Annabel Karmel's sesame beef stir-fry recipe

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Annabel Karmel's sesame beef stir-fry is a lovely mix of beef and vegetables in a delicate stir-fry sauce - perfect for encouraging kids to try new flavours.

Annabel Karmel's sesame beef stir-fry
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time15 mins

Annabel Karmel's sesame beef stir-fry is a great way to introduce your child to exciting new flavours, in a speedy dish you can serve up to the whole family.

Children as young as 18 months can enjoy this simple stir-fry, packed with a rainbow of healthy vegetables and with a good portion of iron-rich beef. The dish takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, so it's great for busy mums and dads. Plus this recipe makes four portions - so you can eat the same meal as your little one if you're feeling like a healthy version of Chinese takeaway tonight. Feel free to add in extra vegetables if your child especially likes them. We find the mini sweetcorn are always very popular, but adding in some sliced pepper is nice too.


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium carrot cut into matchsticks
  • 100g (4oz) baby sweetcorn cut into quarters
  • 1 courgette (approx 100g/4oz) cut into matchsticks
  • 300g (10oz) beef fillet, cut into very fine strips
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 150ml (5fl oz) beef stock
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Few drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds




  1. Heat the sesame oil in a wok and stir fry the garlic, carrots, sweetcorn and courgette for 3 to 4 mins. Add the beef and continue to stir fry for 4-5 mins.
  2. Mix the cornflour together with a tablespoon of water and stir into the beef stock. Stir this into the pan together with the sugar, soy sauce, Tabasco and sesame seeds.
  3. Bring to the simmer, cook until slightly thickened and serve with rice.

Top tip for making Annabel Karmel's sesame beef stir fry

If you're making this for the whole family, serve with some noodles or steamed rice to make it a larger meal. 

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Annabel Karmel

Annabel Karmel MBE is a chef and author of over 40 cookbooks based on nutrition, and cooking for babies, children and families. With her career spanning over 25 years she has pioneered the way families feed their babies and children all the world over.