Tasty Lomo Saltado! (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry) + Garlic Rice

Lomo Saltado, Anyone? :) We fell in love with this dish after trying it at the very popular Mario’s Peruvian Restaurant on Melrose. Every time we head over there, we order this particular dish–beef, tomato, red onions, and FRIES!!!! Who would have thunk of stir frying fries into their food? Bloody Brilliant Peruvians!

We decided to give it a try in making this dish, and we have perfected it over the years to suit our taste buds. It’s not that difficult to make, and is a very worthwhile dish to try. For those of you who have not tried this dish before, you will be surprised and hooked on this tasty meal–sweet onions + salt-tangy fries, and juicy meat. . This dish is served with garlic rice and in this entry, we will teach you a very easy way to make garlic rice.

Here it goes!

Lomo Saltado

What You Need:

  • French fries
  • Steak/meat
  • Red Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • spices to taste–optional

What to Do:

Cut the tomato and Onion like so:

Cut the steak into strips and salt and pepper the meat. During the wait time (~30 minutes, put the fries into an oven and bake. Also, cook some rice in the rice cooker.

Heat up a frying pan to VERY high heat. When the pan is ready, apply oil and cook the steak strips.

When the meat has browned, add in the onions and tomato. Continue to saute.

We like to cook the onions until they are somewhat soft. Once you can see that they are, get the soy sauce, and drizzle it on there. You don’t need much. We would say..oh, about 1-1 and 1/2 tablespoon.

Next, do the same with the rice vinegar. Depending on how much you put the vinegar, your dish will be more or less tangy. We usually use about 1/2 tablespoon of rice vinegar.

We are almost there. At this time, you can add in your various spices–black pepper, cayenne, paprika, etc. This is optional, of course. :)

Now it’s time for the fries! Here is the picture right after the oven:

Now grab that tray, and gently pour the fries into the pan. Over the years, we found out that the longer we stirred the fries into the mixture, the more soggy the fries would turn out. So, reserve this is step as the last and quickest step. You are just going to add the fries, stir about three times, and turn off the heat.

Oh so Yummy looking! :) This part is DONE. You can totally now enjoy this by itself…OR read on ahead to make the garlic rice! So easy, we promise! :)

Garlic Rice Recipe

What You Need:

  • Rice (we used basmati)
  • Garlic (1-2)
  • butter
  • lemon juice-optional

What to Do:

Before you make the lomo saltado, cook the rice.

Dice the garlic into small pieces.

Heat up a fry pan and melt the butter.

Add in the garlic. Now this is an optional step. Put in a good squirt of lemon juice.

Now, gently brown the garlic….barely brown. We tilted the fry pan this way so that the garlic would be fully immersed in the butter.

Next, turn off the heat and open up the top of our rice cooker. The rice should already be done. Pour all the contents of the fry pan into the rice container.

Now, stir stir stir.

The garlic rice is done! Can you believe how quick that was? When you taste the rice, you will definitely taste that tint of garlic and butter. Fantastic!

Now that the rice and lomo saltado are done. Plate the two, and enjoy your meal! (they make fantastic leftovers, by the way. :) ) Thank us later. Bye!

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18 responses to “Tasty Lomo Saltado! (Peruvian Beef Stir Fry) + Garlic Rice

  1. Question out of the way: what is the screen for?

    This looks like a very hearty, very comforting plate of food. Beef, onions, french fries, garlic, rice, and butter — we’re hitting all the right notes here. Thanks for sharing. I have a feeling our family’s going to love this dish.

  2. Wow, fantastic looking! Great combo of textures and flavors!

  3. tastymealsathome

    Hi [eatingclub]vancouver,

    Thanks for the comment. Enjoy this dish with your family! In regards to the aluminum foil screen, we use it to prevent oil splattering all over the place – it helps with cleaning up afterwards too! We found it at an Asian market and decided it was definitely a good buy.

    Hi Raquel,

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. Nice…I really like your food blog..because of the step by step photo demos…I think I’m gonna Tasty Lomo Saltado for dinner…

  5. I love Lomo Saltado. I’m Peruvian, so I’ve grow up eating this. And let me tell you I never get tried of it. Thanks for spreading the love and the tasty food.=]

  6. This sounds like a tasty meal. I am going to have to try stir-fried fries!

  7. oh my goodness this dish is calling me..its definitely mouth-watering!!

  8. Mmmm…this is to die for! Can’t wait to try it. I haven’t had anything Peruvian yet. Spreading the love, indeed.

  9. tastymealsathome

    Priscila: You’re very welcome! :D Thanks for coming by.

    Kevin: Thanks for stopping by. You know you can never go wrong with fries!

    Dhanggit & Kellypea: Thanks for dropping by. Let us know if you end up cooking this dish. Enjoy!

  10. I absolutely love when any cuisine uses french fries in unconventional ways. This looks awesome!! Like a steak frites stir fry!

  11. My middle school class does a country map every year, and brings a dish enjoyed in the country they choose. One of my students brought in Lomo Saltado today. Oh my goodness!!! The flavors that hit my tastebuds were wonderful. I will definitely be preparing this dish at home.

  12. tastymealsathome

    Hey Margie, thanks for stopping by! We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  13. Where do you find the splattering shield? I would like to have one when I stir-fry.

    • tastymealsathome

      Hi D,

      We get our splattering shield at Asian markets like 99 Ranch or Hong Kong market. Most Asian markets will carry them, if not, restaurant specialty stores will have them.

      Thanks for dropping by!

  14. Fell in love with Lomo Saltado in Peru.

    Noticed it came with or without coriander(cilantro) and sometimes with chilli.

    Never had a bad one out of about 10-15 different places I tried it.

    Wash it down with an optional Inca Kola depending on if you have to sleep in the next 4 hours.

  15. I am like Dean, I fell in love with Lomo Saltado while an ex-pat in Lima, Peru several years ago. I found your recipe when trying to describe the dish to a collegue and had to try it. The pictures were fantastic! So simple and easily explained that even I could do it. Loved it!

    Thanks,

    Al H.
    Little Rock, AR

  16. tastymealsathome

    Hi Dean: Yes, definitely the inca kola to wash it down. :) Love it!

    Hi Al: Thank you so much for stopping by!

  17. Hi, stumbled upon your site while looking for moo jang a jee recipes. This looks so yummy! Have you tried making the aji sauce yet?

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