This tasty easy lamb stir fry recipe couldn't be quicker to make! It's ideal for a quick, easy and delicious midweek meal. I like to serve it in a wrap but it's also delicious with rice.
When you're planning a stir fry for dinner, lamb might not be your first choice. But trust me, this tasty easy lamb stir fry is so tender and delicious, try it and you'll be hooked!
The lamb is flavoured with garam masala and cayenne pepper which go beautifully with it. The stir fry also starts off with ginger, chilli and garlic - some of my favourite ingredients!
I've also added green peppr as it adds a vegetable element and goes really well with the other flavours too.
Ingredient notes for easy lamb stir fry
To make this easy lamb stir fry you'll need:
- Lamb steaks - I used lamb rump steaks and before stir frying them I carefully sliced off any excess fat. I then sliced the lamb into thin strips against the grain.
- Aromatics - garlic, root ginger and a chilli pepper. For this recipe I like to use fresh ingredients rather than pastes or ground spices as they are stir fried to begin with till they caramelise and crisp up just a little. You can't get the same effect with a paste or puree.
- Spices - garam masala and cayenne pepper. I've kept it simple and just used these spices. Of course garam masala is a spice blend so it adds a more complex flavour than a single spice anyway. If you don't want the stir fry to be too hot you can miss out the cayenne pepper.
- Green pepper - I like to use a green pepper in this as it is less sweet than red, orange or yellow peppers but you can substitute it is you like. You can also use a different vegetable. I think tender stemmed broccoli or sugar snap peas go well.
- Fresh coriander (cilantro) - This adds a little freshness. Of course, if you don't like coriander then you can miss it out.
How to make this quick lamb stir fry
First prepare all the vegetables and the lamb as the stir fry cooks very quickly once you start cooking.
If you have time you can put the lamb in the freezer for a short time before preparing it. This makes it hold its shape better so it's easier to trim and slice into strips. This step is totally optional though - I rarely bother!
When preparing the lamb, make sure you cut off any hard bits of fat.Then slice it thinly against the grain. Before you start you should also stir the ground spices into the lamb.
Heat a little oil in a wok and when it is hot, fry the ginger, garlic and chilli pepper until beginning to brown and crisp up. Then add the lamb and continue stir frying.
Stir in the green pepper when the lamb is almost ready. It will soften slightly but still keep some bite. If you like it softer, then add it along with the lamb.
Stir in the fresh herbs right at the end so they just wilt into the stir fry.
What can you serve with it?
I like to serve it with chapatis but it's also delicious with other Indian breads or flatbreads. You can also serve it with rice. It even makes a great baked potato topping!
Can you adapt this easy lamb stir fry?
This lamb recipe is super quick to prepare, especially if you miss out step 1, and really tasty too. I've made it a few times since first developing the recipe.
I love lamb with spices but if you're not such a fan of lamb then why not try it with chicken? I've made it with chicken too and it's still very tasty.
As I said, I love spices and trying different combinations. There's nothing to stop you changing the spices a little. Why not add some turmeric, cumin or coriander? If you're not confident blending lots of spices together then just use a spice blend. This lamb stir fry simply uses garam masala, a common Indian spice blend plus a little cayenne pepper for extra heat.
What can you do with the leftovers?
Any leftover lamb can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to three days. I am happy to eat it cold but you can also heat it up. You can either reheat it in the microwaver, the oven or just stir fry it again till piping hot. You may need to add a splash of water if stir frying it though so it doesn't dry out.
The inspiration for this easy lamb stir fry
When I first created this recipe it was inspired by a trip to Cafe Spice Namaste in London for the launch of the campaign: Lamb. Tasty Easy Fun. Not only did I learn a lot about lamb, but I ate some of the tastiest lamb dishes I'd eaten in a long time.
What are the aims of the campaign?
The campaign aims to encourage younger consumers in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany and Denmark to consider lamb as an everyday meat to buy and cook with regularly. It doesn't just have to be a roasted lamb joint with mint sauce on a Sunday. It is a versatile meat that can be enjoyed at any time and cooked in many different ways. Of course it can be slow cooked but you can also cook a quick steak, cutlets or a stir fry too. And of course lamb mince is great for burgers, mince and koftas.
I came away inspired to add my own twist to some of my favourite dishes of the evening. I make a lot of stir fries but usually with chicken. In fact, I don't think I'd ever cooked a lamb stir fry until after this experience. However, as the message of the campaign was that lamb can be a great meat to cook with everyday at home, I felt it was only fitting that I created my own quick easy and tasty lamb dish.
Easy Lamb Stir Fry
- 2 lamb steaks
- 3 cloves garlic sliced thinly
- 10 g fresh root ginger cut into thin batons
- 1 red chilli pepper sliced
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 green pepper sliced into strips
- 2 tablespoon fresh coriander (cilantro) chopped
- 2 chapatis to serve
- If you have time, put the lamb in the freezer for 30 minutes before beginning the cooking. This will make it easier to cut into strips.
- Slice the lamb into strips. Remove any hard bits of fat.
- Heat a little oil in a wok or frying pan. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli pepper. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
- Rub the garam masala and cayenne pepper into the lamb.
- Add the lamb and stir fry for a couple of minutes until the lamb is just cooked. Add the sliced green pepper just before the lamb is cooked. Stir in the chopped fresh herbs at the end.
- Serve the stir fry wrapped in chapatis with lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
More lamb recipes
I love cooking with lamb, especially spicy recipes! If you like this lamb stir fry then why not try one of these recipes:
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