)
- green onions (chopped for garnish)
Beef stir fry sauce
- 2 tbsp garlic ginger paste
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- First, season the flank steak with salt and pepper and toss with cornstarch and set aside.
- Next, put about 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a wok on medium high heat. Cook the beef in small batches until browned, or about 3 minutes per side. Once browned, set aside.
- Next, add your vegetables to the wok and cook for about 5 minutes with the remaining vegetable oil. Remove and set aside.
- Now, make your sauce. Combine the sauce ingredients except for the corn starch in a bowl and mix well. Add the sauce to the wok and bring to a simmer. While the sauce reaches a simmer, combine the cornstarch with about 2-3 tablespoons of water and then slowly whisk into the sauce. Allow to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add the vegetables and beef back to the wok and cook until fully heated through. Serve over egg noodles.
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