Unleash the vibrant flavors of Asia in your kitchen with this easy-to-make, delicious Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry.

It’s a perfect blend of succulent beef, crisp red and yellow bell peppers, and green onions, all brought together with a rich teriyaki sauce.

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry Recipe

Skill Level: Easy! Ideal for both beginners and experienced cooks, this dish brings a touch of gourmet to everyday dining.

Prep and Cooking Time:

Total Time: 30 minutes
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Beef strips (sirloin or flank steak) – 500 grams (17.6 ounces)
  • Red bell pepper, thinly sliced – 150 grams (5.3 ounces)
  • Yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced – 150 grams (5.3 ounces)
  • Green onions, chopped – 50 grams (1.8 ounces)
  • Garlic, minced – 2 cloves
  • Fresh ginger, grated – 1 teaspoon
  • Teriyaki sauce – 120 milliliters (4 ounces)
  • Cornstarch – 2 teaspoons
  • Sesame oil – 1 tablespoon
  • Soy sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • Brown sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • Vegetable oil – for frying
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry Step-by-Step


  1. In a bowl, mix the cornstarch with a tablespoon of water. Add the beef strips and toss to coat evenly.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned and cooked through. Remove the beef and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, add sesame oil. Sauté garlic, ginger, and bell peppers for about 3-5 minutes or until slightly tender.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar.
  5. Return the beef to the pan with the peppers. Pour the sauce mixture over the beef and vegetables. Stir well to combine.
  6. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, until everything is heated through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  7. Stir in the green onions and cook for an additional minute.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve immediately.

Tips for Perfection:

  • Cut the beef across the grain for tenderness.
  • Preheat the pan or wok before adding oil for a better sear on the beef.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan; cook in batches if necessary.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Add sliced mushrooms, bamboo shoots, or water chestnuts for extra crunch.
  • For a spicy kick, include a teaspoon of chili flakes.

Vegetarian Suggestions:

Replace beef with firm tofu or tempeh. Be sure to press the tofu to remove excess water before cooking.

Additionally, there are some differences in the cooking process when substituting beef with tofu or tempeh in a stir-fry.

Here’s how you can adjust the recipe:

For Tofu:

  1. Preparation: Choose firm or extra-firm tofu. Drain and press it for at least 15-20 minutes to remove excess water. This step is crucial for achieving a good texture as it allows the tofu to absorb flavors better and prevents it from breaking apart during cooking.
  2. Cutting: After pressing, cut the tofu into cubes or strips, depending on your preference.
  3. Marinating (Optional): Tofu is like a sponge and will absorb any flavors you add to it. You can marinate it in a mixture of soy sauce, a bit of sesame oil, and perhaps some minced garlic and ginger for about 15-30 minutes before cooking.
  4. Cooking: Heat oil in a pan and add the tofu. Cook over medium-high heat, turning the pieces occasionally until all sides are golden brown. This process might take a bit longer than cooking beef, roughly about 7-10 minutes. Once cooked, set the tofu aside and follow the rest of the recipe as is.

For Tempeh:

  1. Preparation: Tempeh should be sliced or cubed depending on your preference. Some people prefer to steam tempeh for about 10 minutes before cooking to soften it and reduce its bitterness.
  2. Marinating (Optional): Like tofu, tempeh also benefits from marinating, although it’s not as absorbent as tofu. A quick marinate in soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, or any other flavorful liquid can enhance its taste.
  3. Cooking: Cook the tempeh in a pan with oil over medium heat. It needs to be cooked until it’s nicely browned on all sides, which usually takes about 5-8 minutes. After browning, you can set it aside and continue with the recipe.

In both cases, add the cooked tofu or tempeh back to the pan when you add the sauce and vegetables, just like you would with the beef.

This allows the tofu or tempeh to absorb the flavors of the sauce and meld with the other ingredients.

Remember, tofu and tempeh won’t need as much cooking time in the sauce as beef, so just heat them through.

Serving Suggestions:

Serve over a bed of steamed white rice, brown rice, or noodles.

Nutrient Information (per serving):

  • Approximately 300 calories
  • 20g protein
  • 15g carbohydrates
  • 15g fat
  • 2g fiber

Storing and Reheating Leftovers:

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a pan over medium heat until warmed through.

Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry Origin:

Stir-frying is a cooking technique that originated in China and quickly spread across Asia. It’s known for its speed and ability to bring out the freshness and flavors of ingredients.

This particular dish, with its use of teriyaki sauce, shows the fusion of Chinese stir-frying techniques with Japanese flavors, symbolizing a culinary blend of traditions.

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