Easy Shaking Beef

Shaking Beef

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 2 hours (includes marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vietnamese


This easy recipe for Shaking Beef is a Vietnamese spin on a stir-fry supper with a dash of lime juice for a fresh and delicious flavor!


  • 1 pound beef tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small head of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • 3 scallions, root ends cut off and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Lime wedges for serving
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Put beef, garlic, 1 tablespoon of sugar, sesame oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a zippered plastic bag and marinate in the fridge  for at least one hour and up to 12 hours.
  2. When you are ready to cook, combine the rice vinegar, white wine, soy sauce and 1 tablespoon sugar in a small measuring cup and set aside. (This is the cooking sauce for the meat).
  3. Combine lime juice, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper (this is the dipping sauce.)
  4. Divide the lettuce and tomatoes among four plates so you are all ready to go when the meat is done.
  5. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over high heat.  When it is smoking hot, add the beef cubes in one layer and let them sear for about 2-3 minutes.  Flip them over and let them sear for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add the shallot and scallions, and give it a good stir.  Now pour in the vinegar mixture and shake the pan for about 30 seconds until the meat releases.
  7. Place the beef mixture on top of the lettuce and tomatoes and pour any drippings from the pan over the beef.  Serve with a sprinkle of sesame seeds, the lime dipping sauce and lime wedges on the side!