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spicy slow cooked beef stew

Spicy slow cooked beef stew, using beef rib trim cooked in an aromatic gravy. Quick to prepare leaving the oven to do all the hard work.

Our spicy slow cooked beef stew was a main course that we served at one of our recent Supperclubs.

Lost in Food Supperclub main course asian inspired beef

It’s the time of year when a warming stew comes into it’s own. Winter is the season of slow braised dishes, packed full of flavour. Comforting food that warms you from the inside out!

Made with beef rib trim, we wanted a slow cooked beef stew that was rich and hearty, but not a basic casserole. Instead we wanted something a little bit different, with just a hint of Asian spicing.

Lost in Food Supperclub main course asian inspired beef

What cut of beef is rib trim?

This recipe uses beef trim, a boneless cut taken from between the rib bones. It has great marbling making it ideal for slow cooking.

We cooked this dish for 5 hours by which time our spicy slow cooked beef was melt in the mouth tender. However each piece of meat did keep it’s shape well.

How to cook beef stew in the oven?

A great way to impart real flavour into your beef is to make this spicy beef stew in the oven. Slow cooking the beef in this way means that once assembled you can pretty much leave the oven to do the rest!

Prepare and cook beef stew in oven:

Cooking beef rib trim in a kitchen.
Start by browning the beef. Pour some flour into a dish and season generously with salt and pepper. Place each piece of beef into the seasoned flour and roll to cover with a dusting of flour.
Get a roasting pan really hot, add some sunflower oil and place in the cuts of beef, dusted in flour. Take care to brown all sides of the meat then once browned all over remove to a separate dish. Do not over-crowd the pan instead cook in batches.
A wooden chopping board containing chopped vegetables like onions, ginger, shallots, chilies and garlic.
Now get the vegetables prepared for the stew. Add a little more sunflower oil to the pan you cooked the meat in and gently saute the vegetables for 5 minutes until they just start to soften.
Add the shallots, onion, celery and carrot to the pan and saute for 5 minutes. Now add the mushrooms, garlic, ginger and chilli and saute for a further 2 minutes.
Add the dry spices to the pan and cook until they release their aroma and at this stage add the beef back into the pan.
Add the sherry and the red wine to the pan and allow to cook for 2 minutes to burn off the alcohol. Now add the dark and light soy sauce, beef stock pot and water. Stir to combine before covering with a lid and placing in a pre-heated oven at 140CFan/160C for 4-5 hours.

Finish the gravy:

Beef rib trim, cooked and resting in a spiced gravy.
Once the spicy beef stew is cooked, remove from the oven. remove the beef rib trim from the pan and place on a side dish while you get on with making the gravy.
Pour the beef gravy through a sieve and discard any cooking vegetables. Place the roasting pan on the hob and turn the heat up high and reduce the gravy to thicken it. Finally add in any extra flavourings.

How to make really great gravy?

I love a good gravy! So finally to round off this dish:

  1. Remove the meat and vegetables and strain the gravy through a fine sieve.
  2. Discard the vegetables, after 5 hours they’ve given up all their flavour.
  3. Set aside the beef to add back into the gravy later.
  4. Pour the strained gravy back into the pan and heat to a simmer, allowing the gravy to reduce by at least a half.
  5. Now adding in any additional flavours at this point, for example a good glug of port or a spoon of sharp blackcurrant jelly.
  6. Taste the gravy and add more salt and pepper if required. Only add salt and pepper once the gravy has reduced, any earlier can result in an overly salty dish.
beef gravy reducing in a large pan with a spoon of blackcurrant jelly being added.
Finish the gravy by adding in any final flavourings, like the blackcurrant jelly added here. Add the beef rib trim back into the pan and heat up gently. Now serve.

Recipe substitutions:

Beef rib trim:

We have used beef rib trim, which is a beautifully marbled piece of meat cut from between the ribs. This marbled cut of beef imparts real flavour into the stew.

Beef rib trim is a cut that requires to be cooked low and slow to make it tender. You can substitute with other braising joints like: beef shoulder; diced stewing steak; beef cheek or brisket (cut into chunks).

Vegetable flavourings:

Full of flavour and easy to prepare, this spic beef stew uses traditional stewing vegetables like shallot, onion, carrot, celery and mushroom. However, the flavour is really ramped up by adding some heat with garlic, ginger and chilli.

If you don’t like any of these flavours then simply leave them out.


The spice in this slow cooked beef comes from star anise, cinnamon and sichuan peppercorns. However, the flavour still remained firmly beef stew, albeit one with spicy undertones.

If there are any of these flavours that you do not like, then simply leave them out of the dish.

Soy sauce:

Both dark and light soy sauce are used in this slow cooked beef dish. The dark soy is used to add depth of flavour, whereas the light soy sauce is used to add salt to a dish.


A combination of both red wine and dry fino sherry was added to this stew for added flavour punch. However, you could substitute with red wine for some port, the dry fino sherry can be substituted with shaoxing rice wine (a Chinese fermented rice wine).

Lost in Food Supperclub main course asian inspired beef

Can I make this spicy beef stew ahead of time?

As with most beef stews, this dish is one that can be made a couple of days ahead of time.

Simply cook the stew as per the recipe and allow to cool before covering and placing in the fridge until you are ready to heat up and serve.

In fact allowing the dish to sit for 24 will only improve the flavour. Most stew dishes taste better and have a fuller flavour if prepared a day ahead as this allows the meat to really take on the flavours of the stew.

Can I freeze this beef stew?

This stew can be frozen. After cooking, simply cool and spoon into a container, before placing in the freezer. Allow to defrost thoroughly before heating up and serving.

A special thanks to Donald Russell for providing us with the beef trim for this dish. A deliciously flavoursome cut of beef that we will definitely use again.

Pin the recipe:

A delicious beef stew with subtle spices of star anise and cinnamon to give lovely warmth to the dish. Served with mashed potato its comfort food at its best. Perfect as well for a dinner party.

Additional recipe suggestions:

If you like this slow braise recipe try some of our other slow cook recipes:

Lost in Food Supperclub main course asian inspired beef

spicy slow cooked beef stew

Beef rib trim, slow cooked in a lightly spiced gravy. Quick to prepare leaving the oven to do all the hard work.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 474kcal


  • 1 kg beef rib trim
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 250 g shallots (remove skin, leave whole)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 5 cm fresh ginger (sliced)
  • 100 g chestnut mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 large carrot (sliced)
  • 1 stick of celery (sliced)
  • 2 red finger chillies (left whole)
  • 2-3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 5 cm piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp crushed sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 150 ml fino sherry
  • 375 ml red wine
  • 1 Knorr rich beef stockpot
  • 300 ml water


  • Place the flour on a large plate and season well with salt and black pepper. Coat each of the beef ribs with the seasoned flour and shake off any excess.
  • Pour the sunflower oil into a large casserole dish, place on the hob and heat to medium-high. Add the beef rib in small batches and brown each rib before removing to another dish. Work through all the ribs, taking time to ensure they are all seared as this will add flavour to the finished dish. Set aside the beef trim till later.
  • Add a little more oil to the pan if necessary, before adding the shallots, onion, celery and carrot. Keep on a medium heat and cook gently for 5 minutes.
  • Once nicely golden add the mushrooms, garlic, ginger and chilli. Continue to saute for a further 2-3 minutes. Add all the dry spices to the pan and cook for a further minute, stirring the mixture to release the aromatics in the spice.
  • Add the sherry and red wine to the pan and allow to cook for 2 minutes to burn off the alcohol. 
  • Add the dark and light soy sauce, beef stock pot and water to the casserole dish and stir to combine all the ingredients. Return the beef to the casserole along with any juices from the plate.
  • Cover the casserole with a tight-fitting lid and place in a pre-heated oven at 140CFan to cook for 5 hours, stir the casserole half way through. If the sauce is looking too thick at any stage, simply add a little more water.
  • Once cooked, gently remove the beef rib trim from the casserole and place on a warm plate. The beef rib will keep it’s shape but handle gently as it will fall apart. Strain the remaining vegetables and gravy into a bowl using a fine sieve. Once you have all the gravy discard all the vegetables as after 5 hours cooking they have done their job and there is little taste left. The taste is in the gravy.
  • Return the gravy to the pan and turn up to medium high and reduce the gravy by at least half to thicken it. Once the gravy has reached the desired consistency, return the beef to the pan and heat it gently. Serve immediately.


If you really want to lift the flavour of the gravy to another level, we like to add a good glug of port and a dessert spoon of blackcurrant jelly jam. Add these when you are reducing the gravy.
As with many beef dishes, this stew can be made in advance and once cooled left overnight in the fridge. The flavours will really develop if allowed to sit for 24 hours. 
Nutrition Facts
spicy slow cooked beef stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 474 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 633mg28%
Potassium 1038mg30%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1855IU37%
Vitamin C 27.9mg34%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Main Course
Cuisine : British
Keyword : beef, beef stew, slow cooked, spicy, stew
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