Make Kung Pao Beef at Home

Kung Pao Beef
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

This simple Asian-inspired dish is great for grilling. While this recipe calls for flank steak, certainly flat-iron or hanger steaks will work as well.  

What You'll Need

  • 1 lb./450 g. flank steak
  • 1 bell pepper (red)
  • 1 tbsp./15 ml. olive oil
  • 1 tsp./5 ml chili paste (with garlic)
  • 2 tbsp./30 ml. soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp./15 ml. sherry
  • 1 tsp./5 ml. rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp./5 ml. sugar
  • 1/4 cup/120 ml. chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup/120 ml. peanuts (or cashews, both should be unsalted)
  • 1 tsp./5 ml. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp./5 ml. sesame oil
  • Optional: 1 cup cooked rice

How to Make It

  • Flank Steak Prep: 

  1. Combine chili paste, soy sauce, sherry, rice vinegar, sugar and sesame oil.
  2. Place flank steak in a large resealable bag.
  3. Pour marinade mixture over the top and refrigerate for one to eight hours.
  4. Remove flank steak from the marinade and set aside.
  • Additional Marinade Mix

  1. Pour remaining marinade into a saucepan.
  2. Add chicken broth, nuts and cornstarch.
  3. Bring to a boil then simmer until it thickens.
    • Grilling Time

    1. Preheat grill.
    2. Cut bell pepper in half and remove stems, seeds and membranes then brush with olive oil.
    3. Place flank steak on ​a very hot grill and grill for one minute per side.
    4. Reduce heat or move the flank steak to a cooler section of your grill and continue grilling until cooked through (about 4 to 5 minutes per side).
    5. Grill pepper halves over medium heat for about 1 to 2 minutes per side or until browned.
    6. Remove flank steak and bell pepper from the grill.
    7. Allow steak to rest for five minutes.
    8. Carve against the grain into thin strips.
    9. Cut bell pepper into thin strips.
    10. Place a portion of rice on a plate.
    11. Top with 1/4 of the flank steak and 1/4 of the pepper.
    12. Spoon sauce over the top and serve.