Sesame Beef with Spinach

sesame beef with spinach-2

Sesame Beef with Spinach

From Stonesoup
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I can’t remember what inspired me to make a sesame focused stir fry recently, but I’m so glad I did. There’s something about the subtle toastiness of sesame oil that works so well with beef. I’ve kept it simple here with just two sources of sesame flavour but you could easily up the ante… See the ‘triple sesame’ idea below.

Enough for: 2
Takes: 15 minutes

450g (1lb) ground beef
2-6 small red chilli
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 bag baby spinach
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon sesame oil

1. Heat a wok or large frying pan on a very high heat. Add a little oil and then the beef and chilli. Cook, stirring frequently until the beef is well browned.

2. Add oyster sauce and spinach and cook for another minute or until the spinach is just starting to wilt.

3. Remove from the heat. Taste season and serve with sesame seeds and oil scattered and drizzled over.


vegan / vegetarian – replace beef with cooked lentils. And use a vegetarian ‘oyster’ sauce. They do exist.

triple sesame – serve with a drizzle of tahini.

tiny person friendly – serve the chopped chilli at the table for everyone to add their own. For more family-friendly ideas see my other blog,

sesame-free – skip the oil and seeds and serve the beef with a generous handful of fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves.

no sesame oil or seeds? – You could just use one or the other or serve with a drizzle of tahini instead.

different veg – you can add pretty much any stir fry veg such as carrots, zucchini, snow peas, asparagus, broccolini, broccoli.

different meat – lamb is great or use any ground (minced) meat or poultry. If you’re not a fan of minced (ground) meat, use tender meat cut into slices for stir frying.

carb lovers / more substantial – serve with steamed rice.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

beef – freeze.

red chilli – will keep in the fridge for weeks or can be frozen.

oyster sauce – pantry or fridge once opened. Keeps for ages.

baby spinach – use for another meal or freeze.

sesame seeds, sesame oil – pantry.

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Jennifer Strange June 20, 2014

I never did find oyster sauce at the store but I did find clam juice so I added that. I also don’t buy chilies so I added a little siracha sauce instead. I’d probably add more siracha next time and a little less sesame seed.


Edith June 10, 2014

Oops, I put the sesame oil right at the start to cook the mince…I hope it won’t be a problem…


jules June 12, 2014

Wouldn’t be a problem Edith.

You just might get some extra toasty flavours but that might be a good thing 🙂


Julia Adams June 3, 2014

I love this sesame beef with chilli recipe- so quick & easy, and tasty too. Wilting spinach has to be easiest way to get some greens in. I really love nights where I don’t have to chop much!


jules June 6, 2014

Great Julia!
I’m a huge fan of spinach to get a quick dose of greens without much effort too.


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