A good stir fry is a quick and delicious meal for every day of the week, plus if you cook a generous serve it will act as excellent leftovers for the next day. With the combinations seemingly endless this versatile dish will have you coming back for seconds, if you get it right.
The biggest complaints when it comes to beef stir fry is the meat being dry, chewy, or tough. While you can pack your stir fry full of veggies to compensate for the lacklustre meat, we instead suggest an even simpler solution – just select the right meat. Use the right beef when whipping up a stir fry and the results will give you melt in your mouth texture and flavour.
The best cuts of beef for stir fry
As a super flexible and versatile meal the type of beef you use can easily vary for a similar result, however you do want to go for tender beef cuts. The most popular choices include flank steak, sirloin steak, rump steak and skirt steak.
While a lot of this dish relies on the beef you select, the game changer is the way you actually cut the meat. It is for this reason that we don’t suggest buying pre-cut stir fry packs from your local supermarket. While it may save you some time, giving up this control could cause your resulting flavour and texture to suffer.
When prepping your meat if possible leave it in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes, this will allow the meat to partially freeze and solidify making it much easier to slice.
Focusing on thin and uniform pieces this is where the crucial part comes in. You need to slice the beef against the grain. This trick will break down and shorten the muscle fibres leaving the end product tender and easier to chew.
When it comes to cooking the beef, start with a hot pan and a short cooking time, it should only take a couple of minutes for the beef to brown.
You want to avoid a crowded pan as this will reduce the overall heat and minimise the desired effect. Instead cook your meat in batches in a single layer across the bottom of the pan.
Cook the beef first and place it to the side, cook the vegetables and then add the beef back in to coat in the sauce right before you serve.
Making these simple changes will elevate your stir fry and have you coming back time and time again to this beloved meal.
Now you have the basics covered check out this delectable stir fry recipe here.