Crispy chilli beef in a bowl with chopsticks

Crispy chilli beef

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(207 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 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



    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)



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


  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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8th Jan, 2016
Great recipe and very flavourful, will definitely make again. I do have to say though I used this in Taco's and compensated the White Wine Vinegar for white wine, with vinegar (lol) and I didn't add Ginger, and replaced the Chilli with Chilli flakes (I don't like hot food). Great recipe, thanks for posting :D
18th Oct, 2015
All in all good. But the amount of sauce in the recipe isn't enough. Also cut down the rice wine vinegar to equal amounts of not less than the soy sauce. I'll probably leave it out altogether next time.
12th Oct, 2015
I must be the only person who found this totally bland ... I tasted before I served it and panicked. Ended up adding a load of soy and hoisin sauce just to give it some taste, dissapointing.
18th Sep, 2015
Great taste of the meat but just a little too dry with the noodles as there isn't much sauce.
30th Jul, 2015
Excellent dish! I used leftover Sunday roast beef cut in to strips and it turned out great. Many comments saying they halved the five spice - I felt 2 tsp wasn't enough at all and more than doubled!! Perhaps they were reading 2tbsp?
22nd Jun, 2015
I made this for my fiancé who loves this from our Chinese - I was never so keen. This recipe was so delicious, we won't be getting it from the Chinese ever again and it has become a staple for our house. I add finely sliced mushrooms and match stick carrots to! Try it - you won't be disappointed!
24th May, 2015
made this for dinner and served with rice. Was really good however reduced the vinegar as suggested by others. Didn't have chill sauce so added a dash of all spice, cinnamon and two cubes of brown sugar to the sauce. Will make again
13th May, 2015
This was really quick and easy to make. Everyone loved it. Will definitely make it again.
15th Mar, 2015
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.
1st Mar, 2015
Loved this - very simple but super tasty. Definitely be making it again.


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