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Kung Pao Beef Recipe

  • Servings: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

Say “so long” to delivery with this simple and flavor-packed Kung Pao Beef recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon, made using New Zealand grass-fed beef.

You can recreate this beloved takeout favorite in just 30 minutes.  


For the Beef:

  • 1 lb. New Zealand grass-fed flank steak, sliced 1/4-inch thick on a bias, against the grain (Tip: look for the Taste Pure Nature Logo)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Szechuan pepper

For the Sauce:

  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground Szechuan pepper

For the Stir Fry:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil, divided
  • 1/4 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 6 dried chiles, halved crosswise
  • 2/3 cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 green onions cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces


  • 1. Cut flank steak in half (with the grain), then thinly slice steak across the grain (on a bias) into 1/4-inch thick pieces. Transfer the flank steak pieces to a bowl and sprinkle with cornstarch, salt and Szechuan pepper. Toss and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Pour sauce ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together.
  • 3. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil and flank steak pieces.
  • 4. Sear flank steak pieces for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove flank steak pieces from skillet and transfer to a plate.
  • 5. Pour remaining oil into skillet and sauté onion and peppers for 3 minutes.
  • 6. Add garlic, ginger and dried chiles. Continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • 7. Pour sauce over vegetable mixture and summer for 1 minute, until sauce begins to thicken.
  • 8. Add flank steak pieces back into skillet and stir. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • 9. Stir peanuts and green onion into skillet until evenly distributed.
  • 10. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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