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Here's a satisfying beef stir fry with noodles that features a bold homemade savory sauce. It's loaded with tender strips of beef, fresh veggies, and chewy ramen noodles. It's a healthy recipe for weeknights that's easily customizable, and it's ready in just 30 minutes!
Stir fry is what we serve on busy weeknights when we want a healthy, balanced dinner without a lot of fuss. The combination of ingredients in this beef stir fry are versatile, so it's a great fridge clean-out dish at the end of the week.
We generally like to make our own stir fry sauces because they're fresher, they taste better, and they're healthier with no preservatives or thickening agents. The one we use in this recipe is bold and beefy with a hearty kick of ginger and garlic.
To make the stir fry sauce, you only need a few pantry ingredients. Start by dissolving the cornstarch with a splash of beef broth, then add in the other ingredients.
To make the stir fry, cook the noodles until they're al dente. Sear the beef until it browns, then cook the vegetables until they soften. Toss the beef, vegetables, and noodles together with the sauce and heat it until it thickens. Sprinkle on some sliced green onions and sesame seeds and serve. Ta-da!
You can absolutely mix and match the ingredients in this stir fry to your taste, or use what you have on hand. It's also easy to make gluten-free, and it's not spicy so kids will love it. too.
This beef stir fry recipe with noodles is a delicious and efficient way to pack protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates into one meal. The leftovers keep well and taste great the next day for lunch!
What's in this beef stir fry with noodles recipe?
Here's everything you need to make the beef stir fry:
- Olive oil – or any other neutral flavored oil will work.
- Ramen noodles – ramen noodles actually come fresh, dried, and fried. For this recipe, we used organic dry ramen noodles, but soup ramen noodles can also be used with the seasoning pack discarded. You can also use spaghetti or use rice noodles for gluten-free.
- Beef top sirloin – top sirloin is a naturally lean, thick cut of steak with lots of bold, beefy flavor.
- Vegetables – we use a mix of snap peas, mushrooms, carrots, red bell pepper, and onion. But feel free to use your own mix of quick-cooking vegetables.
- Green onions and sesame seeds – for garnish.
Here are the stir fry sauce ingredients:
- Cornstarch – gives thickness to the sauce. You can also use arrowroot starch if you prefer.
- Beef broth – beef broth has a dark brown color and prominent beef flavor making it a good choice for this robust stir fry.
- Soy sauce – soy sauce or tamari both work great for adding saltiness and rich umami flavor. Use gluten-free if necessary.
- Honey – adds sweetness and balances everything out.
- Toasted sesame oil – sesame oil adds a nutty, earthy Asian flavor to the sauce.
- Ginger + garlic – these common aromatics add a warming and comforting kick of flavor.
How to make a beef stir fry with noodles
This beef stir fry is a quick and healthy meal for weeknights. It's filling, flavorful, and full of vegetables and protein. Here's how to make it in a few simple steps:
- Cook your ramen noodles until they're al dente and then drain them well under cold water.
- Make the sauce by first stirring the cornstarch with a splash of beef broth until it dissolves, followed by all the other ingredients.
- Sear the beef in a large skillet until it browns, working in batches. Remove and set it aside.
- Fry the veggies until they begin to soften.
- Add the noodles and the beef to the pan with the vegetables and pour in the sauce. Heat it until the sauce thickens and then sprinkle on some sliced green onions and sesame seeds to serve.
Where can I buy fresh ramen noodles?
Fresh ramen noodles are often actually frozen, and can be found in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores.
Can I use frozen vegetables?
Yes, in a pinch. Just be aware that using frozen vegetables will change the cooking time.
Can I make it gluten-free?
Yes, this stir fry is easy to make gluten-free. Use a gluten-free soy sauce or tamari, and rice noodles in place of ramen noodles.
What other vegetables are good to use in a stir fry?
There are so many! The biggest thing to keep in mind is you want your veggies to be sliced thin, and equal in size so they cook evenly. Some other veggies that taste great in stir fry are bean sprouts, broccoli, celery, zucchini, green beans, cabbage, and snow peas.
How can I make it spicy?
If you love heat, add some sriracha, some red pepper flakes, or your favorite hot sauce to the sauce.
How long do leftovers keep in the refrigerator?
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
What to serve with beef noodle stir fry
This easy beef stir fry with noodles is delicious and filling on its own, but it can easily be enjoyed family-style alongside other Asian dishes.
The stir fry
- 8 ounces ramen noodles
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb beef top sirloin (thinly sliced across the grain)
- 2 cups snap peas (cut in half if large)
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 2 medium carrots (thinly sliced)
- 1 medium red pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1 medium onion (chopped)
- Green onions and sesame seeds (to serve)
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 cup beef broth
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons EACH: honey and toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the ramen and cook for 1 minute less than the package directions – the noodles will cook more in the sauce. Drain the noodles and rinse them well under cold water.8 ounces ramen noodles
- While the water is heating, make the sauce. Put the cornstarch into a bowl or 2-cup measuring cup and add a splash of the beef broth. Mix until it's combined and then add the remaining sauce ingredients and mix once more.2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 cup beef broth, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons EACH: honey and toasted sesame oil, 2 tablespoons minced ginger, 4 cloves garlic
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Work in two batches so you don't crowd the pan. Add half of the beef and sear it until it begins to brown then remove it from the pan. Sear the other half of the beef then remove it.2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 lb beef top sirloin
- Add the snap peas, mushrooms, carrots, pepper, and onion and stir fry until the veggies begin to soften, about 3 minutes.2 cups snap peas, 2 cups sliced mushrooms, 2 medium carrots, 1 medium red pepper, 1 medium onion
- Add the cooked noodles and beef to the pan. Give the sauce a quick stir then pour it into the pan. Let it come to a boil to thicken the sauce then mix everything together. Serve with some green onions and sesame seeds over the top.
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