A sweet and savory combination of black garlic, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil makes a tasty sauce for stir-fried steak.

Stir-fried steak with black garlic sauce served over noodles

This easy stir-fried steak recipe only has a few ingredients, but the black garlic in the sauce makes it a real stand-out when it comes to flavor.

Served over thin noodles (either Chinese egg noodles or whole wheat spaghetti) tossed with a stir-fry of shredded cabbage, fresh ginger it makes an easy dinner.

What is black garlic?

Black garlic is an all-natural ingredient that originated in Korea. It is made from fresh garlic that has been fermented in a unique, heat, and humidity-controlled process for several weeks then air-dried for an additional week before packing.

The resulting product has a sweet flavor with a slight tang – as delicious as roasted garlic, but decidedly different.

We generally buy peeled black garlic in a jar. The texture is soft and slightly sticky, similar to dried fruit. It’s very easy to work with, keeps for quite a while, and a great ingredient to have on hand.

Tips for making this dish:

  • Freeze your steak for easy slicing: Once you trim the fat from your steak, pop it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to make it easier to cut into thin slices.
  • Prep your ingredients in advance: Having all your ingredients ready before you start cooking is a cardinal rule when making a stir-fry. This includes sides like rice or noodles.
  • Don’t overcook the steak: To ensure thin-sliced steak like this stays tender and juicy, be sure not to overcook it. A total of two minutes cooking time is plenty.

More stir-fry recipes to try:

Stir-fried steak with black garlic sauce over noodles

Stir-Fried Steak with Black Garlic

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A sweet and savory combination of black garlic, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil makes a tasty sauce for stir-fried steak.


  • 1 lb boneless New York strip steaks
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 to 8 cloves black garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 scallions, sliced


  • Trim any excess fat from the steaks, slice them into thin strips for stir-frying, and place in a bowl.
  • Add the soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil, and some freshly ground black pepper.
  • Stir to coat the meat thoroughly and set aside at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil in a wok or heavy skillet over high heat. Add the beef along with the juices that have accumulated, and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high, add the black garlic, and continue stir-frying until the garlic breaks down slightly and combines with the meat juices to form a sauce that coats the beef, 1-1/2 minutes.
  • Stir in the scallions and remove from the heat. Serve immediately.

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Calories: 435kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 525mg, Fiber: 2g
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