Spicy Szechuan Beef Stir Fry

A wonderfully simple noodle based beef stir fry dish with hints of Szechuan pepper and chili and all ready in less than 20 minutes.

A wonderfully simple noodle based beef stir fry dish with hints of Szechuan pepper and chili and all ready in less than 20 minutes.

Spicy Szechuan Beef Stir Fry.

It may sound odd but a beef stir fry is something of a special dish around these parts This is because it is fairly difficult to find a cut of beef that is suitable for quick cooking in our corner of the world.

As a result, many of the beef dishes I cook are slow cooked meals just like my beef bourguignon.

This stir fry recipe is different is all about speed and lots of heat and is a real treat!

Featuring a good chili punch and the fizz of  Szechuan pepper the background flavours are similar to my Dan Dan Noodle recipe.

But we have some lovely sirloin steak and some fantastic fresh cauliflower my favourite winter vegetable.

A wonderfully simple noodle based beef stir fry dish with hints of Szechuan pepper and chili and all ready in less than 20 minutes.

Quick Stir Fry Recipes.

There is a secret to successfully quick stir fry recipes perfectly every time.

You may be surprised to know that the secret has nothing at all to do with the cooking.

It is all in the preparation, this recipe uses lots of ingredients but the cooking time is just 10 minutes.

There is no time to measure things out as you are cooking. So make sure you prepare and measure out all of your ingredients before you get started.

It should not take you more than 10 minutes and it will result in perfect quick stir fry dinners every time.

Whether it be stir-fried beef, stir-fried shrimp or stir-fried chicken, preparation is always the key!

A wonderfully simple noodle based beef stir fry dish with hints of Szechuan pepper and chili and all ready in less than 20 minutes.

How To Stir Fry Beef And Keep It Tender.

I have covered the first tip for this in the paragraph above.

The first answer is speed, your beef should be cut very thin and cooked for 4-6 minutes. Closer to the lower end of that if possible!

The second tip is to choose your cut of beef wisely because ingredients are always important.

I personally think that sirloin steak is the perfect cut of beef for a beef stir fry recipe.

It is lean enough to cook quickly but also has if bought well a little marbling of fat. As far as I am concerned fat equals flavour!

But if you want to save a little money something like flank if you cut it across the grain would be fine.

A wonderfully simple noodle based beef stir fry dish with hints of Szechuan pepper and chili and all ready in less than 20 minutes.
Spicy Szechuan Beef Stir Fry

Spicy Szechuan Beef Stir Fry

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
A wonderfully simple noodle based beef stir fry dish with hints of Szechuan pepper and chili and all ready in less than 20 minutes.ย 

Ingredients

For the Marinade

  • 30 g Fresh Ginger, Peeled and grated
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Bruised and finely sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil, Neutral
  • 2 Tsp Cornflour
  • 1 Tsp Chili Flakes
  • 1 Tsp Szechuan Pepper, Ground in a pestle and mortar or spice grinder
  • 1 Lemon, Juice and zest
  • 1 Tsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar

For the Stir Fry

  • 200 g Beef, Something like sirloin is perfect for this slice thinly
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil, Neutral
  • 1 Banana Shallot, Peeled chopped in half length ways and thinly sliced
  • 200 g Cauliflower, Cut into small 1cm florets
  • 75 g Soba Noodle, Substitute for noodles of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Fish Sauce, This is the principle salt seasoning in the dish so add more to taste if you wish
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Instructions

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients for the marinade and add in the beef and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Cook your noodles as per the instructions on the packet and the refresh in cold water to prevent further cooking.
  3. Meanwhile heat a dry wok over a high heat and toast off the sesame seeds, keep moving them around this should only take 30-60 seconds, when toasted set aside.
  4. Add the oil to the wok and when almost smoking hot add in the banana shallot and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Add in the beef with the marinade and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Then throw in the drained noodles, cauliflower, mirin, dark soy and fish sauce, and cook for 2-3 minutes adding water if the dish gets too dry. You should end up with a thick and rich spicy sauce that coats all of the stir fry.
  7. Remove from the heat, stir through the sesame oil and serve with a coating of sesame seeds.

Notes

This dish comes together ridiculously quickly so ensure you have all of your ingredients prepared before starting.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 864 Total Fat: 49g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 31g Cholesterol: 127mg Sodium: 1479mg Carbohydrates: 59g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 16g Protein: 48g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Readers Comments

39 thoughts on “Spicy Szechuan Beef Stir Fry”

  1. I love cooking Asian style stir fry recipes with any meat, the marinade looks delicious and the meat must be so tender! Love all the flavors in this recipe and can’t wait to try it!

  2. This spicy Szechuan beef looks and sounds incredible I love the cauliflower addition , I can just close my eyes and taste this dish but I actually better keep them wide open and get it materialised on my dinner table. Will definitely save this recipe and make it real soon ??

  3. Just by looking at the pictures is mouthwatering. can’t wait to try this. My family loves beef dishes. Thanks for this recipe.

  4. I’ve been on an Asian kick lately. I made beef chow fun the other week, but this looks like something I need to try ASAP. What the hell is a banana shallot?!?!

    • Super enjoy… A banana shallot is an ingredient I need to find the US name for and use in future, it is also known as a Zebrune Shallot? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      But it is a half way house between a regular shallot and an onion, looks like a long thin onion typically about the same length (top to tail) as a regular onion but only 2.5-3.5 cm in diameter.

    • Haha, I guess it is another ingredient I need to find the US name for ๐Ÿ˜€ It is a half way house between a regular shallot and an onion, looks like a long thin onion typically about the same length (top to tail) as a regular onion but only 2.5-3.5 cm in diameter.

  5. Another wonderful dish, Brian. It sucks that you can’t get good beef in Hungary, but on the bright side, if I ever visit with John.e, then you’ll not have to worry about impressing us with your… beef. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This stir-fry looks incredible. We don’t eat a lot of beef (maybe once or twice a month), but I love stir fry and haven’t had one in a while. You’ve inspired dinner! By the way, your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Thank you so much Lisa… I hope your dinner was good, always happy to inspire someone to throw together some scran ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Love the incorporation of cauliflower in this dish, it can take on so many flavors, and I’m sure its a great addition to this stir fry! It looks amazing!

  8. I always forget about stir fry for quick weeknight meals, and this one looks delish! I might have to tame up the spice a bit for my family, but this is definitely going on my to-make list … especially during the week! And I’m with you…I always find myself craving more green veggies in the winter … If I can find some fresh broccoli, I would love to add just a bit with the cauliflower too ๐Ÿ™‚ But you have to help me … what is a banana shallot? ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m wondering if it is similar to a green onion here across the pond ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Paige, this one is not too fierce but it is easy enough to knock the chili right back, heat and spice is such a personal thing, totally with you on the greens thing, we have a few sprouts left in the garden but they are the only fresh green we have everything else is now frozen ๐Ÿ™

      Banana shallots are a cross between a shallot and an onion, not quite as harsh as an onion and not as sweet as a shallot, visually they look like a long thin onion usually about 5-7cm long but only 3cm or so wide.

  9. I’ve been venturing into stir fries more lately, and this sounds lovely. I actually have some steak in the freezer – grabbed some at a better than usual price, and in fact, sliced it thin – so this looks likely!

  10. I’m totally obsessed with stir fry right now, and this recipe looks awesome. I’ve been focusing on vegetable and chicken-based varieties, so I can’t wait to shake it up with some beef. What a shame that it’s hard to find in your neck of the woods!

    • It is rare for me to use beef in a stir fry due to it being difficult to find a quick cooking cut, it is a shame that we miss these prime cuts but more than compensated for by being able to get wild boar, duck, pheasant & goose at affordable prices… I don’t post many recipes with them in as I know they are difficult or expensive to buy in other places ๐Ÿ™‚

      • LOL – I can *find* all of them in New York (and have eaten all but pheasant, I think) but paying for them is a whole other discussion! Glad you get to enjoy them, but recipes would have limited usefulness.

        • From what I remember of New York (it has been nigh on 20 years since my last visit) you can pretty much get anything you want if you know where to look ๐Ÿ˜‰ I will be keeping most of my game and offal recipes to myself, unless of coarse they suddenly become incredibly popular ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. This looks quite delicious! I’m sorry to hear it’s hard for you to find prime cuts of meat . I hate to think that they’re coming to the U.S. (where I live) or something. That’s so dumb! Although, I have to agree with you in that more frugal cuts of meat are more flavorful. I’d take a perfectly cooked strip steak over filet mignon any day. And patiently cooked stewing meat is so good!

    • Most of the prime cuts are traded within the EU, there is a massive disparity in wealth between EU nations and freedom of trade means that it is simple to sell something for triple the price by just taking it across the border into Austria or Germany. There are a few stores in relatively wealthy Budapest but out here in the poorer east seeing sirloin of filet is a massive rarity.

      • I’m sorry to hear this. If you ever venture a trip to the US, look my husband and I up and we’s be happy to have you over and will pull out the stops!

        • That is very kind, my long haul flight days are behind me, even a short haul within Europe now makes me think angry thoughts ๐Ÿ˜‰ I just can’t cope with the boredom!

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