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This easy Ground Beef Teriyaki recipe is a dinner you can make in under 30 minutes. Full of veggies, protein packed beef and a delicious teriyaki sauce that will have you coming back for more! Great for meal prep early in the week for grab and go meals on busy weeknights and more!

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Love a good meal prep recipe? Me, too! And this new Ground Beef Teriyaki recipe is a perfect dish to prep ahead of time and have a hearty and delicious meal ready and waiting for your when you need it.

Celebrating National Meal Prep Day in the most delicious way possible–by meal prepping this beefy dish!

My other teriyaki dishes have been such hits that it was time to add a beef variation! Ground beef is a great option when meal prepping as it cooks up super quickly and is so versatile. For more ground beef dishes, try these: Ground Beef Stuffed Shells, Zucchini Beef Meatballs or Ground Beef Pot Pie!

Why You Will Love This Ground Beef Teriyaki:

  • Protein packed and more! This teriyaki ground beef recipe is full of all the good stuff! 25 grams of protein are in a 3 oz. serving of beef, not to mention almost a dozen essential nutrients! That paired with vegetables and some carbohydrates in the rice makes for a meal that will keep you going!
  • Super simple to make. While I usually enjoy making the homemade teriyaki stove top separate from the stir fry, but in this recipe, it’s even easier–just pour and simmer to thicken. Minimal chopping of ingredients and all of this is ready in under 30 minutes! And making your own teriyaki sauce is a breeze so skip the store bought!
  • Freezer friendly. If you love to meal prep for the week or thinking beyond the week, this dish works very well frozen. I like to use freezer friendly meal prep containers to add this beef teriyaki to along with white rice and freeze for my own freezer meal that is easily grab and go!
  • The flavor is just WOW! The sauce matched with the beef is amazing. I love teriyaki sauce in general, but adding some orange zest to this recipe just seals the deal. You will love it!

Meal Prep Is Key!

Planning ahead in the kitchen saves time and money, and can also help families reach daily nutrition goals, even when they’re busy juggling a variety of needs and responsibilities. A little time early in the week can pay off so much!

Meal prep container with rice and ground beef teriyaki with lid slightly covering it.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • sesame oil: sesame oil is preferred for flavor in this stir fry recipe. Olive oil or another cooking oil can be used in place of the sesame oil.
  • ground beef: use your favorite ground beef–chuck, sirloin, etc. I prefer a lean ground beef and typically opt for ground sirloin.
  • broccoli florets: you can use fresh or frozen, I often use fresh. Chop into small broccoli florets for quick and easy cooking.
  • shredded carrots: the grocery often has shredded carrots on hand for quick and easy prep. They cook very quickly which is ideal.
  • salt and pepper: the soy sauce already adds a level of saltiness to the dish so add salt as desired. A touch of black pepper will round this recipe out as well.
  • green onions: these are the preferred onion, but if you want to dice up a yellow onion and sauté it as well, you may!
  • beef broth: a natural option for this ground beef recipe–if you don’t have beef broth you could use another broth or as a last resort, water will work as well.
  • soy sauce: I prefer low sodium, but use what you have. You can keep this recipe gluten free by using tamari in place of the soy sauce.
  • brown sugar: light or dark brown sugar will work
  • honey: sweetens the sauce along with the brown sugar while adding flavor
  • fresh ginger: freshly minced ginger is what you will want for the best flavor
  • garlic cloves: fresh minced garlic, just as with the ginger is ideal–if you don’t have any, use garlic powder instead. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and add to taste.
  • corn starch: this will thicken the teriyaki sauce.
  • orange zest: this is the flavor enhancer that is my absolute favorite when making my pork or turkey teriyaki and added to this beef stir fry brings it to WOW in my personal opinion. Don’t skip it!
  • red pepper flakes: for a touch of spice and depth, this is added. You can adjust to your desired spice level and add more to taste.

Traditionally teriyaki sauce includes mirin, a form of rice wine that is similar to sake but with a lower alcohol content. Not everyone wants to add alcohol in cooking and it’s not something everyone has on hand, so I decided to omit it. Tried to keep to simple ingredients that would most likely be in your pantry! If desired, you can add a tablespoon or two in the sauce or a bit of rice vinegar.

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  • Whisk all the teriyaki sauce ingredients together in a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  • Heat sesame oil in a wok or large skillet at medium-high heat. Add the ground beef to the hot pan and cook until browned. Drain any excess grease if desired.
  • Once the beef is browned, add in the broccoli, onion and carrots and sauté several minutes or until cooked through (if frozen) or softened and starting to brown slightly.
  • When the veggies are cooked, turn the heat to low and pour in the teriyaki sauce mixture. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for several minutes and thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Ground beef teriyaki stir fry prepared in skillet topped with chopped green onions.

Recipe TipS

  • Always use a meat thermometer as the best way to check beef’s temperature. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160F. Color is not always a reliable indicator of doneness.
  • You can double the sauce ingredients for a super saucy dish. If you like your stir fry extra saucy, I advise you to double the teriyaki sauce. Then slowly add it in until desired sauce level! Save some to add to other recipes as well.

Storage:

Fresh ground beef can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days so make sure it is cooked within this timeframe. Leftovers of this beef teriyaki stir fry can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

To freeze, allow to cool and then transfer to a freezer-safe container. You can divide into single portions with rice or store the entire recipe. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or microwave. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Clay plate with prepared beef stir fry over rice and topped with sesame seeds.

Ways To Vary This Beef Teriyaki Recipe:

You can serve this dish over white or brown rice, cauliflower rice is another option. Add some diced avocado, pickled onions, toasted sesame seeds and other delicious toppings. There are also some great ways to vary the recipe itself.

  • vary the vegetables: since this is super quick and easy recipe, the veggies are kept to a minimum. You can easily add more–snow peas, green or red bell pepper, bok choy and more!
  • add some heat: the crushed red pepper can be as subtle or strong as you like. You can also add a few splashes of sriracha or hot sauce to increase the spice level
  • serve in lettuce wraps: you can think beyond rice! This beef teriyaki is great in crisp lettuce wraps as well
  • change the sweetener: use maple syrup instead of the honey for a different sweetness flavor of the sauce

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Ground Beef Teriyaki Stir Fry

This easy Ground Beef Teriyaki recipe is a dinner you can make in under 30 minutes. Full of veggies, protein packed beef and a delicious teriyaki sauce that will have you coming back for more! Great for meal prep early in the week for grab and go meals on busy weeknights and more!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the Teriyaki Sauce

For the Stir Fry

  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 c broccoli florets, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 4-5 green onions, chopped
  • sea salt to taste
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Instructions 

  • Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients and set aside. Chop and prepare the vegetables.
  • Heat a large skillet or wok to medium-high heat. Add the sesame oil to the skillet. Add in the ground beef and heat until fully cooked (160°F should be internal temperature.), about 6-8 minutes.
  • Add in the broccoli, green onion and carrots and cook until heated through and tender. Change the heat to low and stir in the Teriyaki sauce. Simmer for several minutes until ready to serve and allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Serve over rice or as desired! Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

  • Always use a meat thermometer as the best way to check beef’s temperature. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160F. Color is not always a reliable indicator of doneness.
  • You can double the sauce ingredients for a super saucy dish. If you like your stir fry extra saucy, I advise you to double the teriyaki sauce. Then slowly add it in until desired sauce level! Save some to add to other recipes as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 74mg, Sodium: 1160mg, Potassium: 816mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 5936IU, Vitamin C: 68mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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