Beef Teriyaki Noodles

Beef Teriyaki Noodles are a quick weeknight meal, ready in just 20 minutes. This easy dinner recipe even includes a homemade teriyaki sauce, and it’s much healthier than takeout or store-bought! The whole family will love this Japanese-inspired, one-pan dinner!

beef teriyaki noodle stir fry with tongs in skillet

These Beef Teriyaki Noodles are comfort food at it’s finest. Tender cubed flank steak sautéed until tender and tossed with noodles and a homemade teriyaki sauce. Making your own teriyaki sauce at home is so much better than buying it! I used the same homemade teriyaki sauce as my Easy Teriyaki Beef Meatballs and my Teriyaki Baked Salmon.

This teriyaki beef with stir fry noodles is a super easy dish that is ready for the table in just 20 minutes! Perfect for a quick and easy dinner when you’re short on time.

This beef teriyaki noodle bowl is loaded with flavor from soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and fish sauce – classic Asian flavors we all love. I simply cook the noodles, then in one pan I cook the beef, then the sauce, and then I combine everything back in the pan, and toss until coated. The result is a salty-sweet and tangy, hearty meal!

noodles and beef topped with sesame seeds and green onions in white bowl


The full ingredient list and measurements are listed in the printable recipe below.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

  • Herbs: Garlic and ginger – two of the most common and essential Asian flavor combinations!
  • Sauces: Here I used soy sauce, fish sauce, and mirin which is a tangy rice wine, and the key ingredient to homemade teriyaki sauce!
  • Sugar: Teriyaki sauce is a sweet one! I used light brown sugar as it has an added caramel flavor, but other sugars like white or dark brown would work too.
  • Cornstarch: This starch thickens up any sauce without adding flavor!

Protein & carbs

  • Beef: I used tender and juicy flank steak as it cooks very quickly, but other proteins like chicken, pork, or even minced beef or turkey would be great in this dish!
  • Noodles: I just LOVE lo mein noodles! They are perfect for precooking and tossing with a homemade sauce. Chow mein noodles, other egg noodles, or spaghetti noodles would also be perfect in this dish!

How to make Beef Teriyaki Noodles

  • Boil the noodles: Follow the instructions on the pack to cook the noodles. Drain and set aside.

boiling noodles in large pot

  • Coat & cook the beef: To keep the beef extra tender I coat it in cornstarch before sautéing. This helps to thicken up the sauce as well as prevents overcooking and toughening of the meat. After coating it in cornstarch, I flash fry the flank steak in very hot oil. I also like to cook my steak in batches to prevent overcrowding of the pan and to make sure the beef caramelizes on the outside. Sauté the beef for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked, and then set it aside with the noodles.

searing flank steak in large skillet

  • Make the teriyaki sauce: The teriyaki sauce is made of equal parts soy sauce and mirin. Ginger, garlic, and brown sugar also get added for extra flavor and sweetness. The sauce gets nice and thick with a simple cornstarch slurry (1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon cold water).

pouring homemade teriyaki sauce into large skillet

  • Toss and serve: When the sauce is ready, add the noodles and beef back into the pan, and toss them until everything is well coated. Serve it with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds and green onions!

tossing cooked noodles and beef in sauce

What is mirin, and where can I buy it?

Mirin is a tangy rice wine, and the key ingredient to homemade teriyaki sauce because of it’s umami flavor. You can find it at most large grocery stores, Asian supermarkets are a great place to try too, and you can also find a larger selection of sesame oil and soy sauce there. Of course, you can also find mirin online.

I can’t find mirin anywhere! What can I use instead?

That’s okay! You can use dry sherry or a sweet marsala wine as a substitute. If you’re really in a pinch, dry white wine or rice vinegar will work, but you’ll need to add 1 tsp of sugar per tbsp you add.

tossing teriyaki noodles with flank steak and teriyaki sauce

Is this Beef Teriyaki Noodles recipe good to make ahead?

Yes! This teriyaki beef and noodles dinner is great to make and save for lunches throughout the week. A double batch of this dish would be perfect to portion out and reheat at work.

Can I add anything else to this easy noodles recipe?

Yes! Here is a couple of my favorite things to add:

  • Spice: Add 1/2 tsp of chili flakes or chili powder for a nice warm kick! Add more if you like the heat!
  • Vegetables: You can definitely add vegetables from your fridge! This is a stir-fry recipe, so stir fry vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini, carrots, sugar snap peas, baby corn, and bean sprouts would be great!

Storage and Reheating

  • Store: Leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze the beef and sauce (without the noodles) for up to 4 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it completely before heating it up on the stove. Add freshly cooked noodles and enjoy!
  • Reheat: To heat up the leftovers, simply add everything to a saucepan on the stove until warmed through.

beef teriyaki noodles in white bowl with chopsticks

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Beef Teriyaki Noodles

4.6 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5
20 Minute Beef Teriyaki Noodles. Tender stir fried flank steak and noodles tossed in a homemade teriyaki sauce!


  • 1 pound flank steak cut against the grain into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 pound chow mein or lo mein noodles (can use regular spaghetti too)
  • 2 tablespoons oil divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • a couple dashes of fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • green onions for garnish if desired
  • sesame seeds for garnish if desired


  • In a large bowl toss the beef with the cornstarch and set aside.
  • Cook noodles per package directions, set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet.
    When the oil is nice and hot add in the steak (I had to do two batches to avoid overcrowding the pan, if you do this you will need a bit more oil). Sauté until browned on both side, 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan. Add in garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, sesame oil and fish sauce.
    Pour the soy sauce mixture into the pan and bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl mix together the cornstarch and water.
    Slowly pour in the cornstarch mixture whisking continuously. Continue to cook until your desired thickness.
  • Add steak and noodles to the pan and toss to coat with the sauce.
  • Serve immediately with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Beef Teriyaki Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 673 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 1653mg72%
Potassium 392mg11%
Carbohydrates 104g35%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Beef Teriyaki Noodles, Easy Dinner, Teriyaki


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    • Hi Kaitlyn,

      I think it should be fine if you cook it quickly and it is a thin cut of meat.



  • Koda H

    I just made this for the hundredth time for dinner tonight, although I prefer using chicken in place of beef! Try it out!
    Damn delicious

    • Hi Renee,

      I used lo mein noodles. However spaghetti noodles or chow mein noodles could also be used.

      Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Katie smith

    loved making this so easy and simple, simply wonderful i have posted it on instagram x

  • Hi I want to make this tonight but I don’t have mirin can I substitute anything else for it or can I just leave it out ?hope you answer ASAP because I do want to make this tonight it is may 10th thank you for sharing your great recipes I also put 5 stars because I have already made a few of your recipes and they were yummy

    • Hi Patty!

      I am so glad you enjoy my recipes!

      You can substitute mirin with regular vinegar or rice wine vinegar. Mirin has a bit of sweetness so you can taste and see if you need to add a teaspoon or so more of sugar to the sauce but I think you should be fine.

      Hope you enjoy!


  • lexi

    The recipe states to substitute mirin with rice vinegar….i did that and oh my god it’s so vinegary i can’t even finish it. all i can taste is the vinegar. i don’t even know how good the sauce is because all i taste is the vinegar LOL. i wouldn’t recommend this recipe unless you actually have mirin or you choose to omit it completely, because rice vinegar as a substitute is a REALLY BAD IDEA. it also made the sauce suuuuper liquidy and slimy. i also would recommend marinating the beef with the sauce to allow it to capture the flavour better.

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