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A plate of kung pao beef with chopsticks

Easy Kung Pao Beef Recipe

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WW Freestyle: 11
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
A Chinese classic made right in your own kitchen! This Easy Kung Pao Beef recipe is layered with spicy, sweet and sour flavors, then topped with crunchy peanuts. It’s better than takeout every time!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 386


  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain into ¼-inch thick strips
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

For the Sauce

For the Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable/canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 5 Thai red dried chiles
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into thin strips and each strip cut in half
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish


  • Place beef strips in a mixing bowl. Season beef strips with salt and pepper; add the cornstarch and mix well. Set aside.
  • Make the sauce; In a small mixing bowl combine ketchup, rice cooking wine or dry sherry, soy sauce, chili sauce, and sesame seed oil; whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a wok over high heat.
  • Stir in pepper flakes and red dried chiles; cook for 10 seconds, or until fragrant and starting to char.
  • Stir in ginger; cook for just a few seconds.
  • Add green bell peppers and scallions; cook for 1 minute.
  • Add beef and continue to stir fry until browned; about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the sauce and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the peanuts and cilantro; cook for 30 seconds.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Kung Pao Beef Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 561mg23%
Potassium 646mg18%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 525IU11%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keywords: chinese takeout, homemade chinese food, kung pao beef, kung pao sauce