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Tenderized cuts of beef, fried until crispy, and coated in a garlic and ginger sauce – 30 Minute Ginger Beef is an inexpensive dinner the whole family will love!

30 Minute Ginger Beef – I could eat this every day of my life and never grow tired of it. And, with only 30 minutes from prep to table, there’s really no reason why I shouldn’t!

Before John.e and I moved in together, I used to make Ginger Beef nearly once a week. It was such a great weeknight meal – easy to prepare and is very forgiving of cheaper cuts of beef.  If you ever have one of those days at the grocery store when you’re craving steak, but the price is outrageous or the cuts are just not worth it, grab some cheaper skirt steak and you’ll easily satisfy your beef cravings.


This dish is one that I’ve perfected. Truth be told, I don’t need to refer to a recipe at all.  So, when I decided to post this recipe to my blog, I had to really think about how to get the measurements right.  One of the best things about this dish, other than the wonderful flavour, is that the recipe is very forgiving.


For example, if you love the flavour of fresh ginger, you can certainly add more in the cooking process. The carrots can be substituted for red or green peppers.  Increase or decrease the garlic based on your preference.  Just keep the liquid amounts as listed in the recipe and you’ll be enjoying a mouth-watering dinner in 30 minutes or less.  

I love to serve 30 Minute Ginger Beef with brown rice. I’m a little bit of nervous of spicy flavours, so for me, the rice helps to cool down the heat from the dried chili flakes.  I’ve also served this dish with simple sautéed broccoli as well.  It’s also pairs very well with fried noodles.  Yum!


Before we get to the recipe, there’s just one more thing I have to tell you about – freezing. Since I’m the only meat-eater in our home, I often need to refrigerate or freeze meat dishes.  This is one such recipe.  Here’s what you should do: Portion one cup of the 30 Minute Ginger Beef into and place into a food safe container.  (Don’t do this until the beef is completely cooled, or at room temperature.)


Add 2 tablespoons of water to the container and place a piece of plastic wrap over the container to seal. Next, add the lid and you’ve created a good seal.  The water is important to prevent the beef from drying out during the re-heating stage.

To reheat, simply remove the lid, remove the plastic wrap, and transfer the contents to a skillet. Place a lid on the skillet, and over medium heat, allow the beef to heat up.  The water will steam the beef and keep it moist.  The beef should be fully re-heated and ready to eat in five minutes.


30 Minute Ginger Beef
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
750 calories
53 g
116 g
45 g
35 g
10 g
308 g
1929 g
31 g
1 g
30 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 750
Calories from Fat 398
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 116mg
Sodium 1929mg
Total Carbohydrates 53g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 31g
Protein 35g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 pound skirt steak, sliced thinly
  2. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  4. 2 cups carrots, julienned
  5. 1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped
  6. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  7. 1/4 cup white vinegar
  8. 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  9. 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  10. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  11. 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  12. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  13. 1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  14. 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  1. Toss the skirt steak with the corn starch in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, add the vegetable oil and onions to a sauce pan. Sauté for two minutes until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the carrots to the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes until tender.
  4. Next, add the garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. Stir into the carrots and onions. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Lastly, add the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, black pepper, brown sugar, and sesame seeds. Whisk together.
  6. Lower the heat to a simmer and allow the sauce to slightly thicken.
  7. In the meantime, bring about 2-3 cups of vegetable oil to optimum frying temperature in a deep skillet. Shake the excess corn starch off the beef and fry each piece in batches until crispy. This process takes about 3-4 minutes. Drain the fried beef on paper towels.
  8. Finally, toss the fried beef with the sauce mixture. Serve immediately.
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  1. Oh my goodness! This s really looks so delish and tempting! I’ve never tried to make it at home and I’m sure my husband will surely love it as well.

  2. I didn’t think I liked soy (childhood opinion carried well into grown-up life) and recently I tried some with a wasabi/soy combo., and man o’livin’ I did love it so. Now I’m looking to create or use some recipes with soy for the family, and this one is a perfect fit!

  3. I love easy to make recipes and when they look good and taste great, like your dish, I’m sold. I don’t eat meat but I can appreciate tasty looking dishes.

  4. I have been having carnivorous cravings – have me some ginger (which I love) and beef strips in the freezer – fixing this Sunday – Thanks

    1. Hi Autumn, the beef will be tender. Initially when you fry it, it will be crispy, but when you mix it with the sauce, it will lose the crispiness.

  5. OMG!! I just made this. Super delicious. My husband had second helpings. I only used 1 clove garlic. Doubled the ginger and doubled the chilli flakes. Beautiful!!! I left some beef tender and some beef extra crispy when frying my batches. This gave a phenomenal combination of soft and chewy textures and crispy crunch on the palette. Will definitely be making it again. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you, Alicia. It’s one of my favourite things to make with beef. I love the idea of combining the tender with the extra crispy! I’ll try that next time. 🙂

  6. Delish! I am going to try bits of chicken next time I make this. I would recommend frying beef a bit longer than stated in recipe (could be that my strips were bigger)… easy and yummmy! I also made the honey garlic pork, that’s delicious as well! My family loved both recipes! Keep sharing!

  7. Looks amazing. I’ve nbeen vewas fried with that much oil, so what would be an optimum temperature? Do you use a thermometer? Thanks

    1. Hi Heather! 🙂 I rarely use a thermometer to determine oil temperature, but for this particular dish, you’ll want the oil to be at 350 degrees.

  8. I made this last night and it was REALLY good! Usually when I make a recipe, even for the first time, I mess around with it a bit, but I followed this recipe to the letter and it was great. Thanks! (OK, I did up the amount of ginger a bit, but that was because I minced it, didn’t grate it, and ended up with more than the recipe called for.

    I just discovered your site a few days ago, from my Pinterest feed- your 10 Most Popular Dishes Of 2017 post. If I may make a suggestion, you should give links to the recipe pages for those dishes from that page. At least on my iPad I didn’t see any, so had to search for them individually, which was time consuming. Links would have made it much easier.

    1. Hi GreenmanTN! Thank you for that lovely compliment. I have taken your suggestion and I have gone back and added links to the posts. I was sure I had done that originally, but technology and me don’t always cooperate. 🙂

      Thanks again!

  9. We can’t do sesame or corn starch due to allergies. Is there any thing you could suggest as replacements for those? I’d love to try this.

    1. Hi Jennifer. 🙂 If sesame is an issue, just leave them out completely. And just use another oil in place of sesame oil – maybe just extra virgin light olive oil. You can also thicken this with flour if you can’t use cornstarch. Thank you!

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