Spiced braised beef pie

Spiced braised beef pie

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 2 hrs plus cooling


Serves 6
This puff pastry pie is filled with tender slow-cooked beef flavoured with cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns, star anise and soy sauce- seriously sumptuous

Nutrition and extra info

  • before baking

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal586
  • fat32g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein40g
  • salt5.6g


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1kg good-quality braising steak, cut into 2½ cm chunks
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • small piece ginger, finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tsp Sichuan peppercorn
  • 25g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into large chunks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 100ml 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…

  • 3 red chillies, left whole, but pierced
  • 375g pack ready rolled all-butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…


  1. Heat half the oil in a heavy-based flameproof casserole pan on a medium heat. Fry the meat in batches until browned, then remove from the pan and set aside.

  2. Turn down the heat, add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onion, garlic and ginger for a few mins until starting to soften. Crush the Sichuan peppercorns using a pestle and mortar, then add the flour and mix well. Add the spiced flour to the onion, mix well until all the onion is coated, then return the meat to the pan along with the tomato purée, carrots, star anise and cinnamon. Give everything a good stir, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook for 1 min.

  3. Add the soy sauce, chillies and 400ml water. Bring up to a simmer and cook very slowly – the sauce should be bubbling gently but not boiling – for 1½ hrs until the meat is really tender. Leave to cool.

  4. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Once cool, spoon the filling into a 2-litre pie dish, removing the cinnamon stick, chillies and star anise. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface until it is about 2cm larger than the dish. Put a pie funnel in the middle of the pie (it will stop the pastry sinking and becoming soggy).

  5. Brush the edges of the dish with a little of the egg to help the pastry seal. Lay the pastry over the top, pressing down well. Pierce centre and trim off the excess pastry with a sharp knife. Brush liberally with egg and bake for 30-35 mins.

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9th Jan, 2020
Didn’t have the peppercorns, just used freshly ground black pepper. Delicious. May lower the amount of Soy as, like others it was a little salty. Definitely making again
4th Jun, 2017
I forgot the ginger and tomato paste. I used kepac Manis a dark sweet soy sauce as well as soy. It's a sensational tasting pie. Star anise powder is the star. My favourite.
1st Feb, 2015
Used galangal instead of ginger, and only 1 x chilli pepper but otherwise stuck to this easy recipe. Tasty outcome!
11th Jan, 2014
I've given this 5 stars but really I used none of the ingredients apart from the puff pastry, beef and onions! I added a fair bit of garlic and pestle and mortared some hardcore peppercorns and added potatoes. I then flash fried the beef, added some onions, made a stocky gravy, stuck it all in a crockpot and then 6 hours later bunged it all in my pie dish and boom! Awesome pie! Even the super-fussy husband loved it! I am now classifying myself as a domestic goddess.
1st Dec, 2013
i made this without the peppercorns and added loads more garlic with the onions and a splash of dark ale. Everyone loved it! I always add bits and bobs as i go along though, not very good at following recipes exactly...
30th Nov, 2013
My husband loves both pies and Asian food and said this was a favourite pie to make again and again. Other posts must not be fans of Asian ffood perhaps.
28th Nov, 2013
I think there needs less soy sauce and some beef stock instead - this seemed to have an overly salty taste. Not soo great for a beef pie
15th Nov, 2013
I agree. Quite unpleasant taste and no amount of tweaking could make it better. Such a waste of good braising beef.
11th Nov, 2013
This didn't turn out well for me at all, the end result was not to my taste. I much prefer the chinese-style beef recipe which worked out really well - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9646/chinesestyle-braised-beef-onepot
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