Air Fried Crispy Chilli Beef

Title: Air Fried Crispy Chilli Beef


For the Crispy Beef:

  • 1 pound (450g) flank steak or sirloin, thinly sliced into strips
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil for spraying

For the Chilli Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (cornstarch slurry)

For Garnish:

  • Sliced green onions
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sliced red chili (optional)


For the Crispy Beef:

  1. Prepare Beef Strips:
    • In a bowl, combine sliced beef with cornstarch, garlic powder, and salt. Toss until the beef is evenly coated.
  2. Preheat Air Fryer:
    • Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Air Fry Beef:
    • Place the coated beef strips in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Lightly spray them with vegetable oil. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the beef is crispy and golden brown.

For the Chilli Sauce:

  1. Combine Sauce Ingredients:
    • In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, ketchup, sweet chili sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, grated ginger, and minced garlic.
  2. Thicken Sauce:
    • Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and continue to simmer until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  3. Toss Crispy Beef:
    • In a large bowl, toss the air-fried crispy beef with the prepared chilli sauce until the beef is well coated.

For Garnish:

  1. Serve and Garnish:
    • Transfer the crispy chilli beef to a serving dish. Garnish with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and sliced red chili if desired.
  2. Enjoy:
    • Serve the air-fried crispy chilli beef hot as a delicious appetizer or main dish, paired with steamed rice or noodles.

Time and Intensity:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 25-27 minutes
  • Intensity: Moderate

Note: This Air Fried Crispy Chilli Beef recipe gives you the delightful combination of crispy beef strips coated in a sweet and tangy chilli sauce. The air fryer ensures that the beef becomes perfectly crispy without deep-frying. It’s a flavorful and satisfying dish that’s quick to make, making it an excellent choice for a weeknight meal or a party appetizer.

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