Crispy Sesame Beef

4.13 from 8 votes

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Prepare yourselves for the best homemade Crispy Sesame Beef that tastes BETTER than take-out! Yes, it’s possible, and not all that hard to do either! Try it out tonight and see for yourself! Need more take-out inspiration? Try my Orange Chicken next.


Crispy Sesame Beef.

It’s my husband’s favorite Asian food probably of all time. For ever and ever. When we were first married, I’d show him I’d love him by buying him sesame beef. From Safeway of all places. {I know, sacrelig.}

I don’t know why its taken me this long to recreate my own version but alas, here she blows.

I made this once when my sister was visiting a few weeks ago and then I had to make it again because {1} it was THAT good {2} my husband was like “um, make THAT again. Like yesterday” and {3} I knew it was better than anything I could get at any restaurant/Safeway {?!}  because its made exactly the way I like it.

A little plug to cook at home.

So, yes, this recipe. It’s BOMB. Sweet, spicy, crispy and just makes you want to yell out loud in all the right ways.

That was an awkward last sentence.




Moral of the story: this needs to be made in your kitchen. Like, yesterday. –from Gordon

Have a lovely day, friends!!

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4.13 from 8 votes

Better Than Take-Out Crispy Sesame Beef

Prepare yourselves for the best homemade Crispy Sesame Beef that tastes BETTER than take-out! Yes, it's possible and not all that hard to do either! Try it out tonight and see for yourself!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


for the sauce-

  • 1 1/2 cups sweet chili sauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey

for the beef-

  • 1 1/2 lbs sirloin steak
  • 4-5 tablespoons cornstarch divided
  • 1 cup peanut oil for frying (add more as needed)
  • salt to taste

to serve-

  • 2 cups white rice cooked
  • white sesame seeds for garnish
  • 3 green onions diced, for garnish


for the sauce-

  • In a large skillet, heat all ingredients for sauce until warmed. Keep on a very low simmer while you cook the beef.

for the beef-

  • Cut sirloin steak across the grain into 1/4 inch-thick pieces* and place into a large bowl. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cornstarch. Stir to coat each piece in cornstarch and set aside.
  • In a large, deep pot, pour in oil and bring up to 350-375° F.
  • The meat will absorb the cornstarch slightly, so sprinkle in 1-2 more tablespoons to coat everything again. Stir to ensure all the pieces of meat are separated from each other and evenly coated. This means extra crunchy beef!
  • Once the oil has come up to temp, fry the meat in batches until browned and crispy.
  • Drain onto paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Continue cooking the meat in batches.
  • Once all the beef is cooked, add to the sauce and stir to coat and heat thoroughly.

to serve-

  • Serve over white rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onion, if desired.


*freeze your steak 15-20 minutes for easier slicing


Calories: 4571kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 469g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 2060mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 55g | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: sesame beef
4.13 from 8 votes (6 ratings without comment)

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    1. Sarah Grant

      Can you confirm the amount of Sweet Chili Sauce? The amount it said when I accessed it through the meal plan is different than here.

      1. Lauren

        The amount on the meal plans is probably different because it’s meant for a smaller or larger serving size. If you’re on the 2-4 person meal plan, we size those down.

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  3. Debbie Fuller

    Delicious!!! I am allergic to corn so I substituted potato starch. Thank you for sharing, I can now enjoy my favorites without fear of getting sick.

  4. Traci P

    I never, ever make things that require frying in oil, but this looked so good, and my kids love Chinese take-out I decided to give it a go. It really was awesome, and quite easy. I admit I didn’t use quite as much oil…I used quite a bit, but not a half gallon. I think it still worked out just fine. I also added broccoli to this recipe. My kids loved it!!!

  5. Nadine Bretz

    This recipe is delicious. The crunch of the meat strips combined with the sauce is perfect. The cup and a half of sauce was too much, – I ended up tossing about 3/4 cup away…so next time I will adjust . I will definitely make this again!

  6. Ziara Harney

    This recipe is absolutely amazing. I made it last year and misplaced the recipe, I almost cried today when I tried to find it online and could not at first. I will be printing multiple copies and bookmarking this page so I never lose it again!!!

    The beef turns out so perfectly crispy and the sauce complements the dish so well. Also, if you fry the beef in a tall pot, it doesn’t get messy at all.

  7. Krista

    Made this tonight…it’s SO stupid good! Much easier than I thought too, I’ve been afraid to tackle Chinese food. Fear abolished, this recipe will grace my table lots in the near future, I can tell. Not one strip left over, we ate it all (and a delivery to my parents down the road)

    Our Costco sells the best, most tender sirloin steaks, so we bought a 3 lb pack (smallest they had) and made it all. Since it was doubled meat, I was going to double the sauce, but that just seemed like SO much sauce. So, doubled meat, 1.5 times the sauce and it still made plenty. Next time, I’ll add some veggies (broccoli, red pepper strips, scallion lengths and snow peas) to add some veg, and color. Won’t be typical sesame beef, but a mighty tasty meal. Lauren, this recipe is a home run!

  8. Sam Bellaccomo

    Hi, Lauren. Read yur blog every day and have a lot of recipes saved. What is exactly “sweet chili sauce” or “chili sauce”? There are so many different varieties in the supermarkets in Utah to choose from. Is it the one that comes in small, almost oval-sized glass jars or the ones that come in large plastic squirtable bottles? It’s confusing. Thanks and keep up the great work. Suggestion: would like to see more slow cooker or crockpot (as some people call it) recipes. Thanks.

  9. VikkiD

    I made the sauce & used it for a beef & broccoli stir fry. DEE. LISH. And only 4 ingredients! Boring “meh” stir fries are now a distant memory. Thank you 🙂

  10. Ceil G.

    Lauren, just a thank you for posting your recipes. I’ve enjoyed cooking a few of them–all good, and just wanted to take a moment for thanks for sharing. How you do it with family is amazing to me. Keep it up.

  11. Lara

    Delish!! It got rave reviews from my husband, too who said that the only thing that would make it better was some wonton soup and an egg roll on the side! 🙂

  12. Leisha

    We also just pan fried the beef in a little olive oil, made extra sauce and added broccoli…then served all over jasmine rice!! It was so good!!! Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. Karen

    Tried this tonight and it was so freaking good! I do not usually deep fry anything, but it was definitely worth it. I would never have gotten the same results baking or sauteing. This was super easy to throw together–it would even be great on a work night. If sirloin was cheaper I would put this into the very regular rotation. I used Thai Kitchen sweet chili sauce tonight, but just bought some from Trader Joe’s the other day.

  14. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I just know the takeaway loving man in my house is going to love this! Definitely need to make this, like yesterday, too 🙂

  15. Nann

    Lauren…A couple of hours ago I got on my email thinking about dinner tonight and saw your post. It looked and sounded really good. I had the beef in the freezer and the rest of the ingredients in the pantry and frig. I thought Hey why not give it try. And am I glad I did. Lauren it is DELICIOUS!!! We all loved it. And it’s so easy. You have a winner here and I’ll be making it again. But then you always have great recipes and ideas. So a BIG thankyou for dinner tonight!

  16. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    This looks really good… can I have some NOW please? However I typically don’t deep fry. Not because of the calories involved but more because I hate to waste stuff and it just seems like such a waste. Maybe we will have to eat out at a Chinese food restaurant soon.

  17. Helen Duniphin

    I live in a very small mountain community and I do not prefer the only Chinese Restaurant in town so now I can recreate my favorite dish, thank you bunches!

  18. Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious

    This looks incredible. I’m always looking for ways to get away from takeout, and this is perfection. Can’t wait to try it!