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Sticky date & soy beef stew

Sticky date & soy beef stew

A rich and aromatic stew that’s just right for colder nights. Serve with wasabi-spiked mashed potato or sticky rice plus steamed greens.

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HealthySource of fibre2 of your 5 a day
  • Serves4
  • CourseMain meal
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook2 hrs 15 mins
  • Total time2 hrs 25 mins

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  • 2 tbsp Essential Sunflower Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • 2 x 400g British beef diced braising steak
  • plain flour for dusting
  • 400g Essential Carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 6 Waitrose Medjool Dates with Stones, pitted and chopped as finely as possible
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 500ml fresh beef or chicken stock
  • 1 Essential Lime, juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C, gas mark 3. Heat 1½ tbsp oil over a high heat in a large lidded ovenproof sauté pan or flame-proof casserole dish. Season the beef, dust lightly with flour and fry in batches, browning on all sides, then set aside on a plate.

  2. Turn the heat down to medium, add the remaining ½ tbsp oil to the pan and fry the carrots and onion for 6-8 minutes unti starting to soften. Add the ginger and dates; cook for another 2 minutes, then return the beef to the pan. Add the star anise, soy sauce and stock, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.

  3. Cover the pan with the lid and transfer to the oven for 1 hour. Uncover and cook for a final 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. If the sauce is not reduced enough after being in the oven, simmer on the hob for a few minutes to thicken. Stir in the lime juice and serve with mash or sticky rice and steamed greens, if liked.

Cook’s tip


Star anise

This star-shaped spice comes from a tree native to China. It lends a sweet, liquorice-like flavour to dishes so is ideal in meaty stews, broths and festive drinks, including mulled wine.


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


1,940kJ/ 462kcals



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