Sha Cha Beef

This sha cha beef recipe is impressive - the dish is flavorful, the beef is tender and it takes roughly 15 - 25 minutes to make from start to finish.

A delicious bowl of Sha Cha Beef served with broccoli and rice

Sha Cha Sauce

Sha Cha Sauce is a mix of soybean oil, green onions, garlic, dried shrimp, brill fish, and chili. It is often used as a base for soups, a sauce for hotpots and stir fry dishes, and a rub for BBQ meats. Sha Cha Sauce often referred to as “Chinese BBQ Sauce” in English, brings out so much flavor in the dish and compliments the beef (or chicken) extremely well. You can purchase Sha Cha Sauce from Chinese supermarkets or online.

Vegetables

We add a little bit of green onion and white onion to the stir fry - both offer a little bit of sweetness to the dish, while the white onion gives a little bit of crunch to the meal. We also like to steam some vegetables to serve with the sha cha beef and rice.

Beef

For this recipe, we use thinly sliced flank steak. The beef is quite tender and juicy. If you do not have flank steak, then you can substitute this for skirt steak, top round steak or hanger steak.

A tasty bowl of Sha Cha Beef served with rice and broccoli as seen from the side

Can I store sha cha beef in the fridge?

Yes, store sha cha beef in the fridge for roughly three days in an airtight container.

What can I serve with sha cha beef?

Here are some suggestions on what to serve with sha cha beef:
- Broccoli
- Cauliflower
- Spinach
- Rice
- Medium egg noodles

A delicious bowl of Sha Cha Beef served with broccoli and rice

Sha Cha Beef

This sha cha beef recipe is impressive - the dish is flavorful, the beef is tender and it takes roughly 15 - 25 minutes to make from start to finish.

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Cuisine
Chinese

Servings
4

Calories
238 kcal

Prep time
10 minutes

Cook time
15 minutes

Total time
25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1.5 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sha cha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • medium white onion
  • 3 green onions (chopped in 1-inch pieces)
  • vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the sliced beef, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Heat a pan over high heat with a little bit of vegetable oil. Once the pan is hot, add the beef slices to the pan until the beef is cooked on the outside - roughly 30 seconds on each side. It’s fine if the slices are still slightly pink in the center since we will put the slices back into the pan to cook completely. Remove the beef from the pan and set it aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium heat. Add 1.5 teaspoons of ginger, 1.5 teaspoons of garlic, 2 tablespoons of sha cha sauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and half the chopped white onion to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
  4. After 1 minute, add the beef and the green onions into the pan with the sha cha sauce mixture. Cook everything on high heat until the white onions are opaque and the green onions have wilted.

Notes

  • To save time when making recipes that require ginger and garlic, we recommend using ginger and garlic paste.
  • While cooking the beef initially, you may have to cook the beef in batches so that you can evenly cook each beef slice.
  • If you like this sha cha beef recipe, try out our sha cha chicken recipe too!

Nutrition

  • Calories 238 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 10.3 g | 
  • Protein 24.8 g | 
  • Fat 10.3 g | 
  • Saturated fat 4.3 g | 
  • Cholesterol 68 mg | 
  • Sodium 166.9 mg | 
  • Fiber 0.6 g | 
  • Sugar 6.7 g |