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Spicy Firecracker Beef | RecipeTin Eats


It is a thrifty but glorious dinner for all these occasions it’s essential scratch your Spicy Asian Meals itch, quick! Seared beef mince will get tossed via a fiery Firecracker Sauce, all served over rice or noodles, a bit like a spicy beef model of the much-loved Vietnamese Caramelised Pork Mince.

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Firecracker Beef

“I would like a spicy Asian meals repair!” It’s a well known wail often heard from me, particularly throughout intensive intervals of non-Asian meals cooking work, like throughout the making of the cookbook. Lovers of Asian meals will perceive precisely what I imply. It’s a recurring style craving that, when left unhappy for too lengthy, rears its head like a waking beast.

The satisfaction the beast seeks is explicit. It’s chilli-laced, big-flavoured Asian meals. I’m speaking the likes of Thai Drunken Noodles. Chilli Garlic Prawns. Dan Dan Noodles. Laksa. Something bold-tasting with wallop of tongue-tickling spicy warmth. Nothing else will do!

The newest and fairly presumably the fastest-to-make addition to my spicy Asian repertoire that matches the invoice is that this Firecracker Beef, aptly named as a result of it’s a literal flavour explosion! Assume spicy, deeply savoury leaning somewhat candy, all given some legs with a contact of vinegar.

It’s as tasty as they arrive and really, very quick to make!

Close up of Firecracker beef over rice
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What you want for Firecracker Beef

Right here’s what it’s essential make Firecracker sauce.

Firecracker beef ingredients
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  • Sriracha – A Thai chilli sauce bought all over the place today (Asian aisle and/or sauce aisle of supermarkets). That is the principle supply of spiciness on this recipe. It additionally provides flavour as sriracha is made with extra than simply chilli, together with garlic, vinegar, salt and sugar.

  • Chilli flakes (purple pepper flakes) – The second supply of spiciness within the dish, this provides a extra earthy chilli style along with the tangy, contemporary chilli style of the sriracha. To scale back the spiciness, dial the chilli flakes again first earlier than lowering sriracha. Sriracha provides extra flavour into the dish than chilli flakes, so it’s extra important.

  • Beef mince (floor beef) – Any fats proportion is ok: lean or commonplace. The fattier it’s, the higher the meat will caramelise.

    Different proteins – Floor hen, pork or turkey all work properly with Firecracker sauce!

  • Sugar – Firecracker sauce’s flavour profile is spicy and candy, so that is the candy. It additionally helps the meat caramelise which provides much more flavour to the general dish.

  • Rice vinegar – This supplies the sharpness within the dish to offset the candy and savoury. I exploit rice vinegar in step with the Asian spirit of this dish however apple cider vinegar may be substituted in a pinch.

  • Mild soy – The first supply of salt for this recipe. All-purpose soy sauce will also be used, however not darkish soy sauce as a result of the flavour and color is just too intense. Extra on various kinds of soy sauces and the right way to substitute right here!

  • Garlic – Recent garlic is a necessary fragrant flavour base that seems in 99% of my savoury recipes. You’d be laborious pressed to discover a dinner recipe with out garlic!


Learn how to make Firecracker Beef

You’re quarter-hour away from fortunately hoovering this down! Prepared, set, GO!

How to make Firecracker beef
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  1. Firecracker sauce – Combine all of the substances in a bowl.

  2. Prepare dinner beef – Utilizing a big non-stick pan over excessive warmth, prepare dinner the meat till you may not see uncooked meat. Then add the garlic and chilli flakes and prepare dinner for one more 1 minute till the garlic bits are golden.

  3. Sauce it – Add the Firecracker sauce and prepare dinner for a great 5 to 7 minutes on excessive warmth till the sauce reduces and the meat begins to caramelise. Caramelisation is the important thing to creating a wickedly good Firecracker something, so don’t shortcut this step!

  4. Moisten it up – After the meat is caramelised, you’ll discover that it seems to be a bit dried out. It is because all of the sauce has decreased, caramelised and caught to the meat (= flavour!) To rectify this, we simply add a slosh of water to juice up the meat a bit and provides it a extra saucy end. Give it a fast stir and it’s executed!

Firecracker beef mince
Firecracker Beef – moistened up and able to serve!
Firecracker beef in a bowl over rice
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Learn how to serve Firecracker Beef

My default is to serve over white rice with some uncooked greens (cucumber, carrot and radish pictured). I really like the crunchy-textured, cooling and refreshing distinction they’ve in opposition to all that huge flavour within the tender beef. For garnishes, sprinkle with inexperienced onion, sesame seeds and a squirt of additional sriracha for those who’re feeling it’s an extra-spicy kinda night.

To eat, simply combine the meat via the rice and devour with a spoon. As a result of the meat is generously flavoured, I don’t even really feel the necessity for dressing over the greens. For those who wished one thing fast although, attempt my Asian Sesame Dressing.

For one thing totally different….

It’s additionally nice with soba noodles or vermicelli noodles (a wonderful no-cook-just-soak choice). Or make Asian-inspired Sloppy Joes or tacos:

  • Stuff heat buttered rolls or tortillas with this Firecracker Beef together with a easy slaw or salad leaves

  • Quesadillas – Firecracker beef, cheese and every other add-ins you fancy!

  • Prime with flippantly pickled greens just like the carrot in Banh Mi, these pickled purple onions from Fish Tacos or cucumber ribbons in Beetroot Cured Salmon

  • End with a squirt of sriracha and for further indulgence, some kewpie mayonnaise.

I haven’t made any of those earlier than however now I need to attempt them, instantly!! – Nagi x


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Firecracker Beef

Servings4

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Recipe video above. It is a thrifty but glorious dinner for all these occasions it’s essential scratch your Spicy Asian Meals itch, quick! Seared beef mince will get tossed via a fiery Firecracker Sauce, all served over rice or noodles, a bit like a spicy beef model of the much-loved Vietnamese Caramelised Pork Mince. Spice degree – Pretty spicy! See notes for the right way to scale back.

Directions

  • Sauce: Combine Firecracker sauce substances in a small bowl and put aside.

  • Prepare dinner beef: Warmth oil in a big frypan over excessive warmth. Add beef and prepare dinner, breaking it up as you go, till you may not see uncooked meat (2½ minutes). Add garlic and chilli flakes and prepare dinner for 1 minute.

  • Caramelise beef: Add Firecracker sauce substances, stir to coat the meat. Prepare dinner for five to 7 minutes, stirring solely each minute or so initially, then extra in the direction of the tip, till the sauce reduces and you’ll see the meat caramelising. Caramelise properly for good flavour!

  • Water: Add the water and prepare dinner for 1 minute (the water makes the meat saucier!)

  • Serve over rice, sprinkled with sesame seeds, inexperienced onion and a squirt of additional sriracha for those who’re feeling courageous! Add a pile of greens of selection on the aspect. Dive in!

Recipe Notes:

Spiciness – This dish is pretty spicy however not blow-your-head-off ranges (which I couldn’t deal with – I would discuss an enormous recreation, however really, I can’t deal with the warmth). Scale back spiciness firstly by lowering or omitting the chilli flakes. Then scale back the sriracha, if want be. Strive to not scale back sriracha as a result of it’s a key flavouring.


1. Different proteins – This recipe will work properly with pork, hen and turkey mince.
2. Soy sauce – Use mild or all-purpose soy. Don’t use darkish soy sauce, the flavour will likely be too intense. Extra on various kinds of soy sauce right here.
3. Rice vinegar – Substitute with apple cider vinegar.
4. Sriracha – A Thai chilli sauce discovered all over the place today. Provides extra than simply spiciness, it provides flavour too because it’s flavoured with garlic, vinegar, sugar and salt.
5. Storage – Leftover cooked beef will preserve for 3 to 4 days within the fridge, or freezer for 3 months. When reheating, add a splash of water to juice it up!
6. Diet per serving, beef solely (ie not rice or greens).

Diet Info:

Energy: 326cal (16%)Carbohydrates: 13g (4%)Protein: 26g (52%)Fats: 18g (28%)Saturated Fats: 6g (38%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 2gMonounsaturated Fats: 9gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 81mg (27%)Sodium: 934mg (41%)Potassium: 472mg (13%)Fiber: 0.3g (1%)Sugar: 12g (13%)Vitamin A: 51IU (1%)Vitamin C: 11mg (13%)Calcium: 38mg (4%)Iron: 3mg (17%)

Lifetime of Dozer

Dishonest on Dozer in Melbourne at a guide signing on the weekend. A stunning variety of folks introduced their canines in!!!

Cheating on Dozer
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Then re-united 12 hours later. ❤️

Dozer Nagi reunion Bayview Kevin Case
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I spent a lot time answering questions on him on the guide signings it made me miss him like loopy!! However the logistics of taking him to Melbourne was simply too laborious. Subsequent guide we’ll make it occur! He was in excessive demand, that’s for positive. 😂



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