This beef and noodles recipe is quick comfort food! The meat and ramen noodles are tossed in a delicious sweet and spicy sauce. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
I recently made a ramen stir-fry with chicken, and I was inspired to make one with beef. Beef is actually my favorite meat, but you wouldn't know it judging by the lack of beef recipes on my blog. Steak and burgers are my favorite way to eat beef, and now this beef ramen recipe is up there. Writing up this post is making me want to cook it again!
I used sirloin in this recipe - it's a nice balance between tenderness and price.
How to make beef and noodles
This easy beef and noodles recipe is cooked right on the stovetop. The noodles are cooked separately from the meat, onions, and sauce until the very end; the only thing that you need to keep in mind with this recipe is timing the ramen noodles so they are ready around the same time as the meat is cooked. The ramen noodles only take about 3 minutes to cook in boiling water, so this isn't too hard to do.
The meat is sliced thin so it doesn't take long to cook at all, either. You then toss it with the noodles and sauce and you're ready to go!
You may also like my Easy Beef Bowls or my Ground Beef Ramen Noodles (Stir Fry).
The sauce has some of my favorite Asian ingredients, including soy sauce, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, and sriracha. I'd describe it as sweet and tangy and a little bit spicy. As always, feel free to adjust the ingredients until you get the taste that you love.
More sriracha? No problem!
I added a bit of extra hoisin sauce to my plate when the photos were snapped and I was ready to dig into this spicy beef ramen recipe. So tasty.
Love noodles? Try my 15 Minute Buttery Garlic Ginger Noodles or my Broccoli Ramen Salad.
Will you give this easy beef noodles recipe a try?
Let me know in the comments below!
Beef and Noodles
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion sliced
- 3/4-1 pound sirloin steak (or use tenderloin) sliced into thin strips
- 3 packages ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon water
- Boil a large pot of water for the noodles.
- Meanwhile, sauté the onion with the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring fairly often, until the onion is very lightly browned (approx. 6-8 minutes).
- Just before you're ready to add the meat to the pan, add the ramen noodles to the boiling water (they will only take around 3 minutes).
- Add the steak to the skillet and cook it for a couple of minutes, stirring often, until it's as cooked as you'd like it (I prefer medium to medium-rare, so it does not need long).
- Add the sauce ingredients to the skillet and give it a good stir. I add them right into the pan, so it's best to have them ready to go so you don't overcook the steak. You may want to reduce the heat if the sauce is bubbling too much.
- Drain the ramen noodles and add them to the skillet. Toss until everything is nicely coated, and serve immediately.
- This makes 4 fairly small portions, so I suggest serving this with a salad or something if you've got 4 big eaters around the table.
- If you're making this for 2 people, I suggest using 2 packages of ramen noodles and keeping everything else the same.
- Feel free to serve with extra sriracha or hoisin sauce or to add it right into the pan when you're making the sauce - you can't go wrong here. 🙂
I love this recipe, the only thing I do differently is add some julienned carrots and broccoli florets, entire meal in one dish, love it!
Fantastic! Glad you like it, Helen!
This is a staple recipe for me! I make it all the time and it started my love of hoisin sauce. Super good with white rice or brown rice noodles too. Happy I found you on IG 🙂
Fab!! I'm so happy it got you liking hoisin sauce... I love it too haha. 🙂 Appreciate you following along! XO
This was so flavorful and simple to make! Definitely have everything ready to go because it cooks up quickly! Made it with sirloin and it was wonderful - will try with chicken next time! Thanks for the new go-to!!
So glad you liked it!! 🙂 XO
This was incredibly delicious! So easy. I didn’t know that I need Hoisin sauce as a regular staple in my kitchen. I used up the previous nights grilled chicken and steak. However, I am certain I would try it with fresh beef, chicken or even shrimp.
Natasha, thank you again for such delicious Inspiring meals!
I'm so happy you enjoyed it so much! 🙂
Do you think this could be delicious with ground beef? Maybe different noodles? Sorry- not trying to change the recipe, just sounds great but limited on meat during [...]
I do think it would be delicious with ground beef! I also have another one with ground beef that you may like as well: https://www.saltandlavender.com/easy-beef-bowls/ (I edited your comment because bloggers have been told that using words associated with the current events may negatively impact our Google rankings so I am erring on the side of caution).
Thanks!! How important is the lime? Missing that from the sauce ingredients!
Hi! It just adds a bit of tang and freshness. You could probably skip it.
That was the worst recipe ever!!!
You should not use sirloin as the protein.
Uhh ok then. What was so bad about it? 🤔
I just made this and it was awesome. I wonder what was so awful according to Jane? Anyway, I just found your site and I love it! Thank you😘
Haha I'm curious as well. Thanks Joanie! 🙂
Maria Kleinman says
Yet another winner...made this twice with filet mignon and it was amazing. So glad I found you on Instagram. Your recipes are always in rotation at my house!
That's awesome! So glad you enjoy, my recipes, Maria! 😀
I haven’t left a comment on a recipe in years and years but this is so simple and SO delicious! Better than most noodle dishes in take-out restaurants. I’m gluten free so I subbed brown rice pad Thai noodles for the ramen and it worked perfectly. To make this super simple, just buy paper-thin sliced stir fry beef. The sauce was so tasty, next time, I’m going to double or triple that part. Thank you, Salt & Lavender!
Your comment made my day!! Thank you so much!!
We love, love, love this dish! The first time I made it my husband told me it was definitely a keeper. We have it on average at least twice each month. It’s something about the sauce that makes this dish so good! Thanks for sharing! 😊
So happy you enjoy it, Carla!! 🙂 Thanks for leaving me a comment!
I loved this recipe except I had to leave out the sirachi sauce, can't have spicy. This is very simple and absolutely delicious! One of my favorites!
I'm so glad you liked it!! I have trouble with spice too haha. 🙂
Just tried this with a few tweaks based on when we had in the house! Lovely dish!
So glad you liked it, Christina!
Ben Myhre says
I love the idea of sprucing up ramen packets and this looks so dang delicious. That sauce has the flavors I want to see in an Asian sauce.
Thanks so much, Ben! Yeah, you can definitely do a lot with those ramen noodles and a little imagination. 🙂
Aclamiah Chikozho says
It looks delicious will try this quick recipe tonight