I’m a huge fan of crispy beef. I tried it once and immediately knew I had to learn to make it. I’ve tried many recipes and finally found one that I loved. Want to know the best part? The beef isn’t deep fried! Woo hoo! I know you’re probably wondering how is it any good if it’s not deep fried? I know, typically it is and I’ve made it many times frying the beef but I wanted to try a healthier version and trust me, it tastes the exact same!
The trick? I coat the beef strips with corn starch and allow it to sink into the beef. Then I pan fry the beef in batches. The key is to not overcrowd the skillet so that each slice of beef crisps up nicely. The homemade sauce is what really takes this meal to the next level. Adjust the hot sauce to your liking and dinner is ready in no time!
1kg sliced beef strips (sirloin)
4 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 minced garlic
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce or siracha
1 tbsp sesame seeds for garnish
Coat beef slices with cornstarch, set aside for 10 minutes
Heat oil in a skillet and cook beef in batches ensuring not to overcrowd the skillet.
Do not move beef until it’s ready to be flipped. This will ensure a crispy coating. Then remove once the other side is cooked through then set aside on a plate.
Continue cooking in batches until all the beef is cooked.
Whisk sauce ingredients in a bowl then pour into the same skillet and bring to a simmer.
Add beef back into the skillet and stir to coat.
Sprinkle sesame seeds and serve immediately with white rice or noodles.