Thai-Style Stir-Fried Beef with Mango

Thai-Style Stir-Fried Beef with Mango This colorful dish is bursting with fresh flavors and deliciously contrasting textures.

This recipe’s dressing is completely oil-free, so although both the beef and nuts contain fat and the beef is stir-fried in a little oil, the dish is still light on the fat front. Also, no extra salt is needed because of the spicy dressing and saltiness of soy sauce.

Quick look

  • prep 30 min    cook 10 min
  • serves 4


  • 14 oz lean steak, such as sirloin
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • Ginger and honey dressing
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp mild Mexican-style chilli powder
  • 1½ tbsp clear honey
  • 1 in. piece fresh root ginger, grated
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar or cider vinegar
  • juice of 1 lime or lemon

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 ripe but firm mango, peeled and cut into strips
  • 2 ripe but firm plums, sliced
  • ¼ medium-sized red cabbage, shredded
  • 2 oz watercress leaves
  • ½ cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • ½ red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 3–4 spring onions, cut into diagonal pieces
  • 1½ oz mixed fresh mint and coriander
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped roasted unsalted peanuts

    How to make it  40 minutes

  • 1

    To make the dressing, put the paprika, chilli powder, honey, ginger and vinegar in a saucepan and slowly add 8 1/2 fl oz of water, stirring. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime or lemon juice. Set aside.

  • 2

    Combine all the salad ingredients, except the peanuts, in a large shallow serving dish and toss gently together until evenly mixed. Set aside.

  • 3

    Cut the steak into thin strips for stir-frying. Put the steak in a bowl with the garlic, sugar and soy sauce and mix together so the strips of steak are seasoned. Heat a wok or non-stick pan on a high heat, then add the oil. Add the beef and stir-fry until the strips are evenly browned and cooked to taste.

  • 4

    Spoon the stir-fried beef over the top of the salad. Drizzle the dressing over the top and sprinkle with the peanuts. Serve immediately.

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