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Sesame Beef Stir Fry

This better then restaurant quality Sesame Beef Stir Fry is ready in under 30 minutes! Melt in your mouth slices of beef marinated with ginger and soy, tossed with tender-crisp carrots and onion, all swirled together with a savory sauce that's slightly sweet with a pinch of heat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Sesame Beef Stir Fry
Servings: 6
Calories: 439kcal



  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger - fresh grated
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

Stir Fry

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin steak - thinly sliced against the grain
  • 4 carrots - peeled and sliced into matchstick size
  • 1 cup onion white or yellow - peeled and sliced into 1/4" slices
  • 5 green onions - sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic - finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger - fresh grated
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Thinly slice the beef steak and an angle against the grain.
  • Whisk the marinade ingredients together until combined. Marinate the beef in the marinade for 15 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Prepare the vegetables.
  • Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Preheat the wok or large skillet or fry pan to a very hot temperature.
  • Add a tablespoon a oil and swirl it around.
  • Add half the beef strips in a single layer. Cook without disturbing them for about 2 minuted until one side begins to turn crispy and develop a sear.
  • Flip the beef strips. When cooked through, remove them to a bowl.
  • Cook the second half of beef strips the same as the first and then remove them to the bowl as well.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the wok or skillet and swirl to coat. Add the white/yellow onions slices and the carrots. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tender-crisp, stirring occasionally. When the veggies are almost done, add the garlic to the vegetables and cook for 30 seconds to a minute until it is fragrant.
  • Add the sauce to the vegetables and garlic. Continue to cook until the sauce begins to bubble and thicken, about 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the meat and the green onions.
  • Serve immediately with rice or noodles if desired. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion slices.


Nutrition facts are approximate.


Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1615mg | Potassium: 809mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 6920IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.7mg