Quick Teriyaki Ground Beef

Ground beef with homemade teriyaki sauce – perfect pair for that white rice on your lunch box. 

I am at work today and I feel REALLY sleepy.

It’s not that I haven’t had enough sleep. I slept for 7 hours last night.  I am getting about 6-7 hours of sleep every night. Or is it not enough?

I guess it is just very difficult to convince yourself to get up during work days. Well, except for pay day! 😀 Can you feel me?

During these times, the only thing that could make my time move is write down my  activities for the coming weekend. I always end up writing too many that makes me regret after getting too exhausted. Same story the last time, eh? Yeah! Welcome to my life!

When I end up writing too many clothes to iron (don’t ask, I love ironing clothes), I choose quick and easy recipes. But when you make your own sauce, is it considered quick and easy?? I am feeling confused now. Anyway, the reasons of making my own teriyaki sauce: (1) for me, the store-bought ones are too salty; (2) I want a sauce which I can control the thickness or thinness; and (3) I want to use the remaining sauce for something else. I ended up following Deborah’s Homemade Teriyaki Sauce and it was amazing – I could drink the sauce itself. 😀 Good thing about this  sauce is you can make it ahead of time, keep inside the fridge even for two weeks. When want to make something teriyaki, just get out that amazing sauce and you’re ready. That’s when the quick one comes in. And that’s when this quick teriyaki ground beef enters the story.

I was looking for something easy and quick for the lunch box and ground beef recipes came to mind. I love sweet stuff… that’s the teriyaki sauce. Combine them together with onion, garlic and ginger – fabulous, fabulous recipe! Just add salt and pepper before taking out from the flame and you have something delicious to top your white rice!

…and that was two days ago! Good thing that today is Friday and you know that Friday is not a boring day and no reason to be sleepy at all since I am partying with all you and I have a fun job to do – that is co-hosting this week’s Fiesta Friday # 172 with an amazing friend Su @ Su’s Healthy Living. Well, if you still haven’t met her, it is best to head on to her blog to see her lovely recipes.

Please do join us by clicking the image below and do not forget to mention in your post that you are linking up to Fiesta Friday party so you can be selected for the feature. And please, please be nice and polite by saying “hi” to our host, Angie, to your co-hosts and to some (if not all) party goers. Besides, this is a party. So bring out that chatter in you. 😉

Teriyaki Ground Beef

This recipe is good for 2-3 servings. Double the recipe if desired.


  • 250g ground beef
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce (recipe below)*
  • Spring onions, sliced, to garnish


  1. In a skillet, saute garlic, onions and ginger in oil.
  2. Add ground beef while breaking into smaller pieces. Cook for 7 minutes.
  3. Add in teriyaki sauce and cook for another 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning if required.
  4. Serve with hot white rice and garnish with spring onions.


You can use store-bought teriyaki sauce and adjust the seasoning at the near end of cooking. 

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:

(adapted from Deborah @ Taste and Tell Blog)


  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼ + 1 tbsp cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp honey
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

For the cornstarch slurry:

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water, room temperature


  1. In saucepan with medium heat, combine everything except for the ingredients for cornstarch slurry. Cook just until heated.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and ¼ cup water. Stir until dissolved. Add this mixture to the saucepan.
  3. Cook until you reach your desired thickness.
  4. Adjust seasoning if needed.


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38 thoughts on “Quick Teriyaki Ground Beef

  1. It does sound like a fantastic easy recipe as well as so tasty! I think I have the same problems as you – I plan too many things for my weekends and don’t have time for everything. Ever! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice

    1. I know, Angie! I was just complaining yesterday about my iron – I wanted to get a new one. If you let me choose between cleaning the house or ironing all day, I would choose ironing. I could stand for 3 hours straight just to iron clothes. And I know I am crazy! Hahaha! And yes, making your own teriyaki sauce is very good! 😀

      Let me know when you need co-hosts. 😉 Have a fab week, Angie.

  2. Perfectly delicious meal idea, Jhuls. I love ground beef more than regular beef but I have never tried to make it using teriyaki sauce before. I’m sure it must be delicious 🙂 Thank you for bringing this wonderful post at the Family Joy blog link u party. Pinned.

    1. I also love ground beef. I think that you can do so much with ground beef and put anything you like. 😀 Thanks for stopping by & I wish you enjoy your break from hosting! x

  3. This looks absolutely delish! I’d definitely meal prep some of this for lunches during the week, it looks like it’d be the perfect lunch choice! #CookBlogShare

  4. I have been having trouble finding time for my blog, so better late than never to stop by and give a shout out to the FF hostess this week! That Teriyaki sauce sounds incredible – I have been wanting to make my own for a long time but never seem to think of it…now I’m inspired! I know my folks would love this dish (and me, too) and aren’t those little quail eggs darling!


    1. I always love quail eggs with ground beef or chicken. They look cuter than the chicken eggs when paired with such dishes! 😀 Thanks, Mollie.

  5. Your teriyaki sauce recipe is a keeper Jhuls! I am making a batch soon and keeping it. As for waking up during week days, I feel you. I wake up at 5:15 am and sometimes 5:30 am is luxury!! It is lovely co-hosting FF with you! Have a great week!

    1. I am dreaming of sleeping for nine hours. I tried taking sleeping pills once, but I woke up usual time. I did not do that again. It was a pleasure to co-host with you. Thanks, Su!

  6. Sounds delicious! I will have to earmark the sauce – I don’t eat a lot of salt generally so most store-bought products strike me as too salty… I could sleep for my country if sleeping ever became a recognised sport! Anything below 9 hours and I turn into the Hulk.
    Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Wow! How could people sleep like that?? Haha! Whenever I wake up and see the sun shining, I couldn’t go back to sleep. I have never tried wearing eye mask and I am not sure if it will work.

      Haha! I am telling the same to my friends – when I had a good sleep, I am a Wonder Woman… if not, I will be Hulk!

    1. I could live with 5 hours sleep before, but everything has changed. 😀 Ohh, 9 hours – that would be perfect. Does eyemask helps? Haha.

  7. I love teriyaki sauce and agree about the saltiness. I love how easy this is, would love with rice but low carb prohibits, I would happily eat this without rice looks and sounds delicious Jhuls.

    1. And you reminded me about the low-carb… hmmm, are you like following rules? I am confused about foods that are not allowed during the low-carb diet.
      Thanks, Suzanne. This would be great on its own as well. Happy FF!😘

      1. Hi Jhuls, I follow the basic ideas of south beach diet. I don’t follow to the letter though. Basically I don’t eat, bread, pasta, rice, white potato and limit sugar even in fruit I eat apples and berries but limit the amount of fruit I eat because it’s high in sugar. Lots of vegetables and protein. I do deviate every morning I make a shake for breakfast with milk, banana, peanut butter and unsweetened cocoa.

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