This Paleo Chinese 5-Spice Beef is made with fall apart tender beef smothered in Asian flavours including ginger, onion, coconut aminos and Chinese 5-Spice to create a thick and flavourful sauce that completely coats the chunks of beef. This beef freezes well and is delicious served on cauliflower rice. It’s Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, and Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal

Chinese 5-Spice Stewed Beef

I am completely addicted to stewed Paleo Chinese 5-Spice Beef at the moment. There is just something about the ease at which it can be prepared, the melt in your mouth meat and rich flavours that keeps me on the hunt for new and creative ways to prepare it. This is an incredibly easy dish to prepare so hands on prep is under 10 minutes, then you just put everything in a pot or slow cooker and forget about it for 2 hours. I like doubling the recipe so there are enough leftovers to last a few days, the meat becomes even more tender and tastes richer a day or two after cooking, so you can store it in the freezer for a few months without having to worry about losing flavour.

Chinese 5-Spice Stewed Beef

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Chinese 5-Spice Stewed Beef

Every Last Bite
Deliciously saucy Chinese 5-Spice Stewed Beef that's melt in your mouth tender. Easy to prepare its a great healthy meal! (Paleo, Gluten Free, Whole30, Grain Free)
4.50 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Diets Dairy Free, Grain/Gluten Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar Free, Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal
Servings 2
Calories 1021 kcal


  • 1/2 tbsp oil
  • 2 pounds cubed beef (chuck roast works well)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5-Spice
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp honey (sub for 1 medjool date for Whole30)*
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos (or tamari/soy sauce)
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallions
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds


  • Heat the oil in a pot on medium heat. Add in the cubed beef and sear on all sides. Once the beef is evenly browned, transfer it to a plate. Add in the garlic, ginger and diced onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes until the onions soften and become translucent.
  • Add in the Chinese 5-Spice, black pepper, honey, coconut aminos and beef stock and stir before returning the cubed beef to the pot. Lower the heat to low, place a lid on the pot and allow to cook and a gentle simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  • After an hour and a half remove the lid and turn the heat up to medium high.  Leave to cook, stirring frequently until the sauce has reduce to a thick consistency. Serve the beef topped with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.


*To make this Whole30 in a blender combine the medjool date, coconut aminos and a splash of the beef stock in a blender and blend until smooth and then pour the mixture into the pot with the rest of the ingredients as per step 2. 
Calories: 1021kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 102gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 1211mgPotassium: 2277mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gCalcium: 188mgIron: 10mg
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