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Beef Teriyaki

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Sweet and tangy, this Beef Teriyaki recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes. Tender, thinly sliced beef stir-fried with onion, this teriyaki beef is bursting with flavor and will disappear fast once you set it down on the table!

For nights when I want to get dinner on the table fast, this beef teriyaki fits the bill perfectly! It’s filling, comforting, and packed with flavor. You’ll want to make it again and again!

Why You’ll Love This Beef Teriyaki Recipe

  • This beef teriyaki recipe is a fast recipe, so you can get dinner on the table quickly. It actually comes together faster than my rice cooker working its magic.
  • This recipe relies a lot on kitchen staples! I always have shabu shabu beef in my freezer, and everything else is in my pantry. The only thing that I usually have to grab is orange juice, but that’s no biggie!
  • It’s super tasty, and it doesn’t require a ton of effort to make. What’s not to love?!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Ingredients needed to make beef teriyaki.
  • soy sauce — use low sodium soy sauce.
  • orange juice or pineapple juice — I prefer pineapple juice, but orange juice is more accessible and budget-friendly. You can use bottled orange juice or freshly squeezed. This adds a lot of sweetness to the dish. If you’re not a fan of the tangy flavor, you can always use less orange juice and add honey.
  • garlic — I recommend freshly minced garlic.
  • mirin — mirin is a Japanese sweet rice wine. If you do not have it on hand, you can use rice vinegar with added honey.
  • sake — this is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. If you do not have this on hand, you can leave it out.
  • cornstarch — you’ll need a pinch to thicken the teriyaki sauce.
  • oil — any oil you want to saute the onions in.
  • onion — I use a small yellow onion, but you can also use sweet onion.
  • beef — I use shabu shabu beef, rib eye cut, so it’s already sliced super thin so it cooks in a flash. You can also slice a steak into thin pieces if you prefer. Try using flank steak, rib-eye, or sirloin.

How to Make Beef Teriyaki

Sauce for beef teriyaki.
  • Combine the soy sauce, orange juice, mirin, sake, garlic, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of honey, if using.
Set of two photos showing sliced onions in a pan then beef added to the pan.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and add the sliced onions. Saute them for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add the sliced shabu shabu beef (frozen or thawed), and cook until 60-70% browned.
Set of two photos showing sauce added to a pan.
  • Add the sauce to the skillet and let the sauce come up to a simmer.
  • Once all the beef has cooked through and the sauce as thickened to your liking, remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions if desired. Serve with rice or your carb of choice.
Close up of a plate of beef teriyaki over rice.

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Usually, I add honey to my homemade teriyaki sauce but left it out for this recipe (ok, because I ran out of honey) but I found it sweet enough without the added honey. However, you are more than welcome to add a tablespoon of honey to the sauce!
  • If you are not using shabu shabu beef, it must be thawed before cooking. Shabu shabu beef is thin enough that it’ll cook through evenly without needing to be thawed.
  • If you want to slice your own beef from a steak, I recommend freezing it for 10-15 minutes so it’s easier to thinly slice it.
An angled view of beef teriyaki over rice on a plate.

Make Ahead Tips

  • Meal prep: once cooled, store the cooked beef teriyaki in an airtightcontainer for up to 4 days in the fridge. I like to pack mine with jasmine rice but Japanese corn rice is perfect for a meal prep as well.
  • Reheat: Simply reheat the beef on the stovetop in a skillet or microwave it.
Meal prep container with beef teriyaki and rice.
Overhead view of a plate of beef teriyaki over rice.

Beef Teriyaki

Sweet and tangy, this Beef Teriyaki recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes. Tender, thinly sliced beef stir-fried with onion, this teriyaki beef is bursting with flavour and will disappear fast once you set it down on the table!

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Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 4-5 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup orange juice, or pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp honey, optional

Everything Else

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1½-2 lb shabu shabu beef, or sliced flank steak, ribeye, sirloin

Equipment

  • Large skillet

Instructions

  • Combine the soy sauce, orange juice, mirin, sake, garlic, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of honey, if using.

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil and add the sliced onions. Saute them for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Add the sliced shabu shabu beef (frozen or thawed), and cook until 60-70% browned.

  • Add the sauce to the skillet and let the sauce come up to a simmer.

  • Once all the beef has cooked through and the sauce as thickened to your liking, remove from heat and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions if desired. Serve with rice or your carb of choice.
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Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 581mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg

Authour: Carmy

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Japanese

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