Crispy chilli beef

Crispy chilli beef

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(85 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 3
Ditch the takeaway and whip up this Chinese flash-fried steak with a sweet gingery sauce and red peppers

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serrving

  • kcal454
  • fat23g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre2g
  • protein26g
  • salt2.2g
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  • 350g thin-cut minute steak, very thinly sliced into strips



    Steak is essentially a boneless thick or thin slice of red meat, cut across the grain of a large…

  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 4 spring onion, sliced, green and white parts separated

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, cut into matchsticks



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • cooked noodles, to serve (optional)
  • prawn crackers, to serve (optional)



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

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  1. Put the beef in a bowl and toss in the cornflour and five-spice. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan until hot, then add the beef and fry until golden and crisp. Scoop out the beef and drain on kitchen paper. Pour away all but 1 tbsp oil.

  2. Add the pepper, half the chilli, the white ends of the spring onions, garlic and ginger to the pan. Stir-fry for 3 mins to soften, but don’t let the garlic and ginger burn. Mix the vinegar, soy, chilli sauce and ketchup in a jug with 2 tbsp water, then pour over the veg. Bubble for 2 mins, then add the beef back to the pan and toss well to coat. Serve the beef on noodles with prawn crackers, if you like, scattered with the remaining chilli and the green parts of the spring onions.

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Comments (86)

fayewakefield's picture

Really tasty-can't get the beef crispy but will try the egg tip next time

bombers24's picture

I followed the recipe exactly and was not impressed! Far too much vinegar - the recipe may as well be called Pickled Beef. And I couldn't get it to go cripsy either.....

Lizzyb23's picture

Are the nutritional values per serving or per pan?

jemma_j's picture

Followed exactly but also added mushrooms. It was lovely!

vfinney's picture

Not sure what I did wrong, I followed the instructions, but we ended up in McDonald's which is precisely what we were trying to avoid! :(

laura88x's picture

Yummy! Looking at different reviews I didn't use any vinegar, was very nice and so quick to make!

missmambo's picture

Great recipe. Beef didn't go crispy, but am going to try again by dipping beef in egg before dipping in cornflour as I think the flour jut washed off... Really enjoyed it though!

denisocall's picture

Made this with pork, very good substitute.

georgina61's picture

Made this for my birthday meal. The beef didn't go crispy like shop bought but the flavour was lovely. I used stir fry beef strips and it worked well. Will make it again as every body liked it.

dishymummy's picture

I made this for four so doubled up on the recipe with the exception of the vinegar (having read the reviews) and it was superb. I used sirloin steak and despite perservering I could not get it to go crispy!
I made the Oriental Fried Rice recipe from this site to go with it which was nice but plain rice would have been great as the beef is so flavoursome. Will definitely be making this again. Great Saturday night meal.

rachelulu's picture

Wish I'd read the comments first and reduced the amount of vinegar as it was far too overpowering. Everything else about this dish was fab though. Served it with some egg fried rice - yum!

karenelizabeth61's picture

Forgot to rate this dish

karenelizabeth61's picture

A first attempt at this dish. A great success with the family. Beef crispy and delicious, full of flavour. Would definitely recommend this dish.

cheekygemma's picture

Really tasty, but my beef didnt go crispy! That was my only downside, the flavours were fab! x

dwatson27's picture

Have made this recipe a few times now and it is a favourite with my is so easy to make.

fayewakefield's picture

Gorgeous- will definitely make again.

suziefoodie's picture

This was delicious! Have made it twice and both times we smacked our lips :) I would say that the beef wasn't that crispy though so will cut it thinner next time

shell-mcmillan's picture

This was lovely and very easy to make! :)

grahamoggy's picture

Amazing, comes out great every time. Recomended!

mrsg192's picture

Made this tonight as its our all time fave meal from the take away, it tasted too vinegary & Chinese 5 spice was strong HOWEVER I added soft brown sugar...a teaspoon at a time until it mellowed the tartness of vinegar and it was PERFECT
I'd definitely recommend adding sugar to the sauce!


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