Recipe: Hot and Spicy Onion Beef


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, divided
  • 3/4 pound flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion (about 9 to 11 ounces) sliced vertically
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dried whole red chili peppers, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Combine 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 teaspoon cornstarch in medium bowl. Add beef; stir to coat. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Combine remaining tablespoon soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil and chili paste in small bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add vegetable oil, swirling to coat sides.
  4. Add onion, garlic and chili peppers; cook and stir until onion is tender. Add beef; stir-fry 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Add soy sauce mixture and mix well. Combine remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch and the water; mix into onion mixture.
  5. Cook and stir until sauce boils and thickens.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Recipe and image provided by the National Onion Association.

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