Everyone loves a good soft beef stir fry. Succulent, tender meat strips, fresh vegetables and a glossy, sticky sauce – fingerlicking good! Here’s my secret to getting it right every time without any additives!
If you’ve ever bought pre-packed ‘beef strips for stir fry’ and wondered why the meat goes dry, tough and chewy, it is because the cuts used are those that require long-slow cooking. I actually buy these for things like Beouf Bourguignon instead as they are a lot more economical.
As for the questions of how to tenderise beef strips for stir fry? I only have one word of advice (four actually): use beef fillet instead.
It may seem like a more expensive option at over $40 a kilo, but a 250g fillet goes a long way if you add more vegetables to your dish. It will not only come close to satisfying the recommended requirement of 5 servings of vegetables per day, but will remain soft as butter and tickle your tastebuds pink! Choose a beef fillet cut that’s marbled with some fat (note that grass-fed beef will have less marbling) for an even more juicy and tender result. Slice thinly (3mm thin) with a sharp knife and you’re ready to go.
If price is an issue, then I would use scotch fillet steaks as my second choice, sliced thinly again.
But even when using a different cut than those two, not all is lost: simply flash fry the meat, just sear it even then remove from pan / wok. The meat will continue cooking in its own heat and should remain soft. Cook your veges separately with the sauce and add to the meat without further cooking.
For more healthy living inspiration check out my debut cookbook, The Wholesome Cook, featuring 180 refined sugar-free recipes all with gluten-free options. Plus detailed additive-free shopping guides, wholefood kitchen tips and my take on sugar, fat, gluten and legumes, soy and dairy.
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