Active time: 15 minutes Total time: 20 minutes
You’ll want to get your wok or cast-iron pan very hot (nearly smoking) for this quick stir-fry; a good sear on the steak bites ensures great flavor and juicy meat. Peppery watercress leaves wilt a little when they meet the hot beef, while the stems remain crunchy in this warm salad. You can substitute arugula in a pinch.
Bonus: Watercress is high in iron and vitamin C, which helps our bodies absorb the iron in our diet, so it’s a nutritional win-win!
Vietnamese-Style Shaking Beef and Watercress
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons safflower oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
- 1/2 bunch (3 ounces/85g) watercress, cut into 2-inch lengths
- 1 medium (6 ounces/170g) tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 1/4 pounds (567g) grass-fed NY strip beef or tenderloin, fat trimmed, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup (57g) red onions, very thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
In a large bowl, whisk together the lime juice, 2 teaspoons of the safflower oil, fish sauce, honey and Sriracha until the honey has dissolved. Set aside. Arrange the watercress and tomato slices on a serving platter, set aside.
Toss the beef with the five-spice powder, salt and pepper. Heat a wok or large cast-iron skillet over high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. When the oil is very hot, add the beef and onions and cook without stirring until the beef is browned on one side, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and continue to cook until the beef is browned all over but still pink in the center, about 1 1/2–2 minutes more.
Transfer the beef and onion mixture to the serving platter. Drizzle the lime juice mixture over the top and serve immediately.
Serves: 4 | Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe/200g
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 354; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 343mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 43g
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