Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

The easiest stir fry ever! Just 20 minutes until you get this delicious Beef Stir Fry with Noodles in your belly! Tender beef, fresh veggies, and noodles tossed together in a delicious Asian inspired sauce.
Beef Stir Fry with Noodles in a skillet ready to eat. Tongs picking up the beef stir fry to serve

Stir Fry

Stir frying is a Chinese cooking technique where ingredients are fried in very hot oil while being stirred. Traditionally stir frying is done in a wok, but if you don't have a wok, don't fret. I will show you how to stir fry in a cast iron skillet. You can use any skillet that gets very hot. I like cast iron, but stainless steel will work too.

Stir frying is a quick and easy way of cooking, as well as being healthy too. Stir frying uses very little fat, incorporates vegetables and protein, and the sauces used in stir frying are generally lower in calories than other rich, creamy sauces. Stir frying makes it easy to get a healthy, delicious dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. That's quicker than take-out! Check out my Teriyaki Rice Bowl as well for another easy stir fry recipe.

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It's easy to make a veggie-packed dinner recipe that your whole family will enjoy when you have this Beef Stir Fry with Noodles recipe. Let me show you how...

Beef Stir Fry Marinade and Sauce

The marinade and sauce are made at one time with all the same ingredients for this beef stir fry recipe. Just whisk all the ingredients together and divide the marinade to reserve 1/4 cup for the sauce. The rest gets poured into a zip-top bag with the thinly sliced beef to marinate for about 30 minutes or several hours before stir frying.

Mixing the asian inspired sauce for the beef stir fry with noodles in a measuring cup with a whisk

Slicing Beef for Stir Fry

For beef stir fry I like to slice the beef as thin as I possibly can. A sharp knife helps, but another tip is to freeze the beef first just slightly. If you pop the beef in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes it will stiffen up just enough to make it easier to slice thin strips for the stir fry. Freezing the beef before slicing is optional for this beef stir fry recipe, but it does make it easier. Another thing you can do to make getting dinner on the table easier is to purchase your stir fry beef already sliced or ask the butcher to slice it thinly for you before you leave the store.
Slicing the steak thinly with a sharp knife on a white cutting board for the beef stir fry with noodles
Once the beef is sliced thinly for the stir fry, I put it into a quart sized zip-top bag and pour the marinade in. I let this marinate for up to 30 minutes typically. If I'm really on the ball, then I'll get the marinade done early in the day, slice the beef and marinate during the day so it's ready at dinner time.

Pouring marinade into a zip top bag with thinly sliced beef. Sealing zip top bag and allowing beef to marinate for 30 minutes
When ready to start stir frying the beef, first put on a pot of water over high heat to bring to a boil. The water will be where we cook the noodles once it is boiling. I like to get it going first. this way I can stir fry the beef and drop the noodles in the boiling water while the vegetables are cooking.

Remove the beef from the marinade and pat dry. Discard marinade. Heat a cast iron skillet over mid-high heat and add the oil. Add half the beef to the skillet and cook, stirring just until beef browns. It should get a little bit of sear on it as the skillet will be very hot. Stir frying beef is very quick and should only take 30 seconds to a minute to brown. When the first batch of beef is browned, remove from the skillet, and repeat this step with the second batch of beef.

Left photo is of beef removed from marinade and patted dry. Right photo is of beef in a cast iron skillet browning
Once beef is browned nicely, remove it all from the skillet and reserve.

Stir Fry Vegetables

Cooking the vegetables is where I go off the rails a little bit with this recipe. How I cook the vegetables isn't traditional to stir fry, but it works for me, and I think it will work for you too. While the vegetables are cooking, I can cook the noodles and everything will be ready to assemble at once making this dish a little easier.

You can use any combination of vegetables you like. I like to pick up a bag of fresh stir fry vegetables from the produce section of my grocery store. No chopping required! Just open the bag and dump them in. See the picture below to see the bag of stir fry vegetables I use.

To cook the vegetables in the same skillet where we cooked the beef, reduce the heat to medium and add a tablespoon of unsalted butter (or oil if you prefer). Add the vegetables and give them a sprinkling of salt. Stir to coat with butter, cover the skillet and let cook for about 3 minutes until just starting to get tender. I like my veggies still a little crunchy. If you like them softer, then you can cook them a little longer until desired consistency.

While the vegetables are cooking, drop the noodles in the boiling water and set the timer for 3 minutes. When the noodles are done, drain the water and reserve the noodles.
Top left photo is of Eat Smart vegetable stir fry 12 ounce bag. Top right photo is vegetables in cast iron skillet with butter. Bottom left photo is the lid placed on the skillet of vegetables. Bottom right photo is stir fry vegetables being mixed with the sauce for the beef stir fry with noodles
When the vegetables are tender the way you like them, mix 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch to the reserved sauce mixture. Whisk to combine well and then pour the sauce mixture into the skillet with the vegetables. Add the beef and noodles to the skillet and stir to combine. Enjoy!


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Yield: 4 Servings

Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

The easiest stir fry ever! Just 20 minutes until you get this delicious Beef Stir Fry with Noodles in your belly! Tender beef, fresh veggies, and noodles tossed together in a delicious Asian inspired sauce.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:

Stir Fry Sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoison sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsps rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsps cornstarch
Beef Stir Fry
  • 1 pound Certified Angus Beef ® brand bottom round steak, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 12 ounce bag vegetable stir fry (or 12 ounces of assorted vegetables of your choice)
  • 4 ounces lo mein noodles
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

instructions

Stir Fry Marinade
  1. Whisk 1/4 cup hoison sauce, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon minced ginger together. Reserve 1/4 cup for the sauce and set aside. Pour the remaining marinade into a zip-top bag with the thinly sliced beef. Marinate 30 minutes.
Beef Stir Fry
  1. When ready to stir fry the beef, first put on a pot of water over high heat to bring to a boil. This will be for making the noodles while the vegetables are cooking.
  2. Remove the beef from the marinade and pat dry. Discard marinade. Heat a cast iron skillet over mid-high heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Add half the beef to the skillet and cook, stirring just until beef browns. About 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat this step with the second batch of beef. Once beef is browned nicely, remove it all from the skillet and reserve.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add a tablespoon of unsalted butter to the skillet (or oil if you prefer). Add the vegetables and give them a sprinkling of salt. Stir to coat with butter, cover the skillet and let cook for about 3 minutes until just starting to get tender.
  4. While the vegetables are cooking, drop 4 ounces lo mein noodles in the boiling water and set the timer for 3 minutes. When the noodles are done, drain the water and reserve the noodles.
  5. When the vegetables are tender the way you like them, mix 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch to the reserved sauce mixture. Whisk to combine well and then pour the sauce mixture into the skillet with the vegetables. Add the beef and noodles to the skillet and stir to combine and heat through. Enjoy!
calories
466
fat (grams)
19
sat. fat (grams)
4
carbs (grams)
29
protein (grams)
41
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Recipe adapted from Certified Angus Beef ® brand Beef and Garden Vegetable Stir Fry

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