Crispy chilli beef

Crispy chilli beef

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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 info

Nutrition per serrving

kcalories
454
protein
26g
carbs
32g
fat
23g
saturates
5g
fibre
2g
sugar
15g
salt
2.2g

Ingredients

  • 350g thin-cut minute steak, very thinly sliced into strips
  • 3 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 4 spring onions, sliced, green and white parts separated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • cooked noodles, to serve (optional)
  • prawn crackers, to serve (optional)

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2013

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cakeanyone's picture
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Really good! After reading the comments and reading other recipes I mixed the cornflour, five spice (only 1 tsp) with a beaten egg and half tsp salt in a bowl and added 300g beef to it. Cooked in really hot oil for about 3-4 minutes in three batches and it was lovely and crispy. Swapped the pepper for very finely sliced carrot and halved the amount of vinegar and it was delicious. Made this quantity for two and would still probably like slightly more sauce.

vix_vix's picture
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Yum, yum, yum!

Made this for the first time last night and it was so tasty and tangy, it will deffo be a regular!

I would advise having everything ready and prepared before you start cooking.

Slice the beef as thinly as you can, and fry in small batches, its get nice and crispy that way =o)

benmolly's picture
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Great family meal, really tasty nod easy to cook. Kids and adults loved it.

oakleyfamily's picture
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There was an initial 'hit' from the vinegar.
I will certainly do it again but will cut down on the vinegar..... bare in mind there is vinegar in the ketchup too!. Underneath there are some lovely flavour though....worthy of further experimentation :)

lindasmale's picture

Beef didn't go crispy, the 5 spice was overpowering and way way too vinegary! Binned the lot.

yummymummy1968's picture
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Really delicious meal, I didn't change the recipe at all except for frying the beef in two batches, it was lovely and crispy. My seven year old daughter loved this, so much better than a takeaway.

sauvignontank's picture
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Made this last weekend and its so good we are making it again tonight. Followed the recipe to the letter, was perfect. Think this will be a regular Saturday night tea!

angelfiesta's picture
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Made this for tea last night. I used grondnut oil instead of vegatable oil. bought stir fry beef strips which i cut thinly. First I stir fried egg noodles for about 3 mins. Took out of wok and stir fried beef which was crispy. Added thinley sliced mushrooms with other ingredients. Followed the recipe apart from this. Added cooked beef and noodles to wok. Absolutley delish. Will be making again and again.

livvykins21's picture
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Not too keen on this - perhaps my cooking - beef didn't go crispy and the sauce a little too tart. Not a fave with the family ...

vfirby's picture

Really tasty although the beef didn't go crispy. Think I cut it too thick but will definately try it again.

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