Crispy Chilli Beef (with Sweet Chilli) - Chinese Shredded Beef (2024)

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Crispy Chilli Beef is a fried shredded beef steak tossed in sweet, spicy and savoury homemade sweet sauce. This recipe is a popular Chinese takeaway style shredded beef strips with a delicious sweet chilli kick. You will be amazed by how quick and easy to make at home with simple ingredients!

I love making restaurant style recipes at home and share it with friends. Here is more of our family's favourite stir fry beef and steak recipes you might want to try :
- Salt and Pepper Beef ( Chinese takeaway style salt and pepper seasonings )
- Shredded Beef ( Classic Chinese recipe )
- Pepper Steak Stir Fry ( Stir fry steak slices with black pepper sauce )

Sometimes it can be very disappointing when the takeout dishes are heavily battered and too sugary. I tried and tested this recipe at home and and succeeded this recipe and taste better than my favourite restaurant! My friends and family really enjoyed this recipe and I highly recommend to try at your home. I can guaranteed that your guest will definitely impressed by your Chinese cooking skills. If you know the right amount of ingredients and follow the simple instructions, you can achieve the restaurant quality cuisine, way better than your local takeout.

3 Simple Tips

  1. Coating (The Batter) : To make the Chinese crispy beef batter you will need only 2 ingredients corn starch/flour and one egg. That's it! Here is my answers for frequently asked questions.
    Why corn starch/flour? Corn starch/flour is the key ingredients to keep the coated skin airy crisp texture. So I highly recommend to use corn or potato starch/flour as a coating.
    Can I use plain flour? Plain flour or regular all purpose flour is not recommended, as the gluten from the flour can soften the coating. You will not achieve the crisp texture.
  2. The Marinade : Use nice tender steak cut for this recipe, like sirloin, tenderloin, rib-eye, rump steak, etc. Season the steak slices with soy sauce, ginger garlic paste, sesame oil, sugar and white pepper.
    If you wish to use cheaper cut, tenderise it by adding half teaspoon of baking soda and half teaspoon of corn starch in the marinade. It's a Chinese method of tenderising meat and also known as meat velveting.
    The most important part is how to cut the steak ? Check the direction of the meat grain direction first, then slice it against the grain into thin slices.
  3. Crispy Chilli Beef Sauce : To achieve the well balance sweet chilli sauce, you will need soy sauce, sugar, vinegar and ketchup as a base sauce. Add sweet chilli sauce for a kick of chilli flavour and extra vibrant taste. As many of you have asked, which brand to use, I usually use Blue Dragon or Mae Ploy sweet chilli sauce for this recipe. As these sauces are available in all most all supermarkets and online.

This Dish is Very Versatile

You can toss the fried beef strips with sweet chilli sauce and serve it on its own. Or you can pair it vegetables like broccoli/carrot and make it into crispy chilli beef with broccoli/carrot. Or make ultimate crispy beef salad by tossing with any of your favourite crunchy vegetables.

How to make Crispy Chilli Beef Recipe

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First of all, cut the steak into thin strips against the grain.

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Mix all the ingredients from the marinate list and rest it for at least 15mins. You can leave it longer if you have more time.

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Combine all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.

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Add one egg into marinated beef slices and mix it well.

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Coat the beef strips with corn flour in a tray. If the flour is not enough, add more flour if needed.

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All strips should separated and coated well.

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Fry with pre heated oil about 350° F for 1-2 mins until crispy golden brown. Remove from oil and transfer to paper towel or cooling rack.

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Toss the vegetables with medium high heat for a few seconds.

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Place the fried beef strips and sauce mixture in. Follow with fresh chilli and spring onions, toss all ingredients with high heat for one to two minutes.

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Transfer to serving plate. Serve immediately!

How to Serve This Dish

Serve it as a starter/savoury snack with Chinese tea or your favourite cold drink. I love to have it with simple steamed rice, fried rice or stir fry noodles and make it a main meal.

More of My Delicious Chinese Stir Fry Recipes

  • Beef and Broccoli ( With delicious homemade stir fry sauce )
  • Beef and Noodles Stir Fry ( The best steak noodles recipe! )
  • Orange Chicken ( Better than take out orange chicken )
  • Salt and Chilli Chicken ( Fried chicken with salt and chilli seasonings )

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Crispy Chilli Beef (with Sweet Chilli) - Chinese Shredded Beef (11)

Crispy Chilli Beef with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Fried beef steak and fresh vegetables tossed in sweet chilli sauce. Better than takeout crispy chilli sweet beef recipe can be prepared in no time.

4.55 from 214 votes

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Course: Appetizer, Main Course

Cuisine: Chinese Cuisine

Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 798kcal

Author: Khin



  • 200 g Rump/Sirloin steak ( or any tender steak cut )
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Corn/Potato Starch (Flour)
  • ½ Sweet Onion
  • ½ Bell Pepper
  • 2-3 Spring Onions
  • 2-3 Birdeye/hot chillies

Marinate for Beef Steak

  • 1 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Sesame oil
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp White Pepper

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 3 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Vinegar ( white or rice )
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt


  • Cut beef into thin strips. Marinate the beef strips with the all ingredients in the marinate list. Mix well and marinate for 15 mins.

  • In a small bowl mix all the ingredients from the stir fry sauce list and set aside.

  • Break one egg into the the marinated beef strips. Mix well.

  • Coat the beef strips with corn/potato flour. Make sure all the beef strips are seperated. Toss the excess flour out before frying.

  • Heat the oil into hight heat about 350 F. Add the coated beef and deep fry for 1-2 mins till crispy.

  • Remove from oil and transfer to paper towel or cooling rack.

  • Heat the wok/pan to medium high heat. Drizzle a tablespoon of oil, add the cut onions and stir for few seconds. Then add the pepper slices, stir well.

  • Add the fried beef strips. Pour the sauce mix, add the spring onions and fresh chillies. Stir well to combine all ingredients with high heat for 1- 2 mins.

  • Transfer to serving plate. Serve immediately!

  • Match with hot steamed/cooked rice or stir fry noodle. Perfect as a savory snack too!


The provided nutrition facts are approximate and can be vary based on several factors.


Serving: 484g | Calories: 798kcal | Carbohydrates: 105.68g | Protein: 37.56g | Fat: 26.75g | Saturated Fat: 7.466g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.987g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.887g | Trans Fat: 0.009g | Cholesterol: 381mg | Sodium: 1343mg | Potassium: 1202mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 29.47g | Vitamin A: 1444IU | Vitamin C: 201.6mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 7mg

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  1. Lori says

    Crispy Chilli Beef (with Sweet Chilli) - Chinese Shredded Beef (12)
    Oh my goodness! I made this tonight, and I had to jump on here to tell you that it was delicious. My family LOVED it, and I'm adding it to my meal rotation. Thank you for sharing it.


  2. Alecia Schneider says

    Crispy Chilli Beef (with Sweet Chilli) - Chinese Shredded Beef (13)
    We thought it was very tasty and will make it again.


    • Khin says

      Glad you enjoyed it, Alecia.


  3. Nathan says

    Crispy Chilli Beef (with Sweet Chilli) - Chinese Shredded Beef (14)
    This is epic much nicer than my local takeaway and even prefer the sauce. Really simple to knock up in next to no time. great recipe thanks. I had it paired with your plain chow mein recipe and it was delicious 😋


    • Khin says

      So happy that you enjoyed it, Nathan. Thanks for sharing your feedback.


  4. Lisa says

    Is there any way of making this with pre-cooked beef? Thank you in advance x


    • Khin says

      Hi, Lisa, do not recommend pre-cooked beef for this recipe. It will become tough when you deep fry it.


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Crispy Chilli Beef (with Sweet Chilli) - Chinese Shredded Beef (2024)


What is crispy chilli beef also called? ›

Crispy chilli beef, sometimes called crispy shredded beef, is made by deep frying strips of beef until crisp and coating them in a rich, tangy sauce.

How many calories are in crispy chilli beef from Chinese style? ›

Crispy Chilli Beef
Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 1 serving
How many calories are in Crispy Chilli Beef? Amount of calories in Crispy Chilli Beef: Calories 452.1Calories from Fat 119.5 (26.4%)
% Daily Value *
How much fat is in Crispy Chilli Beef? Amount of fat in Crispy Chilli Beef: Total Fat 13.3g-
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Can you use plain flour instead of cornflour for crispy beef? ›

If you're using the flour to coat the beef, it may not create as crispy of a coating or thicken the sauce as effectively as cornstarch would. You may end up with a slightly different texture and mouthfeel. Flavor: Flour has a slightly different flavor compared to cornstarch.

How much protein is in crispy shredded beef? ›

Energy: 334 calories

Is chili crisp the same as sweet chili sauce? ›

Chili crisp is an infused oil condiment that usually contains crunchy, flavorful bits of peppers, onions or scallions, garlic and other aromatics. “Chili crisp,” “chili oil and “chili sauce” can often be used interchangeably, but generally what differentiates chili crisp is the ratio of crispy bits to oil.

What is crispy shredded beef made of? ›

Crispy shredded beef
  1. 2 eggs, beaten.
  2. 1/2 tsp. salt.
  3. 150g beef (frying steak), thinly sliced strips (0.5-1 cm wide)
  4. Some vegetable oil, for deep frying.
  5. 1 carrot - finely shredded.
  6. 1 spring onion, shredded.
  7. 1/2 garlic clove, chopped.
  8. 1 red chilli, shredded.

What is Chinese crispy chilli? ›

Chili crisp, chile crisp or chili crunch (Chinese: 香辣脆; pinyin: Xiāng là cuì) is a type of hot sauce, originating from Chinese cuisine, made with fried chili pepper and other aromatics infused in oil, sometimes with other ingredients.

Can you reheat crispy shredded beef? ›

If you've stored the beef and sauce separately you can reheat the beef for around 10 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 190-200°C.

Does chili crisp have sugar? ›


Which is more crispy flour or cornstarch? ›

Cornstarch typically makes for a crispier finish than flour. Cornstarch absorbs moisture from the food and expands, giving deep-fried foods a crispy coating. When the food is fried, the moisture cooks out of the cornstarch, leaving a crackly, puffy coating on the outside.

What happens when you add cornstarch to beef? ›

Cornstarch is the foundation of Chinese cooking and this magical pantry ingredient is commonly used to thicken soups, stews and sauces. It's also the primary ingredient in making a slurry to coat the meat. Chen says cornstarch helps the meat retain moisture while it cooks, thus yielding a silkier texture.

Does cornstarch make meat crispy? ›

Ingredient Tips

My not-so-secret tip to the best fried chicken is a combination of FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, and BAKING POWDER. When mixed with the flour, the cornstarch makes the flour coating crispier and gives it that golden brown color!

Is shredded beef good for you? ›

Shredded beef is a rich source of several B vitamins, including B12, niacin, riboflavin, B6 and folic acid.

What is better for shredded beef? ›

Chuck roast is arguably the best cut to use for pulled beef. Similar to the front shoulder of pork (or the pork “butt”) chuck roasts, being from the front shoulder of the steer, are chock full of fat, collagen, and marbling. This is the stuff we need to make delicious juicy pulled beef.

What has more protein shredded beef or chicken? ›

You might have wondered how much protein is in chicken. A skinless cooked chicken breast contains around 43g of protein per 100g of chicken, while the protein content of lean cooked beef is about 26g of protein per 100g of beef making chicken higher in protein compared to beef.

What is crispy beef fat called? ›

The high smoke point makes beef tallow an ideal choice for frying, roasting, and sautéing, allowing you to achieve that perfect crispy and golden texture in your dishes. But the advantages of beef tallow in cooking go beyond its high smoke point.

What is chopped beef called? ›

Ground beef, minced beef or beef mince is beef that has been finely chopped with a knife, meat grinder (American English), mincer or mincing machine (British English). It is used in many recipes including hamburgers, bolognese sauce, meatloaf, meatballs, and kofta.

What is red chili crisp? ›

Chili crisp is a spicy, crunchy, and aromatic condiment with Chinese roots traditionally made with chiles, Sichuan peppercorns, spices, and other aromatics, such as garlic and scallions.

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