This spicy Szechuan-style dish is boldly flavored with earthy cumin and Szechuan peppercorns that make your mouth tingle pleasantly. If you're not a lamb fan, you can use beef sirloin instead. Toasting the cumin seeds and peppercorns draws out their essential oils and makes their aroma and flavor more intense.

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Credit: Greg DuPree

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 3/4 cup rice and 1 cup meat and vegetables)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat rice according to package directions. Set aside; keep warm.

  • Heat cumin and peppercorns in a large skillet over high. Cook 1 minute or until fragrant and toasted, stirring frequently. Cool slightly; crush with a mortar and pestle, or grind coarsely in an electric spice grinder.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high. Add half of lamb; stir-fry 3 minutes or until browned. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon spice mixture. Transfer to a plate. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and lamb and 1 teaspoon spice mixture.

  • Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic to pan; stir-fry 4 minutes or until lightly charred. Add crushed red pepper and remaining spice mixture; stir-fry 1 minute. Add cooked lamb and any juices from plate, soy sauce, vinegar, salt, and sugar. Cook, tossing constantly, until liquid coats meat and vegetables. Remove from heat. Add scallions; toss to wilt. Serve stir-fry over rice. Sprinkle with Aleppo pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

418 calories; fat 14g; saturated fat 5g; protein 25g; carbohydrates 50g; fiber 6g; sugars 5g; sodium 636mg.