Peruvian ‘Lomo Saltado’

Bringing you something different and that has become an instant favorite of mine and I’m sure it will be a super hit in your home too. A Peruvian stir fry with Sirloin Steak, French Fries, Red Onions and a Tomato-Soy base all tossed in a wok served with Lemony Cilantro and Mayonnaise based sauce (Wait till you see the ingredients). Doesn’t it sound delicious!

A little back story, the Mr had taken me to a small Peruvian cafe over here in LA, it was my first time trying Peruvian food so I was a little hesitant thinking it is going to be quite bland. I allowed the Mr to order and we had Spinach Empanadas, a Green Salad and to me what looked like a Sizzler. That first bite changed everything, the flavor was so different to what I had anticipated. It was Gorgeous! So here I am willing to share my version and how I like to make it. I do mention alternatives as two ingredients maybe difficult to find in your country. But have fun with it and work with what you got.

 

Ingredients

1 lB Sirloin Steak – Thinly Sliced
1 Red Onion – Thick Slices
3 Plum Tomatoes – Cut in to Wedges and Seeded
1 Aji Amarillo Chile Pepper – Sliced (or Habanero pepper as a subsitute)
2 Tbsp Aji Amarillo Paste
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar
2 Tsp Cumin Powder
1/3 Cup Beef/Chicken/Veg Stock
Salt
Pepper
3 Garlic Cloves
French/Steak Fries – Oven Baked
Veg Oil

Green Sauce Recipe

1 Bunch Cilantro/Coriander
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Jalapeno
1/4 Lemon – Juiced
1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
Salt
Pepper
1 Tbsp Aji Amarillo Paste (optional)

 

1) Thinly slice your Sirloin Steak and season with Salt, Pepper & Crushed Garlic. In a Wok heat 3 Tbsp of Veg Oil, in small batches we are going to brown the steak pieces a minute on each side. Once all the slices have been fried, set aside.

Oven bake your French/Steak Fries before cooking your meat. This is a fast cooked meal so you are going to need all ingredients in hand.

2) In a bowl, mix Soy Sauce, Cider Vinegar, Salt, Pepper, Beef Stock and Cumin Powder and set aside. In the same Wok heat extra oil if needed and add your Red Onions and cook for two minutes on Medium-High Heat. Then add your Plum Tomato wedges that have been seeded and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add your sliced Yellow chile Pepper.

It is important you don’t over cook the tomatoes, you need it to hold it’s shape and want to avoid it getting mushy in the mix. The well known Pepper from Peru is the Aji Amarillo Yellow Pepper, now this maybe difficult to find so your next option would be to use Habanero Pepper and if you don’t want any heat then feel free to use Bell Peppers. 

3) Add the Soy Sauce mix in to the Wok and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the Aji Amarillo Paste and throw in your browned steak slices. Finally add your oven baked French Fries and mix. Serve right away to enjoy the full flavor, the tender steak and the slight crunchy French fries.

The Aji Amarillo paste is not as easy to find, try the international aisle in your grocery store or order from Amazon. Aji Amarillo Paste or Sauce form will work (Links Below). To really complete this Peruvian Dish, this sauce is a must however the dish will still be enjoyable without it. I found mine at a local Mexican/Latin Grocery store (lucky me!) 

AJI Amarillo Sauce (UK) – Amazon 
Aji Amarillo Paste (USA) – Amazon (Cheaper in stores)
4) Blend all ingredients to create the green sauce, feel free to add more mayonnaise, lemon or salt to adjust the taste to your liking.The Green Sauce will last up to 5 days in the fridge.

Serve over your Lomo Saltado, and personally my favorite is to serve over salads topped with Pumpkin Seeds.

Mansur x

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