These Teriyaki Stir Fry noodles use quick-cooking ground beef for a seriously FAST dinner. Easy & Healthy Teriyaki Sauce recipe included!
f you've never made your own teriyaki sauce, you're in for a treat today! The homemade, healthy teriyaki sauce recipe really makes this dish. The best part? It calls for just 7 ingredients, most of which you probably already have on hand.
The other thing I love about this recipe is the minimum prep required. It was designed to be a weeknight meal, which is why all you need to chop is 1 bell pepper and 2 cloves of garlic. I utilize pre-sliced mushrooms and snow peas, which require no chopping, for the other veggies to keep it super quick and easy.
I also love ground beef in this recipe because it cooks so quickly, and also requires no chopping or prep. Alternatively, you could use shrimp for these stir fry noodles for the same reasons!
To make the Teriyaki Stir Fry Noodles, you'll start by mincing your garlic and chopping your bell pepper. Next, you'll make the sauce by simply whisking all of the ingredients together in a container. You'll then cook the udon noodles, or ramen noodles or zoodles if you prefer.
Then it's time to stir fry! You'll saute the ground beef until cooked through before adding the veggies and cooking for another 3-4 minutes. Finally, you'll add the homemade teriyaki sauce and cook for another 1-2 minutes, before tossing everything with the noodles. That's it!
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Teriyaki Stir Fry Noodles
For the Healthy Teriyaki Sauce:
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup tamari
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 T rice vinegar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 T sesame oil
For the Teriyaki Noodle Bowls:
- ~1 cup snow peas
- 1 red bell pepper
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- 1 # ground beef
- 8 oz udon noodles (or ramen noodles or zoodles)
For the Healthy Teriyaki Sauce:
- Mince 2 cloves garlic.
- In a medium container, combine 1/2c tamari, 1/4c honey, 2 cloves minced garlic, 2T rice vinegar, 1tsp ground ginger, 1/4tsp red pepper flakes (optional) & 1T sesame oil.
For the Teriyaki Noodle Bowls:
- Slice 1 red bell pepper.
- Cook udon noodles according to package directions.
- Heat a large sauté pan over med heat. Add 1# ground beef & cook, breaking up meat, until cooked through.
- Add 8oz sliced mushrooms, sliced red bell peppers & snow peas and cook ~3-4 mins or until vegetables are softened.
- Add teriyaki sauce and cook 1-2 mins. Toss w/ udon noodles until well combined.
Tips & Variations for Teriyaki Stir Fry Noodles
The sauce is really the star of the show for these teriyaki stir fry noodles, which means you can have some fun experimenting with the protein and veggies. Here are a few ideas to get you started, as well as some tips to make sure you find teriyaki success:
- Make the healthy teriyaki sauce recipe before you start cooking. Once you start stir frying, this dish comes together FAST. To avoid hurried chaos, make sure your sauce is ready to go before you begin sauteing the beef.
- Need to make a paleo teriyaki stir fry? No problem! Simply replace the tamari with coconut aminos and serve over zoodles instead of udon noodles.
- Mix up the protein! Use shrimp, chicken, or go vegetarian with tofu or edamame. You really can't go wrong here.
- Serve over rice or cauli rice if you prefer.
- Use whatever veggies you have on hand. Sliced carrots or broccoli florets work well.
More Ways to Use this Healthy Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
Trust me, you're going to want to make this healthy teriyaki sauce recipe again and again! You should definitely try my Teriyaki Salmon Bowls. It's a classic Prep Dish recipe that remains super popular today.
What's the nutrition like for this Teriyaki Noodle Bowl recipe?
For such a simple dish, this teriyaki noodle bowl recipe packs in quite a bit of nutrition. Here are some of the highlights:
Garlic (Beneficial Sulfur Compounds, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium)
Garlic has been used in homeopathic remedies for thousands of years and is thought to reduce the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and some types of cancer. Eating garlic may also help prevent colds and other minor illnesses.
Scientists believe these substantial health benefits may stem primarily from garlic's sulfur compounds such as allicin, diallyl disulfide and sallyl cysteine.
Snow Peas (Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Folate)
A legume, snow peas are extremely high in Vitamin C, making them great for your immune system, blood pressure and heart. Snow peas' Vitamin K also supports healthy bones and reduced blood pressure.
Bell Pepper (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, Fiber, Antioxidants)
Bell peppers provide tons of good-for-you vitamins. The combination of iron and vitamin C in bell peppers makes them particularly good for preventing anemia. They're also highly beneficial for eye health.
Want a pro tip? Choose red! Red bell peppers offer even more nutrients and can have 1.5 times as much vitamin C and 11 times as much beta-carotene as green bell peppers.
Mushrooms (selenium, B Vitamins, Copper, Potassium)
There are of course many kinds of edible mushrooms but the ones you most commonly find in the grocery store are either white button mushrooms or crimini (baby bella) mushrooms. Mushrooms are an excellent source of the antioxidant selenium as well as B-vitamins, copper and potassium.
Beef (Iron, Zinc, B Vitamins)
Particularly high in iron and zinc, beef also contains vitamin B6, vitamin B12, selenium, niacin phosphorus and, of course, lots of high quality protein. Grass-fed beef is up to 500% higher in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA may help reduce the risk for some types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. Grass-fed beef also contains up to 5 times as many Omega-3s as conventional beef, so it's worth going with grass-fed if you can.
Tamari imparts all of the wonderful umami flavor of soy sauce, without the gluten. While most soy sauce in the US is made with wheat, tamari is generally wheat and gluten free, though you should of course look for the gluten free label to be sure if you have an intolerance!
Honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties, which are strongest in darker honey. Buy raw local honey when possible as filtering the honey can diminish its nutrients.
FAQ – Everything You Need to Know about Teriyaki Stir Fry Noodles
What's a good substitute for tamari?
Tamari is commonly used to replace soy sauce in gluten free recipes. If you're not gluten free, you're welcome to use soy sauce instead. Conversely, if you follow a paleo diet, use coconut aminos in place of tamari.
How can I make these teriyaki stir fry noodles paleo?
Use coconut aminos in place of tamari and substitute zoodles for udon noodles.
How can I make these teriyaki stir fry noodles vegetarian?
To make these teriyaki stir fry noodles vegetarian, simply omit the ground beef. Add in tofu, edamame or tempeh for added protein if you wish.
What are udon noodles?
Originating in Japan, udon noodles are made from wheat and are thick and chewy in texture. You can find gluten free udon noodles at some grocery stores or on Amazon, if needed.
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