Beef stir fry

Beef stir fry
  • High protein
  • Main meal
  • Asian
  • 2 hours or less
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This dish is very high in protein so would make a suitable dinner for someone having dialysis, particularly if you are not on a potassium and/or phosphate restriction.


560g sirloin (or rump) steak

4 small tomatoes

4 spring onions

1-2 garlic cloves, crushed

4 celery sticks

1 red pepper

2-3 teaspoons mild chilli powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 beef stock cube, low salt

300ml boiling water

2 tablespoons clear honey

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons sunflower oil

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

250g wholegrain rice


  1. Step 1

    Cut the beef into 1cm strips and place in bowl. Add the paprika and chilli powder, evenly coating the beef. Leave to marinate for 1 hour.

  2. Step 2

    Stir the marinade after 30 minute and check the beef is well coated. Rinse rice under cold running water then put the rice in a saucepan and pour over 500ml of water. Bring to a rolling boil and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the celery and pepper into 5 cm lengths and then into strips about 5 mm thick. Thinly slice the spring onions and set aside. Peel and slice the tomatoes, saving for later.

  4. Step 4

    Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan and fry the spring onions, garlic, celery and peppers for one minute before adding the steak. Continue to fry on a high heat for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Make up the sauce by adding one stock cube to 300ml of boiling water and adding the Worcestershire sauce, honey and red wine vinegar. Add the sauce and cook until the meat is well coated.

  6. Step 6

    Add the tomatoes and heat through. Drain the rice and rinse with boiling water, then serve immediately.

Food facts

The main source of carbohydrate in this dish is provided by the rice. However, the honey will also add to the carbohydrate of this meal. The carbohydrate values have been provided for those who have trained in insulin adjustment.

If you have been prescribed a phosphate binder ensure you take them with this dish.

This recipe is very high in protein which is great for people on dialysis. If you have been advised to reduce your protein intake, have a smaller portion of the beef.

Use a gluten-free stock cube and serve with rice.

The beef can be replaced with vegetarian protein such as tofu or Quorn pieces to suit a vegetarian diet.

Replace the beef with tofu or a vegan alternative, miss out the honey and use one tablespoon of golden syrup in its place.

Substitute the beef with turkey or tofu for an equally tasty but cheaper dish.

Freeze any left-over beef stir fry but we do not recommend freezing rice. To defrost, remove the lid from the container and leave in the fridge to defrost slowly. Reheat thoroughly either in your wok, frying pan or in the microwave.