Spicy Beef Stir-Fry


  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 43 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 8 min


1 tablespoon cornstarch

3 tablespoons Chinese Shaoxing rice wine, dry sherry or white vermouth

1 pound beef sirloin, thinly sliced against the grain into strips

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

3 to 4 tablespoons peanut oil

1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, smashed

5 to 7 dried red chiles, halved

1 small onion, thinly sliced

8 heads baby bok choy, halved

Pinch of sugar

Cooked rice, for serving


  1. Whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons rice wine in a medium bowl; add the beef, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix the remaining 1 tablespoon rice wine, the oyster sauce and sesame oil in a large bowl; set the bowl near the stove.
  3. Heat a wok or large nonstick skillet over high heat until very hot, about 1 minute. Add 3 tablespoons peanut oil, then the ginger, garlic and chiles; stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the beef and cook, stirring or shaking the skillet occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the beef with a slotted spoon to the sauce mixture and toss.
  4. If the pan is dry, add 1 tablespoon peanut oil, then add the onion and stir-fry until just soft, about 2 minutes. Add the bok choy and sugar; stir-fry until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Return the beef and any juices to the pan and stir to combine. Serve over the rice.


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