Stir-Fried Beef in Spicy Hunan Sauce

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins

The sauce can't be beat for flavor, and like any stir-fry, the recipe works best if you have all of the ingredients/mixtures ready before you begin to cook. I like to serve this beef dish with rice and fresh,lightly steamed or stir-fried green beans or broccoli.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and stir in the sliced beef; let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Mix Hunan Sauce ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. After 20 minutes, drain the beef well, saving the marinade, and mix marinade into the Hunan Sauce bowl.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil in a skillet at medium-high heat.
  5. Stir fry the beef until it is cooked but still a bit rare.
  6. Remove beef onto a plate.
  7. Add remaining 2 tablespoons peanut oil to the skillet and stir-fry the Hunan Sauce mixture until fragrant.
  8. Stir in the beef, heat through and serve.
Most Helpful

I had this dish in a food court in Shenzhen with my wife (fiancee). A former colleague of my wife invited us there and we have no idea how to find the restaurant back. And although my wife actually is from Hunan she didn't know how to prepare this (beef is a rich men's dish in rural China). I've been trying to mimick it ever since I first ate it and came close but I really didn't find a good recipe. This is the best I've found - the dish I had had more red chili's in it but wasn't overly spicy. I actually made it using this recipe for a group of 8 Chinese ladies (including my wife) and I got complimented at my restaurant level cooking which is a big compliment for a amateur white guy cook :-)

elaran June 05, 2015

I am not going to rate this, because I made it a little differently, as suggested by another reviewer. I doubled the hunan sauce (not the marinade, though), since I was adding veggies. We did not like it like that at all, way too spicy for us all and not a very good flavor, either. So be careful before adding the whole amount of chili paste. Maybe I'm thinking of another Hunan beef, because I was expecting something different.

Goodeatin February 22, 2012

This was ok for us, thanks for posting the recipe. I would add garlic, red pepper flakes and thicken with cornstarch if we used this recipe again. Just needed a bit more flavor for us.

PrincessPage October 13, 2011