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Peruvian beef stir fry (lomo saltado)

This classic Peruvian dish that combines tender stir-fried beef, crisp vegetables, and savory sauce with the bold flavors of soy sauce and aji amarillo peppers. Served over a bed of rice and traditional fried potatoes,


1 1⁄2 lb beef (sirloin steak, sliced into thin strips)
1 onion (better red onion, peeled and cut into thin wedges)
2 tomato (rinsed, cut into wedger, without seeds)
1 chili pepper (ají amarillo, chopped)
3 clv garlic (peeled and minced)
1 t ginger (optional, freshly grated ginger)
1⁄3 c soy sauce
1⁄4 c liquid (white wine, beer or vinegar)
2 c potato (already cooked French fries)
1⁄4 c coriander (fresh coriander, as garnish)
3 T vegetable oil (flavorless oil)
  seasoning (salt and pepper to taste)
4 c rice (white rice already cooked)


Heat the oil in a wok, or a large skillet, over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the beef strips. Stir-fry the beef for about 2-3 minutes, until seared and browned. Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of vegetable oil if needed. Add the onion and garlic. Stir-fry for about 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly softened but still retain some crunch.

Stir in the aji amarillo and cook for 1-2 minutes, allowing the flavors to mix. Add the tomato and cook 2-3 minutes more, until the tomatoes are warmed through and slightly softened.

Add the soy sauce and liquid. Cook the mixture until the vegetabes are done, the sauce has thickened and the alcohol, if using beer or wine, has been cooked out, 5-7 minutes more.

Return the beef to the wok and add the French fries. Cook until the beef and frieas are warmed through. 

Season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir in the chopped cilantro.

To serve, divide the cooked white rice among four plates. Top each plate with a portion of the beeef stir fry, including the French fries.

Total time
45 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


You can use homemade fries or frozen French fries, cooked folllowing the package instructions. 

If you don´t have yellow chili (ají amarillo), substitute with 2 teaspoons of yellow chili paste, or with 2 serrano peppers, minced without the seeds.


Peruvian cuisine

This Peruvian beef stir fry showcases the fusion of Chinese and Peruvian culinary traditions.

moderate, stir fry
meat, vegetables, rice
Peruvian food recipes
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