This Teriyaki Beef stir fry recipe is super quick and takes just a handful of ingredients, making it a perfect weeknight meal! It’s loaded with fresh (or frozen broccoli), tender beef strips, and is drenched in a sweet and savory sauce.
This teriyaki beef and broccoli stir fry recipe is one that my family can’t get enough of. Well, at least most of us are fans. My seven year old would be in heaven if I let her exclusively eat cheese, tortillas, watermelon, and bread for the rest of her life. When she was little I would try the, “you’re a big hungry giant, let’s eat some little tiny trees!” bit to get her to try broccoli and she would just look at me like I was an idiot and ask for more applesauce. She hasn’t changed much. Although now, I can at least get her to eat this Sweet Chili Chicken Lo Mein so there still might be hope.
How to Make a Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry
Step 1.) To make life super simple, you’ll start out 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 a good choice for this recipe.
Step 2.) You’ll make the sauce with soy sauce, sugar, mirin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and corn starch. Give it a stir in a bowl and set it aside.
Step 3.) 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.
Step 4.) In a wok or large saute pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and quickly brown the meat, stirring often, 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.
Step 5.) 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.
Tools I Recommend for Making Teriyaki Beef Stir Fry
Large Skillet or Wok: I love my Anolon pans and have used them for years. The non-stick surface is metal utensil safe and durable!
Silicone Tipped Stainless Steel Tongs: I like to use long-handled tongs when making stir frys because they allow me to move the food quickly remove food from the pan easily when needed.
Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- 2 pounds "Stir Fry" Beef Found precut at the butcher counter
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoon mirin sweet cooking rice wine
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 pound fresh broccoli cut into florets
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Whisk the soy sauce, sugar,mirin, garlic, cornstarch, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil together and set aside.
- In a saute pan with a lid, steam broccoli florets w/ ¼ C of water over med-high heat until just tender and bright green. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a large skillet or wok over medium high heat and and brown the meat, about 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a bowl. Working in batches if needed.
- Re-stir the sauce and pour into hot skillet, scraping any brown bits from the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened- about 2 minutes.
- Add beef and broccoli to the sauce, stirring to coat until hot. Serve with rice.