Chinese Style Sticky Chili Beef

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Sticky Chili Beef is my idea of an indulgent treat, sure it is not the most 'health conscious' meal but boy does it taste fantastic!

Sticky chili beef is a dish that just makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, if you have a lower tolerance to a bit of spicy heat feel free to knock back the levels on this dish as it is definitely one that my wife puts on a coating of chapstick before eating. I have waxed lyrical about my love of ‘fakeaways‘ it is odd as we would probably only order a takeaway once a month in the UK, but suddenly discovering that you can not have something make you want it even more and that is definitely where my sticky chili beef recips comes from. It is sweet, spicy, salty and the crispy Szechuan crumb on the beef makes this a dish I love to eat. Given that I have eaten out a lot this month due to a visit from my Mother in Law it is kind of odd that I am hankering after a particular type of food at the moment, both this and my previous Chicken Drummer dish seem to really epitomise exactly what I want to eat at the moment.

If you read my site regularly you will know I am not a health ‘Nazi’, food is about more than just nourishment, it is about smiles and laughs and making your belly feel loved. Now I certainly don’t advocate eating fried food all of the time, but a little bit of indulgent food does the soul some good and so long as you have a balanced diet in really does not do the waistline any harm at all. I quite often read websites that are far too busy waxing lyrical about how great this food or that food is for you or even worst writers that go to great effort to tell you what is NOT in their dish and seem to forget to mention that the food tastes good… Or maybe it doesn’t who knows ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yes this dishย has a fair bit of sugar in it and it is deep fried and it tastes wonderful for it… Given that I don’t really eat dessert it is kinda odd that I have a fondness for savory dishes that have a definite sweet edge, I guess it is just my way of getting sugar, that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it. Essentially I need sticky chili beef in my life in order to maintain a well balanced diet ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sticky Chili Beef is my idea of an indulgent treat, sure it is not the most 'health conscious' meal but boy does it taste fantastic!



Sticky Chili Beef

Sticky Chili Beef is my idea of an indulgent treat, sure it is not the most 'health conscious' meal but boy does it taste fantastic!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones


  • 350 g Beef. Finely sliced sirloin or fillet is best as this is a really quick cooked dish.
  • 3 Tbsp Szechuan Pepper Corns.
  • 2 Oranges. Zest only.
  • 3 Tbsp Cornflour.
  • 1/2 Tsp Coarse Sea Salt.
  • 2 Tbsp Flavourless Cooking oil.
  • 120 ml Rice Wine.
  • 120 g Brown Sugar.
  • 2 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce.
  • 2 Tbsp Dark Soy sauce.
  • 2 Tsp Chili Flakes.
  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce.
  • 35 g Ginger. Grated
  • 75 g Carrot. Julienned.
  • 1 Spring Onion. Sliced.
  • Oil for Deep Frying.


  1. Toast the Szechuan peppercorns in a dry frying pan over a high heat for a couple of minutes, taking care not to burn and grind in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar.
  2. Mix this Szechuan pepper with the cornflour, orange zest and salt.
  3. Coat the beef with the 2 Tbsp cooking oil and then add the beef to the cornflour mix and coat.
  4. Heat a small pan over a high heat and when fiercely hot add the rice wine.
  5. Then immediately add the brown sugar, soy sauces, chili flakes, sweet chili sauce and ginger to a saucepan and bring to a boil, cook on at a furious boil for a further 3-4 minutes until it begins to thicken then set aside.
  6. Heat the oil for frying the beef to 170ยฐC and fry in small batches for 2-3 minutes maximum and set aside on some kitchen towel to drain.
  7. When all of the beef is fried, then fry off the carrot strips and again set aside on kitchen towel.
  8. Now return the sauce to the heat and add in the beef and ensure it is all coated.
  9. Now build your dish, I like to add the fried carrots to the top of a pile of the beef and then sprinkle some spring onions.

Recipe Notes

I like to serve this with plain boiled rice.

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Sticky Chili Beef is my idea of an indulgent treat, sure it is not the most 'health conscious' meal but boy does it taste fantastic!
Sticky Chili Beef is my idea of an indulgent treat, sure it is not the most 'health conscious' meal but boy does it taste fantastic!


  1. Elizabeth May 27, 2016 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Oh… my….. goodness…! This looks AMAZING! I have to make this at home, my husband will love it!

  2. Sara | Belly Rumbles May 27, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Sticky chili beef makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside too. With winter here in Aus, this would be perfect.

    • Brian Jones June 5, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

      I could eat this dish all year round, in fact I love eating spicy food in summer for some strange reason it cools me down.

  3. Swayam May 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    That looks so good Brian!! Love sticky anything .. Love the carrots on top of the beef.

    • Brian Jones June 5, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

      Cheers Swayam, it really is a special dish, the carrots are a nod to eating vegetables in this dish, even if they are deep fried ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Jeff @ Make It Like a Man! May 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    You make such interesting dishes. Nice work.

  5. Kate Hackworthy May 30, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Wow – so many amazing flavours in one dish! Lovely.

  6. Um….this just looks A-MAZING Brian! Total comfort food and TOTALLY worth the indulgence! And I wholeheartedly agree with you – I don’t eat fried food a ton, but sometimes a fried version is just plain delicious. This dish is definitely on my to-make soon list. And your photos are stunning!

    • Brian Jones June 5, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Thanks Paige, this is our ‘indulgent’ quick dinner, beef is incredibly expensive here so I use it rarely but when I do then you might as well go the whole ‘hog’ ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Angela June 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Loved loved loved this, very decadent but delicious!! Have sent the recipe to my best friends!

    • Brian Jones June 5, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Thanks Angela, so glad you enjoyed it… Nothing makes me happier than people cooking my food and enjoying it ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Byron Thomas June 8, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Oh my Lord, Brian! That beef is calling my name! This dish looks absolutely scrumptious! I allow myself to eat out for lunch during work once each week – usually on Fridays, the ladies and I will head off to the food court at the mall close to the office. I always get the same thing and it looks very similar to this. I’m making the real thing now. Thanks!

    • Brian Jones June 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      Only once per week, I insisted on taking lunch every day to make up for the endless hours of unpaid overtime I did… Unfortunately now lunch tends to be what ever I pick out of the garden whilst working. Glad you like the idea of the dish it is a real corker of a recipe, I like it with beef but you could do it with pork, chicken or even play around with it on some Tofu.

  9. Mike Hind November 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    I found this recipe on Yummly, so this is just to share what I wrote there.

    One of the culinary highlights since I got Yummly. There’s quite a lot of prep and multi-tasking involved but the results are outstanding. I think next time I’ll serve it with a generous amount of pak choi to balance out the guilt of such a sugary base for that amazing sauce. Because there definitely will be a next time.

    • Brian Jones November 21, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Mike… I’m so glad you like the recipe, it is an indulgence but one that we really love, the pak choi is a great idea!

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