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This is my Sister in laws Szechuan Beef recipe and makes a fabulous Chinese fakeaway, that is simple to prepare and a real family pleaser.
Serve with white rice or brown rice and if you like, you can complement it with a side of veg such as broccoli or crisp cool salad to make it a balanced meal for all the family.
As this is a stir fry, it really is a fast and easy family meal – in fact, my 14-year-old niece prepared and cooked this as part of her work experience.
Substitutions if you don’t have all the ingredients
The beauty of this recipe is that you can swap in whatever stir fry veggies you can find. If you can’t find red peppers, use bok choi, celery, bean sprout or mushrooms.
We used lean stir fry steak for this recipe — I am a fan of lean red meat as part of our balanced diet. Did you know that beef contains zinc, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 which can help the immune system work normally? That beef is a naturally rich source of vitamin B12, which is the vitamin that helps energy production in the body? Vitamin B12 helps the nervous system work normally, helps normal red blood cell formation and helps reduce tiredness and fatigue?
Beef is naturally rich in protein, low in salt and provides eight vitamins and minerals that contribute towards good health and wellbeing. These are: iron, niacin (vitamin B3), vitamins B6 and B12, zinc, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.
In addition to my recipe (below), find more great simple balanced meals made with beef at https://www.scotchkitchen.com/, https://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/ and https://eatwelshlambandwelshbeef.com/en.
Szechuan Beef – A Chinese Fakeaway Recipe
Chinese dish which is known for its heat and packs a punch!
- 2 tbsp Soy sause
- 2 tbsp Rice vinegar
- 1 level tsp Corn Flour/Cornstarch
- 3/4 inch piece Fresh ginger
- 1 lb Lean beef steak cut into bite size pieces
- 2 Garlic cloves crushed
- 2 Red chiles Seeds removed & Finly Chopped
- 1/4 tsp szechuan peppercorns crushed
- 1/4 tsp chinese five spice powder
- 1 Red pepper sliced and seeds removed ● (if you can’t red peppers, use bok choi, celery, beansprout or mushrooms)
- 1 Yellow Pepper sliced and seeds removed
- 1 Spring Onion finely chopped, for garnish
Put the soy sauce, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, corn flour and ginger in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of water and mix together.
Finely chop red chiles and add to the marinate. Put asiide for later.
Slice peppers for later.
Cook Szechuan peppercorns and Five spice powder for 1 minute in oil. (tip, until you can smell the armoma)
Then add the beef and stir fry for 2-3 minutes until the beef looks brown.
Add the Marinade (made earlier) and stir for around 1 minute.
Add peppers from earlier and fry with beef for another 2 minutes.
Season with black pepper to taste, add spring onions and serve hot with plain cooked rice or anything of your choice.