Bring the taste of a homemade Japanese meal right onto your table with this beef teriyaki recipe. It features tender and juicy beef smothered in a delectable teriyaki sauce that combines sweet, salty, and savory flavors. Served over a bed of white rice and some crunchy broccoli, it’s an effortless dish that fills all your weeknight dinners with warmth and comfort.
What Does Beef Teriyaki Taste Like?
Beef teriyaki is beef sautéed or marinated in teriyaki sauce. This sauce has a soy sauce and mirin base, often mixed with other condiments like sugar, ginger, garlic, sesame, etc. Depending on its ingredients, the texture can either be thin, or syrupy and sticky.
Drenched in teriyaki sauce, the beef is tenderized and infused with a unique and distinct umami taste. Many describe it as a distinctly rich mixture of sweet, salty, and tangy that harmonizes beautifully with the meat’s savory taste, creating a luscious and flavorful dish.
Is This Beef Teriyaki Healthy?
Yes, it is.
The ingredients are carefully selected and measured so that nothing goes over the limits set by our nutrition guidelines. Each serving contains around:
2.8 g saturated fat
566 mg sodium
We opted for lean beef in this recipe, which is trimmed of visible fat and offers a decent amount of complete protein, as well as vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and heme iron.
Furthermore, this dish is also quite high in vitamin C thanks to the broccoli served on the side. This vegetable may also provide other nutrients like vitamins A and D, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Since this is an Asian dish, the majority of the ingredients will be common Asian staples. You will most likely find them readily available at the supermarket or most Asian grocers.
Beef: We went with flank steak with this dish because it requires some stir-frying. This cut is one of the most common choices because it’s full of intense flavor even when sliced thin.
When preparing the beef, cut across the muscle grains—lines that run along the length of the cut. This will ensure the meat turns out tender and not as chewy since the rough muscle fiber has already been broken up.
Broccoli: Broccoli is the most common pairing choice for beef teriyaki. It diversifies the dish with its unique crunchy texture and earthy undertones. However, you can branch out and add other veggies like carrots, snap peas, or bell peppers.
Rice: Since this is an Asian dish, the tender teriyaki beef is served over a fluffy bed of white rice. It’s a foolproof way to make the dish filling without overwhelming the taste buds with any additional strong flavors.
Condiments: We included some teriyaki essentials like mirin and soy sauce, along with brown sugar, sesame oil, canola oil, and pepper.
Aromatics: Ginger and a few garlic cloves were used to infuse the food with a robust and aromatic undertone during the stir-frying.
Garnishing: To finish off, we sprinkled in some scallions and roasted sesame seeds. Not only does it make the dish look more appetizing, but it also adds small peppery and toasty hints to the savory beef.
What Cut of Meat Is Used for Teriyaki Beef?
Even though flank steak is the go-to choice when it comes to stir-fried beef, there are other beef cuts that also work. Here are a few to choose from:
Sirloin is a lower back cut that’s typically divided into two parts: the top sirloin and the bottom sirloin. It’s tender, flavorful, has little fat, and no bones—a relatively good choice for stir-frying. The bottom sirloin can be a bit tougher, so it’s best to thoroughly marinate the beef strips before cooking.
This is a cut from the diaphragm area, right underneath the rib. It’s long, thin, and quite juicy with a beefy flavor that’s intensified when stir-fried. The outside skirt is relatively tender while the inside skirt tends to be tougher and chewier.
This cut gets its name from hanging between the rib and the loin, supporting the diaphragm. It can be used in place of skirt and flank steak because it shares a similar tender texture and rich, juicy flavors that are enhanced when cooked on high heat.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers
This beef teriyaki should last for up to 2 days when kept in an airtight container in the fridge. When reheating, place it in the microwave at full power for 1 minute or give it a quick stir-fry on the stovetop. We recommend cooking a new batch of rice to better enjoy the dish.
What To Serve With Beef Teriyaki
Make a classic Asian meal with this dish of beef teriyaki as the main. Serve it alongside other simple side dishes to highlight the teriyaki’s intense and distinct flavor. Here are some of our suggestions:
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Beef Teriyaki Recipe
Made this and had it with noodles instead of rice, also a killer.