Big Batch Chinese Beef – A tasty, make-ahead meal of slow-cooked saucy Chinese beef. Perfect when you’re cooking for a crowd!Chinese Beef in a bowl with rice and topped with spring onions

I’m always looking for meal that I can make in bulk.

Every other Sunday, the family gathers at my grandad’s house and we all squash in around the table in his kitchen. The kids have their own mini table – all set with a tablecloth and food garnishings (like the adult table), and we probably make enough noise to make his neighbours dread Sundays!

Tea at grandad’s has been a thing since I was a little girl. My grandad used to make a big buffet with piles of buttered bread, meat, pork pies plus homemade fruitcake and scones. It’s not quite as easy nowadays for him to cook for so many people, so we take turns, bringing food for everyone to share.

Big Batch Chinese Beef cooking in a dutch oven

I live about 90 minutes drive away, so I find it easier to make something at home, then heat it up when I arrive. This means stews and casseroles are a definite favourite.

Chinese beef was my latest meal – served up with piles of fluffy white rice, chopped up spring onions, chilli flakes and some freshly chopped chillies for those that like a bit of heat.

Overhead photo of Big Batch Chinese Beef in a bowl with rice

We all love this one – my grandad and the kids without the chillies, and everyone else with the chillies. I served it with some green veg – stir-fried broccoli and bok choy for a bit of added crunch too.

Two kgs of beef cooked over the course of three hours, gone in 10 minutes flat! If you like this recipe then why not try some of my other big batch or Asian recipes.


In order to make this big batch Chinese beef you will need:

Or you could use a slow cooker for this recipe.

The Big Batch Chinese Beef Recipe:

4.84 from 12 votes

Big Batch Chinese Beef

Big Batch Chinese Beef - A tasty, make-ahead meal of slow-cooked saucy Chinese beef. Perfect when you're cooking for a crowd!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 kg (4.4 lbs) braising beef chopped into bitesize chunks
  • 5 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 large onions peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 litre (33.8 fl oz) beef stock
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 30 button mushrooms
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • sliced spring onions scallions

To Serve:

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  • Preheat the oven to 160C/325F (fan).
  • Heat the 1 tbsp of the oil in a dutch oven or large, heavy-based pan. Dredge the chunks of beef in the flour, salt and pepper and fry one third of the beef for 5-6 minutes until golden brown all over. Remove from the pan and place in a bowl. Repeat twice more, until all the beef is seared.
    3 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 kg (4.4 lbs) braising beef, 5 tbsp plain (all-purpose) flour, ½ tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Add the onions to the pan and cook on a low heat for a 5 minutes. If the onions are starting to catch (due to crispy bits left in the pan from the beef) add a tablespoon or two of water. Add in the garlic, ginger and five spice and stir though for 30 seconds.
    2 large onions, 6 cloves garlic, 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger, 1 tsp Chinese five spice
  • Add the beef back to the pan, along with the beef stock, soy sauce, brown sugar and the mushrooms. Bring to the boil, stirring a few times to release any remaining crispy bits from the bottom of the pan. Place a lid on the pan and cook in the oven for 3-4 hours – stirring a couple of times during cooking - until the meat begins to fall apart. You can add a little more water or beef stock if it starts to look too dry. Alternatively you could transfer to a slow cooker and cook on high for 5-6 hours or low for 7-8 hours, or, you could cook on a low heat, on the hob, with the lid on for 2-3 hours.
    1 litre (33.8 fl oz) beef stock, 120 ml (1/2 cup) dark soy sauce, 2 tbsp soft brown sugar, 30 button mushrooms
  • Serve with boiled rice and top with chilli flakes if you like, and some thinly sliced spring onions. I like to serve this with some green veg too - such as stir-fried broccoli or bok choy.
    1 tsp chilli flakes, sliced spring onions, boiled rice


Nutrition info is for one serving of this recipe, and does not include serving suggestions of rice or green veg.


Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 888mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 5.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. CB says:

    3 stars
    It was just ok for me.

  2. Susan Flint says:

    5 stars
    My husband has made this recipe about four times now when we have people round.Its so easy and delicious.Also if there is any left they’re all wanting to take some home,it also freezes well. I will be making it for some girlfriends this weekend.

  3. Alison says:

    Is the dark soy sauce in the USA the same as Aus? I’ve got this cooking and mine is seriously black. Looks nothing like the picture. I’m thinking regular soy sauce would have been better.

  4. msodag says:

    5 stars
    Big Batch Chinese Beef is big batch on flavour. Easy to prepare. The aroma around the kitchen is, well, Scrumptious! We eat this meal once a fortnight.

  5. anna says:

    What are quantities for 4 people please?

    Hoping to cook today.

    many thanks


  6. Lynsey says:

    5 stars
    Oh my god, this dish was Amazing !!! Found it by accident looking for beef Goulash! It literally was gobbled down when served up!! Only made a small batch , but I reckon if I make a big batch there will still be no leftovers . Thoroughly recommend

  7. Michelle says:

    This is my second time of making this yummy dish. Melt in the mouth beef with loads of flavours. What’s not to like.