Maple Ginger Beef

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

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This Maple Ginger Beef is better than any take-out and ready in 30 minutes or less! Throw in your favorite veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, snap peas, peppers) for a quick veggie-loaded stir fry!


I’m the kind of person who can’t easily switch gears once I have my mind set to doing something.

But I’m also the kind of person that forgets to go through a recipe (or recipe idea) thoroughly, making sure I have every ingredient I need before I set to make it.

So this Maple Ginger Beef was supposed to be a Ginger Beef Stirfry, but alas, there were no veggies to be found.

maple ginger beef in thick dark sauce in white pan topped with green onions

I know, I know. You are probably the kind of responsible person who doesn’t let their veggie drawer drop so dangerously low and are shaking your head at me right now. Let me just go ahead and hang my head in shame.

It’s not that we didn’t have any veggies, we just didn’t have any veggies that I thought would go really well with the flavors I had going on. And we don’t live so close to a supermarket that I can just run and quickly grab some (and can you even ever do that with a 1 year old and a 4 year old??). So I left them out.

Go ahead and shake your finger at me.

overhead image of maple ginger beef in white skillet with rice and green onions on the side

I used to work in a restaurant, and let me tell you — I was a terrible waitress. I actually was demoted to hostess for the duration of my time there after the first few shifts. Maybe because I dumped a tray of 6 tall glasses of ice water onto a customer’s lap. Or maybe not.

Either way, I used to eat there or grab food from there pretty often. And one of my favorite things was the Ginger Beef. It was crispy (no doubt it was fried!) and had this incredible flavor — a little spice, a little sweet, but this rich, dark sauce that I just loved.

The restaurant is gone now, but I had to recreate some Ginger Beef myself.

piece of maple ginger beef in chopsticks over pan of ginger beef

This recipe came together better than I ever could have expected. First, I opened my fridge and took out some things I thought I might put in it. Then, I wrote them down in my notebook. I placed a rough measurement beside each of them, then threw it all together.

And in 20 or so minutes, this rich, dark, Beef Perfection was born in my skillet.

Just in case you like quick, homemade takeout perfection, try my One Pot Chicken Chow Mein, Baked Honey Lemon Chicken or One Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Noodles!


  • You’ll want a good non-stick skillet for this recipe — I have this 12″ ceramic skillet and I love it!
  • You want your beef super thin for this recipe — it will cook more quickly and be more tender! To do this you’ll want a great knife.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, feel free to adjust spices and sweetness to your tastes. The saltiness will depend a lot on the type of soy sauce you use, so if you don’t like things too salty, be sure to buy a low sodium soy sauce.
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Maple Ginger Beef

4 from 6 votes
This Maple Ginger Beef is better than any take-out and ready in 30 minutes or less! Throw in your favorite veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, snap peas, peppers) for a quick veggie-loaded stir fry!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 6 servings
Calories 224cal


  • 1 lb sirloin steak sliced very thin
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced or grated
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes more if you like spice!


  • Heat a large skillet over high heat.
  • Toss the steak with 2 tablespoons of corn starch and let sit for 2 minutes. Add the oil to the skillet.
  • Cook the steak over medium-high heat just until browned on both sides, stirring as necessary.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, syrup, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and 1 tablespoon corn starch until combined. Add to the skillet with the steak and cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
  • Adjust salt, spice and sweetness as desired if necessary! Serve over hot rice or noodles.


*Nutrition information is estimated and will depend on exact serving size, brands and products used.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 224cal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 9g | Sugar: 9g

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Sabrina Zaragoza says

    Great recommendation, Ashley. I laughed out loud when reading your waitress story, you know. Really enjoy it. But you do have talent in cooking, don’t you. Have a nice weekend.

  2. Pat C.Wilson says

    so yummy. great idea combine maple ginger beef with hot rice. it’s good for a cool autumn day or also a cold day in winter. i have new suggestion for the dinner tomorrow. thanks for your post.

  3. Rachel @ Bakerita says

    Three cheers for 30 minute Thursdays! It always makes me hungry, and this maple ginger beef is certainly no exception. I’m totally making this for dinner soon with some broccoli thrown in 🙂 Also…totally LOLed at your water spilling. That’s exactly something I would do ?

  4. Melanie @ Gather for Bread says

    I love the switching gears mindset. That’s a great thing to have. It seems like I’m always out of some ingredient or other!
    To be honest years and years went by when I felt like I had to follow recipes exactly. So glad that’s behind me. Each year in the kitchen gets more unique and fun!

    Happy Friday Ashley!

  5. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Ashley! This sauce is gorgeous! I would add sugar snaps, mushrooms and red bell peppers simply because that is my favorite combination for a stir fry! You probably know this but if you put the meat in the freezer for thirty minutes or so it will be much easier to slice thinly (with a very sharp knife, of course). I also have a 12″ ceramic pan and I love it!!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Oh, that is brilliant! You know, I normally have steaks waiting in the freezer and I try to get them sliced before they’re completely thawed — but that is an awesome tip! And those veggies would go perfectly in here — we love snap peas in our stir frys too!

  6. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says

    Giiirl, I am SO guilty of the same thing! And right now I don’t have any veggies in my crisper drawer that would go with this dish either! So, NO SHAME! 😉 Anyways, can I just say that I want to go swimming in this maple-ginger sauce?! SO GOOD! This is bodacious beef perfection, Ashley! Be a doll and send me a vat of this, PRONTO. Oh and send some veggies if ya have ’em. hahahaha. Cheers!!

  7. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze says

    This Maple Ginger Beef looks phenomenal with or without veggies. We would go crazy over this in my house. At least you run out of veggies. I feel like my veggies always go bad before I’ve had a chance to use them all. Hate when that happens. I’m definitely making this next week. Thanks Ashley!! PS your pictures are GORGEOUS!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      Haha! Thanks Cyndi! I try not to buy so many that they go weird before we eat them, but it doesn’t always work out that way! Luckily the kiddos love veggies so there are people to take care of that for me! LOl

  8. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says

    I start making recipes ALL the time without checking to see if I actually have what I need. And then of course I don’t decide to make something different, I just make it work because I don’t want to make something different! So you’re not alone! This maple ginger beef looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it!

  9. marcie says

    I don’t blame you for not taking a trip to the store with your girls just for veggies, especially when this dish looks so incredible without them! That sauce looks so silky and full of flavor and maple-ginger sounds like one delicious combination! I love this and can’t wait to try it!

  10. Nora | Savory Nothings says

    Honestly, I can’t even quickly jump to the supermarket with one two year old in tow. And even though I always make an effort to feed my family balanced meals – that veggie drawer is often slightly neglected. Or over-ripe.

    I’ll absolutely forgive you for neglecting the vegetables this time, because maple ginger beef? Sounds amazing!

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