Recipe courtesy of Richmond Flores for Food Network Kitchen

Shaking Beef

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Shaking beef is a Vietnamese dish that gets its name from vigorously shaking your skillet while cooking the beef to achieve a quick sear. This version uses beef tenderloin, which is quickly sautéed then finished with a full-flavored glaze-like sauce. Serve with peppery and crunchy watercress and steamed rice for the ultimate weeknight meal.



  1. Cook the rice as the label directs. Set aside off the heat, about 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  2. Combine the Maggi seasoning, sugar, vinegar, oyster sauce and fish sauce in a small bowl. Put the watercress on a platter.
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season half of the beef with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in the skillet until shimmering. Add the seasoned beef and cook until browned and caramelized on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the meat and cook until browned on the other side, 3 to 4 more minutes. Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining beef; add to the plate.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and add the red onion to the skillet. Cook until slightly softened and translucent, 2 to 3 minutes, adding the garlic in the last minute of cooking. Add the oyster sauce mixture and the beef. Cook, stirring, until the beef is well coated.
  5. Pour the beef and sauce over the watercress. Divide among plates and serve with the rice.