Coriander Beef

Coriander Beef
Coriander Beef is another one of my mother’s recipes which I strongly associate with the taste of home. I just the love the smell of toasted coriander seeds during the preparation stage before they are ground into a coarse powder. A few other minor ingredients are used to accent the flavor but the coriander seed is the star of the show.

Coriander Beef

It’s important to note that using coriander powder will not give the same texture, and more importantly, the same taste as using the seeds. I’m unsure why this is so but after countless experiments, the seeds have the final vote on producing a better flavor. With the powder the taste is sort of muted and barely there – it feels watered down and like a cheap knock-off.

Coriander Beef

This dish has the sensation of crunching into popcorn due to the seeds having a dual role in providing flavor and texture. Expect to get lots of leftover seed fragments stuck in your teeth and while I don’t mind and hardly notice, some (Mr. Cooking Jar) might have an aversion towards it.

Coriander Beef

Coriander Beef

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 1 lb. beef, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • Salt to taste


  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon thin soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar


  1. Over medium high heat, toast the coriander seeds in a pan until aromatic
  2. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and pound into a coarse paste
  3. Mix the paste with the beef and other marinade ingredients and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours
  4. Heat up a non-stick pan with some oil and stir-fry the marinated beef for 5 minutes
  5. Season with salt to taste
  6. Dish and serve hot



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  • Reply
    Lauren jonczak
    February 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    This looks amazing! I have never heard of coriander seeds before. I am new to cooking so I have been trying a lot of different recipes with with organic beef since that is the only meat my boyfriend will eat. Thanks for the tip about coriander powder not being the same as the seeds. I probably would have made that mistake. Thanks again for sharing, I will have to let you know how it turns out.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 29, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Hope it turned out well, Lauren. The seeds are very important to add texture to the beef which is part of the experience.

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