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crispy chilli beef

Crispy Chilli Beef | Home-Made Chinese Take-Away Favourite

There aren't many things better than a spicy Crispy Chilli Beef dish on a bed of fluffy rice. If this dish is your Chinese Restaurant favourite, you must try making it yourself. Seriously, ditch the takeaway and make this pan-fried beef steak with vegetables, sweet chilli sauce and white rice at home! You will definitely be impressed...
4.73 from 11 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 people
Calories 703 kcal


  • 200 g sirloin steak fat trimmed off
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 small egg
  • 170 g cornflour
  • 120 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 small carrot cut into thin short sticks
  • ½ red pepper cut into thin short slices
  • 25 g ginger peeled and very finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and very finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 spring onion sliced
  • a pinch of sesame seeds
  • 150 g white long grain rice to serve


  • Cut the meat into thin long strips (for tips, see text above). Place them in the bowl and add sesame oil, caster sugar and 2 tbsp of soy sauce. Mix and set aside to marinade.
  • In a separate small bowl, make your sauce. Mix tomato ketchup, honey, rice vinegar, dark soy sauce and brown sugar. Set aside for later.
  • Julienne your carrots and half of the red pepper. Crush and finely chop garlic and ginger, and cut your chilli into rounds.
  • Put the rice on to boil following instructions on the packet. Crack a small egg into your beef and mix to coat. In a large mixing bowl, put the cornflour and season with some salt and pepper. Then add the marinated beef and mix with your hands until all the beef strips are fully coated and no longer stuck together. Shake off any excess cornflour and place the coated beef strips of a clean plate.
  • Heat 120ml of odourless oil in a small pan or a wok. Once hot add 1/3 of your beef and fry for 3 minutes. Transfer cooked beef on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the rest of the beef. You can use a large pan or wok, but you will need to add a lot more oil for the beef to submerge in oil. It is important, however not to overcrowd the pan if you want your beef crispy.
  • Heat a tbsp of oil (taken from the beef pan) in a separate large frying pan or wok. Add carrots, pepper, ginger, garlic and chilli and fry on high heat for 30 seconds. Tip in the sauce you prepared earlier and bring to a boil. Boil vigorously for a minute, then add the crispy beef and toss just enough to coat.
  • Serve on a bed of white rice. Sprinkle some sesame seeds and sliced spring onion on top.


Sodium: 1769mgCalcium: 107mgVitamin C: 76mgVitamin A: 6497IUSugar: 28gFiber: 4gPotassium: 904mgCholesterol: 143mgCalories: 703kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 8gProtein: 35gCarbohydrates: 120gIron: 4mg
Keyword Chinese Beef Recipes, Chinese Recipes, Chinese Takeaway Beef, Chinese Takeaway Recipes, Crispy Beef, Crispy Chilli Beef, Crispy Chilli Beef Recipe, Sweet Chilli Beef
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