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For a midweek meal that will go down well with the whole family and only takes 15 minutes to rustle up, this Sticky Beef Mince Stir Fry is a gem.

A simple beef mince recipe for a stir fry, served here with rice.

If you’re like me and feel like you’ve exhausted the beef mince recipes in your repertoire, I think you’re going to welcome this one with open arms. If you can make Spag Bol and a Chilli in your sleep, you’ll soon be adding this Sticky Beef Mince Stir Fry to your go-to list too.

With just a few great value ingredients, you have a full meal in 15 minutes. I love beef mince with green beans, but you can use whichever suits your tastes.

Sticky, tangy sauce, ready in double time and affordable? You’ve got to try this!

Why you’ll love this recipe

⭐️ Ready in 15 minutes with zero fuss

⭐️ Full of store cupboard ingredients

⭐️ Sticky delicious sauce

Delicious family friendly meal of sticky beef mince stir fry recipe.

About this Beef Mince Stir Fry

I am on a constant mission to come up with new and inventive recipes with beef mince. I know so many of us buy it every week in some form and for good reason – it’s versatile, easy to cook with, relatively cheap, freezes well and it’s DELICIOUS. 

We can cook so many different cuisine styles according to what we fancy, from Italian to Indian, Chinese to Mexican, but for this beef recipe it’s all about speed as well as flavour. In just 15 minutes flat you’ve got yourselves a new family favourite. 

I hope you love it!

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Sticky Beef Mince Stir Fry Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil
  • Beef mince – I like 5% but use whichever one you usually buy to your own taste or budget. 
  • Garlic – Fresh or frozen, jarred or paste is OK.
  • Ginger puree
  • Green beans
  • Cornflour
  • Soy sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Sesame seeds – To garnish

How to make this super quick Beef Mince Stir Fry

  1. Brown the mince in oil over a medium high heat. Add the garlic, ginger and green beans and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make up the sauce by putting the cornflour in a jug or bowl and gradually mixing in the soy sauce (do this gradually so it doesn’t go lumpy). 
  3. Add in the other ingredients and stir until smooth.
  4. Turn the heat up to high, pour in sauce and let it bubble for 2-3 minutes and coat everything.
  5. Serve over rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds.


  • Frozen green beans or peas – These are fine to use instead of fresh if you prefer
  • Gluten-free – Find gluten-free alternatives for the soy sauce (tamari) and oyster sauce if you want this to be gluten-free.
  • Mince – You could swap the meat for turkey or chicken mince if you’d like. Either would work well.

Beef Mince Stir Fry Leftovers

In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully in the microwave or on the hob before serving.

In the freezer This recipe freezes well. Just wait until it’s totally cold and then put into a freezer proof container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Top tip for making this beef stir fry

Making a ‘slurry’

This is a trick to thicken the sauce without ending up with floury lumps.

First you add cornflour to a small bowl, mug or jug, then use a little liquid from a dish (a spoonful or two) to mix the cornflour into a paste consistency. Add that back into the dish’s sauce.

If you just sprinkle cornflour straight into the dish, it will form lumps that are almost impossible to get rid of. I promise this step is worth the extra dirty bowl!

FAQs about this Beef Mince Stir Fry recipe

Can I make this vegetarian?

Yes, you can use a meat free mince alternative cooked according to pack instructions, adding the sauce as usual.

Can I add other vegetables to the recipe?

I have used green beans in this recipe but you can add another veggie of your choice. Green vegetables go really well with beef mince, so something like peas or broccoli would be great.

What should I serve with this beef mince stir fry?

I’d recommend serving this with rice or noodles, but try your favourite out.

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5 from 213 votes

Sticky Beef Mince Stir Fry

With low cost ingredients, a delicious sticky sauce and a cooking time of 15 minutes, this is an ideal midweek beef mince recipe.
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tsp Vegetable oil
  • 500 g Beef mince
  • 2 tsp Garlic, See notes.
  • 2 tsp Ginger puree, See notes.
  • 200 g Green beans, Trimmed and cut in half.

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp Cornflour
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 100 ml Water

To garnish:

  • Sesame seeds (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a large, deep saucepan over a medium high heat and add the mince. Brown all over cooking for 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, ginger and green beans and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • While this is cooking, make up the sauce by putting the cornflour in a jug or bowl and gradually mixing in the soy sauce (do this gradually so it doesn't go lumpy). Then add in the other ingredients and stir until smooth.
  • Turn the heat up to high, pour in sauce and let it bubble for 2-3 minutes and coat everything.
  • Serve over rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds.


Garlic & Ginger: I used prepared tubes for this to speed things up, but if you prefer to use fresh use 2 cloves of garlic crushed and about 1 inch of ginger finely chopped.


Calories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 29gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 1088mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 345IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 3 stars
    I found this after using a recipe a few days ago (sorry I can’t remember the name but it was a slow cooker chicken with coconut milk) and loved it) Today was me panicking about how to make a pack of minced beef interesting as us 3 at home don’t all like the same things. Half hour later the hubby has repeated throughout that this is a 10/10, while son who doesn’t like veg gave it an 8.5. (Idiot!) I loved every mouthful and will definitely make it again. The only thing I changed was to add 3 red chillies but that only gave a teeny zing spice wise. I will 100% cook again

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this simple-to-prepare dish. I also added some peas and after trying it, I feel some water chestnuts would have been a nice touch for a little crunch. I also blanched the beans and peas first.

  3. 5 stars
    Wow this tastes so much more amazing than it looks! Yummmm! Love that I can make it with all my pantry and freezer staples.

    So happy I saw the comment about leaving out the water. It was perfect without! Thanks, so delish!

  4. I was looking for a something different for mince beef. This recipe looked interesting & easy.
    I do tend to be sceptical of reviews but decided to give it a try. I have to say I was very impressed as were the family. Absolutely delicious with noodles. Will certainly be making this again. Well done, keep up the good work & inspirational recipes.