Cooking Beef For Stir Fry


Let me introduce a basic guide for cooking beef for Thai stir fry (stir frying words). I’m going to share our top 3 best tips on cooking beef for the un-experienced cooks out there.

Stirfry beef is one of my favorite meals. When I cook a beef and broccoli stirfry, the meat is always so tender and juicy. The trick to having tender and juicy stirfry beef is to warm up your beef properly.

Beef Stir-Fry

“The best thing about a stir-fry is that you can substitute the vegetables you like most.”Save Recipe

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info


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1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4-inch-long pieces, then cut against the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1 serrano chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 to 2 limes)

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced

1/4 pound snow peas or green beans

1 12-ounce can baby corn, drained

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)Add to Shopping List


  1. Season the steak with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chile pepper, sugar and lime juice until the sugar is dissolved. Add the beef, toss to coat and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering, about 1 minute. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside. Allow the liquid in the pan to reduce until thickened, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and scallions and cook 1 minute more. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the snow peas, baby corn and bell pepper and continue cooking until all the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Return the beef to the skillet and toss to combine.

Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Beef stir fry

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

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.

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?

  1. Make sure your wok is super-hot! Stir fry gets its flavors from that high-heat.
  2. Cook the meat first. Make sure it comes to room temperature first so it cooks evenly. For the same reason, cook it in batches.
  3. 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.

How do you make stir fry sauce from scratch

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.

What can I add to stir fry for flavor

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.

Homemade beef stir fry recipe

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

Beef Stir Fry is always a surefire success at the dining table. Simple but delicious, stir fry’s combination of soy sauce and oyster sauce is fragrant and can easily make your mouth water. Stir fry is the perfect go to dish for those who don’t have a lot of time to spare in the kitchen. In record time, you can still prepare yourself a dish that feels like home.

stir fry beef

Stir frying refers to a Chinese method of cooking that involves cooking several ingredients in a pan with high heat and little oil. Because of its popularity in China, the method of stir frying has spread to other cuisines around the world. With its versatility as a cooking method, there are several ingredients you can toss into a stir fry, all tasting equally delicious.

  • You can use any meat of your choice in a stir fry. Take, for example, my recipe for 15 Minute Pork Stir Fry. This utilizes pork tenderloin loom instead of beef, but is also perfect for those who are after a quick but hearty meal.
  • The vegetables in stir fry are adaptable, too. For this beef stir fry I’m only using bell peppers. But if you’re a fan of baby corn and snap peas, you can try my other recipe for Beef and Baby Corn Stir Fry. In that recipe I used a sirloin cut instead of tenderloin, but both are tender and would work once thinly sliced.
  • Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry is another popular stir fry dish you can find in Chinese restaurants worldwide. The sweet, crunchy broccoli always goes well with the tender beef and the umami flavor of soy and oyster sauce. In my recipe I used the flank steak portion of the beef, and also included cooking wine to the initial marinade.
  • And if you don’t want meat at all? My Chopsuey Stir Fry might be more to your liking. Delicious and nutritious, this dish is packed with vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and carrots. This includes tiny pieces of shrimp, but you can also choose to use tofu.

You can enjoy stir fried meat and veggies with a steaming plate of rice or noodles. Either way, its complex flavor will make it a winner at any household. Follow this recipe to make it a winner at yours!

How to cook beef stir fry

beef stir fry

Before we begin the cooking process, it’s important to assemble all your ingredients beforehand. Luckily, for beef stir fry, there aren’t many ingredients that require preparation. Cut your 1 lb. of beef tenderloin into thin slices. This recipe calls for two bell peppers –– one red and one green. These should be chopped too, but the slices can be much thicker.

Put your thinly sliced tenderloin into a bowl. For your marinade, add in 3 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper. Mix it well, then let it sit for 5 minutes. By then, the beef should be soaking up the delicious flavors of the sauce.

Once the five minutes are up, add 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch to the bowl, too. Continue mixing them together and distributing them well. Then, set it aside.

Heat ½ cup of cooking oil up in a pan –– when making beef stir fry, it’s important to keep the heat on high. Fry your thickly sliced bell peppers for 1 minute, and stir it every once in a while in the oil. Afterwards, remove your bell peppers from the pan and set them aside.

With the remaining oil in the pan, stir fry your marinated beef until it becomes a beautiful brownish color. Again, it’s important to keep your heat on high. Not only is beef stir fry meant to be cooked that way, but it also helps ensure that the meat soaks up all the juices. You might be wondering how the meat will manage to stay tender even under high heat. Several Asian cuisines have incorporated a process called “velveting.” This is when they toss the meat of stir fry (be it beef or chicken) in a combination of cornstarch, rice vinegar or soy sauce, and egg whites. It’s then cooked in oil or water while still maintaining its velvety taste.

Since there’s isn’t a lot of time to do the whole process of velveting, tossing  the beef in cornstarch should do the trick. This even helps thicken the sauce in your pan, and gives the outside a texture both velvety and crunchy! And by now, that beef stir fry smell is even harder to resist.

Add the fried bell peppers back in the pan and stir all the ingredients together. Keep tossing until they’ve all been distributed well. Once that’s done, your beef stir fry is ready to serve! Transfer your hot dish to a serving plate and straight to your dining table.

stir fry beef recipe

And there you have it –– a delightfully scrumptious beef stir fry to share with your loved ones! Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

Beef Stir Fry

Quick and easy beef tenderloin stir fry with bell peppers.

 CourseMain Course


 Keywordbeef stir fry, stir fried beef

 Prep Time5 minutes

 Cook Time9 minutes

 Servings4 people



  • 1 lb. beef tenderloin thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1- piece green bell pepper sliced into thick strips
  • 1- piece red bell pepper sliced into thick strips
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil


  • Combine beef, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and ground black pepper. Mix well. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add cornstarch into the bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well distributed. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry bell peppers for 1 minute. Stir once in a while. Remove bell peppers from the pan. Set aside.
  • Using the remaining oil, stir fry marinated beef until it starts to brown.
  • Add fried bell peppers and toss until all ingredients are distributed.
  • Transfer beef stir fry to a serving plate.
  • Serve with rice. Share and Enjoy!


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1042IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 3mg

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