Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

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This easy Beef Stir Fry with Noodles can be made in just 20 minutes! Tender beef, fresh veggies, and noodles tossed together in a delicious savory sauce.

Stir fry noodles with beef
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This Beef Stir Fry with Noodles can be made in under 20 minutes. Plus, it is always a hit with the family! I like to throw this together on busy nights when I need to get dinner on the table fast. (Be sure to read all the rave reviews in the comments below!) Everything is all mixed into one easy dish for minimal clean-up as well. So many wins with this one! What I love most about stir fry recipes (especially this one) is that you can mix-and-match everything. The types of meat, the noodles, and the variety of vegetables can all be hand picked to suit your tastes. You can make it any way you want! There are so many combinations! 

Ingredients in Beef Stir Fry

With a homemade sauce, tender beef, noodles and all kinds of veggies, this really is the easiest beef stir fry recipe ever! Here’s what you need:

  • Boneless beef sirloin steak – sliced thin. You can use skirt steak too. It’s best if you let the meat come to room temperature before cooking.
  • Linguini noodles – of course any noodles will work: spaghetti, fettuccini, angel hair pasta, etc.
  • Canola oil – divided. You’ll use this to brown the beef as well as sautéing the veggies.
  • Red bell pepper– sliced thin
  • Onion – sliced thin
  • Carrots – sliced into match-sticks. You can also use baby carrots cut in quarters length-wise.
  • Broccoli florets – Cut into bite-size pieces
  • Cabbage – shredded
  • Sesame seeds – to taste. These are optional but look really pretty as a garnish.
  • Red pepper flakes – also optional. A little goes a long way with these, so start with just a pinch.

For the marinade, you just need a few ingredients. To make things even easier, we just double the marinade and divide it in half so we can use the rest for the sauce while cooking. For the best results, you will want to marinate your steak slices in the marinade for at least 2 hours. Skip the marinade if you are in a time crunch. The steak won’t be quite as flavorful, but you will still get great results.

How to Thicken Beef Stir Fry Sauce

The only difference between the sauce and the marinade for this recipe is a little bit of cornstarch. The cornstarch just makes the sauce a little thicker and helps to coat the noodles. The sauce for this beef stir fry is a more savory sauce, which I like with beef dishes. If you want it to be sweeter and have a more teriyaki flavor, just add a little pineapple juice and/or a little more brown sugar. For a thicker sauce, add a couple tablespoons cornstarch. You can always thin it out with more water.

Beef stir fry in a large skillet

Stir Fry Vegetables

There are SO MANY different vegetables that you can use in stir fry dishes. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Baby Corn
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Green onions
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions (Red, Yellow, or White)
  • Snow Peas
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Zucchini
Beef Stir Fry being served with tongs

Frequently Asked Questions about Beef Stir Fry

What kind of beef is best for stir fry?

For this particular recipe, we used sirloin steak. It is a nice, tender cut of meat that marinates and sautés well in a stir fry. It’s a very versatile cut of steak that you almost can’t go wrong with. The downside to sirloin steak is that it can easily get overcooked. For optimal results, stir fry until JUST cooked through. Other cuts of steak that work well for stir fry includes flank steak, skirt steak, and rump steak. 

How do you slice the beef?

I like to slice my beef SUPER thin. Seriously, like paper thin (like at the Mongolian BBQ restaurants). The thinner, the better. An easy tip for slicing steak is to freeze the steak for 10-15 minutes before slicing, then slice it with a sharp knife. I also like to cut it on a 30 to 45-degree angle instead of slicing it straight down so I can get it even thinner. You will find that the flavor is better, and it is easier for kids to eat. It also absorbs the marinade better.

How do you cut or slice vegetables for stir fry?

The key to slicing vegetables is to try to cut them all close to the same thickness. You want all your vegetables to cook as evenly as possible. Also, remember to keep your vegetables bite-sized. You don’t want to have to use a knife to cut up the vegetables after serving. Vegetables like celery and carrots can be cut on an angle.

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How to Make Beef Stir Fry

close up of beef stir fry

Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

4.34 from 60 votes
This Beef Stir Fry with Noodles can be made in just 20 minutes! Tender beef, fresh veggies, and noodles tossed together in a delicious savory sauce. 
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6

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Equipment

  • Fry Pan/Skillet

Ingredients

For the sauce/marinade:

For the stir fry:

Instructions

  • Combine soy sauce, broth, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger in a small mixing bowl. Place half of the mixture in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, add sliced beef, seal (pressing as much air out as you can), and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
    Marinade in a bag
  • Add cornstarch to remaining mixture in bowl and stir until smooth, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
    Marinade in a bowl
  • Prepare linguini noodles according to package directions. While noodles are cooking, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add steak slices, discarding excess marinade. Stir-fry until just browned, remove steak from skillet and set aside.
    Cooking slices of beef in a skillet
  • Add remaining oil to the same skillet and stir-fry peppers, onion, carrots, and broccoli until onions become clear and soft. Add cabbage and beef to the skillet and cook until cabbage becomes soft.
    Frying veggies in a skillet
  • When noodles are done cooking, drain and toss with beef/vegetable mixture, adding the reserved sauce mixture. Toss until noodles are coated in sauce. Top with sesame seeds and/or red pepper flakes (optional) and serve immediately.
    Finished stir fry in a bowl

Notes

  • Please note that the prep time and cook time on this recipe does not include the 2+ hours of time needed to marinate the beef.
  • An easy tip for slicing steak is to freeze the steak for 10-15 minutes before slicing, then slice it with a sharp knife. I also like to cut it on a 30 to 45-degree angle instead of slicing it straight down so I can get it even thinner. You will find that the flavor is better, and it is easier for kids to eat. It also absorbs the marinade better.
  • The key to slicing vegetables is to try to cut them all close to the same thickness. You want all your vegetables to cook as evenly as possible. Also, remember to keep your vegetables bite-sized. You don’t want to have to use a knife to cut up the vegetables after serving. Vegetables like celery and carrots can be cut on an angle.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 481kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 30gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 1123mgPotassium: 770mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 4230IUVitamin C: 64mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 3mg

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  1. 3 stars
    Recipe says it takes 30 minutes so I get all the ingredients and am ready to throw together a quick meal and in step one it says to marinate the meat for 2 hours… Well I guess this is tomorrow’s dinner…

  2. I love this recipe. The flavors are delicious! I substitute chicken for the beef. I have not read all of the comments so excuse me if this is redundant. This is not a 30 minute meal (not counting the marinade time). Unless you buy precut protein and pre cut veggies (or you have a garde manger at your beck and call) the mis en place easily takes about an hour. It is a labor of love but worth it if you have the patience.

  3. 5 stars
    Really good. Marinated the steak overnight. Added 5-spice powder to the marinade. Next time we make it, will add julienned fennel and cut back on the cabbage. Will also add hot chilis or Siracha for heat. Great foundation to add personal flair to. Yum!

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe of beef noodle stir fry I’m definitely try this tasty food with my whole family.

  5. Considering to attempt with thin sliced thinner ends of twin pack of pork tenderloins (to reserve thicker for medallions during shelter in place/don’t run to market here on Long Island, NY). I’ve marinated pork similarly in past, and figure this would be a decent sub – given a red steak of any sort at this point, I’d be inclined to grill it, but it wouldn’t go as far..despite what we have on hand, I’ve been trying to stretch things…Has anyone tried this with pork? Thanks and stay well everyone.

    1. Yes, the calories are per serving. This recipe serves 6 so it would be 1/6th of the amount that this recipe yields.

  6. 5 stars
    I have made this twice….it is soooo good! The flavor is amazing….I think that you did not use any bottled (besides soy sauce) makes a huge difference. I have posted on Pinterest and have shared recipe with family members. Thank you for sharing this recipe….love it!

  7. Had this for dinner tonight. I had left over cubed beef from a beef & barley soup I was making. It was in sml cubes but that didn’t make any difference. The sauce was just right & flavourful. I did add a few more veggies than asked for but we both liked it. I would make this again.

  8. 5 stars
    BEST RECIPE EVER! I have tried lots of stir fry recipes and yours is the BEST! Great blend of flavors and so easy! I used frozen stir fry veggies this time and they worked great! I will use fresh produce from my garden next time I fix it. Slicing the beef really thin was good advice. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!

    1. Hi Audrey- WOW! What a huge compliment! THANK YOU! We are so happy that you like this recipe so much. Thanks for coming back and leaving such a nice comment 😀

  9. 5 stars
    Really lovely recipe, the whole family enjoyed it and we will be adding to our top 10 list. Thanks

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe looks delicious, but I have several questions? First, if you wanted to replace the oil with sesame oil would you still use the same amount or less? Second, if you wanted to add some zucchini and bean sprouts when would they be added? Finally, I am not a huge red meat fan so what would be the maximum amount of time I could marinate sliced/cubed chicken breast using your marinade without becoming too salty?

    1. Hi Jules- To answer all your questions: 1. You would want to use less. sesame oil is really strong so I would use less. I haven’t experimented with it before so I can’t tell you an exact amount. 2. I would add them around the same time as the cabbage. Bean sprouts and zucchini soften quickly 3. I would marinate the chicken 1-2 hours. Hope this all helps!

  11. 5 stars
    Great recipe!!! Did not marinate due to having some hungry kiddos wanting dinner already. Also used carrots, red bell pepper, onions, broccoli, snow peas and only had thin speghatii. Cheated a bit and used a teriyaki glaze from a commerical brand. Thanks for the idea. Really did not know what to do with the beef. Wish I could have posted the image I took.

    1. Hi Joseph- we are so glad you liked this recipe! Totally fine you bought a store bought glaze 😉 Makes it even easier! Love you mix in ideas, thanks for sharing! And thanks for the 5 stars! Next time you make it feel free to take a pic and share it on Instagram and tag us. We would love to see your creation!

  12. 5 stars
    This was absolutely marvelous. I’m gluten free so used some gf ramen noodles (4 minute cook time) and used broccoli, red bell peppers, snow peas and cabbage mix. I also used amino acids instead of soy which is good for those of us with thyroid conditions. Put few drops sesame oil and then the sesame seeds at the last, along with one little dash of siracha…cut recipe in half as making for one person, and this will stay in my rotations for sure. Thanks for the wonderful recipe 🙂

    1. Oh yum! Thanks for sharing! I actually love using the gf brown rice ramen from Costco in this recipe. I love those noodles better than non-gf noodles. So glad you liked this recipe! Thanks for the nice comment!

    1. You can always marinade it for less time or leave out the marinade altogether if you are in a hurry. Hope this helps!

  13. 5 stars
    I made this for my wife today for Valentine’s Day on a wim. I never cook. Spent most of my time finding things. My wife was so happy and absolutely loved the meal. Much needed after a weeks stay at the ER wit her Grammy. Thank you so much!

    1. So glad you and your wife loved this recipe! Way to go cooking for your wife on Valentine’s Day– what an awesome husband! Having a loved one in the hospital is so hard, both mentally and physically. I am sure she truly appreciated your kind gesture. 🙂 Very best well-wishes to her Grammy!

    1. You can always use low-sodium beef broth, that will actually help the saltiness quite a bit or you can add a little more brown sugar. Hope this helps!

  14. 4 stars
    Really good! I only could marinate for 1 hour, and beef was still tender. I think we would like it even better over rice. My soy sauce was really salty, so I ended up adding about 2 T of heavy cream to cut it a little bit. Made it for a family who is grieving and they LOVED it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so glad you liked it! Have you tried using low-sodium soy sauce? Sometimes that helps cut down the saltiness.

  15. 5 stars
    I am out of soy sauce. What else can I use. Also why can’t you use the sauce that you marinade the meat in as long as you are cooking it. I forgot to save any.

    1. You can if you bring it to a rolling boil. If you are out of soy sauce, you can use teriyaki sauce, it will just be a bit sweeter. Hope this helps!

  16. 5 stars
    Loved this!! I don’t like a sweetish flavour in my mains so added just half a tbsp of brown sugar and it was perfect. So quick to make too! One for the weekday dinner list.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. 5 stars
    Better than take out, marinated the meat for 24 hours and came out super tender and flavourful. My friend said she could eat this everyday! Thank you for sharing,

    1. You toss it while it is still in the pan so the pan should still be hot enough to help it thicken. You can put it back on the stove if you feel like it needs a little more time. Hope this helps!

  18. 5 stars
    I used really cheap beef (chuck steak on sale for $2.47 a pound) and after slicing, marinating and browning, I threw it in the crock pot on low for a few hours. After that the dish came together quickly and the meat was tender and flavorful, just the way we like it. I will absolutely make this again but I think next time I’ll make double the meat and stick half in the freezer to use another time.

    1. Great idea! I like the idea of putting the meat in the crock pot to make it more tender. Thanks for the comment! 😀

  19. due to stomach problems I can’t eat onions or the cabbage …and ideas for replacement of these …so want to try this !

    1. Lila, you can eliminate both the onions and cabbage and increase the amounts of the other vegetables – maybe add yellow and orange peppers in addition to the red pepper. Thanks for asking!

  20. I have high cholesterol and have been taken off sugar, so was informed I can’t have sugar which is found in white pasta, potatoes, white bread, pizza, and rice (white) what do u reccomend sounds like a scrumptious meal otherwise any other helpful hints greatly appreciated Thank you

    1. You should still be able to make this dish.. just be sure to check labels on the products you buy. Maybe check some of the whole wheat pastas?

  21. I loved the look of this and made it last night for dinner. I say “it” because I used the basics of your recipe and used what I had.

    I thought I had soy sauce, but found I had a bottle of Teriyaki instead and used it in place of soy. I also had a lb. or so of baked chicken breast so substituted that but still used beef broth made from Better Than Bullion, my hands-down-go-to broth forever. I like a little ginger so sprinkled that in along with a bit of sesame oil instead of sesame seed.

    For those shy about using linguini, it was fabulous in this dish. I found that 1 pound would have overwhelmed my veggies and chicken, so used a 1/2 pound and had plenty of noodles.

    From your basics I made out-of-this-world Teriyaki Chicken. It was more than wonderful. Thanks for this versatile recipe. Next time I’ll make it with beef.

    Cheers!

  22. Absolutely love this recipe. Thank you for sharing! We grilled the Marinated flank steak and double the sauce for a family of 6. Also bought pre-packaged julienne style broccoli, carrots and cabbage. Then sliced the onion, pepper and garlic. Very good! Kids don’t even realize how much veggies are in this recipe!

  23. 5 stars
    This Beef Noodle Stir Fry Recipe was delicious and was very flavorful. The entire family loved it! I didn’t have time to marinate the meat, so instead cooked the meat first then the veggies while the noodles cooked. I added 2 heaping tablespoons of flour to the entire sauce mixture and added it to the meat and veggies. I just let it simmer for about 15 minutes until it cooked down a bit. I then poured that in a large bowl and mixed in my linguine noodles until the noodles were well coated. Delicious! I would definitely make this one again!

  24. 5 stars
    This dish is awesome! I have made it twice already and my husband loves the flavor. I did use about four cups of broccoli since we really like a lot of veggies. Great recipe!

    1. Thank you Becky! I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed it! We like lots of veggies, too.. nothing wrong with loading them on!

  25. 5 stars
    I made this tonight & it was so good! My family loved it! It’s definitely going on my list to make again.

  26. Is 1 lb pasta dry or cooked? I made this and was good but I used a whole box of lunguine which weighed less than 1 lb and it seems like too much pasta?

  27. I made this dish tonight and it was fabulous! I would like you to tell me how you were doing this in under 20 minutes with all the chopping of meat/veggies and cooking and boiling of linguine etc.? Thanks!!

    1. I do the chopping and stir-frying while bringing the water to a boil and boiling the noodles. It should only take a couple minutes to stir-fry, especially if you slice the meat really thin.

  28. Absolutely loved this recipe and my family fought for the leftovers…keep up the good cook’in and thanks for sharing your talents!

  29. This was very yummy!!! I added a little more meat about 1.51bs because I have kids that love meat! I also used fresh linguini noodles and it was sooo delicious! Thanks for the great recipe. I love your site!!!!

  30. This dish sounds (and looks) delicious, and it’s also a nice & hearty meal to serve on a cold winter’s evening. I’m sure my guys will love it…. (but I’ll definitely need to double the recipe, since my hubby & 2 teen boys have huge appetites – no problem). I love everything in this recipe, so I won’t change a thing! I can’t wait to make it! Thanks for this lovely recipe.

  31. I let the steak marinate overnight, is that too long? I’m worried that the steak with be too salty from the soy sauce. But I didn’t have time to actually cook it last night!!! Cooking it today….hope it turns out ok!!!!

    1. It should be able to feed 4, depending on how hungry everyone is! This feeds our family of 4 with a little leftover (2 small kids, 2 adults)

        1. We haven’t tried freezing this before so I am not sure how to advise. If it were me, I would probably freeze it without the noodles and then heat and toss with fresh cooked noodles. If you try it, let us know how it turns out! Hope this helps!