An easy weeknight beef and veggie stir-fry recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes. Serve over brown rice for a well-balanced meal that the entire family will love!
When it comes to types of recipes you guys like to see here on the blog, some of the most requested are easy, weeknight meals. It’s something I’ve been working on bringing you more of, especially now that I’m in that season of life where they are oh-so-important. After all, there’s nothing like having your hands full with raising a tiny human to really put you in your place when it comes to what types of recipes you have time to make anymore.
So when my brother (who happens to have his hands full with three tiny humans of his own) texted me asking for a good homemade stir-fry recipe, I knew it was time to get one in my arsenal – and share it with all of you!
Why Stir-Fry is a Great Weeknight, Family-Friendly Meal
If you think about it, stir-fry is a pretty ultimate weeknight meal, for a number of reasons:
- It comes together quickly
- It’s adaptable for many different diets
- You can pretty much throw in whatever you have on hand
- It’s very nutritionally balanced
- With the exception of some rice to serve it over, it’s a one-dish meal
Does this convince you that you need to make this Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry ASAP?
Well, what if I told you that, once you have the base recipe for this stir-fry down, you’ll be able to make this dinner in tons of different ways and improvise it however you want it so that you’re never serving the exact same thing twice? Let’s talk about the basic building blocks of a good stir-fry…
Basic Building Blocks of a Good Stir-Fry
When it comes to making stir-fry, there are just a few building blocks you need to make it a hit with the fam.
You’ll want to always include some sort of protein, whether that’s beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, etc. This will give the meal it’s “stick-to-your-ribs” quality so that you’re not raiding the kitchen for a snack two hours after eating.
The fun part about stir-fry is that you can really use any combination of veggies you want. I used carrots, zucchini, broccoli and snow peas for this recipe, but some other great ideas might be:
- Bell peppers
- Bok choy
- Water chestnuts
- Mini corn
A TASTY SAUCE
There are tons of different ways you can go with sauces for stir-fry, but the basic one I’ve included in this Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry will work with just about any protein and veggie combination you decide on.
What You Need to Whip Up a Stir-Fry In No Time
The other great thing about stir-fry for dinner – especially on a weeknight – is how very little equipment it involves. If you have a wok, use it! But if not, a big, deep saute pan will do just fine. Aside from an Instant Pot or rice cooker to make some rice to serve it with and a wooden spoon to stir, that’s all you need!
So if all of these reasons don’t convince you, you can stop reading now, but if an Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry sounds right up your alley for dinner this week, read on for the recipe!
And in case you’re looking for some more weeknight dinner inspiration, check out these recipes:
- Cashew Shrimp
- Easy Peasy [Insert Favorite Protein Here] Lettuce Wraps
- Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Mango
- Mediterranean Sea Bass Over Summer Vegetables
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos
Easy Weeknight Beef and Veggie Stir-Fry
- Chef's knife
- Cutting board
- Wok or large, deep saute pan
- 2 cup measure
- Small mixing bowl
For the stir-fry:
- 4 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
- 3/4 pound flank steak, cut into thin strips or cubes
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 1/2 cups snow peas, cut in half or thirds
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 1 small zucchini, diced
For the sauce:
- 1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
- 1/4 cup chicken or beef broth
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon chili-garlic paste (optional)
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- Heat 2 tablespoons of sesame oil in your wok or large pan on the stove over medium heat. Once oil is shimmering, add flank steak and sear on all sides. Remove from pan and set on a plate while you start the vegetables.
- Return wok to heat on the stove and add 2 more tablespoons of sesame oil. Once oil is shimmering again, add garlic and vegetables and stir to combine. Let veggies cook over medium heat while you mix up the sauce.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all sauce ingredients. Add to the vegetable mix, then add the flank steak back to the pan. Continue to cook on medium heat until sauce has thickened slightly and vegetables are cooked.
- Serve over rice and top with green onions and sesame seeds.
- DISH DENSITY: Medium
- Feel free to sub in another protein (chicken, shrimp, tofu, etc.) for the beef.
- Also feel free to sub in different vegetables that you have on hand (bell peppers, mushrooms, bok choy, water chestnuts and mini corn are all great ideas).
- Serve over brown or white rice.