Crispy chilli beef – Easy

Crispy chilli beef – Easy

Crispy chilli beef – delicious & easy 

Delicious slithers of beef coated in Chinese 5 spice flavours,  fried until crispy and tender and coated in a sweet and spicy sticky sauce. Crispy chilli beef –  So good! And one of my favourite dishes from the Chinese 

A lovely authentic recipe for  easy crispy chilli beef with noodles or rice and it’s  sooooooo flipping easy.

So, ask yourself – why would you go to the takeaway? This is so much better – I promise 

This is a real  Fakeaway, trust me!

Just look at it ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Healthier Takeaway – Crispy Chilli Beef Recipe 

And you are in control of all the ingredients, timings, temperatures  and it must be much healthier than from the takeaway!

You know that really crispy, also crunchy fatty stuff from the takeaway?  – well this is a whole heap better.

Freshly made and authentic

It’s totally packed with flavour from the Chinese 5 Spice, ginger and garlic!


Ingredients for your Chinese crispy chilli beef 

There are quite a few ingredients compared to some of my other recipe – but it’s so worth it 

I’m certain you’ll be making this time and time again 



Easy Crispy Chilli Beef Recipe 

It’s a real change from other suppers and sometimes a change is as good as a rest hey!

It’s a firm favourite in this house!

And don’t worry too much about the cut of beef, I have suggested sirloin or rump but any will do, whatever you fancy.

And you don’t have to get your car out the garage and hang about for 30 minutes waiting in the takeaway!


How to make Crispy Chilli Beef – Step by Step 

My biggest piece of advice is to prep all your ingredients in advance of starting to cook 

See full recipe card at the bottom of this post 

Step 1 – Fry your beef strips 

Once you’ve coated your strips of steak in your cornflour mix drop then in your oil and fry for 4 minutes or until golden brown

It looks a little strange but it’s fine 


Step 2 – Crispy beef ๐Ÿ™‚  Remove from the fat and pop on one side 

Once it’s golden brown remove from the pan and pop in a bowl on one side 


Step 3 – next fry off your vegetables 

Tip the oil away and add a teaspoon of new oil, in the same frying pan fry off your garlic, ginger, mushrooms, peppers, chilli and spring onions for a couple of minutes 


Step 4 – Make your Crispy Chilli Beef Sauce 

Mix together your vinegar, tomato ketchup, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and stir – finally add a tablespoon water 

Step 5 – add your sauce to the pan 

Add the liquid mix to the veggies and boil for a couple of minutes and it with thicken and go sticky 



Step 6 – finally add your lovely crispy beef back to the pan 

Add your beef back and heat through for a further minute – Ta-Dah – get tucked in…..


How to serve your easy Crispy Chilli Beef 

I serve mine with some lovely rice but it works equally well over noodles 

There are many ways to serve it – maybe with a side of sesame broccoli – yum

Or in a wrap perhaps? 

So many ways – it’s delicious


Can I freeze my Crispy Chilli Beef? 

To be honest the recipe works best when it is fresh

You can of course do it but the beef tends not to be as crispy – and that’s what I love about this dish to be honest 

However it will still taste Nice – so if you really must you can ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Have a go and let me know how you get on with this delightful chilli beef  dish, please do drop me a comment under the recipe.

I love to get your comments


Other Ideas 

If you like a little spice I think you may also like my:

Oh and my Easy Beef Enchiladas 


Easy beef enchiladas in dish and ready to serve


Have a go and let me know how you get on ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Thanks Cx

a plated dish of crispy chilli beef and rice

Easy Crispy chilli beef

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 494kcal
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Easy crispy chilli beef, bursting with Chinese flavours, so easy to make


  • 200 g Sirloin or Rump steak
  • 3 tablespoons Corn Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese 5 Spice
  • 80 ml Sunflower oil
  • Salt & Black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • Thumb size piece ginger grated
  • 4 mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 Yellow pepper seeds removed
  • 1/2 Red pepper seeds removed
  • 6 Spring onions chopped (green ends for garnish)
  • 1/2 red chilli finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Ketchup
  • Egg Noodles - cooked


  • Slice your steak into very thin strips, approx 1/2cm in diameter, length doesn't matter
  • In a separate bowl, mix your cornflour, salt, pepper and 5 spice in a bowl
  • Pop the steak into the cornflour mix and coat the strips
  • Heat 100ml oil in a frying pan until hot, drop the beef in a fry until golden (looks a bit weird) this will take about 5 minutes or so
  • Cook your noodles or rice at this stage
  • Once the beef is golden - lift out and place on kitchen roll and pop on one side
  • Then tip oil out of frying pan and add 1 tsp oil backing the pan. Add the chopped garlic, ginger, chilli and fry for 2 mins, then add spring onions, peppers and mushrooms, fry for approx 2 mins until soft
  • Mix rice wine vinegar in bowl with soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce, ketchup and approx. 1 tbsp water, stir
  • Tip this mix into frying pan and heat for 2 minutes, it should be bubbling.
  • Throw in the beef and heat for 1 minute
  • Finally Serve - put noodles or rice on plate and beef mix on top, finish with chopped spring onion


*** All nutritional information is approximate and intended as a guideย 


Nutrition Facts
Easy Crispy chilli beef
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Hi – Cant work out how many people the recipes feed in general?

    1. sorry – it’s really difficult all mains are between 2-4 depending on how hungry you are ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. A fab receipe & a favourite for Friday night takeaway – even goes down well with a teenager who is not into meat!

  3. Yum yum yum!! Can’t believe we’ve only just tried this. Will definitely be another favourite in our house. So quick and easy yet so satisfying and flavourful! Thanks again for yet another fantastic recipe. You do keep us eating well ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Carole tilsley

    Have not done this for a while but cooked today – fan, excellent Friday night tea

  5. Carole tilsley

    Have not done this for a while but cooked today – fab a great Friday tra

  6. Hi Claire I know this is a daft question, but if Iโ€™m making for 4, do I double up on ALL the ingredients including cornflour? TIA

  7. 5 stars
    I dip the strips in egg b4 putting in the cornflower mix…. bloody lovely

    1. Thanks – so good isn’t it x

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