Lemon Scallion Chicken- Fried Steak Lorenza

April 24, 2012
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Author Notes

Back when I was in college, I learned this dish from an old family friend from South America.I love the unexpected lemony punch in the crunchy scalliony batter with the tender beef inside. —LE BEC FIN

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • 3-4 pieces/8 ounces? "steak roll",or other 1/8 " sliced beef ; each piece about 5" x 4".
  • 2 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice.
  • 1 cup king arthur white whole wheat flour
  • 3 spring onions, white and green, sliced thin
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground coarse black pepper
  • canola oil for pan frying
In This Recipe
  1. Thoroughly combine eggs through lemon. Whisk into flour , S and P, just til batter is smooth .Add scallions. Batter should be thick like pancake batter. After cutting off a 2 inch trial piece, dredge both sides of the beef pieces in the batter and marinade all the beef in the batter for a few hours, at room temperature.
  2. Heat about 2" of oil to hot but not smoking. With tongs, remove a piece of beef from the batter ; it should be well coated; and fry a total of about 5 minutes til medium brown , turning over as needed. Remove to doubled paper towel- covered newspaper. Cut into the trial fried piece to make sure the beef and batter are cooked through.Adjusting temp as needed, finish frying the rest. Do not crowd the pan. Serve with lemon wedges.
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