Five-spice beef with black bean sauce & bok choi

Five-spice beef with black bean sauce & bok choi

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
Try this Asian-inspired beef dish and find out why Chinese five-spice is a store cupboard must-have. It's versatile, easy to use and delicious

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal352
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein36g
  • salt4.5g
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  • 2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 large sirloin steak (about 300g/10oz)
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  • 3 heads bok choi or pak choi, halved
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

For the sauce

  • 100g sachet black bean sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 small piece fresh root ginger, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar


  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a small saucepan, then gently simmer until hot. Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Rub the five-spice all over the steak, then season with a little salt and pepper. Sear steak for 2-3 mins on each side until cooked to your liking, then leave to rest.

  2. Meanwhile, gently simmer or steam the bok or pak choi for 4-5 mins until wilted, but still crunchy. Toss the greens in a few tbsps of sauce and the sesame oil. Cut steak into thick slices. Serve on a plate with a small pot of sauce, the greens and some steamed rice.

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Che Guevaraa's picture
Che Guevaraa
30th May, 2020
This was lovely... I’m on keto so didn’t have the rice. But the sauce was lovely and made the pak choi a lot more interesting to palate.
16th Jun, 2009
This was so quick and suitably sophisticated for the weekend. We really enjoyed, it made a nice change and is a good way to enjoy steak without all the high calorie "trimmings".
7th May, 2008
Yum yum! The richness of sauce went well with the steak. I added some beansprouts with the pak coi as they were in the fridge and needed using. Will be cooking again.
30th Mar, 2008
First time i have cooked bok choi really did enjoy it but felt that the sauce over the vegetables was just a bit too strong. Not sure if i would cook it again.,
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