This Stir-Fry Honey Hoisin Beef recipe is packed with flavor and can be ready in 30 minutes or less! Lean ground beef mixed with finely diced mushrooms, red onions, and Asian aromatics, sautéed in a sweet and savory sauce, these bowls are hearty, yet healthy and perfect for easy weeknight dinners!
This post was originally published in March 2018. I’ve updated the post below to include more information about this Asian stir fry beef recipe. Plus, I added a recipe video to show you how easy this dish is to make!
Today we are lightening things up and taking a detour from all things smothered with cheese, and all the things made for slurping with a spoon.
Because spring is so dang close I can taste it. (<– 2 weeks and 5 days until the spring equinox to be precise… not that I’m counting.)
And this calls for ALL the fresh and saucy food.
Who’s with me?!
Stir-Fry Honey Hoisin Beef Bowl
Meaty, umami packed mixture of lean ground beef, finely diced mushrooms, pungent red onion and mild Asian aromatics sautéed in a sweet, savory honey and hoisin sauce.
Served atop a bed of fluffy jasmine rice, then garnished with creamy sliced avocados, crisp carrots, sliced scallions, fresh microgreens and nutty sesame seeds, these Asian stir fry bowls are packed full of flavor.
Hearty, yet healthy, these bowls are ridiculously quick to throw together making them a perfect option for lunch or easy weeknight dinners!
What beef is best for stir fry?
This hoisin beef recipe utilize ground beef.
While you can use any type of ground beef, I personally used ground sirloin since it is one of the leanest types of ground beef. While ground round beef, also referred to as extra-lean ground beef, is a leaner cut, it lacks the beefy flavor ground sirloin delivers.
If you use regular ground beef or ground chuck, which have a higher fat content, you may need to wipe the excess fat from the pan after browning the beef, and before adding the mushrooms in step 2 of the recipe.
What is hoisin sauce?
Hoisin sauce is a thick, sweet and spicy sauce commonly used in Chinese cuisine.
It is often referred to as Chinese barbecue sauce and frequently used in Asian stir-fries, grilled dishes and as a marinade.
Dark red in color, hoisin sauce is made from soybeans, vinegar, garlic, sugar and a variety of spices.
Hoisin beef is simply ground beef stir-fried with hoisin, vegetables and aromatics such as ginger and garlic.
Where to buy hoisin sauce?
Hoisin sauce can be located in the ethnic aisle, or international food section of most major grocery stores in the United States.
What is a substitute for hoisin sauce?
Since hoisin sauce lends a salty, sweet and umami flavor to this dish, there is unfortunately no great substitution. If you can’t seem to find any hoisin sauce at your local grocery store, your best bet is to make your own.
There are a lot of great, easy recipes out there, so if you find yourself in a pinch, google it!
A simple search of “homemade hoisin sauce” will yield a bunch of recipes. Pick the one that looks best to you!
How to make Honey Hoisin Beef? (Tips & Tricks)
- The recipe below utilizes ground beef, and while you can use any ground beef you would like, I used lean ground sirloin. If you use regular ground beef or ground chuck, you may need to wipe the excess fat from the pan after browning the beef and before adding in the mushrooms. Use your best judgement!
- This beef with hoisin sauce calls for finely chopped mushrooms, and I highly recommend using white button or cremini (baby bella) mushrooms. Make sure you do NOT soak the mushrooms to clean them. Instead, use a damp paper towel to wipe any dirt from the mushroom, or give them a very quick, light rinse with cool water and pat dry.
- Make sure you season the stir-fry with salt and pepper in layers as you cook (meaning: season the onions, season the beef, season the ginger/garlic, season the sauce.) Adding salt and pepper in layers will ensure the dish as an entirety is seasoned properly!
Quick, easy and downright delish, this Stir Fry Honey Hoisin Beef Bowl needs to happen in your kitchen!
Until next week, friends, cheers – to bowl goals!
The best Stir Fry Honey Hoisin Beef recipe plus step-by-step video👇
Stir-Fry Honey Hoisin Beef Bowl
- 1 TBS Oil neutral flavored such as vegetable or canola
- ½ small Red Onion finely chopped
- 1 pound Ground Beef *
- 3/4 Cup Mushrooms finely chopped* (button or baby bella)
- 3 small cloves Garlic minced
- 1 tsp Ginger grated
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- ¼ Cup Hoisin Sauce
- 3 TBS Honey
- 3 TBS Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 TBS Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 4 Cups Cooked Rice long grain is best, such as jasmine or basamati
Optional for topping:
- Carrot cut into matchsticks
- Avocado sliced or diced
- Micro Greens
- Scallions curls or sliced
- Sesame Seeds Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Make the sauce: In a small bowl whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.
- Stir-fry: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until starting to soften. Add in the beef, and season generously with salt and pepper. Sauté until almost browned, breaking it up as you go, about 4 minutes. Add in the mushrooms and continue to stir-fry for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic, ginger and season again with salt and pepper.* Cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.
- Add in the sauce and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until everything is coated and the beef is cooked through. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Assemble the bowls: Add rice to the bottom of serving bowls and top with beef. Garnish with desired toppings and serve. Enjoy!
- This recipe utilizes ground beef, and while you can use any ground beef you would like, I used lean ground sirloin. If you use regular ground beef or ground chuck, you may need to wipe the excess fat from the pan after browning the beef and before adding in the mushrooms. Use your best judgement!
- The recipe calls for finely chopped mushrooms, and I highly recommend using white button or cremini (baby bella) mushrooms. Make sure you do NOT soak the mushrooms to clean them. Instead, use a damp paper towel to wipe any dirt from the mushroom, or give them a very quick, light rinse with cool water and pat dry.
- Make sure you season the stir-fry with salt and pepper in layers, as you cook - i.e. season the onions, season the beef, season the ginger/garlic, season the sauce. Adding salt and pepper in layers will ensure the dish as an entirety is seasoned properly!
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