Sichuan Pepper Beef

Beef with Sichuan Pepper


Type of Dish Main Course


  • 50 ml (3 Tbsp) marinade (recipe below)
  • 300 g (3/4 lb) beef sirloin(cut into strips)
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1 red chili (chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (large dice)
  • 15 ml (1 Tbsp) shaoxing wine
  • 60 g (2 oz) broccoli (cut into florets)
  • 60 g (2 oz) mangetout (blanched)
  • 60 g (2 oz) carrots (sliced 2mm thick)
  • 60 g (2 oz) baby corn (halved)
  • 300 ml (11fl oz) chicken stock
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) light soy sauce
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) potato starch (mixed with 2 tbsp cold water)
  • 1 spring onion (finely sliced)
  • To taste salt
  • To taste ground Sichuan pepper
  • To serve steamed jasmine rice


  1. Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl, add the beef, mix well, leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. For the stir fry, heat a wok over medium heat and add 180ml of peanut oil. oil should be heated to about 160C. Add the marinated beef and stir-fry for two minutes.
  3. Transfer cooked beef to a colander and leave to drain. Clean the wok and return to the flame.
  4. Heat wok over a high flame, add 15ml peanut oil, red chilli, garlic and onion, stir-fry for less than a minute add a spash of shaoxing wine and a little chicken stock to prevent the garlic from burning. Add remaining vegetables and stir-fry for another minute.
  5. Add remaining chicken stock (about 280ml) and stir well, add light soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, add potato starch and water mixture, stir to mix thoroughly.
  6. Add chopped spring onion, season to taste with the salt and a pinch of ground Sichuan pepper. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.

Further Information

Yield 4

Preparation Time is approxmiately 40 minutes.

Cooking Time is approxmiately 20 minutes.



  • 50 ml (2 Tbsp) Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 3 g (3/4 tsp) Sichuan pepper (coarsely ground)
  • 6 ml (1 tsp) dark Chinese soy sauce
  • 1 g 1/4 tsp) Chinese five spice powder
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 15 g (1 Tbsp) potato starch
  • 1 piece egg white


  1. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and reserve
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