This Steak Stir Fry recipe comes from Cambodia and is called Loc Lac. It is made with chip steaks and a delicious stir fry marinade that brings so much flavor to the dish. This Steak Stir Fry recipe (Loc Lac) can be served with rice or on a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
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Steak Stir Fry, or Loc Lac, is a really delicious recipe from Cambodia. Traditional Loc Lac is only beef with a stir fry marinade on it, which is then served on rice or a bed of lettuce and tomatoes. This recipe would also, however, be delicious with broccoli! I think I’m going to try this the next time I make this Loc Lac beef from Cambodia.
Which Steak for Stir Fry?
It took me a while to figure out what steak to use for this Steak Stir Fry recipe, but Momma Foreign Fork really came in handy when she mentioned chip steaks. I went to the Italian specialty grocery store down the street from my house and they had fresh chip steaks just waiting for me to take home to make Steak Stir Fry. Chip steaks should be available at most beef markets or butchers.
Chip steaks, also known as sizzle steaks, are a thin cut of beef that is shaved from the bottom round cuts of beef. It is also made from loins these days. Chip steaks are most well known for their role in the great Philly Cheese Steak. They cook quickly (like 5 minutes), but stay tender and absolutely delicious!
What’s in this Steak Stir Fry recipe?
- Chip Steak
- Soy Sauce
- Oyster Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Sesame Oil
- Green Onions
For full recipe measurements and instructions, check the recipe card at the end of this post!
How to Cook the Steak Stir Fry Recipe
Cut the chip steaks into thin strips, and then cut the strips in half.
In a large bag, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, lime juice, paprika, ginger, and brown sugar with the chip steaks. Allow the chip steaks to sit in this marinade for at least 30 minutes but up to overnight.
Heat sesame oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic and allow to sizzle for a few minutes. Then pour the entire contents of your plastic bag into the frying pan, including the beef and all of the marinade.
Sir the chip steaks until they brown on both sides. The chip steaks are so thin that the minute they brown on each side, they’re ready to eat. If you cook them much longer than that, they will begin to toughen.
Once they brown, mix the cornstarch with a little bit of water and add it into the pan. Continue stirring the beef until the sauce starts to thicken from the cornstarch. Once the sauce is thick, remove the Steak Stir Fry from the pan and serve.
Serving your Loc Lac
Traditional Loc Lac is served over a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, but this would also be delicious over a bed of rice. In Cambodia, Loc Lac is often also served with a lime dipping sauce on the side and normally with a fried egg on top. Adding these elements to the top of your Loc Lac is a delicious way to take your dish to the next level.
Serving with Noodles
If you want an even more outlandish way to serve this loc lac, you can do what Momma Foreign Fork did last week. I walked downstairs during lunch time to talk to her, and there she was with my Steak Stir Fry sitting on top of a bowl of spaghetti noodles… Apparently the lady knows what she’s doing, though, because that ish was DELICIOUS.
It’s not traditional in any way, shape, or form…. But it WAS yummy lol.
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Steak Stir Fry Recipe
- 2 tbsp Soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Oyster sauce
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/3 tsp Paprika
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 Lb Chip steaks , Cut into strips
- 2 tbsp sesame oil, or any other oil if you have that instead
- 1 tsp garlic
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tbsp water
- Juice of another half of a lime
- 2 stalks of green onion, chopped
- Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and leave them in a plastic bag with the steak for at least an hour.
- After the meat is done marinating, heat a medium-sized pan over medium heat.
- Fry the garlic in the oil, then add the meat and extra marinade to the pan.
- Cook until the beef is cooked almost entirely, about 5-7 minutes.
- In a separate, small bowl, mix tsp of cornstarch with 1 tbsp of water.
- Pour into the pan and continue stirring over medium heat.
- When the sauce has thickened squeeze another half of a lime on the loc lac and garnish with green onion. Stir for a minute more.
- Plate over lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and with a side of rice if desired. Enjoy!