Sesame Beef Recipe

Sesame Beef Recipe

This Chinese inspired beef dish uses tender and juicy flank steak cooked in a sweet and savory sesame sauce.  It is the perfect way to incorporate lots of brassica vegetables that are available this time of year including Pak Choi (Bok Choy), Wong Bok (Chinese cabbage), broccoli, kale and to garnish with some spring onions.

There are many ways to serve this dish and we recommend the following ideas:

Lettuce wraps: Lettuce wraps (can use head lettuce or cos) are a great low-carb and easy way to serve up the meat. You can even top the meat with sliced cabbage, carrots, Sriracha, or bean sprouts.

With rice: This beef also goes great over white or brown rice or cauliflower rice (currently available in our Farm Shop)

With noodles: Serve this sesame beef recipe over noodles. Rice noodles, ramen, spaghetti, or vegetable noodles (think zucchini noodles when there's surplus in summer!) make a great base for beef.

Grains and vegetable/salad bowls: Eat with your favorite grains (including gluten free) and vegetables.  


  • 500-700g beef steak  (sirloin or flank steak - slice meat against the grain into 6mm pieces)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice (optional)
  • 1 tbsp whole wheat flour (or cornflour)
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp salt reduced soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the beef stock, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, honey and vinegar together. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, toss the beef with salt, pepper, Chinese five spice and flour until the beef is evenly coated.
  3. In a large wok or large frying pan / skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Once hot, add the beef in one layer. Cook for 1-2 minutes on one side until seared and then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the other side. Cook in batches if needed. 
  4. Add the sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens. If for some reason the sauce doesn't thicken, add a mixture of cornstarch with water (1 to 2 ratio) to the pan.
  5. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve.
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