11.25.18

Sichuan Beef Stir Fry

I love a good stir-fry. I think we’ve established that by now, though. I love taking delicious flavors from my favorite asian take-out dishes and remaking them in my own kitchen using clean ingredients to still create a delicious, flavorful dinner. 

This stir fry is very full of flavorful and delicious. I love the thin beef strips stir fried with the thin cut, or julienned cut, vegetables. I will admit that my rendition of Sichuan Beef is certainly not authentic; however, I will assure you it’s delicious. I did my best to get as close to the real thing as possible while still using Whole30/Paleo compliant ingredients. Sichuan Beef is meant to be super crispy so I tossed thin cut sirloin in a little tapioca starch to create a slightly crispy crust to replicate the original as much as possible. The dish is meant to be spicy, but you can adjust the crushed red pepper flakes to your level of heat preference. The ginger gives it a little heat itself and the addition of the sichuan peppercorns adds a lovely, mouth tingling effect to really take the dish to the next level. Sichuan peppercorns are sometimes tricky to find, so check out your local asian grocery store or I even buy mine via Amazon sometimes! You can also sub this for Five Spice Powder, but I highly recommend tracking down Sichuan peppercorns if you can!

Lastly, this dish is very easy to make–but it does take extra time to julienne the veggies and cut the steak super thin but its totally worth the work! The end result is a flavor bomb of deliciousness and one you’ll want to make again, for sure! Enjoy!

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Sichuan Beef Stir Fry
Serves 4
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Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs sirloin steak
  2. 1 tablespoon tapioca flour*
  3. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  6. 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  7. 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  8. 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  9. 1.5 inch knob of ginger, peeled and julienned
  10. 2 cups green onions, julienned (about 5 green onions)
  11. 2 cups carrots, julienned (or 1 medium carrot)
  12. 2 cups celery, julienned (or 2 stalks celery)
  13. 1/4 cup coconut aminos (I like Big Tree Farms brand)
  14. 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  15. 1 teaspoon fish sauce (I like Red Boat brand)
  16. 1/4 teaspoon ground sichuan peppercorn (or sub Chinese Five Spice Powder)
Instructions
  1. Slice the steak into about 1/4 inch thick slices. Then, take each slice and cut them in half lengthwise, into thin strips.
  2. Place the sliced steak and season with the tapioca starch, garlic powder, kosher salt, pepper and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat with 2 tablespoons avocado oil and 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil. When the oil is shimmering, fry the beef, in small batches being careful not to overcrowd the skillet so that they crisp up nicely, until the beef is golden brown on both sides, about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer cooked beef to a plate and set aside and continue until all of the beef is browned. (if your skillet starts to smoke excessively, turn the heat down to medium-high or medium during this process).
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-high and add the remaining teaspoon of the avocado oil along with the crushed pepper, ginger, carrots, celery, and onions and saute, stirring, until the veggies are tender, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and fish sauce and stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  6. Add back in the seared beef (and any of its juices) and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened, about 2-3 more minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with sichuan peppercorn.
  8. Serve alone, over steamed rice, or over prepared Cauliflower Rice. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *tapioca flour is a Whole30 compliant flour that acts as a thickener. You can also substitute Arrowroot powder and, if not Whole30, you can use Corn starch.
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