Beef in Hot Garlic Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

Beef and spinach stir-fry. Yum!

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.


Most Helpful

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!

MarthaStewartWanabe September 16, 2008

We enjoyed this last night with a few minor changes - upped for 4 but used just over a pound (800g) of meat and 200g of baby spinach (would tend to use silverbeet next time) and 3 small chillies deseeded and sliced and 8 large plus 4 small cloves of garlic. It was definately a HOT GARLIC dish and I was surprised at how much sauce there was as there is so little added liquid. Thank you Sheynath for a great recipe. Made for Swap #18 July 2008.

I'mPat July 02, 2008

We enjoyed this combination of beef strips and spinach. For us the perfect lunch or supper recipe that will see to repeats when the garden spinach hits its peak ... yes we love spinach! Followed directions - quick, easy and the aroma fantastic. Made for an empty serving platter. One could make extra sauce - it did go so well with rice! Thank you Sheynath looking forward to making this again.

Gerry May 17, 2008

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