SZECHUAN BEEF
Szechuan Beef that is easy to make but better than any restaurant! This Szechuan Beef is so good, you ‘ll never want to order Chinese takeout again! This Chinese stir fry boasts buttery tender beef enveloped in dynamic spicy sauce made from layers of chiles, garlic, ginger and of course Szechuan peppercorns with just a touch of sweetness. This Szechuan Beef is easy to make with make ahead marinade and multi-dimensional sauce and then it’s just a quick stir fry to dinner!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 25minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 25minutes
Cook Time
10minutes
top view of crispy Szechuan beef in a work with peppers
Ingredients
Beef Marinade
  • 1 1/2pounds flank steak cut across the grain into 1/4 thin slicesthen cut into 3-5” length pieces
  • 2tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1tablespoon Japanese rice wine or dry sherrysee notes in post
  • 1teaspoon Asian chili saucelike Sambal Oelek
  • 1teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2teaspoon ginger powder
Szeshuan Sauce
  • 3tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2tablespoons water
  • 2tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1tablespoon Japanese rice wine or dry sherrysee notes in post
  • 1-2tablespoons Asian chili saucelike Sambal Oelek
  • 1teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1teaspoon ground Szechuan peppercorn(Szechuan powder)
  • 1/2teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
  • salt to taste(I use 1/2 tsp)
Stir Fry
  • 1 red bell peppersliced ¼” thick
  • 1 onionthinly sliced
  • 1tablespoon minced ginger
  • 6 medium garlic clovesminced
  • vegetable oil or peanut oil
Instructions
  1. Marinade: Pour marinade ingredients directly into freezer bag and mix well. Add beef and massage in marinade. Marinate at room temperature for 30-60 minutes or refrigerate for 2-8 hours.
  2. Sauce: Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. You can make at the same time as the marinade, cover and refrigerate OR when ready to cook the beef.
  3. Cook: Heat 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil a large nonstick skillet over HIGH heat until very hot and sizzling. Add half of the beef to the skillet in a single layer and sear 1 minute, flip over and cook 1 more minute (it will cook more in the sauce). Don’t overcook or it won’t be as tender! Transfer beef to a large plate and cover. Repeat.
  4. To the now empty skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil and heat over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté two minutes; add bell peppers, garlic and ginger and sauté one additional minute.
  5. Return the beef to the skillet and toss to combine. Whisk the sauce to recombine then add to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and beef is cooked through, about 1-2 minutes. Taste and add additional chili sauce if desired.
  6. Serve with rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.