This recipe for teriyaki beef stir fry is tender slices of beef sauteed with a variety of colorful vegetables, all coated in a quick and easy homemade teriyaki sauce. A restaurant quality meal in the comfort of your own home!
I make stir fry almost every week, my family always requests chicken and asparagus stir fry, honey garlic shrimp stir fry and this delicious beef teriyaki.
Stir fry: in my opinion it’s one of the easiest and quickest dinner options around. I love the versatility and it’s often a healthy dinner option which is always a huge bonus. Why would you ever want to order take out when you could whip up this teriyaki beef stir fry in about 20 minutes?
How do you make teriyaki beef?
Let’s talk about the meat first – I used thinly sliced flank steak in this teriyaki beef stir fry, but sirloin or another tender cut would work well too. I cook the vegetables first, in this case I used broccoli and various colors of bell peppers, but you can easily substitute your family’s favorites. After the vegetables are cooked, they come out of the pan and the beef goes in – make sure your pan is very hot to get a nice sear on the meat.
How do you make homemade teriyaki sauce?
This teriyaki sauce is a simple blend of soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and sesame oil. The ingredients are simmered together, then some cornstarch is added into the mix to thicken the sauce. You can make this sauce up to 3 days before you plan to serve it.
Beef Teriyaki Variations
There are so many different ways to customize this recipe to your family’s tastes.
- Protein: Instead of sliced beef, you can use ground beef, or even chicken, shrimp or tofu.
- Vegetables: While I used bell peppers and broccoli, other great options are snow peas, mushrooms, carrots, bok choy or asparagus.
- Pineapple: For a tropical twist, try adding some cubed pineapple to your stir fry.
I add a garnish of sliced green onions and sesame seeds, but you can skip that if you’re pressed for time or don’t have those items on hand. Even my kids love this teriyaki beef stir fry, that salty, sweet and savory combination just can’t be beat. When you begin cooking the vegetables, start a pot of rice at the same time and dinner will be ready in less than 30 minutes. And you won’t even have to call the take out delivery guy! Not to mention this version is so much healthier – how can you argue with that?
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Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry Video
Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry
For the stir fry
- 1 1/4 lbs thinly sliced steak such as flank steak or sirloin
- 3 cups of mixed vegetables (I used broccoli florets and sliced bell peppers)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Optional garnishes: sliced green onions and sesame seeds
For the sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- For the sauce: Place the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and sesame oil in a small pot over medium high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil.
- Mix the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and boil for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Set sauce aside.
- For the stir fry: Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables have started to brown and soften.
- Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook, until water has evaporated. When your vegetables are crisp tender remove them from the pan and set aside.
- Wipe out the pan. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in the pan over high heat.
- Place half of the steak in the pan and season generously with salt and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until just cooked through.
- Set the first batch of steak aside and repeat the process with the rest of the beef.
- Add all of the meat and vegetables back to the pan. Pour the sauce over the top and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium high heat until warmed through.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.
A bit too sweet but overall a good recipe, I recommend using less sugar and it’ll turn out perfect.
I used gluten free soy sauce , NY strip, and organic broccoli florets. This recipe is a keeper! Great flavors, simple to follow, perfection!
The sauce is EVERYTHING
Can I make this with frozen brocolli?
Yes that’s fine!
Can I freeze the recipe?
That should be fine!
Delicious! I tweak almost every recipe I use, but this one needed no tweaking. The sauce is delicious! My husband and all of my big boys had seconds and thirds. I will make this often!
So flavorful and so easy. Especially for a busy lifestyle. I used green peppers, purple peppers, onions, zucchini and carrots and serve with brown rice. Sooo good!
Picky 18 year old senior in high school…..said…. This is in his top 2 meals. Says i could make this every week
If that doesn’t tell you anything. Yummy!!!!
Omgoodness, this was so easy and yet so good. My family really enjoyed this recipe. I will definitely be using this one again. Instead of mixing the sauce together with the stir fry I sat it on the side for those that wanted it.
Thanks for sharing delicious and easy recipe!
My whole family loved it! By far the best teriyaki sauce I’ve made at home 😋
Sauce was delicious. I did tweak the ginger as I hadn’t had any minced. I used half the ginger I’m ground. I did double the sauce as I was worried, glad I did. Now I have extra.
How many cups approximately for the 346 calories?
It’s 1 1/2 cups!
Made this last night husband liked it I just overcooked the meat a little bit but overall great seasoning taste
Love your recipe! The kids love it to!
Thank you for sharing it ❤️
Fantastic recipe! My family thoroughly enjoyed it, and there were no leftovers. Question: After cooking the beef and before adding all the beef and vegetables back to the pan, should the accumulated meat juices be removed from the pan or should the meat juices be combined with the teriyaki sauce?
Either way tastes great! I tried both ways and it came out amazing both times 🙂 My family LOVED this recipe!
This was outstanding! My kids loved it ! We are making it again tonight .
In the sauce it asks for sesame oil. One of my kids is allergic to sesame oil. What can I use to substitute?
I’d just omit it!
Olive oil, avocado oil even vegetable oil will work
Peanut oil is good too.
This sauce was absolutely delicious! I added thin sliced carrots and it was yummy! Healthy too!
I made this last night. Let me just be honest. I think I’m the worst cook and this was absolutely delicious. I didn’t tweak it because I’m just trying to survive here and eat yummy food. I put a little extra soy sauce but that’s just to my liking. My guy was surprised and even ate 2 helpings. That’s saying a lot for my cooking. Thank you for the awesome recipe and making me look good😂
Sauce was absolutely delicious! Will put this one in my faves recipe book. I added cooked egg noodle pasta and fried
How much sauce does the sauce recipe make? Using pre-made sauce and I am not sure how much to use. Thanks.
You’ll want to use about 1/3 to 1/2 cup depending on your tastes!
So good! Added thinly sliced carrots to the veggies and served with farrow. Sauce was delicious and actually thickened up as expected