Stir-Fried Lamb with Garlic and Basil

Preparation Time: 25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 6 Minutes

Stir-frying is a fast and different way to cook lamb. Here it is combined with two aromatic ingredients - garlic and basil - for an unusual but delicious dish.


  • 450g (1 lb) lean lamb steaks or fillets or boned loin chops
  • 2 tablespoons groundnut (peanut) oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • handful fresh coriander sprigs


  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour


  1. Cut the lamb into thin slices. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Add the lamb, mix well and marinate for 20 Minutes at room temperature. Drain, discarding the marinade.
  2. Heat a wok over high heat until it is very hot. Add the oil, and when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the lamb and stir-fry for 2 Minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and continue to stir-fry for another 3 minutes.
  4. Finally toss in the basil and coriander, and continue to stir-fry for 1 further minute or until the herbs have wilted.
  5. Turn onto a warm serving platter and serve at once.