Quick Beef Stir-Fry


Quick and easy beef stir-fry. I make this on my busiest weeknights.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings

Need to use up some of your leftover vegetables and other pantry staple ingredients? Look no further than a classic beef stir-fry. This beef and broccoli stir-fry comes together in just 25 minutes and only requires ingredients that you probably already have. And if you don't? You can just skip them!

This dish is packed with veggies, beef, and saucy flavors for a weeknight dinner warrior that checks all the boxes. Served with rice or lo mein noodles, this will be the best beef stir-fry you've ever made.

top-down view of a bowl of beef strips, broccoli, and red and orange bell pepper strips over rice

How to Make Beef Stir-Fry

The most time-consuming part of making stir-fry is all the chopping. Slicing your meat and veggies into smaller bite-sized pieces can take a little bit of time and effort, but it's worth it for the end result.

After you've chopped all your ingredients, you'll cook the beef on one side of the wok, or another large frying pan, and the veggies on the other side of the wok. Once they're all cooked, you can mix the two sides together and add the soy sauce and sesame seeds.

Some stir-fry recipes use a specific stir-fry sauce, which can be as basic as broth, soy sauce, sugar, and rice wine vinegar. This quick stir-fry calls for only soy sauce. But you can feel free to add a stir-fry sauce or marinate your beef in one if you prefer.

Learn more: How to Make the Easiest Stir-Fry Ever

What Cut of Beef Is Best For Beef Stir-Fry?

Flank steaks are the most popular choice for making a stir-fry. However, you can also use sirloin steak, skirt steak, Denver steak, or even beef chuck.

Beef chuck steak is the most economical choice, but it does require some extra trimming. You'll want to remove the tough tissue from the steaks before frying.

How to Cook Beef Stir-Fry

If possible, you should use a wok to make beef stir-fry. Woks are large and have sloping sides that let you cook the entire stir-fry in one pan, so you can easily stir and flip the food without fear of it flying out. They also are designed to cook foods quicker than skillets and with less oil.

If you can't use a wok (or another carbon steel pan) then any skillet will work. You may just need to cook the meat and veggies in separate batches.

When cooking, make sure you heat the pan and oil up first before adding your ingredients — they should sizzle as soon as they hit the heat. And always use an oil with a high smoke point, like canola or peanut oil, for the best stir-fry results.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"I added this recipe to my favorites list not even a month ago and I have made this, using different variations every time, at least 5 times. My family loves this recipe and I've paired it with rice or noodles and it always pleases. I usually use beef stew meat and switch up the vegetables. I would definitely recommend this recipe for anybody that's pressed for time and wants to make a quick easy meal that the whole family will enjoy," says Tiana Marie Ginorio.

"Hubby and I both liked this. It's very easy to make and is ready in no time. I used flank steak instead of sirloin and I didn't have any green onions, but otherwise I followed the recipe as written. We both though it needed a bit of something, so after the first few bites we added some crushed chilis for a bit of heat," adds Allrecipes Allstar France C.

"Made it true to the recipe except that I only used half of a red bell pepper because it was what I had. The dish didn't suffer at all for it and the spiciness was just right for me. Served over rice and was the best quick meal that I made this week," raves Shoebox.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 pound beef sirloin, cut into 2-inch strips

  • 1 ½ cups fresh broccoli florets

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks

  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced

  • 1 green onion, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir beef until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Move beef to the side of the wok and add broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, green onion, and garlic to the center of the wok. Cook and stir vegetables for 2 minutes.

  2. Stir beef into vegetables and season with soy sauce and sesame seeds. Continue to cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 2 more minutes.

    a close up, overhead view of a single serving of beef stir fry served over white rice
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studio

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 526mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 70mg 351%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 563mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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