If you are anything like me, then you’ve missed dining out at some of your regular restaurant spots during the past year. However, when many of my favorite Asian restaurants were closed earlier in the year, I decided it was time to start recreating my beloved takeout dishes at home.
Today I’m going to share with you a selection of twenty different Asian-inspired beef recipes. All of these are easy recreations of some of the top dishes you will have enjoyed at restaurants before, yet are quick and straightforward to make at home. You’ll love being able to impress your friends and family members by cooking their favorite dishes at home any night of the week!
Delicious Asian-Inspired Beef Recipes
1. 30 Minute Spicy Ginger Szechuan Beef
This delicious meal from The Chunky Chef is great if you are looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. You’ll need just thirty minutes to create this classic Asian dinner, and you can customize the dish to suit your tastes by adding extra spice and ginger. Flank steak or skirt steak can easily be found in most grocery stores, and they are some of the least expensive cuts of beef. Combined with sticky rice and a spicy ginger sauce, this meal is a filling and comforting alternative to ordering from your local Chinese takeout.
2. Mongolian Beef
Mongolian beef is a staple dish on any Chinese restaurant’s menu, but thanks to this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo, you can easily recreate it at home. The key to success when cooking this dish is to ensure you don’t put too much beef in the pan at one time. If need be, you can cook your beef in single layers, but just make sure you heat the pan enough to make the beef crispy on the outside. This is one of my favorite dishes to cook at home, thanks to the combination of sticky, sweet, and savory textures and flavors.
3. Chinese Daikon, Carrot, and Tomato Beef Stew
If you are looking for a winter dinner, try out this recipe from The Spruce Eats. You’ll create a hearty beef stew with an Asian twist that contains healthy ingredients including daikon, carrots, and tomatoes. The recipe requires only twenty minutes of hand-on prep time in the kitchen, and then you’ll simply leave the pan to simmer away by itself until it’s ready to serve. The great thing about this dish is that you can make a large quantity of it and then store it in the freezer for up to six months or enjoy it for leftovers the following day.
4. Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
If you ever get the chance to visit Taiwan, you must try their beef noodle soup, which is considered to be their national dish. This recipe from The Spruce Eats creates a hearty soup that could be a meal by itself. It’s the perfect comfort food on a cold fall or winter’s night when you want to have something a little more exciting than your regular tomato soup. The beef is incredibly tender and is accompanied by a savory broth. Thanks to the large batch of soup that this recipe creates, you’ll have enough to feed your whole family with leftovers for the following day.
5. Thai Beef Drunken Noodles
If you enjoy spicy food, you must try out these Thai beef drunken noodles from The Nutmeg Nanny. The recipe recommends using ribeye, but this can be switched out with flank or skirt steak if you prefer. Once the steak is cooked, you’ll combine it with the noodles and chili sauce to create a delicious combination that will please anyone who enjoys Asian cuisine. The best thing about this recipe is that you’ll have the whole meal ready to serve in just thirty minutes, which is even quicker than ordering a delivery!
6. Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps with Rice Noodles and Cucumber Relish
For a lighter alternative to tacos or other wraps, try out these Vietnamese beef lettuce wraps in this recipe shared by From a Chef’s Kitchen. With the perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavors, these wraps are sure to satisfy your whole family. If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner that your family can customize to their own tastes, this is a great option, as everyone can pick their own fillings for the wraps. By following this recipe, you’ll create a fantastic spread of rice noodles, cucumber relish, peanuts, and a soy-lime dipping sauce, which is ideal for a hot summer’s night when you are looking to enjoy a lighter dinner.
7. Vietnamese Pho recipe
Pho is one of Vietnam’s most popular dishes and is now loved by individuals from around the world. Recipe Tin Eats shares with us this traditional recipe for Vietnamese Pho, which creates a flavorful yet light broth. The broth is packed with spices, and you’ll enjoy every spoonful of this delicious soup. In order to get enough beef flavor in the broth, you’ll need to use a combination of bones and meat. This will give you the perfect Vietnamese Pho and you’ll want to return to this dish over and over again when you’re looking for a comforting and warming dinner recipe.
8. Korean Beef Bulgogi
Damn Delicious shares this quick and easy recipe for Korean BBQ beef, which features a sweet marinade. You’ll want to prepare the beef for this dinner earlier in the day or even the night before, as you need to give the beef time to soak up all of the marinade’s flavor. Once your beef is ready, this recipe is extremely quick to cook, and for a complete meal, it’s best served with either sticky rice or soba noodles.
9. Laotian Laab Minced Beef Salad
Laos is one of the smallest countries in Southeast Asia, and so it’s rare to find recipes or dishes from there elsewhere in the world. However, you won’t want to skip this Laab beef salad recipe from International Cuisine. This dish is one of the most popular dishes in Laos and is sometimes known as the good fortune salad. You’ll use minced beef instead of ground beef in this recipe, to help absorb all of the luscious tastes this dish has to offer.
10. Dry Fried Sichuan Beef
The Sichuan province in China is renowned for its cuisine and is known for its hot dishes thanks to the addition of peppercorns in many of their recipes. This dry-fried beef dish from The Woks of Life is a great way to introduce you and your family to the flavors of Sichuan cuisine. If you are scared of making the dish too hot for kids or teens, simply adjust the ingredients accordingly. I’d recommend cutting the beef slightly thicker for this recipe to ensure it doesn’t dry out and become too tough.
11. Chinese Beef and Broccoli
Chinese beef and broccoli is yet another staple dish on every Chinese restaurant’s menu and has become a popular comfort food dish here in the United States. The lightly marinated beef and the delicious sauce create a crowd-pleasing dish that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Try out this recipe from The Daring Gourmet which the kids and teens in your family are sure to ask you to make again and again.
12. Beef Pan-Fried Noodles
This dish from Omnivore’s Cookbook is really simple to create yet is packed with flavor. By combining ingredients such as garlic, onion, carrot, oyster sauce, dry sherry wine, and soy sauce, you’ll appreciate the twist on a classic noodle dinner that this recipe offers. I love the crunchy texture of the crispy noodles and veggies, and this dish will satisfy any cravings you have for Chinese food without you having to leave the comfort of your own home.
13. Beef Ramen Noodle Soup
Ramen is one of the most popular dishes in Asian cuisine. Everyone at some point in their life has feasted on those cheap packets that you can find in every grocery store, so this recipe from Ali a la Mode is a major step up from those bowls with their tiny packets of seasoning. This dish features a combination of beef and chicken stock and is perfect for those days when you are feeling under the weather. For extra protein, make sure you add a soft-boiled egg to this dish, as it will add more richness to the broth.
14. Japanese Beef Curry
If you are looking for a change from your favorite Indian curry dishes, try out this Japanese beef curry from Much Butter. This recipe uses a blend of spices for a richer flavor, as opposed to using a store-bought curry paste. This recipe is so warm and comforting and makes a great alternative to your regular beef stew dinners on a cold winter’s day.
15. Beef Lo Mein
No Asian takeout is complete without Beef Lo Mein, and you’ll love being able to recreate this staple dish at home. This recipe from Counts of the Netherworld requires only ten minutes of prep time and twenty minutes to cook and is a low-calorie dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Even a complete novice in the kitchen will enjoy creating this recipe, which simply involves cutting up all of the ingredients and combining everything together in the pan to cook.
16. Mechado Filipino Beef Stew
I couldn’t create a list of my favorite Asian Inspired dishes and skip over adding a dish from the Philippines. This is another great recipe to replace your boring beef stews, and Kitchen Confidante brings out the flavor of this stew with a marinade of lemon juice, black pepper, and a splash of tabasco sauce. This Filipino comfort food dish is sure to please anyone in your family and is perfect for a weekend dinner during the colder months of the year.
17. Beef Banh Mi
My Recipes shares this popular Vietnamese dish, and instead of using pork, they use beef in their Banh Mi sandwich. If you are looking for a fresh yet filling lunch, this will be a much lighter option than other beef sandwiches you’ve made before. With carrots and radishes spread throughout the sandwich, you’ll enjoy this crunchy and flavor-filled meal that will bring a little bit of excitement to even the most boring of workdays.
18. Beef Stir Fry
Stir fry is one of the most popular Asian dishes around the world, and All Recipes shares this quick and easy recipe that even beginners in the kitchen will be able to create. Combining beef, onions, and peppers, this recipe requires fifteen minutes of prep time and then just ten minutes to cook and will serve four people. It’s a healthy and fresh dish that can be served either alone or on a bed of rice or noodles for a more substantial meal.
19. Crispy Thai Beef Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing
While most Asian foods are reasonably healthy, this is one of the best options for a light lunch or dinner. Tonja’s Table shares this beef salad which is inspired by the flavors of Thailand. The beef is complemented by the lime and chili peppers, and you’ll love the zesty dressing that’s created with a combination of ginger and lime. For the best results, it’s recommended to grill the beef to add some crispiness to this dish.
20. Phat Kaphrao
Our final dish might be one that you’ve never heard of before, but you’ll certainly want to give it a try. This recipe combines beef, basil, soy sauce, fish sauce, and chilis for a delicious dish that’s packed with flavor. Try out this recipe from The Muddled Pantry, which you can either serve on top of rice or wrapped up in lettuce. For the classic lunch serving, serve it on top of plain jasmine rice, with a runny fried egg and extra chilies. This recipe is super quick to create and serves two people. Of course, if you are a larger family, simply increase the quantities of the ingredients to fit your needs.
The next time you have some spare beef in your fridge at home and are looking to treat your family to a special dinner, try out one of these recipes. They are guaranteed to be a hit with the whole family, and kids and teens won’t be able to taste the difference between these recipes and their favorite takeout dishes. While many of these recipes are classic Asian dishes you’ve probably tried hundreds of times before, make sure you don’t skip over some of the new and adventurous recipes here. You’ll discover a new favorite dish in no time at all and you’ll never need to get your Asian takeout delivered to your home again!