Marinated Spicy Beef and Baby Spinach

After you have marinated the beef, the dish takes but a few minutes to cook. Serve with gluten-free soy sauce and chopped scallions on the side and slices of lemon or lime.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 2 hours 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. sugar, divided
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 4 Tbsp. canola oil, divided
  • 1½ lbs. filet mignon, trimmed and cut into ½" slices
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, stems removed
  • 1 Tbsp. butter


  • In a large bowl or glass baking dish, mix together the garlic, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt, pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons oil. Add the slices of filet mignon, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the wine, vinegar, 2 teaspoons sugar, and fish sauce; set aside.
  • Heat a large nonstick pan over very high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. Quickly sauté the filet mignon slices until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Arrange the meat over a bed of spinach.
  • Add the wine mixture and butter to the pan and deglaze, reducing quickly. Pour over the spinach and meat.