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You only need 5 ingredients, one skillet and about 10 minutes to pull together an easy Beef Teriyaki dinner that will rock your over-scheduled-world!

A close up of beef teriyaki in a blue skillet with rice in the background

You race in the door, drop your bags, and glance up at the clock. You have less than 30 minutes to make, serve, and devour dinner with your family before heading back out for soccer practice…a Board meeting…or that dance class that your daughter just had to take.

But before you crawl under your bed in a fetal position and pretend that you’re sipping a margarita on a tropical island far, far away (or is that just my fantasy in moments like this?!), take a deep breath and…grab a skillet.

You only need 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes to pull together an easy Beef Teriyaki dinner that will rock your over-scheduled-world!

When your kids sit down to this sweet, rich, and flavorful meat, you won’t have to coax them to eat their meal or bribe them to try just.one.bite. It’s delicious and kid-friendly when wrapped in a tortilla (like an Asian Taco!) or when served over rice to soak up that thick sauce.

Ground beef teriyaki on a serving spoon garnished with green onion

If you’re going for a lower-carb option for yourself, try lettuce wraps. You’ll want to use big, leafy butter lettuce so that you can fold it up restaurant-style.

I swear you’ll think that you’re dining at P.F. Chang’s instead of in your own messy kitchen with backpacks strewn on the floor and unfinished homework scattered across the counter…

Ingredients You Need

An overhead shot of ingredients to make beef teriyaki

This dinner cooks in about 10 minutes, and you can make it completely PREP-FREE by using some frozen diced onion. That eliminates the need to even pull out a cutting board, and it’s one of my favorite kitchen short-cuts.

Tip: While the meat is cooking, you can make your rice and steam a bag of broccoli in the microwave.

Beef Teriyaki in a blue bowl

You really can bring order to the madness of weeknight dinners with easy 10-minute recipes like this one-skillet beef teriyaki. Not to sound too dramatic, but it might just change your life (or your Tuesday night)…

Extra Tips For Making Quick Beef Teriyaki

Cooking for Two? You can freeze half of the cooked meat mixture in an air-tight container for up to three months. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan when ready to serve. Alternatively, you can cut the ingredients in half and only prepare 2 servings of the meat mixture.

Want to Prep Ahead? Cook the meat according to the recipe instructions above and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, simply reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan.

Less Prep: I like to use frozen diced onion for recipes like this, because it eliminates any prep work!

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10-Minute Beef Teriyaki Skillet

5 from 12 votes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings 4 (about 3/4-cup meat mixture per serving)
Calories 220 kcal
A super delicious beef teriyaki recipe that takes only 10 minutes to make. It couldn't be easier to get tasty weeknight meals on the table!

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef I used 96% lean
  • 1 cup finely diced onion*
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger or about ¼ teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • ¾ cup thick teriyaki sauce such as Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
  • Optional Garnish: sliced green onion toasted sesame seeds
  • For Serving: rice tortillas, or lettuce wraps

Instructions

  • In a large skillet preheat 1 teaspoon sesame oil over medium-high heat for about 1 minute. The sesame oil adds great flavor to the dish, but if you don’t have any you can substitute with canola or vegetable oil.
  • Add beef, onion, garlic and ginger to the skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat as you stir, until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is tender (about 5-7 minutes). Drain, and return meat to skillet.
  • Stir teriyaki sauce into the beef mixture. Bring to a low simmer and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, just until sauce thickens slightly.
  • Serve over rice, in tortillas, or in lettuce wraps.

Notes

*Tip: I like to use frozen diced onion for recipes like this, because it eliminates any prep work!
Cooking for Two? You can freeze half of the cooked meat mixture in an air-tight container for up to three months. Just thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan when ready to serve. Alternatively, you can cut the ingredients in half and only prepare 2 servings of the meat mixture.
Want to Prep Ahead? Cook the meat according to the recipe instructions above and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to serve, simply reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 27gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 2146mgPotassium: 572mgSugar: 9gVitamin C: 3.2mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 3.7mg
Keyword: Beef Skillet, Beef teriyaki, Easy Beef Teriyaki
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Author: The Seasoned Mom
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Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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    1. Yes! The rice is a more traditional Asian side, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy it over pasta if that’s your preference. 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made something similar to this. Mine takes 20 minutes too. (20 minutes on the rice). I brown the beef in the sesame oil, add the seasons and then use a frozen stir fry mix that has the onions, Green and red peppers, broccoli and sugar snap peas. Add the teriyaki sauce (bottled because I’m slightly lazy) And simmer until rice is finished. I let both stand to palatable warm and serve. Next day tastes even better!! 🙂