Crispy Chilli Beef

Excellent crispy strips of beef in a tangy spicy sauce. That is my favorite dish from the Chinese language takeaway, so it has so much to reside as much as.
I’ll present you tips on how to get that beautiful craggly exterior and even higher, we needn’t use the deep fryer!

crispy chilli beef in a blue bowl on a dark background. Dark napkin and set of chopsticks also in shot.

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That is one in all my go-to dishes.  Each time I ask Chris what he fancies for tea, you possibly can just about assure that he’ll pipe up ‘Crispy Chilli Beef!’.

It is really my favourite meal from the Chinese language takeaway too. We all the time order a portion, however it may be a bit hit-and-miss. Generally it is nice, different occasions the meat is so crispy it is arduous to inform if there’s any beef in all of it all.
I would like my crispy coating, however I additionally wish to style the meat – which is why I desire the do-it-yourself model. A crispy, craggly coating with tender beef inside – good each time!

📋 What do we’d like?

Ingredients for crispy chilli beef on a wooden table
  • I like to make use of thin-cut or quick-cook sirloin steak for the BEST flavour. You’ll be able to change with ribeye, or it’s also possible to use flank/skirt steak or rump steak. Should you’re utilizing flank/skirt or rump steak, you’ll want to reduce actually thinly, as it may be chewy if sliced too thick. All the time sliced AGAINST the grain.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP – Place the steaks within the freezer for round half-hour to agency up just a little. This can make it a lot simpler to slice the steak good and thinly.

🔪 Learn how to make Crispy Shredded Chilli Beef

**Full recipe with detailed steps within the recipe card on the finish of this put up.**

  • Place thinly sliced steak in a bowl and coat in a single small egg.
  • Add in cornflour, salt, pepper and white pepper and blend all of it collectively. It’s going to stick collectively, however be want that sticky coating for that beautiful crisp exterior.
  • Fry the steak in 2 batches in very popular oil. I desire to shallow fry (so I haven’t got to eliminate a giant pan of oil afterwards!) – so we solely want about 4 ½ tablespoons of oil for the entire recipe.
  • Take away the steak from the pan, then fry up slices of onion together with sliced purple chilli, ginger and garlic.
6 image collage showing the initial steps for making crispy chilli beef
  • Now we’ll add the sauce to the pan. That is made up of rice vinegar, darkish soy sauce, caster sugar, ketchup and candy chilli sauce.
  • Combine all of it up within the pan and let it bubble for a minute, then add the meat again in and toss all of it collectively to coat the meat.
6 image collage showing how to make crispy chilli beef

Serve up with noodles, boiled rice or egg fried rice.

crispy chilli beef in a blue bowl with egg fried rice

Need extra sauce?

This recipe makes sufficient sauce to coat the meat, with a tablespoon or two of sauce left on the backside of the pan.
Should you need extra sauce, you possibly can double the sauce components (double the ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, ketchup and candy chilli sauce). It is a very wealthy sauce, so should you wished it to be just a little lighter, you need to use half gentle soy sauce and half darkish soy sauce.

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Crispy Chilli Beef

Excellent crispy strips of beef in a tangy spicy sauce. That is my favorite dish from the Chinese language takeaway, so it has so much to reside as much as!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook dinner Time 20 minutes

Whole Time 30 minutes

Course Dinner

Delicacies Asian, Chinese language

Servings 4 individuals

Energy 472 kcal


  • Place the steak strips in a bowl and add the egg. Combine collectively to totally coat the steak within the egg.

  • Add the 4tbsp cornflour, ¼ tsp every of salt and pepper and ⅛ tsp of white pepper.

  • Toss collectively to coat the steak. It is going to be a sticky combination.

  • Warmth 3 tbsp of the oil in a big frying pan (skillet) or wok over a excessive warmth till very popular.

  • You’ll most likely must work in two batches, so when the oil is sizzling, add in half the meat – a strip at a time – and unfold it out.

  • Fry the steak till darkish brown and crispy. Attempt to not transfer the meat round an excessive amount of as this reduces the quantity of crispiness you get. It typically takes about 5 or 6 minutes to crisp up the meat, with about 3 or 4 stirs throughout that point.

  • Utilizing a slotted spoon or tongs, take away the meat from the pan and place in a bowl lined with kitchen roll to take in extra fats.

  • Add an additional tablespoon of oil and repeat – cooking the second batch of beef after which inserting within the bowl with the primary batch.

  • When you’ve eliminated all the meat from the pan, add the remaining ½ tbsp of oil to the pan and switch the warmth right down to medium.

  • Add within the sliced onion and prepare dinner for two minutes till barely softened.

  • Add within the finely chopped chilli, 1 tsp minced ginger and three minced cloves of garlic and prepare dinner while stirring for 30 seconds.

  • Add the two tbsp rice vinegar, 3tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp tomato puree, 6 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp tomato ketchup and the two tbsp candy chilli sauce to the pan.

  • Flip up the warmth and let it bubble for a few minutes till the sauce begins to cut back just a little.

  • Add the meat again in, give it a stir and warmth by way of for 1-2 minutes – till the meat is sizzling.

  • Serve with rice or noodles.

✎ Notes

Observe 1* – Slicing the steak
It is simpler to chop the steak into skinny strips should you place it within the freezer for half-hour to agency up just a little.

Can I make it gluten free?

Sure! Change the soy sauce with tamari. I’ve carried out this plenty of occasions and it really works rather well. 
Additionally examine your tomato puree, ketchup, candy chilli sauce and rice vinegar, so be certain that they’re gluten free

Can I freeze it or make it forward?

This recipe works greatest when made and served straight away. Freezing/chilling then reheating means the meat will not be crispy.
Nevertheless, it does nonetheless style actually good. So should you did wish to freeze it, then cool, cowl and freeze. Defrost in a single day within the fridge and reheat totally within the wok or a microwave till piping sizzling all through. You’ll be able to add a splash of water if it is just a little dry.

Ingredient swaps
This recipe additionally works nice with leftover roasted meat – you need to use cooked and sliced/shredded items of hen, duck, roast beef or my private favorite – roast lamb on this dish. 
Cook dinner in the identical approach as you’ll the uncooked steak (you must prepare dinner it for a similar period of time to get the coating good and crispy).

Dietary info is per serving and would not embrace rice or garnishes


Energy: 472kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 21gFats: 26gSaturated Fats: 5gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 100mgSodium: 1141mgPotassium: 469mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 247IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 3mg

Key phrases Any Time Of the 12 months, Chinese language New 12 months

This put up was first revealed nineteenth April 2014. Up to date March 2021 with new photographs, video, ideas and recipe tweaks.

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