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Spicy Cajun Stir-fry Beef

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Spicy Cajun Stir-fry Beef

Capture the spicy flavour of jambalaya in a fraction of the usual preparation time. Streamline it further by preparing the vegetables while the meat marinates. Serve over hot whole grain rice or couscous.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30
  • Serving: 4


1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes

2 tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch

1 lb (500 g) Beef Grilling Steak, cut into thin strips

Vegetable oil cooking spray

½ cup (125 mL) EACH chopped onion, celery and sweet green pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup (250 mL) frozen or drained canned corn kernels

Salt and fresh ground pepper

Chopped fresh parsley

Cajun Spice Mix (from scratch or 2 tsp/10 mL purchased Cajun spice)
4½ tsp (22 mL) paprika

1 tbsp (15 mL) EACH dried basil and oregano

1½ tsp (7 mL) dried thyme

1 tsp (5 mL) garlic powder

½ tsp (2 mL) EACH cayenne pepper and ground mace


1. Stir-fry: Drain tomatoes, collecting juice in sealable freezer bag; set tomatoes aside. Add cornstarch to juice in bag and stir to combine. Add beef strips to bag, massaging with marinade; seal and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Cajun Spice Mix: Meanwhile, combine paprika, basil, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, cayenne, mace and pepper in a small bowl. Set 2 tsp (10 mL) aside for stir-fry and store remaining in a jar or airtight container for another use. (Makes about ¼ cup/60 mL.)

3. Drain meat through colander set over bowl, reserving marinade. Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook beef strips for 1 minute per side or until just browned. Transfer to bowl.

4. Add onion, celery, green pepper and garlic to pan; stir-fry for 5 minutes or until almost tender-crisp. Stir in reserved Cajun Spice Mix, reserved marinade, tomatoes, beef and any accumulated juices and corn. Bring to boil; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with parsley.

Use remaining Cajun Spice Mix for another stir-fry or as a rub on beef roasts or steaks before roasting or grilling.

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