Cumin Beef with Celery

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Oct. 24, 2012

Today's recipe is a stir-fry that takes minutes to make and is unique because it uses celery leaves. Often celery leaves are thrown away but they actually have a much stronger flavor than the celery stalk. The beef pairs very well with the cumin seeds and the addition of the celery leaves at the end give this dish a burst of flavor.


Beef steak 12 Ounce , trim any fat or gristle, sliced very thin against the grain (blade or flank)
Reduced sodium soy sauce 5 Teaspoon , divided
Cornstarch 2 Teaspoon , divided
Vegetable oil 5 Teaspoon , divided
Ginger 1 Teaspoon , minced
Garlic 1 Teaspoon , minced
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Red pepper flakes 1/2 Teaspoon (Optional)
Celery stalks 3 , sliced diagonally
Red bell peppers 2 Small , cut in 1
Chinese rice wine vinegar/Dry sherry 4 Tablespoon



1. In medium bowl add sliced beef, 2 ½ teaspoons of the soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch; toss to coat beef.


2. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a wok or large sauté pan over medium high heat until it just starts to smoke. Add meat to wok and sear. Stir-fry the meat about 2 to 3 minutes until cooked through. Remove meat from wok and set aside.

3. Add the remaining 3 teaspoons of oil and heat over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, cumin and red pepper flakes and heat, stirring constantly, for about 10 seconds to release their flavors; watch carefully to prevent burning.

4. Then add celery and bell peppers and stir to incorporate.

5. Cover wok with lid and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes until crisp-tender.

6. Return meat to the wok and any juices that have accumulated. Stir-fry to heat through.

7. In small bowl mix the remaining soy sauce, cornstarch and rice wine until cornstarch is dissolved, then pour mixture into wok and bring to a slight boil; cook for about 1 minute or until the sauce thickens slightly.

8. Turn off the heat and add the chopped celery leaves so they just barely wilt, but don't cook.


9. Serve over steamed rice or cooked noodles.

Recipe by Zoe McLaughlin

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 446Calories from Fat 204

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 23 g35.4%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 614 mg25.58%

Total Carbohydrates 18 g6%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 6 g

Protein 40 g80%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet