Fire up those nuts

This recipe had me at Fiery.

I love it hot. The spicier, the better. Chicken wings? Give me one of the top two hottest on the menu. (Generally the second hottest has some heat but much more flavor. The hottest often sacrifices flavor for heat). Thai food? When I order and they ask on a scale of 1-10 and I typically give an 8 (see reason under hot wings) they give me a look like I won’t be able to handle it. They are generally wrong.

I like to cook fiery items at home as well, but as I have to cook for my family’s palate and not just my own, so I usually have to tone it down quite a bit. This recipe instantly looked like it would work as the heat is delivered to the walnuts (which could be avoided by those wanting a tamer bite).

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Many of the pictures here are functional but occasionally I get one that I’m impressed by. I think this is one of them.

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It looks like a lot of ingredients but it goes quickly.

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Fry up the walnuts. I added a bit more cayenne than the recipe called for.

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Frying up the beef.

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Adding the veggies.

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Kublai Khan’s Stir Fry with Fiery Walnuts


Fiery Walnuts:

  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup walnut halves

Stir Fry:

  • 1 pound boneless tender beef steak
  • 2 TBSP plus 1/3 cup Kikkoman’s Stir fry sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP vegetable, divided
  • 1 onion, cut into 3/4 inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 pound fresh spinach, washed and drained
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced


To prepare Fiery Walnuts, combine oil, cayenne pepper and salt in a small skillet; heat over medium heat until hot. Add walnut halves. Cook, stirring 1 minute or until walnuts are coated. Turn out onto small baking sheet; spread out in a single layer. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes or until golden. Cool.

To prepare stir fry, cut beef across grain into thin strips. Combine 2 TBSP stir-fry sauces, cornstarch and garlic in a medium bowl; stir in beef.

Heat 1 TBSP oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and stir fry 1 and 1/2 minutes; remove. Heat remaining oil in same pan. Add onion; stir fry 2 minutes. Add carrots; stir fry 1 minute. Add spinach and mushrooms; stir fry 2 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Add beef and remaining stir fry sauce. Cook and stir only until beef and vegetables are coated with sauce and heat through. Remove from heat; stir in Fiery Walnuts and serve immediately.

I serve over rice.

Also my husband does not like Walnuts so I use Pecans.


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Categories: Beef, Chinese, kosher, Low Carb, vegetable3

Author:The Ranting Chef

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