Sichuan Beef with Hot Sauce Recipe

Staff Writer
Sichuan Beef with Hot Sauce Recipe

Photo Modified: Flickr/Prince Roy

The most important thing to remember in preparing this classic Sichuanese recipe is that the beef should be stir-fried until it is dry and crispy, but not burned. Use the shredding blade of a food processor to cut the celery and carrot. Serve over steamed rice.

Adapted from "1,001 Best Hot And Spicy Recipes" by Dave DeWitt.

Deliver Ingredients


For the marinade:

  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth or white wine
  • 8 ounces flank steak, cut with the grain into 2-inch julienne

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dry vermouth or white wine
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons hot bean sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sweet bean sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chile paste

For the stir-fry:

  • ¼ cup peanut oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 green onion, white part only, minced
  • 1 large celery rib, shredded
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 green New Mexico or poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, stems and seeds removed, julienned
  • Asian chile paste, to taste


For the marinade:

In a bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade and stir well. Add the beef and toss to coat. Let sit, covered for 30 minutes.

For the sauce:

In a bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well.

For the stir-fry:

Heat a wok over high heat and add 3 tablespoons of the peanut oil. Just when it begins to smoke, add the beef and stir-fry until the beef is browned to the point of being crispy. Remove the beef with a slotted spoon and set it on paper towels to drain.

Heat the remaining peanut oil. Add the giner, garlic, and green onion and stir it for 15 seconds. Add the celery, carrot, and chile. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, then add the beef. Stir briefly to mix the beef with the vegetables, add the sauce, and stir-fry for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Adjust the heat with more Asian chile paste.

Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.