Crispy chilli beef

Crispy chilli beef

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(108 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 350g thin-cut minute steak, very thinly sliced into strips
    Steak

    Steak

    Stayk

    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 onions, sliced, green and white parts separated
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

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

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

    Ginger

    jin-jer

    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 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)
    Prawn

    Prawn

    praw-n

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

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.

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JanWilko
13th May, 2015
5.05
This was really quick and easy to make. Everyone loved it. Will definitely make it again.
bezza110
15th Mar, 2015
5.05
Great recipe, followed the tip about using egg white on the steak, and did reduced the vinegar. Everyone loved it will definitely be making this again.
melon1975
1st Mar, 2015
5.05
Loved this - very simple but super tasty. Definitely be making it again.
Anglian21
21st Feb, 2015
5.05
Really tasty. Better and healthier than a takeaway. You really need a good coating of the cornflour on the beef and get the oil very hot and really crisp the beef up. I halved the amount of five spice, vinegar and tomato ketchup after reading previous comments. Oh and I added a carrot with the red pepper. highly recommend this dish!
carley99_uk
1st Feb, 2015
This is really delicious. It took a while for the beef to get crispy but so worth it. Beats a takeaway any day!
tkirkpatrick86
24th Nov, 2014
5.05
Great recipe and will definitely make again, although I only use 1 tablespoon of cornflour and 2 vinegar
lemonmelts
7th Nov, 2014
5.05
My husband and I love this. The flavour builds up as you eat it so it's quite hot by the end! We always serve it with noodles and a dash of extra soy sauce. Delish!
allie80
5th Aug, 2014
2.55
Made this recipes exactly as stated with the only exception that I added a yellow pepper too. It was okay but not quite there. I think there is definitely too much vinegar (with the rice vinegar and vinegar from the ketchup). I will probably make it again but will alter it a bit so the vinegar is not so strong. Despite neither my partner or I being big fans of ginger I didn't find this overpowering, I did cut it in to matchsticks and was conservative about my "thumbsize" using a dainty thumb rather than mansize!
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Costello3694
16th Jul, 2014
5.05
Made this recently and its is restaurant quality! The secret to the crispy beef is a little egg white on the beef, extra corn flour, ridiculously hot oil to shallow fry and fry a few pieces at a time. I would recommend to season the beef with a little salt and maybe chili flakes when out of the pan. I agree dont over do it on the vinegar and ginger prob needs to be grated but otherwise this is a winner! Severed with noodles.
Spinder91
28th Jun, 2014
5.05
This is a delicious dish. Made for a special Saturday night supper! Extremely tasty - better than a take-away.

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