Beef Stir Fry – The Cookie Rookie®

When you’re in need of a tasty, quick, and healthy dinner, give homemade Beef Stir Fry a try! Loaded with tons of flavor, fresh veggies, steak, and a from scratch sauce, you’ll be surprised at how easily this stir fry comes together.

beef stir fry in a wok with a wood spoon

Quick Beef Stir Fry

When it comes to quick and easy weeknight dinners, stir fry is always a good idea! Combine fresh ingredients and a simple homemade sauce to create a delicious one pan meal in less than 30 minutes!

Made with strips of sirloin steak, this is a hearty and filling Chinese-inspired dish. Serve over rice, noodles, or quinoa for a flavorful dinner the whole family will love.

Be sure to try my Cilantro Chicken Stir Fry and Beef Lo Mein, too!

Why You’ll Love this Beef Stir Fry Recipe:

  • HEALTHY: Loaded with veggies and protein, this is a well-balanced meal.
  • QUICK: Ready to serve in less than 30 minutes, this is a great go-to when you’re short on time.
  • ONE PAN: All made in a skillet or wok on the stovetop, even clean up is a breeze!

Full of flavor and simple to make, this is a healthier alternative to your usual takeout. Made from scratch, this is a real dinner winner!

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beef stir fry in a wok with a wood spoon and a serving of beef stir fry with rice in a white bowl with chopsticks

How to Make Beef Stir Fry

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Make the stir fry sauce.
  2. Add the beef to the sauce.
  3. Brown the beef in a hot skillet.
  4. Remove the beef and let the sauce thicken.
  5. Add the veggies and cook until tender.
  6. Add the beef, warm through, and serve.
beef stir fry in a wok with a wood spoon
beef stir fry and rice in a bowl with chopsticks
What kind of beef is best for stir fry?

I love using sirloin steak for stir fry, but ribeye, tri-tip, and tenderloin are all great choices. No matter what type of beef you use, slice it thinly so it cooks quickly in the skillet.

Can I use chicken instead?

Definitely. Dice chicken breasts or thighs and add it to the sauce before cooking. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked through before removing it from the skillet in step 2.

What vegetables are best for stir fry?

I love making stir fry on nights when I want to use up a bunch of fresh veggies! Any firm, crisp veggies are wonderful choices for stir fry. Try any combination of green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, bell peppers, baby corn, or carrots.

Can I make beef stir fry ahead of time?

Yes! Let it cool fully, place in airtight containers, and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Quickly reheat on the stovetop for a quick weekday lunch or dinner.

Serving Suggestions

Bursting with veggies and protein, stir fry is a full meal by itself! Enjoy straight from the pan, or serve over rice, noodles, or quinoa for a hearty and filling meal.

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beef stir fry in a wok with a wood spoon and a serving of beef stir fry with rice in a white bowl with chopsticks


  • To easily cut thin strips of steak, place it in the freezer for 10 minutes. This will make it easier to cut uniform, thin slices!
  • Try not to overcook the vegetables – they should still have a bit of crunch and bite to them.
  • If making this stir fry ahead of time, let it cool fully before refrigerating.

Beef stir fry is wonderfully simple with bold flavors everyone will love.

Can I use frozen vegetables for stir fry?

Absolutely! Frozen vegetables work great in this recipe. Add any frozen veggies straight into the skillet in step 4 – no need to defrost them first. You might need to add a few extra minutes to the cook time to warm the veggies through.

Can I serve beef stir fry with noodles instead of rice?

Yes! Instead of rice, serve beef stir fry with your favorite noodles, couscous, or quinoa.

How can I make this stir fry spicy?

For a little extra kick, add red pepper flakes to the stir fry sauce. You could also add diced fresh red chiles with the veggies in step 4.

beef stir fry and rice in a bowl with chopsticks

Healthier than takeout, you can feel good about adding homemade beef stir fry to the dinner menu!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!

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