Air Fried Crispy Chilli Beef 


  • 200-300 g Rump steak
  • 200 g cornflour seasoned with ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 Birdseye chillies
  • 20 g coriander leaves and stems
  • Handful dried red chillis
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 6 tbsp Chinkiang black rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • Roast the garlic and dried chillis in the dual roasting drawers
  • Spray the whole garlic with oil and pop into the roasting draw at 160°C/320 °F for around 20 Minutes.
  • Soak the dried chillis in a bowl of water. After twenty minutes of roasting you will swap the garlic with the chillis and roast them for 2-3 Minutes.
  • Cut the meat into thin strips roughly 3mm wide and place in a mixing bowl. Add the marinade ingredients and, using your hands, massage the pieces until they are evenly coated. Then add the seasoned cornflour and massage into the meat. The meat will first stick together in clumps, but as you continue adding cornflour, each piece of meat will start to separate completely. Once all the meat has separated and the pieces are dry and dusty white, they are ready to be air-fried.
  • Finely dice the ginger, garlic and chillies and finely chop the coriander. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl or ramekin.
  • Build your WOK CLOCK; place your meat bowl at 12 o’clock, then arrange the garlic, chilli, sauce bowl and coriander clockwise around your plate.
  • Spray the air fryer tray and the beef with a thin layer of oil.
  • 205°C/401°F fry 4 Minutes -  1st fry.
  • Take basket out to spray the beef once more
  • Pop the tray back in to preheat whilst you are spraying the beef again.
  • 205°C/392°F 5 Minutes - 2nd fry
  • In a separate wok, heat ½ tbsp vegetable oil over a high heat until smoking hot. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli, lower the heat to medium and stir-fry for 30 seconds until slightly crispy and fragrant.
  • Pour over the sauce mixture and bring to a vigorous boil, then add the crispy meat and give the wok two or three tosses to mix everything together. Spoon into a serving bowl and scatter over the coriander to finish. Serve immediately.
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