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Smashed cucumber & beef stir fry

Smashed cucumber & beef stir fry


Quick pickling the cucumber means it holds its shape and adds a real freshness to the dish

  • Feeds 2 Feeds 2
  • Ready in 30 minutes

Each serving contains

  • Energy
    1532kj 364kcal
  • Fat
    Med 17%
  • Saturates
    Low 12%
  • Sugar
    Low 8%
  • Salt
    Low 13%

% of adult’s reference intake | Carbohydrates per serving : 47g


  • ½ Co-op cucumber
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp Fairtrade caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp Co-op vegetable oil
  • 100g Co-op 5% fat beef mince
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • ½ tbsp Co-op reduced salt dark soy sauce
  • ½ tbsp Co-op white wine vinegar
  • 250g pack Co-op microwave long grain rice


  1. Slice the cucumber in half lengthways, cut into 3-4cm pieces and lightly crush with the back of a knife
  2. Season, toss with the lemon juice and ½ tsp of the sugar, then scrunch together with your hands and leave to marinade for 10 mins
  3. While the cucumber is quick pickling, heat the oil in a large frying pan and stir fry the mince on a high heat until it starts to darken
  4. Reduce the heat and cook for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until crisp
  5. Add the garlic and chilli to the pan, turn the heat up again and stir fry for 2 mins
  6. Drain the cucumber and add to the pan, along with most of the spring onion and cook for 4 mins
  7. Stir in the soy sauce, wine vinegar and remaining sugar, cook for 2 mins more, then season
  8. Cook the rice according to the pack instructions, then divide between 2 plates
  9. Spoon over the spicy beef mixture, then top with the remaining spring onion

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