Chinese Restaurant Sizzling Beef

The only drama I want in my life is the dramatic sizzle and hiss of the sizzling beef at the Chinese restaurant, true story. But now I’m bringing the action into the home with my recipe version of the classic dish. Savoury, tender and screaming with goodness, you’re going to love this one.

15 minutes
10 minutes

2 x 200g (7 oz) sirloin steaks

2 tbsp vegetable oil

4cm (1.5”) piece ginger, peeled, julienned

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

3 spring onions (scallions), cut into batons

¼ cup Chinese Shaoxing wine



1 tbsp soy sauce

½ tsp bicarb (baking) soda

3 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)


Stir-fry sauce:

3 tbsp oyster sauce

2 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine

1 tsp dark soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

¼ tsp ground black pepper

  • Step 1

    Slice the beef across the grain into slices no more than 3mm thick. Place the beef and the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside for 5 minutes.

  • Step 2

    In the meantime, combine the stir-fry sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

  • Step 3

    Place a cast iron pan onto high heat and allow to heat while you make the stir-fry.

  • Step 4

    Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for another 10 seconds. Add the beef and spread it out in the pan so there’s maximum surface area coming into contact with the hot pan. Allow to sear for 1 minute, then toss and stir-fry. Spread out the beef again and allow it to sear again for another minute. Then toss and stir-fry until the beef is almost cooked. Add the spring onions and the stir-fry sauce and stir-fry again for another 10 seconds. Add the Shaoxing wine and stir-fry for another minute or until the sauce thickens slightly.

  • Step 5

    Carefully place your pre-heated cast iron pan onto a heat-proof trivet or chopping board at your table. Bring your stir-fry to the table in your wok and then tip it onto the hot plate (being careful because there may be hot sauce splattering). Serve immediately.

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What our customers say

4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 14 reviews)
Very good7%

Just wow!

April 18, 2024

Tender and delicious, absolutely loved this recipe. I added finely sliced onions and tenderstem broccoli, as I knew my son would want more beef and I’d therefore need some veg 🤣 it may serve 4 but did the 3 of us! Would never go to Chinese to buy this again so easy to make!

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February 5, 2024

I made it this week and I heated the cast iron pan and wow it sizzled so well and tasted better then any Chinese restaurant I have been into – I remember this flavour, when we lived in China for 18 months, as the sizzling beef in China was the best ever but hard to get in Australia – but yours equals this flavour and I am so happy that I can produce this at home, as the flavour of this dish is so authentic and taste so good – I will be making this allot but your idea for the cast iron pan was brilliant, as i would never of thought of doing this – I look forward to making this for the family – thanks again for making such wonderful recipes for us to access, even though I have all your books – your online recipes are amazing.

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Robyn L

Quick, easy and tasty

November 20, 2023

Great recipe but reduced a star as it was way too salty for our low sodium household. Will significantly reduce soy and oyster sauce quantities next time.

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