Have you ever craved a tantalizing dish that marries the crispiness of perfectly cooked beef with the kick of a sweet honey chilli sauce? Look no further! Embark on a culinary adventure as we explore the art of crafting Air Fryer Crispy Chilli Beef right in the heart of your own kitchen. This spicy and savory delight, originating from Chinese restaurants worldwide, can now be effortlessly recreated using the wonders of modern kitchen technology – the air fryer.
Secret for Perfection:
There’s something magical about those perfectly crispy strips of beef coated in a tangy, spicy sauce – a culinary symphony that transcends the boundaries of traditional takeout. Join me on a journey to replicate the all-time favorite Chinese takeaway dish, ensuring each bite delivers a delightful craggly exterior without the need for a deep fryer.
The Beef Chronicles:
My preference for thin-cut or quick-cook sirloin steak elevates the flavor profile of this dish. Of course, you can experiment with ribeye, flank/skirt steak, or rump steak, ensuring you slice against the grain for that perfect tenderness. In the pursuit of balance, this recipe offers flexibility in adjusting the richness of the sauce – double up for an extra saucy experience or opt for a lighter version by mixing light and dark soy sauce.
Unveiling the Crispy Chilli Sticky Beef:
Indulge in the sublime marriage of crispy, savory goodness with a punch of flavor in our Air Fryer Crispy Chilli Sticky Beef. This dish strikes the perfect harmony between sweet and spicy, while the air fryer imparts an unparalleled crunch to the beef. Crafted with honey, soy sauce, chilli, and garlic, the sticky sauce transforms this dish into a showstopper – quick, easy, bursting with flavor, and a healthier alternative to traditional fried fare.
250 g Thin Steaks (Cut into thin strips)
4-6 tbsp Cornflour
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Red Chilli (thinly sliced or 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper)
1 Red Pepper (Thinly sliced)
4 Spring Onions (Roughly chopped)
Sesame seeds (for sprinkling)
Beef Chilli Marinade:
½ tsp Chinese Five-spice powder
2 tsp Soy Sauce
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Caster Sugar
1 tsp Ground Ginger
2 Cloves of Garlic (Crushed)
Honey Chilli Sauce:
4 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce (or Tamari sauce)
1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce (or oyster sauce)
2 tbsp Shaoxing Wine
3 tbsp Clear Honey
2 tbsp Vinegar
½ tsp Chilli Powder
Suggested Side Dishes
Steamed Rice: A classic choice to balance out the spiciness.
Stir-fried Vegetables: Fresh veggies to lighten up the meal.
Asian Slaw: A crunchy and tangy salad for added texture.
Wonton Soup: Warm and comforting to complement the crispy chilli beef.
To preserve the deliciousness, store leftover crispy chilli beef in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. For freezing, use a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 2-3 months. Reheat in the oven or toaster oven to maintain that delightful crispiness. Enjoy the flavor journey!