Looking for a quick dinner recipe? Then you will love this healthy minced beef recipe. You will be done in 15 minutes. Minced beef also goes the names ground beef or minced meat (at least in Kenya, where I come from). I particularly love minced beef, also known as ground beef because of its ready-availability, affordability and versatility.
Best way to cook minced beef
Minced beef is so versatile and can be cooked in so many ways. You can fry it in a skillet or pan, boil it in the microwave, use it in casseroles, the list goes on.
The best way to cook minced beef or rather, the way that brings out the most flavour is to first brown it. To do this:
- Set a large skillet or pan on the stovetop and allow to heat under high heat.
- Add some about a tablespoon or two of oil to the pan and allow the oil to heat up. The oil should be hot in about 1-2 minutes since you have already heated the pan.
- Add the minced beef to the pan or skillet.
- Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the minced beef into smaller pieces. Failure to do this will result in huge chunks. Continue breaking it and stirring until you no longer see raw bits.
- Allow the minced beef to fry or cook before turning it (allow it to fry for approximately two minutes). This will, however, depend on, as an example, how hot your stove burns. This will also allow the minced beef to brown, thereby releasing some extra flavour.
- Sometimes the beef will release some of its natural liquid during frying. Simply drain off the liquid to a small bowl or cup and allow the remaining minced beef to further fry. Do not pour the liquid away. Save it to use as beef stock in recipes.
What's the catch when using minced or ground beef?
While minced beef (or minced meat in particular) is a wonderful ingredient to use, one has to be indeed careful, in particular, make sure one is buying meat from reliable sources. Some butchers have been known to mix up all sorts of unsuitable cuts of meat when making ground meat.
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Can one use frozen minced beef?
Yes, it is totally ok to use frozen mince. Sometimes not everyone has fresh mince in the fridge or one may have previously had too much meat in the refrigerator and decided to freeze-up the extra meat. In this case, it is perfectly ok to use what one has frozen up.
How to defrost frozen minced or ground beef
- According to the USDA safest way to defrost frozen minced beef is in the refrigerator. This is so because the meat is kept at an ideal temperature the whole time. The ground meat should then be used within 24-48 hours of thawing.
- One can also defrost the meat by placing the meat in a waterproof bag and submerging it in cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes and cook as soon as it is thawed.
Healthy Minced Beef Recipe
- Wooden stick for stirring
- 12 inch cast iron skillet or pan
- 500 g minced meat (about 1 pound)
- 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika powder sweet
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon taco spice
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin optional
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or your preferred healthy oil (such as avocado oil)
- Set the beef mince in a bowl. Mix the spices on a small plate and stir this into the bowl with the mince (use your hands to combine).
- Next, set a large skillet or pan on the stovetop and allow it to heat under high heat. Add one tablespoon of oil to the skillet and allow this to also heat up.
- Reduce the heat to medium, add the seasoned minced beef to the pan or skillet and use a wooden spoon or spatula to break it up into smaller pieces (failure to do this will result in huge chunks). Continue breaking it and stirring until you no longer see raw red bits.
- Next, allow the beef mince to cook without turning it for about 5 minutes, to allow the meat to brown at the bottom thereby releasing some extra flavour. The mince may release some of its natural liquid during frying. Simply drain off the liquid to a small bowl or cup and allow the remaining minced beef to further fry and brown up. Do not pour the liquid away, save it to use as a side sauce when serving, or for use in recipes calling for beef stock.
- Stir and allow to cook for a further 2-5 minutes or until cooked through and properly browned. This will depend on how hot your cooker burns. Serve while still hot with a side of your choice.
- Store leftover minced beef in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Use minced meat within 2 days after buying. Always freeze the meat if you intend to use it at a later date.
Let me know in the comments section below if you enjoy cooking with ground beef. If yes, how do you enjoy it?
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