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I made our Monday’s just a little bit easier today.

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

Nothing beats a thirty minute meal. Ok well, I guess like a ten minute meal would, but those are super hard to come by… unless your dinner goes from the freezer to the microwave. If that is the case for you, then you need this meal more than anyone.

I feel like thirty minutes is something everyone can handle. Although, right now I have to say that the thought of dirtying even one skillet, even if it’s only for a 5-minute meal, is kind of mortifying.

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

I spent all day yesterday having a “sisters day”. The thing is, my sister is six and you guys – the girl wore me out. I was hopping to get in some work, but yeah she made sure that I basically did none of that. I actually tried to cook, but what should have taken me two hours somehow got dragged on all day long and then the sun began to set. How does that always happen???

I was thinking she’d play with one or two of her gazillion toys, maybe watch a show and then we’d make a Halloween gingerbread house I bought (once I saw it online, I had to get it). If you didn’t already know, I am a sucker for all holiday themed goods. I love them.

Anyway, the little girl tired me out. It’s not that we had a crazy active day, but it is more of her constant talking. Oh my gosh, that girl can talk… and then talk some more. The car is the worst though. She made me take her Target to look for Halloween decorations (and yes, I am aware that it is only the 15th of September – the girl seems to have inherited my holiday craze), and then to the grocery store, because surprisingly, Target was just starting to get in their stuff. Our last stop was the park, because she just HAD to push the tire swing… for what seemed like hours… with me on it. That was so not fun, tire swings make me sick.

I am pretty sure she never stopped talking the entire day. I mean, you would think she’d run out of things to say, but nope, she got’s an endless amount of words.

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

It’s actually kind of amazing.

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

I finally got her to play with something other than me, and finished the recipe I was working on, but then she was all over me to build the Halloween Gingerbread House. First of all, the two of us should never build another gingerbread house again, second of all I should have remember our Christmas gingerbread house before I bought the Halloween gingerbread house and third of all, it’s a good thing this house is for Halloween because well, it’s pretty scary looking. Our Scary Little Halloween House.

And once we were done, so was the kitchen. YIKES!

In all seriousness though, it was a fun day. I never get to spend time with my favorite little sister, so I was happy that she pulled me away from my day-to-day tasks and got me to hang with her. She’s pretty hard to resist.

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

So this is a dinner for those days when all you really want to do is call the pizza guy. It dirties up just two pans (and that’s including the pot to boil the noodles), it’s a crowd pleaser and it’s actually pretty healthy too. You can get it done in thirty minutes, maybe less, but I called it thirty minutes because everyone cooks at their own pace. Personally, I am a very slow cook, but maybe you are speedy and can get this done in twenty. Either way, this meal is super easy to make, no fuss and so flavorful.

Plus, look at all those colors! I love when a meal is all colorful like this. It’s those peppers, bell peppers are the best, we love um over here.

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

The secret to this 30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef recipe is all in the sauce. I used my favorite Korean ingredient Gochujang (korean Chile Paste). I buy mine on Amazon, but I know that Whole Foods carries it as well. I know it is an odd ingredient, but it has become a staple for me. It’s just so good, and a little goes a long way. So do yourself a favor and go get yourself some.

Other than that, this is the simplest thing ever. Just be sure to stir fry the steak at a high heat. It’s the only way to get that delicious caramelization. And trust me, you want that caramelization. So very good.

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 489 kcal

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Stir Fry

  • 1 (8 ounce) box of brown rice noodles (Cellophane Korean Sweet Potato Noodles or any of your favorite noodles can be used)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • 2 large carrots chopped into matchsticks
  • 1 red and orange bell pepper sliced thin
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 pound flank steak steak sliced into bite size strips
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds a mix of white and black
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro chopped



  • In a glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, Gochujang, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil.

Stir fry

  • Cook your noodles according to package directions, leaving them with just a little bite.
  • Make sure to prep all your ingredients prior to cooking.
  • Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil, once hot add in the carrots, red pepper, orange pepper and mushrooms to the wok (if needed stir fry the veggies in 2 batches). Stir fry the veggies until just tender and bright. Add a few tablespoons of the stir fry sauce and cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce has coated the veggies. Carefully spoon the veggies out of the wok and onto a plate.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the wok, to get the wok hot again. Add the steak and let it get a nice caramelization on one side, then toss and let it caramelize another 2 minutes. Add in a few tablespoons of the sauce and cook until the sauce coats the steak. Add the green onions and sesame seeds. Toss with the steak and cook another minute. Add back the veggies and the cooked noodles. Add the remainder of the stir fry sauce and toss everything together. Cook 2-3 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly and coats the noodles. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
  • Divide among bowls and serve with more toasted sesame seeds and cilantro if desired.
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30-Minute Stir Fried Korean Beef and Toasted Sesame Noodles | @hbharvest

Noodles for Monday??? Oh yes, let’s have some fun!

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  1. This one is a keeper! I made this dish a few times over the winter and spring and literally had to send leftovers home with guests so I didn’t spend the night with it in my bed. Great noodle dish. YUM.

  2. This is an awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing! A couple tips for others… Yes, prep did take me probably closer to a half hour. I soaked the noodles in cool water while I continued preparing the dish and it came out just fine. I wasn’t able to find the specific brand of Korean chili paste on short notice so I just used regular chili paste and like I said…turned out great! I used a little less than 2 Tbsp of the paste because I wanted to be on the safe side. Hope this helps. Again thanks for the great recipe–it’s a keeper!

  3. I’m making this for the third time. I originally made it with regular soy sauce and it was super salty, but I could see the potential. The second time was a charm. Now it’s being requested. Great recipe! (I’m also going to get that wok!)

  4. Just made this tonight and it turned out great. Gotta have the gochujang and I liked how the brown sugar tempered the saltiness of the soy sace. Awesome recipe. It’s definitely going into the rotation. (And getting into the rotation is tough!) When’s the cookbook coming out?

  5. I just love your writing style. It so reminds me of special days spent with my darling granddaughter at my side, with her never ending chatter and great companionship. As I read your comments, it felt as if we were side by side chatting away..

  6. Although this tasted good, I found that the sauce never thickened up and stayed VERY liquidy. The steak also got very tough very fast.

  7. Love your blog. I was super excited to try this, as it was in the gluten free section, but the Gochujang (Korean chile paste) you recommend is not Gluten Free. It is wheat free, but it contains “seed malt” which is barley. I am still searching for a Gluten Free Gochujang so that I can make this yumminess happen.

    1. Hey Emily! I am really sorry about that and I will fix the recipe now. That is so annoying and again, I am so sorry, Here is a recipe for gluten free Gochujang if you want to make it yourself.

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Have a great weekend!

  8. This looks absolutely delicious Tieghan. I want to try to make it next week but i dont’ have the Gochujang (Korean chile paste). Would sriracha or chili garlic paste be a good substitute??


    1. Hey Sabah,

      I hate to say this, but you really need the Gochujang (Korean chile paste) for this. It makes the dish. BUT I do also think you could use chili garlic paste. The taste will be different, but I think still good. Let me know what you end up doing. Hope you love it either way! 🙂

    1. Thanks Chris! I was able to get it done and I think that i prep things pretty slow. Regardless, everyone cooks at a different pace, so it can be hard to estimate what the times will be for everyone.