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Healthy Szechuan Beef

Delicious healthier Szechuan Beef tastes authentic and is fun to make! Challenge your sense of culinary adventure with this complexly flavored dish.

Delicious healthier Szechuan Beef tastes authentic and is fun to make! Challenge your sense of culinary adventure with this complexly flavored dish.

This blog post could be alternatively titled How to Turn an Inexpensive Cut of Beef into an Otherwordly Experience.

Sticky, spicy, tender, saucy, snappy, sweet…Szechuan Beef has every flavor element yet requires an unfancy cut of beef.

Now listen. This recipe isn’t for quitters. It does require commitment to ingredient procurement. 

If you don’t typically make Asian cuisine, at first glance, the ingredients list may be a tad overwhelming. There are a lot of ingredients needed, and there may be several ingredients with which you aren’t familiar. 

The good news is, most grocery stores carry all of the ingredients. 

I recommend sourcing the ingredients at least one day before you’re planning to make the meal to ensure you have everything you need. If you aren’t able to find all of the spices or sauces at your store, you can find them easily online.

Let’s go deep.

Easy Healthy Szechuan Beef Recipe (paleo, whole30, keto) with cauliflower rice - a nutritious dinner recipe

What is Szechuan Beef?

Szechuan beef originates from the Sichuan Province in southwestern China. Chili peppers (or chili paste), garlic, ginger, and Szechuan peppercorn are the main ingredients used to flavor the meal. 

In addition, the sweet and spicy sauce includes complex flavors coming from oyster sauce, Chinese 5 spice, vinegar, soy sauce (in this case, liquid aminos), and sometimes hoisin sauce. It has a sweet, tangy, and spicy complicated taste.

Some folks confuse Szechuan Beef with Mongolian Beef https://www.theroastedroot.net/easy-30-minute-paleo-mongolian-beef/. While there are a few ingredient crossovers, Mongolian beef tends to be a bit more subtle in its flavor and has very little spice (unless you intentionally make it spicy).

What Type of Beef to Use for Szechuan Beef:

Use sirloin steak for Szechuan Beef. Sirloin steak is a very affordable cut. When marinated then cooked in the incredibly flavorful sauce, sirloin steak is transformed from unexciting to incredibly drool-worthy.

How to Make Szechuan Beef:

Stir the ingredients for the marinade together in a measuring cup of mixing bowl.

Marinade for Szechuan Beef

Slice the steak into thin strips – about ¼ inch thick and 2 inches long. Place the steak in a plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Allow steak to marinate for at least 1 hour (up to 24).

Marinate the beef in Szechuan marinade sauce

Stir together the ingredients for the sauce in a mixing bowl or measuring cup (note that many of the ingredients for the sauce and marinade overlap, so you may consider making the sauce at the same time you make the marinade).

When you’re ready to cook the steak, heat a large skillet to high heat and add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil (or high temperature cooking oil of choice). Add the steak and cook, stirring occasionally, until the steak gets a golden-brown crust and begins to stick to the skillet.

Szechuan beef cooking in a skillet

Transfer the beef to a plate and add the vegetables to the skillet to sauté them (you can add more avocado oil if need be). Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to turn translucent and vegetables reach desired done-ness, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer the beef back to the skillet, along with the sauce. Stir well and bring everything to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until everything is well-coated in thick sauce and the beef is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Szechuan beef cooking in a skillet

Serve Szechuan Beef over choice of steamed rice or cauliflower rice.

Delicious Healthy Szechuan Beef recipe - an easy recipe that is healthier than takeout

How to Make Paleo Szechuan Beef:

Making this recipe paleo-friendly is easy! Simply replace the liquid aminos with coconut aminos and use cider vinegar instead of rice vinegar.

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And that’s it! Go forth and throw yourself into the wonderful world of Szechuan Beef!

Delicious healthier Szechuan Beef tastes authentic and is fun to make! Challenge your sense of culinary adventure with this complexly flavored dish.

Healthy Szechuan Beef

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Amazing Szechuan Beef recipe loaded with flavor. Serve it up with steamed rice or cauliflower rice for a healthy meal.

Ingredients

Steak & Marinade:

  • 2 lbs sirloin steak, cut into thin ¼ inch strips
  • 3 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca flour

Szechuan Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup liquid aminos
  • 1 Tbsp gochugang
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar or pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp szechuan peppercorn
  • 3/4 tsp Chinese 5 spice

Stir Fry:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into match sticks

Instructions

    1. Stir the ingredients for the marinade together in a measuring cup of mixing bowl. Slice the steak into thin strips - about ¼ inch thick and 2 inches long. Place the steak in a plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Allow steak to marinate for at least 1 hour (up to 24).

    2. Stir together the ingredients for the sauce in a mixing bowl or measuring cup (note that many of the ingredients for the sauce and marinade overlap, so you may consider making the sauce at the same time you make the marinade).

    3. When you’re ready to cook the steak, heat a large skillet to high heat and add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil (or high temperature cooking oil of choice). Add the steak and cook, stirring occasionally, until the steak gets a golden-brown crust and begins to stick to the skillet.

    4. Transfer the beef to a plate and add the vegetables to the skillet to sauté them (you can add more avocado oil if need be). Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to turn translucent and vegetables reach desired done-ness, about 3 to 5 minutes.

    5. Transfer the beef back to the skillet, along with the sauce. Stir well and bring everything to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until everything is well-coated in thick sauce and the beef is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes.

    6. Serve Szechuan Beef over choice of steamed rice or cauliflower rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 457Total Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 15gSugar: 8gProtein: 74g
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