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Easy Soy and Sesame Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

This crave-worthy soy and sesame beef stir fry is tasty, easy, and weeknight friendly! Toss it with Ramen noodles or serve it over rice.

Skillet full of beef, peppers, and Ramen noodles.

Inspired weeknights can be a thing.

It’s amazing how much more I appreciate quick weeknight dinners now that I’m a (tired) mom. I used to love curating elegant meals on a random Wednesday night—and now I can’t even fathom it. (Seriously, what was wrong with me.) But quick and easy doesn’t have to suggest takeout, and it doesn’t have to mean uninspired. This easy soy and sesame beef stir fry tossed with Ramen noodles is the perfect weeknight fix, and it’s ANYTHING but boring.

Ramen: our favorite do-it-all noodle.

Bowl of cooked Ramen noodles.

We love Ramen in a big bowl of soup as intended, but we’re also huge fans of tossing it into a stir-fry. It cooks quickly and easily picks up sauces, so every bite is flavor-packed. Soba noodles are great too! But they’ve got quite a strong wheat-y flavor, whereas Ramen noodles are very neutral. For this dish, we definitely recommend Ramen noodles—or a nice fluffy bed of jasmine rice if that’s more your jam.

How to make Soy and Sesame Beef Stir Fry with Ramen Noodles.

Plate of raw steak strips and green bell peppers.

Skillet full of beef and peppers with Ramen noodles.

This is definitely the easiest stir fry I’ve served up in our kitchen. The ingredients are accessible, the list is short, and the time spent cooking is brief.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sirloin steak strips
  • Instant Ramen noodles
  • Green bell pepper
  • Garlic cloves
  • Sesame seeds
  • Olive or avocado oil
  • Dry white wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Scallions
  • Slivered almonds

Bowl of noodles, beef, and peppers.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Heat a dry skillet or wok over high heat. Once hot, bring the heat down a bit (to medium high) and add the sesame seeds. Let them toast, shaking the pan every so often to prevent burning, for about two minutes or until the sesame seeds starts to brown and become aromatic. Transfer the sesame seeds to a small dish and set aside.
  2. Using the same skillet or wok, heat the oil until it shimmers. Add the beef strips and cook them for about a minute each side, just to brown the exterior. Add the slices of bell pepper to the skillet, as well as the garlic. Continue to cook for about two minutes.
  3. Add the wine, soy sauce, and scallions to the skillet and, stirring occasionally, let the liquid come to a simmer. Let it simmer for about a minute to thicken, but keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn.
  4. Finally, stir in the Ramen noodles, toasted sesame seeds, and the toasted almonds; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Skillet full of beef, peppers, and Ramen noodles.

Additions and swaps.

This dish is so simple, you could easily add your own touches to it without it making a difference in time or prep.

Consider adding or swapping in the following:

  • Chopped broccoli
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Shredded carrots
  • Bean sprouts
  • Toasted cashews

Hope you enjoy!

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Easy Soy and Sesame Beef Stir Fry with Noodles

This crave-worthy soy and sesame beef stir fry is tasty, easy, and weeknight friendly! Toss it with Ramen noodles or serve it over rice.
Course Main Course
Keyword 30 minute, beef, stir-fry, weeknight dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 TBSP olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 lb sirloin steak strips Sometimes they're labeled as beef stir fry strips.
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced into strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed and thinly sliced
  • 2 TBSP dry white wine
  • 4 TBSP low sodium soy sauce
  • 6 scallions, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 packages of Instant Ramen noodles, cooked Discard the flavored powder packet.

Instructions

  • Heat a dry skillet or wok over high heat. Once hot, bring the heat down a bit (to medium high) and add the sesame seeds. Let them toast, shaking the pan every so often to prevent burning, for about two minutes or until the sesame seeds starts to brown and become aromatic. Transfer the sesame seeds to a small dish and set aside. Repeat this exact step with the slivered almonds. (Almonds will take a little bit longer to toast, which is why we're not toasting them together.)
  • Using the same skillet or wok, heat the oil until it shimmers. Add the beef strips and cook them for about a minute each side, just to brown the exterior.
  • Add the slices of bell pepper to the skillet, as well as the garlic. Continue to cook for about two minutes. Add the wine, soy sauce, and scallions to the skillet and, stirring occasionally, let the liquid come to a simmer. Let it simmer for about a minute to thicken, but keep a close eye on it so that it doesn't burn.
  • Finally, stir in the Ramen noodles, toasted sesame seeds, and the toasted almonds; toss to coat. Serve immediately.

 

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