Quick and delicious Beef Stir-Fry

Beef stir fry meal for two

“This quick and delicious beef stir-fry is a staple dish for us at dinnertime at home,” says chef Elizabeth Haigh. “You can omit the chilli and dried chilli flakes if you’re cooking for little ones, which is what I do for my son, Riley. As with all stir-fries, have your ingredients measured and prepped ahead, because the cooking time is very short.”

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Serves: 4


  • 250g boneless beef rump, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 11/2 teaspoons finely chopped root ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 red capsicum, cut into bite-sized pieces similar to the beef
  • 1 fresh, medium-hot, red Dutch chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2-4 teaspoons dried chilli flakes, or to taste
  • 2 spring onions (green part), finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

For the marinade:

  • 1 teaspoon rice wine (Shaoxing or sake)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 11/2 teaspoons potato flour
  • 11/2 teaspoons water


Stir the marinade ingredients together in a bowl. Add the beef and mix in well with the marinade.

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Add three tablespoons of the oil to a wok set over a high heat and swirl the oil around to coat the wok. When it is starting to smoke, add the beef and stir-fry briskly, separating the pieces using a Chinese spatula. When the pieces are separated and still a little pink, remove them from the wok and set aside.

Add the remaining oil to the wok, then add the ginger and garlic. Allow them to sizzle for a few seconds to release their fragrance. Tip in the red capsicum and fresh chilli, if using, and stir-fry until hot.

Return the beef to the wok and give everything a good stir, then add the chilli flakes. When all is hot and fragrant, add the spring onions and remove from the heat. Stir in the sesame oil, check the seasoning and serve.

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Variation: stir-fried venison: Venison is a very healthy alternative to beef, as it is rich in iron, potassium and zinc and is very lean. Just replace the beef in the recipe above with 250g venison fillet, cut into strips, and add a splash of stock at the end to prevent the stir-fry from being too dry.

Makan: Recipes From The Heart Of Singapore by Elizabeth Haigh is published by Bloomsbury Absolute, available now.

What are your favourite ingredients to add to a stir-fry? Share any stir-fry cooking tips you’ve learned in the comments section below.

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