Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry Made Simple (Deliciously Easy)

As someone who loves exploring new flavors and creating delicious homemade meals, I couldn’t resist sharing my excitement about a dish that never fails to impress: Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry!

Just the mention of it makes my taste buds tingle with anticipation. 

The sizzling sound of beef searing in a hot pan, the aromatic blend of garlic and ginger filling the air, and the vibrant colors of crisp vegetables dancing alongside tender meat—these are the elements that make teriyaki beef stir-fry an absolute delight.

Teriyaki beef stir-fry has become a staple in my meal-prepping routine, and I’m excited to share the ins and outs of this mouthwatering dish with you.

So, grab your apron, sharpen your knives, and let’s embark on a culinary adventure that will leave you craving more!

Elevating Dishes with Remarkable Ingredients

When it comes to crafting a delectable teriyaki beef stir-fry, the right combination of ingredients can elevate the dish from ordinary to extraordinary. 

Let’s take a closer look at what you’ll need to bring this flavor-packed masterpiece to life:

Beef (sliced): For the foundation of stir-fry, tender slices of beef are essential. I find that using cuts like flank steak or sirloin works wonders. 

The key is to slice the beef against the grain into thin strips. This ensures that each bite remains tender and easy to chew.

 Flank steak ready to season

Vegetables: The vibrant medley of vegetables not only adds color to a stir-fry but also provides a refreshing crunch and nutritional goodness. 

Consider including bell peppers for a burst of sweetness, crisp broccoli florets for their earthy flavors, and julienned carrots for a touch of sweetness and a vibrant orange hue. 

However, feel free to customize your selection based on your preferences or what you have on hand.

Fresh bell peppers and Broccoli isolated on white

Teriyaki sauce: Ah, the star of the show! Teriyaki sauce is what infuses the dish with its signature sweet and savory flavor profile. 

You can either make your own teriyaki sauce using soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, and other ingredients, or you can opt for a store-bought version for convenience. 

Whichever you choose, the teriyaki sauce will tie all the flavors together and give your stir-fry that irresistible glaze.

Bowl of teriyaki sauce

Garlic and ginger (minced): These aromatic powerhouses are like the dynamic duo of Asian cuisine

A few cloves of garlic, finely minced, bring their distinctive pungency and depth of flavor, while freshly grated ginger adds a zing of warmth and complexity. 

Together, they lend a fragrant backdrop to the teriyaki beef stir-fry.

Ginger and Garlic on white background

Cooking oil: To achieve that delightful sizzle and prevent the ingredients from sticking to the pan, we’ll need high-heat cooking oil. 

I prefer using vegetable oil or sesame oil for their neutral flavors that won’t overpower the teriyaki goodness.

Cooking oil in a bowl

Rice or noodles (optional): While the teriyaki beef stir-fry is satisfying enough on its own, you can take it to the next level by serving it over a bed of steamed rice or alongside some toothsome noodles. 

The choice is yours! Rice adds a comforting, fluffy base, while noodles offer a delightful chewiness that complements the tender beef and crisp vegetables.

Rice or noodles

With these ingredients at your fingertips, you’re well on your way to creating a tantalizing teriyaki beef stir-fry that will impress your taste buds and leave you craving for seconds.

Masterful Preparation

Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry Made Simple (Deliciously Easy!)

Recipe by Teal NotesCourse: Lifestyle, Recipes


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  • 1 pound (450 grams) beef steak (flank steak or sirloin), thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup broccoli florets

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional, for thickening)

  • 2 green onions, sliced (for garnish)

  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)


  • In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and honey. Set aside.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the sliced beef and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until it’s browned. Remove the beef from the skillet and set it aside.

  • In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger, and stir-fry for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the sliced bell peppers, onion, and broccoli to the skillet. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender but still crisp.
  • Return the cooked beef to the skillet and pour the teriyaki sauce mixture over the beef and vegetables. Stir everything together and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • f you prefer a thicker sauce, mix the cornstarch with a little water in a separate bowl to create a slurry. Add the slurry to the skillet and stir well. Cook for an additional minute until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

  • Serve the Teriyaki Beef Stir-Fry over steamed rice or noodles. Enjoy!

Now that we have a tantalizing array of ingredients ready, it’s time to dive into the preparation process. 

Preparing each component with care ensures that our teriyaki beef stir-fry turns out to be a masterpiece of flavors and textures.

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get started!

Marinating the beef

To infuse the beef with the delectable flavors of teriyaki, marinating is the key. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Start by placing the sliced beef into a bowl or resealable plastic bag.
  1. Pour the teriyaki sauce over the beef, making sure to coat each slice evenly.
  1. Add minced garlic and ginger to the marinade for an extra punch of flavor.
  1. Give everything a good toss or gentle massage to ensure the beef is well coated.
  1. Cover the bowl or seal the bag and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

If you have the time, allowing it to marinate for a couple of hours will intensify the flavors even further.

Preparing the vegetables

While my beef is marinating, let’s prepare the vibrant vegetables that will add freshness and color to stir-fry:

  1. Wash and clean the vegetables thoroughly.
  1. Slice the bell peppers into thin strips, discarding the seeds and white pith.
  1. Cut the broccoli into small florets, ensuring they are of similar sizes for even cooking.
  1. Peel the carrots and julienne them into thin matchstick-like strips.
  1. By preparing the vegetables ahead of time, you’ll save precious minutes when you’re ready to start stir-frying.

Making the teriyaki sauce

Although store-bought teriyaki sauce is a convenient option, creating your own allows you to tailor the flavors to your liking.

Here’s a simple recipe for a homemade teriyaki sauce:

  • ½ cup soy sauce: Soy sauce serves as the savory base of our teriyaki sauce, providing that distinct umami flavor.
  • ¼ cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine): Mirin adds a touch of sweetness and depth to the sauce, balancing the saltiness of the soy sauce.
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar: Brown sugar brings a rich caramel-like sweetness, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the teriyaki sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon honey: Honey contributes a natural sweetness and a hint of floral notes, rounding out the flavors of the sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar: Rice vinegar adds a tangy and slightly acidic element, providing a bright and refreshing taste to the sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil: Sesame oil lends a nutty aroma and flavor, enhancing the overall depth and complexity of the teriyaki sauce.

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, honey, rice vinegar, and sesame oil until well combined. 

This mixture will create a homemade teriyaki sauce that’s perfectly balanced in sweetness, saltiness, and tanginess.

Once you’ve whisked the ingredients together, take a moment to taste the sauce. Adjust the sweetness or saltiness according to your preference. 

If you desire a sweeter teriyaki flavor, add more honey. Conversely, if you prefer a saltier kick, a touch more soy sauce can do the trick. 

Remember, this is your chance to customize the teriyaki sauce to your liking and make it truly your own.

Cooking the rice or noodles (if desired)

If you choose to accompany your teriyaki beef stir-fry with rice or noodles, now is the time to prepare them. Here’s a quick guide:


  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  1. In a pot, combine 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt.
  1. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed.
  1. Fluff the rice with a fork before serving.
Boiled rice in a bowl


  1. Cook the noodles according to the package instructions until they are al dente.
  1. Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water to stop the cooking process and remove excess starch.
  1. Toss the noodles with a little oil to prevent sticking.
Raw udon noodle

With our beef marinated, vegetables prepped, teriyaki sauce ready, and rice or noodles cooked, we’re all set to dive into the cooking process.

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions for Delicious Success

Let’s dive into the cooking process step by step:

1. Stir-frying the beef

Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of cooking oil.

Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the marinated beef slices to the pan in a single layer. 

Allow them to sear for a minute or two without stirring, allowing a nice caramelized crust to form.

Then, using a spatula or tongs, give the beef a quick stir-fry, tossing it around for even cooking. 

Cook until the beef is browned on all sides and cooked to your desired level of doneness. Transfer the beef to a plate and set it aside.

2. Adding the vegetables

In the same skillet or wok, add a bit more oil if needed, and then toss in the prepared vegetables. 

Stir-fry them for a few minutes until they are crisp-tender, maintaining their vibrant colors and a slight crunch. 

Remember to keep the heat high to ensure that the vegetables cook quickly while retaining their freshness.

3. Incorporating the teriyaki sauce

Now comes the moment we’ve been waiting for—pouring that tantalizing homemade teriyaki sauce into the pan. 

Return the cooked beef to the skillet with the vegetables and pour the teriyaki sauce over everything. 

Give it a good stir to coat the beef and vegetables evenly with the sticky, glossy sauce. 

Allow the sauce to simmer and thicken for a minute or two, ensuring that it fully coats the ingredients and infuses them with its irresistible flavors.

4. Adjusting the flavors

At this point, give your stir-fry a taste test. If you desire a stronger teriyaki flavor, you can drizzle in a bit more sauce or sprinkle a pinch of salt. 

To add some heat, a dash of chili flakes or a squeeze of sriracha can do the trick. 

Don’t hesitate to adjust the flavors to suit your palate, ensuring that each bite is a harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and tangy notes.

5. Serving and enjoying

With all the hard work done, it’s time to plate up your teriyaki beef stir-fry. 

Serve it over a bed of steamed rice or alongside your favorite noodles, allowing the flavorful sauce to seep into the grains or coat the noodles. 

Garnish with some sliced green onions, sesame seeds, or a sprinkle of chopped cilantro for an extra pop of freshness and visual appeal.

Now, grab your chopsticks or fork and dive into this delectable teriyaki beef stir-fry. 

The tender beef, crisp vegetables, and luscious teriyaki sauce combine to create a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more with every bite. Happy cooking!

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What do you serve with teriyaki beef?

Some of the best side dishes for teriyaki beef are Japanese rice, stir-fried noodles, greens, French fries, crispy seaweed kale, chicken wings, steamed pork buns, and carrot salad with sesame dressing.

What sauce is closest to teriyaki sauce?

Oyster sauce is a great substitute for teriyaki sauce because they share a similar flavor profile and consistency. 

The sauce is salty, sweet, and a little bit savory, which makes it a great accompaniment to meats and vegetables, just like teriyaki sauce.

It works especially well in stir-fries.

Is teriyaki okay for acid reflux?

Instead of BBQ sauce, which usually has a tomato base, try a dry rub. Teriyaki sauce or fresh herbs with olive oil also make tasty alternatives that aren’t foods that cause heartburn.

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