Looking for a fun way to use ramen packets? Grab some veggies and whip up a batch of this tasty Beef Noodle Stir Fry!
Every family has their routines. There are chores to be done, and the work must get divvied up. Robbie and I do the family’s grocery shopping each weekend. Laura stays back and uses that time to vacuum and start laundry. (Robbie likes to help fold the laundry. We learned that lesson the hard way one time when Laura was super-productive and got the laundry folded while we were gone. Whoops.)
For grocery shopping, we have a notepad that we keep mounted on the cabinet near the garage door. We add to that list throughout the week, and then I pull the page off as I head out the door with Robbie in tow. (And if we’re going to the “meat store,” then Robbie makes sure to bring his stress steer, too.)
Every so often, Laura will write “ramen” on the shopping list. But here’s the thing. Laura doesn’t eat ramen. At least not the ramen packets that I buy at the store. Nope, she just wants the seasoning packet. The noodles themselves get trashed. It’s the seasoning packet that’s valuable there! (On a side note, I’ve looked numerous times at the store for jars of ramen seasoning. It doesn’t exist.) In case you’re wondering, Laura prefers to use those seasoning packets with soba noodles instead of the ramen noodles.
Beef Noodle Stir Fry
I was wandering around the Certified Angus Beef ® brand website the other day, and I stumbled across an easy stir fry idea. It uses ramen noodles as the base for the stir fry. Genius! Now I have a way to use those extra ramen noodles. Typically we use sliced chicken or steak in our stir fry dishes, but this recipe called for ground beef. Ground beef…in stir fry? At first, I was a little suspicious just because it was so different than what we were used to. But I’m always on the lookout to find ways to use ground beef other than hamburgers, so I decided to try it out. (Don’t get me wrong. A good hamburger is all my all-time favorite meal. I just like finding different ways to use ground beef…you know, to mix things up.)
This Beef Noodle Stir Fry is delicious! And easy. Talk about a win-win in the dinner department right there! I whipped up an easy homemade stir fry sauce for this one. We enjoyed this so much that we actually made it again the next night using a leftover bag of frozen stir fry veggies…and a double batch of the sauce! The beautiful thing about stir fry meals is that you can adapt them to your tastes (or what’s in your freezer) with very little effort. Fresh veggies are nice in this Beef Noodle Stir Fry, but they totally aren’t required. A frozen bag of veggies would work just fine. I personally love (!) snap peas in my stir fry, so I would opt for extra snap peas next time. What about you?
I hope you enjoy this Beef Noodle Stir Fry as much as we do! Did you make it at home? Leave a comment. Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). Cheers!
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Beef Noodle Stir Fry
For the Sauce
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp grated ginger
- 1½ tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
For the Stir Fry
- 16 oz. lean 90% ground beef
- 2 3-oz. packages ramen noodles crumbled
- 2½ cups water
- 2 cups broccoli florets chopped
- 1 cup sugar snap peas
- 2 medium carrots diced
- 1 can baby corn drained
- 2 Tbsp sliced green onions
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds lightly toasted
- Using a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients for sauce; set bowl aside.
- Using a large skillet or wok, cook beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink.
- Drain any excess grease from pan. Remove beef from pan and set aside.
- Using same skillet, add ramen noodles, water, broccoli, snap peas, carrots and mini corn; stir and bring to a boil. (Note: Discard flavoring packets from ramen noodles.)
- Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until noodles and vegetables are tender. Drain any excess water from skillet.
- Return beef to skillet; add sauce and stir until well combined. Continue cooking over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until beef is hot.
- Before serving, garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.