Lomo Saltado - Famous Stir Fry of Peru

January 29, 2021

Lomo saltado is the perfect blend of flavors and techniques, that will surely satisfy any palate.

Peruvian cuisine is on the rise in the United States. It makes sense too since many Peruvian dishes combine different flavors from those that have settled there in the past, much like many American dishes.

Lomo saltado in particular is a dish that brings the flavors and ingredients of Asia, Europe, and Central America in a familiar way. This recipe will remind people of cooking Asian stir fry and is really easy to make and enjoy.

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Taste Score: %93
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 25 mins

Recipe Video: Lomo Saltado (Famous Stir Fry of Peru)

Tips

  • If steak is not precut, put it in the freezer for a bit and it will be easier to cut into the strips.
  • Allow beef to come up to room temperature before adding to the pan.
  • Cook the beef until just browned all over, as it will continue to cook when you add back to the pan. You do not want your beef to be over cooked.
  • Cook ingredients for the allotted amount of time. Do not just throw ingredients in at once because it will not develop the flavors properly.
  • Do not over cook tomatoes as they will be mushy in the final product.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the steak, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned, 5-6 minutes. Remove from the pan.
  2. Cut the potatoes like french fries and fry them in one and a half cup of sunflower (vegetable) oil.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the same pan, then add the red onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until softened and browned. Add the tomato, garlic, and aji amarillo paste, and cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the tomatoes have released some of their juices, but are still intact.
  4. Add the soy sauce and vinegar and stir to combine, let cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the steak, fries, and cilantro. Toss gently to coat the fries in the sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Lomo Saltado
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories366
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 102 mg34%
Sodium 618 mg26.9%
Potassium 819 mg17.4%
Protein 43.6 g87.2%
Total Fat 12.6 g16.2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What is lomo saltado made of?

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Lomo saltado is a popular Peruvian stir fry dish that is made up of steak that has been cut into strips, onions, chili paste, and french fries. This dish, just like the stir fry dishes of Asia, require all the ingredients to be added to the pan and cooked together. It is typically eaten on its own or with the accompaniment of rice or tortillas.

Why is lomo saltado popular in Peru?

Lomo saltado is popular in Peru not only because it is delicious and fairly easy to make, but also because it contains the history of Peru in one dish. In the past Peru, like the U.S., was a melting pot of cultures. Lomo saltado combines many ingredients and techniques of Asian cuisine with the french fries of Europe and the chili flavors of the indigenous Peruvian people. It is quite arguably one of the world’s first fusion cuisines.

What does lomo saltado mean in English?

Lomo saltado translated into English literally means “jumped loin”. This translation makes so much from a culinary standpoint because it meant to be like the English translation of the French term saute, which literally means “to jump”. The reason for both of these translations is because the pan used to cook lomo saltado and anything one sautes, is hot enough that when the food is added it literally jumps.

How do you eat lomo saltado?

In all reality there is no right or wrong way to eat lomo saltado. It can be enjoyed with rice and chopsticks like an Asian dish, or it can be eaten on tortillas as if they were fajitas. Whatever vessel you use to enjoy this dish is the correct one.

How much does lomo saltado cost in Peru?

While lomo saltado cost more or less, depending on the restaurant and the quality of ingredients. On average though lomo saltado will cost you around fifteen American dollars. Either way you go, it is definitely worth the price.

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