Crispy chilli beef in a bowl with chopsticks

Crispy chilli beef

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(153 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 350g thin-cut minute steak strips in a bowl and toss in 3 tbsp cornflour and 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder.

  2. Heat 100ml vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan until hot, then add the beef and fry until golden and crisp.

  3. Scoop out the beef and drain on kitchen paper. Pour away all but 1 tbsp oil.

  4. Add 1 thinly sliced red pepper, ½ thinly sliced red chilli, sliced white ends of 4 spring onions, 2 crushed garlic cloves and thumb-sized piece ginger, cut into matchsticks, to the pan. Stir-fry for 3 mins to soften, but don’t let the garlic and ginger burn.

  5. Mix the 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce and 2 tbsp tomato ketchup in a jug with 2 tbsp water, then pour over the veg.

  6. Bubble for 2 mins, then add the beef back to the pan and toss well to coat.

  7. Serve the beef on noodles with prawn crackers, if you like, scattered with the remaining ½ sliced red chilli and sliced green parts of the spring onions.

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dishymummy
7th Apr, 2013
5.05
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
29th Mar, 2013
4.05
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
26th Mar, 2013
5.05
Forgot to rate this dish
karenelizabeth61
26th Mar, 2013
5.05
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
17th Mar, 2013
4.05
Really tasty, but my beef didnt go crispy! That was my only downside, the flavours were fab! x
dwatson27
8th Mar, 2013
5.05
Have made this recipe a few times now and it is a favourite with my husband.it is so easy to make.
fayewakefield
4th Mar, 2013
Gorgeous- will definitely make again.
suziefoodie
1st Mar, 2013
4.05
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
23rd Feb, 2013
5.05
This was lovely and very easy to make! :)
grahamoggy
19th Feb, 2013
Amazing, comes out great every time. Recomended!

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