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Sichuan-style Shepherd’s Pie

The comfort factor with this dish is off the charts! A savoury, meaty filling meets creamy, cheesy mashed potato for a match made in heaven.


Sichuan-style Shepherd’s Pie

20 minutes
45 minutes

1.2kg (2.6 lb) potatoes, peeled 

100g (3.5 oz) butter 

½ cup coarsely grated cheese 

1 egg yolk, whisked 


Sichuan meat sauce: 

2 tbsp vegetable oil 

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 

1 onion, finely chopped 

1 tbsp finely chopped ginger 

¼ cup douban jiang chilli bean paste* 

800g (1.7 lb) lamb mince 

large tomatoes, finely chopped 

2 tbsp soy sauce 

2 tsp dark soy sauce 

1 cup chicken stock 

1 tsp sugar 

1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp water 

  • Step 1

    For the Sichuan meat sauce, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion and ginger and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the douban jiang chilli bean paste and stir-fry for another couple of minutes. Then add the lamb and stir-fry until almost cooked. 

  • Step 2

    Add the tomatoes, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, chicken stock and sugar. Stir until well combined. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. 

  • Step 3

    In the meantime, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10-12 minutes or until tender and cooked through. Drain and place in a large bowl with the butter. Season with extra salt. Mash until smooth. Then stir through the cheese. 

  • Step 4

    Preheat oven to 180 C/356 F. 

  • Step 5

    Stir the cornflour mixture through the meat sauce. Simmer for another minute or until thickened slightly.  

  • Step 6

    Spoon the meat sauce into individual cups or ramekins (each 1 cup capacity) or into one large 4-cup capacity casserole dish. Top with the cheesy mashed potato. Brush the potato with the egg yolk. 

  • Step 7

    Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the potato tops are golden. 

  • Notes

    – Douban jiang is a spicy fermented chilli bean paste. Find it at your Asian grocery store or search for it online. Alternatively, use Korean gochujang paste for a slightly different but still delicious flavour!

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What our customers say

Rated 4.8 out of 5
4.8 out of 5 stars (based on 4 reviews)
Very good25%
January 17, 2024

The worlds best Shepards pie!

Although Shepards pie isn’t really a pie(I think) it’s really great overall! My mum makes ur Shepards pie for dinner and it’s my favorite!! I love it so much!!! I don’t even know how u come up with this stuff keep up the good work Ms Marion! I hope ur business keeps going and all the best with ur career!


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-Eight years old! (For the name it’s my mums)

January 16, 2024

Loved this!

As I was making this, I wasn’t sure my family would like this. But rest assured everyone loved it! The balance of the cheesy potatoes with the spicy meat was so delicious. We had leftovers and it was just as good the next day! Will definitely make this again.

February 20, 2023

An Assian Fusion delight to an old staple

This dish was a delight on the taste buds Yum 😋. No more Sheppard’s pie drowning in stock standard gravy in this house. The second day the flavours evolved even more.

I have been a keen follower of Marion’s recipes and videos her passion is there for a reason, delivering wonderful tasty dishes with grate humour she has certainly inspired me 😃

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