Cumin beef

cumin beef

Skip the take-out and opt for homemade Chinese cuisine with Cumin Beef, a beloved stir-fried dish from Hunan cuisine. This recipe brings together tender beef, aromatic spices, and crisp vegetables for a flavorful meal that’s easy to prepare.

Hunan Cuisine, also known as Xiang Cuisine, originates from the Hunan province in South Central China. Known for its bold flavors, Hunan cuisine features a variety of spices and ingredients that create dishes with a fiery and aromatic taste. Common elements in Hunan dishes include chili peppers, shallots, and fermented soybeans, resulting in a cuisine that is vibrant, flavorful, and deeply satisfying.

Stir-Fried Hunan Beef with Cumin is perfect for those busy evenings when you need a quick and satisfying dinner. The beef is marinated with a blend of spices that include cumin and dried red chili pepper flakes, giving it a delightful depth of flavor without being overly spicy. Plus, this dish is MSG-free, making it a healthier choice compared to restaurant versions. Serve your Stir-Fried Hunan Beef with Cumin hot over steamed rice for a complete and satisfying meal that’s sure to please your taste buds and impress your family or guests.

Cumin beef

Hunan style tender cumin beef, aromatic spices, and crisp vegetables
Prep15 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: beef
Servings: 4
Calories: 428kcal


  • 1 lb beef sirloin or flank steak thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic infused oil
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • green onion tops chopped (for garnish)
  • sesame seeds for garnish, optional


  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, cornstarch, ground cumin, and chili powder. Mix well.
  • Add the thinly sliced beef to the marinade and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a wok or a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add garlic infused oil and stir for about 30 seconds until aromatic.
  • Add the marinated beef to the wok and stir-fry until it’s browned and cooked through. Remove the beef from the wok and set it aside.
  • In the same wok, add a bit more oil if needed and stir-fry the sliced bell peppers until they are tender yet still crisp.
  • Return the cooked beef to the wok and toss everything together to combine.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Serve the cumin beef over cooked rice or noodles.


Nutrition: Carbohydrates:14g; Protein:28g; Fat:16g; Saturated Fat:5g; Sodium:401mg; Fiber:2g

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