Chinese Szechuan Beef
Over the years, countless American readers request a Szechuan beef recipe.
Therefore, I developed this recipe specifically for everyone waiting for this popular American-Chinese recipe.
To clarify, I say this because I have never had American-style Szechuan beef until very recently.
What is Sichuan Beef?
Szechuan beef, much like beef and broccoli, is not actually from China.
For example, there is a poached beef from Sichuan that is in a fiery chili-oil sauce, called 水煮牛肉, or literally “Water Cooked Beef” that looks like this picture.
On the other hand, the Chinese beef dishes found in the US are mostly just stir-fried beef in a mildly spicy sauce with some vegetables.
Every Chinese restaurant or Chinese buffet here has their own rendition of Sichuan beef.
Consequently, this Szechuan beef is my take on PF Chang’s version.
What Does Szechuan Beef Taste Like?
The beef is thinly sliced and marinated with cornstarch to achieve a velvety and tender texture, which is highly prized in Chinese cuisine.
The sauce is a tad spicy, savory, and slightly sweet.
Szechuan Beef is not to be confused with Hunan or Mongolian Beef. Hunan Beef is generally spicier in flavor than Szechuan cuisine, while Mongolian Beef is more mild in taste.
The end result of this beef pairs great with steamed rice and I hope you will enjoy my concoction.
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What Dishes to Serve with this Recipe?
For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is only 486 calories per serving.
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- 2 tablespoons oil
- 8 oz (226g) beef, cut into thin strips
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 small green bell pepper, cut into long strips
- 1/4 small red bell pepper, cut into long trips
- 1-2 baby carrots, cut into matchstick strips
- 1/2 teaspoon chili oil, bottled chili oil, optional
- 2 stalks scallions, cut into 2-inch strips
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon shaoxing wine, chinese rice wine
- 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
- Marinate the beef with all the ingredients in the Marinade, for 15 minutes.
- Combine all the ingredients in the Sauce, stir and mix well, set aside.
- Heat up a wok and add 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is fully heated, add the beef and do a few quick stirs, until the surface turns opaque and slightly charred. Transfer out and set aside.
- Clean the wok and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is fully heated, add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic. Add all the peppers and carrots and stir a few times before adding the beef back into the wok. Add the Sauce and stir to combine well. Stir in the scallion and chili oil, dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.
I used Rooster brand (Huy Foong) chili garlic sauce, which is commonly available in the US. Other brand of coarse chili garlic sauce will work just fine. Shaoxing wine or Chinese rice wine is optional, however it makes the dish better with a faint aroma. Szechuan is the old English spelling for Sichuan, a province in China.
Serving Size2 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 486Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 81mgSodium 835mgCarbohydrates 11gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 21g