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Japanese Steak Stir Fry

My go-to Japanese Steak Stir Fry dish is here to jazz up your weeknight dinners! Picture tender steak slices, sizzling alongside onions and bell peppers, all coated in my homemade Japanese-style itame sauce. Trust me, this recipe will satisfy your cravings in no time – it’s my secret weapon for busy nights!

Japanese steak stir fry being picked up with a chopstick.

Why I Love This Recipe

Let me tell you why this Japanese Steak Stir Fry recipe is my go-to. It’s easy, delicious, and bursting with authentic Japanese flavors! Picture tender slices of seasoned steak, perfectly cooked alongside fresh veggies, all tossed in my handcrafted Japanese-style itame stir fry sauce. Inspired by the success of my Japanese Pork Stir Fry and Garlic Beef Stir Fry dish and packed with the same sweet savory steak flavors from my Japanese Style Garlic Steak and Japanese Pepper Steak plate, this recipe is a true winner!

Using an adjusted version of my Pepper Lunch Sauce, it delivers that familiar taste you love. Trust me, if you’re craving a flavorful stir fry that’s ready in just 10 minutes, this is the recipe for you. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking and enjoy a taste of Japan tonight!



  • Steak – 1/2 inch thick, ribeye, NY strip or top sirloin all work with this recipe.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Onion – sliced yellow or brown onion.
  • Bell Peppers – de-seeded and sliced.
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.
  • Butter – salted or unsalted, used to give a creaminess to the itmame sauce.
  • Garlic– fresh grated garlic used to provide flavor to the sauce.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. Helps provide the base of the sauce and mellow out the flavors.
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Black Pepper – ground. Gives the signature flavor found in the pepper sauce.

Ingredients for Japanese steak stir fry on the countertop.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

  • Wok or Deep Large Skillet


☑ Before Getting Started

Prepare your ingredients in advance for efficient stir-frying, and use a spacious Wok or Deep Skillet to maintain high heat and evenly cook your stir-fry for a delicious outcome.

Step 1 Pat dry steak as needed, and then slice steaks. Season with salt and black pepper.

Sliced steak seasoned with salt and black pepper.

🧂 Seasoning Pro Tip

For even seasoning, try Sprinkling from a Higher Above. Allow the steak to Rest for 20-30 Minutes after seasoning. This time will enable the steak to absorb the seasoning and reach an even temperature, ensuring a perfectly cooked steak.

Step 2 Use a microwave to melt butter then combine with soy sauce, Japanese sake, sweetener, grated garlic, and black pepper in a mixing bowl.

Sauce for Japanese style steak stir fry.

Step 3 Bring a wok or large skillet up to heat, coated with oil under high heat. Add in sliced onion and bell peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes until softened.

Onions and bell peppers in a wok.

Step 4 Add sliced steak and cook for 1-2 minutes until the steak is browned on the outside.

Japanese style steak stir fry being cooked in a wok.

Step 5 Add in the sauce, toss, and cook for an additional 30-45 seconds. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle in chopped green onions.

Japanese style steak coated with sauce.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

To improve both the texture and presentation of your dish, consider garnishing with Toasted Sesame Seeds.

Recipe Variations

For a delicious twist, try replacing the steak with thin-sliced pork to make my Pork and Vegetable Stir Fry. Alternatively, use thinly sliced shaved beef to create my Japanese Beef Pepper Rice, served over fluffy rice for a satisfying meal. Both easy to make and offering the same delicious taste!

Pairing Recommendations

Serve this dish with a refreshing green salad dressed in either my Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing or Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing. Add a side of warm Tofu Miso Soup for comfort and nourishment. Complete the meal with Japanese Pork Fried Rice or your choice of rice for a complete Japanese style meal!

Japanese steak stir fry being picked up with a chopstick.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I cook the steak for in the stir fry?

Simply cook it until it's browned on the outside. Since the slices are thin, they'll cook quickly.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

While you can make this recipe ahead of time, it's best enjoyed freshly made from the wok for optimal flavor and texture.

What type of pan should I use for stir frying?

For stir frying, ideally, you should use a wok as it allows you to efficiently stir fry and mixing of the ingredients. However, if you don't have a wok, a large deep skillet that can hold all the ingredients while mixing will work just fine. The key is to ensure that the pan has enough space to accommodate all the ingredients and allows for proper stirring and mixing during the cooking process.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5-7 days.

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Japanese steak stir fry served on a plate.

Japanese Steak Stir Fry

Discover the delicious simplicity of Japanese Steak Stir Fry – a quick and flavorful dish perfect for busy weeknights. Savor tender steak slices cooked with fresh veggies in a homemade Japanese-style sauce. Ready in just 10 minutes, it's a satisfying taste of Japan brought straight to your kitchen!
5 from 4 votes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese Steak Stir Fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 362kcal


Stir Fry

  • 2 Steak 1/2 inch thick ribeye, NY fillet or top sirloin
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste
  • 1/4 Cup Onions sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Bell Peppers sliced
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onions
  • 1/4 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds optional garnish


  • 1/2 tbsp Butter melted
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 1 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make Japanese style steak stir fry on the countertop.
  • Slice steak and season with salt and black pepper.
    Sliced steak seasoned with salt and black pepper.
  • Slice onions, bell peppers and chop green onions.
    Sliced onions, bell peppers and green onions.
  • Combine melted butter, soy sauce, Japanese sake, sweetener, grated garlic, and black pepper in a mixing bowl.
    Sauce for Japanese style steak stir fry.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet with oil under high heat. Once the oil is preheated, add sliced onions and bell peppers, cooking them for 1-2 minutes until they are softened.
    Onions and bell peppers in a wok.
  • Place the thinly sliced steak into the pan and cook it for 1-2 minutes until the outside of the steak is browned.
    Japanese style steak stir fry being cooked in a wok.
  • Pour in the sauce, stir well to coat, and cook for another 30-45 seconds. Then, plate the stir-fry and garnish with chopped green onions and optional toasted sesame seeds before serving.
    Japanese style steak coated with sauce.


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 984mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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