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Hunan Beef Recipe

One Pan Hunan Beef Recipe

Hunan Beef is an easy recipe made of crispy lean beef seasoned with spicy Asian flavors. It is the perfect Chinese dish that tastes better than restaurant take-out, and ready in less than 30 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Hunan Beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 328kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 pound flank steak cut into long thin strips across the grain
  • 1/4 cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 zucchini cut into rounds
  • 1 cup green beans ends trimmed


  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Green onions chopped
  • Sesame seeds


  • In a bowl add ¼ cup cornstarch and season with a little salt and pepper. Stir to combine with a fork. Add beef pieces and toss to coat well.
  • Add all the ingredients for the sauce into a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
  • In a large pan over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, drop beef pieces and cook beef in one layer, do not overcrowd, cook until crispy and golden-brown. If needed cook in batches. Remove beef from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  • Add a bit more vegetable oil if needed to the pan and add the vegetables. Cook for 7-8 minutes, until tender and lightly browned.
  • Return beef to the pan and add the sauce. Stir and coat vegetables and chicken for 1 minute and turn the heat off.
  • Transfer to a plate or bowl and serve Hunan beef with a side of white rice.
  • Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1135mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1270IU | Vitamin C: 51.4mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.8mg