Sticky beef (Serves: 2/3 – Preparation time: 20 minutes)

Lately I have been finding that I am pushed for time in the evenings,  as a result I have been resorting to meals that can be prepped and on the table in 20 minutes without too much fuss.  The recipe below fits the bill perfectly as in the time that it takes to steam the rice the rest of the dish can be cooked.

This ‘sticky beef’ recipe uses dates to make sauce, giving it a wonderfully sweet caramelised flavour.  The spice and warmth from the chilli helps cut through the sweetness of the dish, however if you find it too sugary for your palette then add 1 tbsp of light soy sauce to the dish at the end.

By stir-frying the vegetables quickly they will retain a slight crunch which contrasts the smoothness of the sauce and tenderness steak.  Don’t feel that you have to use beef to make this recipe, it would work just as well with pork or chicken thighs cut into thin strips and cooked in a little oil before adding it to the sauce.  Enjoy!


Sticky beef
Serves: 2-3
Preparation time: 20 minutes


  • 2 steaks
  • 10 dates
  • 250ml boiling water
  • ½ – 1 red chilli (adjust quantities according to your own preference and heat of chilli)
  • 6 spring onions (sliced finely on the diagonal)
  • 1 sweet red bell pepper (sliced into fine circles)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ½ tsp sesame seeds

Serve with:
Steamed rice with a handful of freshly chopped coriander stirred through it.


  • Remove destone the dates, roughly chop, place in bowl with the bowling water and leave for 5-10 minutes.
  • Start cooking your rice according to the instructions.
  • Heat a heavy based pan until it starts to smoke.
  • Cook the steaks for 2 minutes on each side and then remove from pan and set to one side to rest.
  • Heat a little vegetable oil in a frying pan add the spring onions and quickly stir fry before adding the pepper and garlic and chilli.
  • Add the dates and liqueur to the pan and reduce until you are left with a sticky sauce.
  • Cut the steak into strips and add back to the pan for a final minute stirring so that the beef is coated in the sauce.
  • Just before serving sprinkle over the sesame seeds.

Note: If the sauce is too sweet for your liking add a tablespoon of light soy sauce when you add the beef.

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