Shredded Chilli Beef Fakeaway

A favourite dish on Chinese takeaway menus, this shredded chilli beef recipe is designed to make it easy to recreate this dish at home. Serve with plain or egg fried rice, or with sautéed green beans for a slightly healthier option.

Fakeaway fantastic

Craving that takeaway? This budget homemade version uses a cheap cut of steak to great effect. The sauce can be tailored to your tastes and is delicious enough to satisfying the takeaway cravings without spending much on the meal.

You can create the same recipe with finely cut chicken or pork too. Different sauce combinations mean that you can recreate many of the most popular Chinese takeaway recipes.

Shredded Chilli Beef

Course: DinnerCuisine: Chinese


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  • Shredded Feef
  • 1 minute steak per person

  • 2 cups of cornflour

  • salt & pepper

  • Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1-2 birdseye chillis (depending on your taste), chopped

  • 1 carrot, finely julienned


  • Crispy Beef
  • Cut the minute steak super fine (across the grain)
  • Dredge in the seasoned cornflour (refrigerate for an hour at least before frying)
  • Deep fry in a deep fryer, or a large pan (in batches, to avoid lowering oil temp and broiling)
  • Salt and set aside on paper towels
  • Sauce
  • Combine sauce ingredients in a pot and simmer until it thickens
  • While the sauce simmers, sweat down the julienned carrot in a pan until soft.
  • Once the sauce has thickened, adjust the flavour balance if needed.
  • Add julienned carrots into the sauce and then combine with the beef. Mix and reduce a little more if needed.
  • Serve over white rice or fried rice for a ‘fakeaway’ experience at home.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions if you have them.


  • You can use pre-cut stir fry beef if you don’t fancy finely cutting your minute steak. However the finer the cut, the crunchier the shredded beef is after frying.
  • You can also make this recipe out of finely cut pork or chicken too.