Beef in Hot Garlic Sauce

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Sheynath

Beef and spinach stir-fry. Yum!

Top Review by MarthaStewartWanabe

This was an interesting, delicious flavor combination. I have never used spinich in a stirfry-type meal but found it to be a lovely compliment to the chili, soy sauce, sesame oil and beef flavors. The only variation I made was using one fresh, chopped chili instead of chili flakes. Very tasty! Thank you!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 lb beef sirloin, sliced in thin strips
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag Baby Spinach (or 2 bunches, cleaned and trimmed)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 12 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced finely
  • 1 tablespoon nam pla or 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 12 teaspoon crushed hot chili flakes (or to taste)
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (optional)


  1. Heat a skillet or wok over medium-high until quite hot. Pour in the oils, then add the garlic. Stir for a few seconds, until the garlic softens slightly and starts to become fragrant.
  2. Add the beef strips and stir until the meat loses the redness and is showing only a bit of pink in the center of the strips, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach, and toss to begin wilting the leaves.
  4. Add the nam pla, chiles and sugar. Stir to combine and cook down the spinach, about 2 minutes.
  5. If there is more thin sauce than you like, combine the cornstarch with a small amount of water and stir some in to the sauce, allow to boil and thicken. Sometimes I get more or less sauce, depends how much moisture is in the spinach and the meat.
  6. Remove from heat.

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