Chilli Beef  with Coconut Cream and Dhania

Coriander is by far my most favourite and treasured herb. I’d add it to tea if I could just so that I could have a taste of it. Oooh wait maybe I should try that 🙂 hehe I digress. When I saw this recipe in the Australian Women’s Weekly Sensational Stir fries cook book there was no question I had to try it. And it did not disappoint.

The original recipe uses lamb but I had none so I just used beef fillet steak instead and kept all the other ingredients as is. Do try it. Serve with some hot rice. Your family will love it. HAPPY COOKING!!





Chilli Beef  with Coconut Cream and Dhania


Chilli Beef with Coconut Cream and Dhania

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 3-4


  1. 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or whatever you have in hand)
  2. 2 small fresh red chillies, chopped
  3. 1 clove of garlic crushed
  4. 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  5. 1 medium onion, sliced
  6. 450grams beef fillets (you can also use lamb), sliced
  7. 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  8. 2 teaspoons sugar (preferably brown)
  9. ¾ cup coconut cream
  10. Small bunch of chopped fresh dhania (coriander)


Heat oil in a wok or large sauce pan

Add chillies, garlic, ginger and onion. Stir fry till soft. Remove

Add lamb in batches, stir-fry till lamb is tender

Add onion, sauce, sugar, coconut cream and Dhania. Stir until hot

Serve with rice. HAPPY EATING!!


Written by David Mwakodi
  • francis

    do i have to boil the lamb a bit before i fry them or i just stir fry wen still raw?

    • Wangeci Wandere

      Hi Francis,

      Cook them when raw. If you get the fillet cut it should be soft. when you go to the butchers ask them for fillet. Fillet is normally sold as a whole piece as the animal only has one. in beef its usually around 1.2-2kg dunno about lamb. and it looks cylindrical. Make sure they don’t play you.

      some times they give steak which is what kenyan butchers call meat with no bones no fat. so be carefull

  • Carolyn

    So i tried the beef variation-i had trouble finding lamb too. I loved it and the recipe is definately a keeper- super quck and easy.

    • Wangeci Wandere

      So glad u enjoyed it, do come back for more recipes. HAPPY COOKING!!

  • Hi Wangeci,

    Where do I get Fish Sauce. What is the brand name so that I can check at Nakumatt?

    I’m a first timer and I want to try out new recipes like this one, just for the love of food.

    Kimani Ndirangu.

    • Wangeci Wandere

      Hi Kimani,

      You can get fish sauce from Nakumatt and tuskys. Havent checked the other supermarkets

      The brand I use is Suree, I think, it has many names on it. It yellow. If you go to the supermarket go to the aisle with sauces like tomato sauce, soy sauce, vinegars etc. it should be there.

      Also look out on a post il do in the next few weeks on what to buy to stock up your kitchen.

      Thanx for stopping by. HAPPY COOKING!

  • Sonia

    Hey Wangenci, my girlfriends and I tried the beef variation. It is incredibly tasty and quick to make. Asante sana!

    • Wangeci Wandere

      Hi sonoa, thank you soo much for trying it out. sooo glad you and your gals enjoyed it. do try other recipes too and do not forget to share with others 🙂 HAPPY COOKING!!

  • Irene

    What brand of coconut cream did you use

    • Wangeci Wandere

      i usually use real thai, i think that is the name. but you can use kara or american garden, anything but kentaste that is the only one I have had a bad experience with

  • freshiah

    Nice yummy recipe and so easy. Loved it

    • Wangeci Wandere

      🙂 so glad you loved it Freshiah. thanx for the feedback