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Hunan Beef with Cumin

Hunan Beef with Cumin

A tender and flavorful stir fry Hunan Beef with cumin. This easy and quick stir fry beef dish makes for the perfect last-minute dinner meal. The meat is infused with aromatic spices, making it extremely delicious but not overpowering. If you are in the mood for some ethnic food then this recipe is for you!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Hunan
Keyword: Cumin Beef, Hunan Beef, Hunan Beef with Cumin, Stir Fry Beef Cumin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Rika Livingston


  • wok or non-stick skillet pan


  • 0.75 pound beef sirloin

Marinade Sauce:

For Stir Fry:

  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper
  • ¾ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • ½ tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried red pepper chili flakes (use more according to your taste)
  • 1 fresh Thai chili, red (stems and seeds discarded, finely chopped)
  • 2 scallions (green part only, chopped)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 tbsp vegetable, canola or peanut oil (divided)
  • salt/pepper to taste


  • Trim off any visible fat from the edges of the steak. Slice across the grain about 1/8 inch thick or thin bite slices.

Marinate the Beef:

  • In a medium bowl, mix the beef with the marinade sauce. Set aside and let it sit while you are preparing the other ingredients.

Browned the Beef:

  • Pre-heat the wok.  Once it's hot add 3 tablespoons of oil. Cook the marinated beef undisturbed for about 30 seconds, turning and continuing to cook until the beef slices are browned but still have a bit of pink inside. This cooking process should take about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Stir Fry:

  • Add 1 tbsp of oil into the wok. Add ginger and garlic, and cook just enough until fragrant.
  • Add green bell pepper, red bell pepper, and red chili into the wok. Keep stirring for about 1 minute then add the browned beef, cumin and dried chili to the wok. Continue cooking until the beef is coated with aromatic spices and more fragrant.
    Adjust seasoning with salt/pepper or additional soy sauce according to your liking.
  • Add scallions, and sesame oil, just toss to combine. Turn off the heat. Serve and enjoy.


Shaoxing wine is available at Asian grocers or select Kroger/Ralph’s stores. I bought the cooking wine from my local Asian store for about $1.99-$3.99/ bottle. 


Nutrition Facts
Hunan Beef with Cumin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 458mg20%
Potassium 439mg13%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1199IU24%
Vitamin C 62mg75%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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