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Thinly sliced 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!

Thinly sliced beef, fried until crispy, and coated in a garlic and ginger sauce; 30 Minute Ginger Beef is an expensive dinner the whole family will love!#ginger #beef #takeout #homemade #garlic #fried #crispy

This particular beef recipe has been one of the most popular recipes here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen since it was originally published in early 2017. No matter how popular though, there were many readers who struggled to get it just right.

Today, I’m updated the recipe with new photos and better cooking instructions. I’m hoping that this will help you to achieve the best possible 30 Minute Ginger Beef at home. No more takeout orders needed!


Before John.e and I started living 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 steak and you’ll easily satisfy your beef cravings.

Personally, I think skirt steak of flank steak work best for this recipe. Both of these cuts are often used interchangeably, because they are both tough cuts of beef. But, sliced thinly against the grain, they are tender and delicious.

If you can’t find skirt of flank steak, you can certainly use other cuts of beef as well. I’ve used beef tenderloin for this recipe a few times and it works perfectly.

We shop at an Asian grocery store quite often. They stock thinly sliced beef that is primarily used for bulgogi or ramen dishes. It’s a little more expensive pound for pound, but it’s thinly sliced rib eye and it works very well for this recipe as well.


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.

Thinly sliced beef, fried until crispy, and coated in a garlic and ginger sauce; 30 Minute Ginger Beef is an expensive dinner the whole family will love!#ginger #beef #takeout #homemade #garlic #fried #crispy

For example, if you love the flavour of fresh ginger, you can certainly add more in the cooking process. I love ginger and always use a lot of it. If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can use the dried ground ginger powder in a pinch. Since ground ginger is more intense, use only 1/4 tablespoon.

The carrots can be substituted for red or green peppers.  Just keep the amount the same. In some cases, when I’m really busy or running late, there’s not much time to carefully julienne the carrots. In that case, I’ just slice them thinly or I’ll even grate them. If you grate them, use a large grate otherwise the carrots will disappear in the sauce.

Increase or decrease the garlic based on your preference.  I love cooking with fresh garlic and I love the taste of it. I can’t ever imagine someone wanting to cut back on the garlic, but to each their own! If you want to use garlic powder instead, use 1/8th of a teaspoon for every clove.

I like to use light soy sauce in this ginger beef recipe, but you can use regular soy sauce. Light soy sauce will reduce the sodium levels, but it also prevents the flavour of the beef from disappearing. Regular soy sauce is great, but the light is better in this dish.


I love to serve 30 Minute Ginger Beef with rice. Since this recipe brags about being ready in about 30 minutes, I often use instant or minute rice. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might recall that I cannot cook “real” rice to save my life. I always resort to instant rice whenever possible.

Also, I’m a little bit of nervous of really spicy flavours, so for me, the rice helps to cool down the heat from the dried chili flakes.  Since originally posting this recipe, I have been slowly increasing my spice and heat level tolerance. Now, I even add extra spice. But, you do you. You can even omit the dried chili flakes if you wish.

I’ve also served this dish with simple sautéed broccoli as well.  Since this beef dish is rather heavy, I tend to feel less guilty about eating a second portion of it if I serve it with broccoli. 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. When I first posted this recipe, I was the only meat-eater in our home. I would make a big batch of this beef and freeze it.

Thinly sliced beef, fried until crispy, and coated in a garlic and ginger sauce; 30 Minute Ginger Beef is an expensive dinner the whole family will love!#ginger #beef #takeout #homemade #garlic #fried #crispy

Here’s what you should do: Portion the completely cooled beef into food safe containers. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the container and place on the lid.  The water is important to prevent the beef from drying out during the re-heating stage.

Allow the beef to thaw at room temperature for 2-4 hours before you plan to reheat it. To reheat, simply remove the lid 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.

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30 Minute Ginger Beef

Thinly sliced 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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 383kcal
Author Lord Byron’s Kitchen


  • 1 pound skirt steak, sliced thinly (flank steak or beef tenderloin will work too)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 large white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, julienned (can use grated or shredded carrots too)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (rice vinegar or white vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced


  • Toss the steak with the corn starch in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Over medium heat, add the vegetable oil and onions to a sauce pan. Sauté for two minutes until onions are translucent.
  • Add the carrots to the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes until tender.
  • Next, add the garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. Stir into the carrots and onions. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Lastly, add the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, black pepper, brown sugar, and sesame seeds. Whisk together.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer and allow the sauce to slightly thicken.
  • 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.
  • Toss the fried beef with the sauce mixture. Garnish with green onions. Serve immediately.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1164mg | Potassium: 455mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 5437IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg

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      1. While I have to agree the recipe looks positively delicious....I fail to see how it fits into the Ketogenic category at 53 grams of carohydrates.
        1. Hi Lorna! I don't believe I have indicated anywhere in this recipe post that the dish is keto friendly.
    1. It won't water once you try it. Too salty and nothing in the recipe to offset the taste of a half cup of soy. It's disgusting. You may as we'll just eat Sat.
  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!
  10. Absolutely delicious, my family loved it! Excellent recipe, with easy to follow directions! I will be making this again and again!
      1. Is the nutritional values per serving or for all together. If per serving what is serving size Thanks going to try this
  11. This was really delicious and easy. I left out the carrots and served it with white rice. I'll definitely make it again!
  12. Made this tonight , it was a success . I had a little over a pound of beef however the ingredients produced a lot of sauce which we love to put over rice. It did however take me 40 minutes from start to finish ,which is still very good for dinner. I didn't use 2-3 cups of oil for frying as I thought it was too much. I still got a crispy finish to my beef . My only critique is that the ingredient list is not in the same order as the instructions. For example the beef is the first on the list and the cornstarch was third from the bottom, the chilli flakes are listed at the end but are added with the garlic and ginger which are at the top. I had to keep scrolling up and down for the amounts .( I am using an iPad ) Will definitely make this again.
    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I have taken your advice and I have updated the recipe card so that the list of ingredients correspond with the instructions. I will often use my ipad when cooking too, so I know exactly the struggle you speak of. :) Thank you for the 5 stars!
  13. Sorry, but this is disgusting. Followed the recipe and it's just so salty. We had to throw the whole lot out. Dunno what country people are from who enjoyed this, but in Australia we enjoy flavour. There's nothing to offset the amount of soy in the recipe.
    1. Hi Ben, I'm sorry this dish didn't meet with your expectations. As you can see from the other comments, the dish has been very well received. The brown sugar and the natural sugar found in the two cups of carrots should have offset the salt level for you.
  14. this is my go to dinner when i want to make everyone not hate me for an hour. i skip all the veggies but only because my kids won't eat them
  15. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.. My partner and I both love it. I make it about 4 or 5 times a month. The only thing i do different is I put the beef in a bowl and sprinkle cornstarch over instead of using measured amount, I find it’s just a little faster because there is no excess cornstarch to shake off. Love it Love it Love it!!
  16. Great recipe and easy to follow. I added red capsicum (bell pepper) and green spring onions to the vegetables. Sweet chilli sauce and the zest and juice of two oranges to the liquids to give the sauce an added hint and extra bit of kick. I chose to serve the dish with a combination of Brown, Red and Wild Rice. Thanks for sharing
  17. I would love to make this for a Chinese New Years party this weekend, but am 40 miles from the nearest fresh garlic....and it’s snowing. Can I use powdered garlic? If so.... how much?
    1. Oh, that's too bad, Lois. Yes, in an absolute pinch, you could use granulated or powdered garlic. Use half teaspoon of the garlic powder.
  18. I made this for the first time tonight and it was a unanimous hit! I added more veggies and served it over rice raman. I will definitely be making this again.
    1. The calories are per serving. I know the calorie count is high, but the portions are big and totally worth the indulgence!
    1. I was coming here to ask this. I have roast beef in the fridge and was going to make some chow mien and sesame chicken tonight. Would love to use leftover roast beef for this if possible!
  19. It was easy and delicious! I will make this again real soon. I will make a few adjustments for some more heat. My family really enjoyed it. Thanks
  20. The amount of whire vinegar ruined it for me. I cannot taste anything else- no ginger, no garlic, only vinegar. I thing half of what is in the recipe would be enough.
  21. Made this tonight almost exactly as the recipe states. The vinegar tended to grab you by the throat so I put in maybe a tablespoon more of brown sugar and it was perfect. Now, when I make it again, I will cut down on the amount of oil I use to saute the onions - it made the sauce a little greasy. Also, I will cut back on the carrots. Great taste but just to many - probably to 1 1/2 cups. I noticed someone complained about to much salt - I only use low sodium soy and there was no "salt lick" taste to it. Excellent recipe.
  22. Made it. Very easy and good. Next time may cut back some soy sauce and increase the brown sugar. Maybe even some honey. Will definitely make again!
  23. Have had this saved as a pin forever. Finally made it the other night and it is DELICIOUS. Will easily become a staple in our meal rotation. Increased the flakes for a little more spice.
  24. You've got this expression backward: "The carrots can be substituted for red or green peppers." The carrots are substituted WITH or BY peppers. Or, alternately, the peppers are substituted FOR carrots. (There are a number of other typos and errors in your writing, but this one drives me batty. So many people make this mistake, and I don't understand why it's so hard for folks to grasp.)
    1. Oh good lord, people who take the time and effort to criticize someone's grammar drive ME batty! This recipe is delicious, I'm making it for the second time tonight. Thank you!
  25. Awesome recipe , came out just as I had anticipated, I fried the steak a bit longer to get a very crispy texture , I also added 2 tablespoons of Teriyaki sauce to give it that extra boost. Thanks for a great recipe
  26. This is one of my favourite dishes and I have never tried making it until now! I followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing!! Thank you for the recipe!
  27. This meal was easier than I thought and so delicious. Better than our favorite Thai food restaurant. So glad I tried it and will do it again! Very easy to follow instructions
  28. Planning on making this soon and just read all of the above comments. Would rice wine vinegar make a good substitution for the white vinegar? I would think that it won't be as bitter tasting as the rice vinegar which is sweeter.
  29. I have never heard of skirt steak...can anyone tell me another name for it Could I use round steak, flank steak, sirloin steak, rib steak, Chuck steak..I want to make this so badly
  30. I have not tried this recipe yet, but wanted to comment about the rice. Anyone can make excellent fluffy rice in a rice cooker or instapot. You should try it, although there is nothing wrong with minute rice!
    1. Terri, when it comes to rice, I am cursed. Ha! I always use instant whenever possible, because I can't mess it up.
      1. G'Day, I couldn't cook rice either, esp. not brown rice. However, I read that unless you live on rice, there is nothing wrong with white rice; so, I started cooking Basmati rice and find it never fails. It cooks in 8-10 min depending on quantity; then, let it sit 5 min. off the stove, fluff up. Perfect every time. Currently with the dreaded virus, rice-producing countries have stopped exporting rice which is understandable why we now have a rice shortage at the supermarket.
  31. Living in the city where Ginger Beef was invented (Calgary) this is pretty darn close to the real thing very good
  32. I just cooked this recipe and O-M-G this has gone straight to the top of my favourite dishes to cook! My husband and I absolutely loved it. I put in some extra ginger and chilli flakes because I love it. Way better than anything from the takeaway! Think we'll be having this on a Friday night instead.
  33. Absolutely loved this recipe. Soooo good! Made no changes except maybe adding a little more chilli flakes than stated. Had fillet steak in fridge so used that. Can’t wait to make again for more people. Thank you for sharing.
  34. Just horrible. Now I have something else to cook and enjoy! I added slightly more sugar and ginger. On the plate it tasted good with a tiny bit or sriracha. I also added some red and green peppers.
  35. When you want to represent Canada on the culinary world stage, but poutine is too arduous and dangerous to attempt - here comes in this little beauty. Now I can somewhat rest my worried head. But to be serious, I have made this recipe twice already with both times being a success. It was something else, and a memorable meal that should get even the most finicky of palates will be pleased. Good work on this one.
  36. On the site at the top of the recipe is the following: I noticed it when I printed out the recipe Thinly sliced beef, fried until crispy, and coated in a garlic and ginger sauce; 30 Minute Ginger Beef is an expensive dinner the whole family will love! I think it should read and INEXPENSIVE DINNER ..... if you use a cheaper cut of beef it goes a long way .... as you mention in other places Jennifer
  37. I've just tried this dish and it's really delicious! However the beef came out a bit hard. May I ask for your trick to make it just right? For how long does it need to fry?
  38. I'm rating based on the reading the recipe! But I'm looking forward trying this with beef tenderloin, and I think I will add a few roast red peppers, and a wee bit of sambal oelek on the side.

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