Sweet-and-Spicy Ginger Beef Recipe (Ready in 30 Minutes!)

Updated on February 19, 2020
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Sweet-and-Spicy Ginger Beef Recipe
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One of My Favorite 30-Minute Meals

As a time-crunched, over-scheduled mom of two busy kids, all our weeknight dinners are made in a half-hour or less.

One of my family's favorite 30-minute meals is sweet-and-spicy ginger beef served over a bed of noodles. The bold flavors and sweet heat of the crunchy slices of beef explode in your mouth, leaving your taste buds begging for more!

When taking my daughter to the grocery store with me, I invariably hear the words "Can I get a treat?" Does she ask for a chocolate bar or a doughnut like a normal kid? Nope, she always asks for a container of ginger beef from the deli! While I don't mind indulging her once in a while, it is quite costly and I prefer to feed my kids homemade foods over prepared or packaged foods. Why buy when I can make it homemade? And, well, homemade just tastes better!

I like to make this on nights when I want a supper that is super easy and fast to prepare but is still packed with bold, delicious flavors. Just because you are short on time doesn't mean you need to compromise on quality or flavor. You can have this recipe on your table in only 30 minutes and at a fraction of the cost compared to buying it at a deli or restaurant.

While the beef is cooking, throw on a pot of water on the stove for some noodles or rice and throw together a fresh green salad. Very simple and no one will ever know you didn't slave over the stove all afternoon to make it.

Serve sweet-and-spicy ginger beef on top of a bed of noodles or rice and pair it with a nice cold beer to help chase the heat.

4.1 stars from 9 ratings of Sweet And Spicy Ginger Beef

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4


  • 1 pound flank or sirloin steak
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/4 cup ginger, minced or crushed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Peanut oil for frying

Tip 1: Adjust the Spiciness to Your Taste

If you don't like spicy food or you are making this for kids, you can omit the red pepper flakes altogether or add just a few at a time to your liking. You can also increase the red pepper flakes if you like it hot. We LOVE it spicy, so we add a generous amount to ours!

Tip 2: Use Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

If you are watching your sodium intake, use a low-sodium soy sauce and reduce it to 1/4 cup, while increasing the water to 3/4 cup.


  1. Cut the steak crosswise into thin strips.
  2. Pour the cornstarch into a ziploc bag or baking dish and add the strips of beef. Toss until they are thoroughly coated.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut oil.
  4. Add the strips of the beef one by one into the hot oil. Each piece should lay flat and not be touching one another. I used a large pan and made my beef in two batches.
  5. Cook the beef about 5 minutes per side, or until it is nice and crispy.
  6. Allow the cooked beef to drain on a piece of paper towel.
  7. After you are finished cooking the beef, wipe out the pan with another piece of paper towel, using a pair of tongs so you don't burn your fingers.
  8. Mince the garlic and ginger. I like to use a zester because it is super fast and it releases all the good juices.
  9. Add 2 tbsp peanut oil to the skillet and heat it over medium heat. You don't want it too hot because you don't want to burn the garlic and ginger.
  10. Add the garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar and beef to the pan and bring to a gentle boil.
  12. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. The cornstarch and sugar will thicken the sauce and turn it into a delicious, sticky glaze.
  13. Stir in the chopped green onions and serve the beef over noodles or rice.
  14. If you are watching your sodium intake, use a low sodium soy sauce and reduce it to 1/4 cup, while increasing the water to 3/4 cup.
  15. Adjust the heat to your liking by reducing or increasing the red pepper flakes. We LOVE it spicy, so we add a generous amount to ours!

Watch These Step-By-Step Video Instructions For Making A Similar Ginger Beef Recipe

This Is The Perfect Recipe For Cold And Flu Season

This recipe for sweet and spicy ginger beef is loaded with fresh garlic, ginger and red pepper spice, all of which, when eaten regularly can help ward and fight off infections and viruses.

Garlic and ginger both have proven anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which aid in the prevention and healing of bacterial viruses and infections.

Every morning, I start the day off with a smoothie that includes a pinch of cayenne pepper and an ounce of fresh ginger and garlic juice. To keep my family's immune systems healthy and strong, I also cook with lots of garlic, ginger, fresh herbs and hot peppers. I haven't had a cold or sinus infection in years and my kids very rarely ever get one any more!

© 2014 Corrinna Johnson

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    • Corrinna-Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Corrinna Johnson 

      5 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thank you Margaret! We very rarely ever eat in a restaurant because my son can't eat MSG either. Homemade is so much more yummy and better for you. Thanks for sharing!

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Corrinna, this sounds absolutely yummy! We love Asian food but don't often indulge in it at restaurants because of the MSG. I do enjoy making it at home and this recipe looks both delicious and quick to prepare. Bookmarked, voted up and pinned to my Awesome Recipes board.

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      5 years ago

      I didn't see that you're version was VERY spicy until I had added the chili already.... this is ABSOLUTELY delicious but, I might suggest using the "average" amount in the ingredients list and then suggesting an additional spice, if that's desired. My husband isn't the biggest fan of super spicy food and this is a bit too much to eat all by myself!

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      yayang0405 lm 

      6 years ago

      It looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      6 years ago

      Mmmm...this looks delicious!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We would love this dish! I don't usually use a spicy spice when I fix it, but I'd love to try your spice combination.

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      Shinichi Mine 

      6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love spicy food so this one would truly satisfy my taste buds!

    • Mary Crowther profile image

      Mary Crowther 

      6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Delicious, quick and easy, that's what I like!


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