Beef Teriyaki Stir-Fry is the simple dinner you need to make tonight! It's a favorite at my house and everyone else that has tried it! Simple, easy ingredients make this meal one you'll make again and again!
This Beef Teriyaki stir fry recipe is one that my family can't get enough of. I almost always have the ingredients on hand, it is cooked in just about 30 minutes and who doesn't love a bowl of beef and veggies with a homemade teriyaki sauce over rice? No one! Well, my kids could take or leave the vegetables...
Why This Recipe Works
This Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry Recipe uses pre-cut stir-fry steak to make this a perfect, quick weeknight meal with no slicing meat. If you want to make this even faster, use precut fresh or frozen veggies! The sauce is a simple mixture of soy sauce, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, and garlic and gets thickened by a corn starch slurry at the end. The result is a stir-fry that is sweet with tender beef and veggies bathed in a lightly sticky sauce that is perfect over a bed of white rice. The perfect quick meal? Maybe.
How Do you Make Teriyaki Beef?
- To make life super simple, you'll start with a package of pre-cut beef strips labeled "beef for stir-fry," which is usually pretty easy to find in your grocer's meat aisle. If you can't find something similar, top sirloin cut across the grain is an excellent choice for this recipe.
- You'll make the sauce with soy sauce, sugar, mirin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and corn starch. Stir it in a bowl and set it aside.
- You'll want to lightly cook your fresh broccoli before throwing it into the stir-fry pan so that you don't end up with raw broccoli and/or over-cooked and chewy meat. A saute pan with a lid and a little bit of water in the pan does the trick to steam the florets until just tender and bright green. If you are using frozen broccoli, throw it into the microwave for a few minutes to get the chill off and drain the excess water.
- In a wok or large saute pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and quickly brown the meat, often stirring, working in batches if needed-- about 3-4 minutes each batch. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Add the sauce to the hot pan, bring to a simmer and stir in the cooked meat and broccoli.
- Give the pan a stir to make sure the beef and broccoli are well coated with the sauce and serve your Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry over hot steamed rice.
How Do You Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce?
Teriyaki sauce is traditionally equal parts soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and Sake. For this Beef Teriyaki Recipe, I use soy sauce, sugar, and mirin, but omit the Sake for some sesame oil, garlic, and red chile.
Is Your Teriyaki Sauce Too Thin?
Sometimes you just want a thicker sauce! To make your sauce thicker, combine a bit of cornstarch with some room temperature water and whisk into the hot sauce. This can be repeated as necessary until it reaches the desired thickness.
Tips For the Best Beef Teriyaki
- Use pre-cut "Stir-fry beef" to make things easy, but if you can't find it, beef top sirloin is a good choice. It's relatively inexpensive and cooks up pretty tender in the sauce. To make cutting it easier, place the steak into the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm it up a bit and then slice.
- Lightly steam raw vegetables before mixing with the sauce and beef to make sure they are cooked through.
- If the sauce is too thin for your liking after coming to a boil, add an additional teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of water and whisk into the sauce. Bring to a boil and check thickness. Repeat as needed.
What To Serve With Beef Teriyaki
Beef Teriyaki Variations
This stir-fry recipe uses broccoli, but you can absolutely use any vegetable you'd like! Fresh or frozen, here are some ideas:
- Bell Peppers: Red, Green, Orange, Yellow
- Zucchini or Summer Squash
- Green Beans
- Sweet Onion
Can I Reduce The Sugar In Homemade Teriyaki Sauce?
Yes! This recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of sugar to soy sauce like a traditional teriyaki sauce, but you can absolutely reduce the sugar to your taste without any ill-effects on the finished product.
If you make this Beef Teriyaki, I'd love to know! Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram-- #heatherlikesfood