How to make a Peruvian dinner on 6 steps

I’ve been attending BYU-Idaho for four semesters and all this time I’ve been living on campus. It’s an amazing experience but my biggest struggle is to find time to make my own meals! After two semesters, I was tired of eating rice and some other complement, like plain fried chicken.

You might think that I’m a good cook since I’m from Peru. To be honest, my mom is one of the best cooks out there but I never asked her to teach me her recipes. In my defense, I was never interested in cooking when I was young.

After a while of being on my own, I got tired of eating plain rice and chicken, which led me to do my best to cook and to cook well. But I’m not going to lie to you, Peruvian food can take some time to cook in comparison with other dishes. Although, there is one dish that is really easy to make and is as good as any other plate.

Today I will share the recipe of Lomo Saltado. It’s a very traditional dish from Peru and very tasteful! I will share the ingredients needed for it and the steps to make it.

  • 2-3 Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • Yellow Peruvian pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oyster sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Meat (sirloin cut)
  • 1 1/2 cups of rice

  1. The very first thing to do is to make the rice. If you don’t have a rice cooker, no worries! Put the 1 1/2 cups of rice in a pot, add 2 1/2 cups of water, two small spoons of salt, one clove of garlic and a little bit of oil. Turn on the stove and leave it on medium-high heat.
  2. You will now have to cut the meat into slices, as well as the tomatoes and the onion. If you are able to cut them into wedges, it will look more professional!
  3. Once you have everything cut, put the meat into a bowl. You will then add a little soy sauce and oyster sauce. Let it marinate for about 10 minutes. You can check the rice and if it’s boiling, lower the fire to 2.
  4. Now you will use a pan to cook the meat along with all the vegetables! We’ll pour some oil on the pan and we’ll wait a bit until it starts to smoke. Once the oil is heated up, you will cook the meat for about a minute and then flip it so you can “seal” the meat.
  5. Once it is sealed, you will take the meat off the pan and add the onions and stir them until they are browned. Then you will add the tomatoes and stir everything for less than a minute.
  6. The last step is to put the meat back in the pan and stir everything together. By this time, the rice should be done and ready to be served.

If you have more time to spend on it, you can peel some potatoes, cut them into wedges and fry them on a pan. If you are in a hurry, the meat and the rice should do the work for you!

Here’s a final picture of the Lomo Saltado! I strongly recommend spending a little extra time to add the fried potatoes!! I’m pretty sure you will love it!