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Can You Make a Stir-Fry With a Sirloin Roast?

by Irena Eaves

Sometimes known as the beef round tip roast, the sirloin roast is a lean cut of meat that's perfect for stir-frying. After cutting the roast into thin strips, the beef cooks quickly in a wok or skillet at high temperatures. The high-heat cooking method ensures that the roast remains moist and tender. Fill out the rest of your stir fry with thinly cut veggies such as carrots, bell peppers, onions, broccoli and mushrooms for a satisfying and complete meal.

Preparation

Place the roast in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. This short trip to the freezer will make the beef firmer and easier to slice. Using a sharp chef's knife, slice the roast against the grain into 1/8-inch thick slices. Make sure the slices are a uniform size so they cook evenly.

Cooking Technique

Heat a small amount of oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the beef strips. Cook the beef in batches, about 1/2 a pound at time, to ensure even cooking. Overcrowding the pan will cause the beef to steam and you won't achieve that coveted nicely-browned exterior. If necessary, add more oil to pan in between batches. Stir the beef frequently to encourage even cooking. Fry the beef slices until they are browned and cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes. Always cook whole cuts of beef to a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure safe consumption.

Variations

If you wish, you can marinate the beef beforehand for an ultra-flavorful stir-fry. You can use your favorite store-bought marinade, or make your own using a combination of Asian-inspired ingredients like lime juice, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger. Add the roast to the marinade after cutting it into thin strips. Because of the strips' small size, they should be marinated for no more than 2 hours. Make sure the beef is thoroughly drained of the marinade before frying to encourage quick cooking and even browning.

Tips

Stir-frying is a quick, high-heat cooking method, so be sure that the pan and oil are hot before adding the beef strips. If you're cooking several batches of beef, allow the pan and oil to heat up between batches. Cook the sirloin strips and vegetables separately, then combine in the skillet and cook for a few moments more to ensure everything is nice and warm.

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