EASY Ground Lamb Stir Fry (30-Minute Recipe)

This easy 30-Minute Ground Lamb Stir Fry will be on your dinner table in a flash. Serve it over rice for a wholesome meal that will bring some excitement to your weeknight cooking routine.

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Who’s ready for a dinner that’s on the table in 30-minutes flat? That’s pretty much a requirement in my book if I’m going to be cooking on a weeknight.

I’ve got lots of speedy dishes in my repertoire that are on regular repeat at our house: BLT Pasta, Chicken PiccataPad Kee Mao – but, I’m always on the quest to find new and amazing dishes to add into that rotation…

Why you’ll love it

This tasty Lamb Stir Fry has sizzling crispy ground lamb, spicy numbing Sichuan peppercorns and fresh cilantro and it will be on your table in less than 30-minutes. Perfect for those nights when you’re feeling on the verge of just throwing in the towel and ordering takeout.

Another great thing about this dish is that there are no fancy, hard-to-find, exotic ingredients involved, except maybe the Sichuan peppercorns, but you can find them in a lot of grocery stores now. These peppercorns have a citrus like flavor, and produce a numbing sensation, though they don’t pack much heat.

If you’re unable to find them, go ahead and swap them out with some black pepper and ground coriander. Or you can skip them altogether.

Ingredients for lamb stir fry laid on counter - limes, peppercorns, scallions, and garlic.

Ingredients needed

  • Ground Lamb
  • Sichuan peppercorns (optional)
  • Canola oil
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeno
  • Cumin
  • Green Beans
  • Soy Sauce
  • Lime Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions

Note: For a flavor alternative, try swapping out the regular soy sauce for some kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).

What is the best cut of lamb for stir-fry?

I like to use ground lamb in this recipe for convenience. It cooks quickly and is easy to prepare. However, sliced leg of lamb or lamb rump will also work.

I’ve mentioned before how I prefer cooking with American Lamb, but just to recap, here’s why I choose it over lamb from Australia or New Zealand:

  • By choosing American Lamb, you’re supporting local farmers and ranchers throughout the US.
  • Raising lamb in the US is a family affair with more than 80,000 family owned operations OR American Lamb is up to 10,000 miles fresher than lamb imported from Australia or NZ
  • Sheep improve pasture quality by recycling vital nutrients back into the soil, minimizing erosion and encouraging plant growth.
  • The majority of sheep in the states graze pastures for most of their lives.
Overhead close up of lamb curry in bowl with chopsticks and lime wedges.

Recipe variations

  • Vegetables – Swap out the green beans for some slices of bell pepper, broccoli, snow peas, carrots, and/or asparagus.
  • Meat – Instead of ground lamb, you can use strips of lamb, or ground beef or turkey.
  • Flavors – Add in some fresh grated ginger, swap out the Sichuan peppercorns for some chilli flakes, add some sesame oil, or add in a splash of rice wine vinegar for some extra tang.

What to serve with it

  • I  like to serve this Lamb Stir Fry on a bed of rice – I love jasmine rice paired with this dish, but if you want something a bit more hearty, swap it out for some brown rice, or whichever rice you prefer. For convenience I like making rice in the instant pot or rice cooker.
  • It would also be delicious served over noodles.

Wine pairings

overhead close up of hand holding chopsticks and eating lamb stir fry.

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EASY Lamb Stir Fry

30-Minute Ground Lamb Stir Fry with Green Beans will be on your dinner table in a hurry. Serve it over rice for a wholesome meal that will bring some excitement to your weeknight cooking routine.
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and thinly sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • pound green beans (trimmed (a few large handfuls))
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cilantro coarsely chopped
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • Lime wedges (for serving)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • In a small skillet, toast the peppercorns over medium heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds; let cool. Transfer the peppercorns to a mortar or spice grinder and grind to a powder. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet or wok over high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add lamb, jalapeno, cumin, sichuan peppercorns and season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up with spoon and pressing firmly to help brown, until fully cooked and crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, blanch beans by boiling for 45 seconds, then draining and setting aside.
  • In a small bowl combine soy sauce, lime juice, and brown sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Combine cooked lamb with blanched green beans, soy mixture, cilantro, and green onions and toss to combine.
  • Serve over rice. Garnish with additional lime wedges on the side.
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I teamed up with American Lamb to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

This post was originally published in 2020. It was updated in 2023 to add new information. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “EASY Ground Lamb Stir Fry (30-Minute Recipe)”

  1. The lamb and beans look like a great combination. Do you think subbing in quinoa for the rice would take away from the overall dish? (I’m not against rice, just a big fan of quinoa.)

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious, quick, and easy. Tasted like restaurant food. I did sub coriander for the Szechuan pepper, but otherwise made as written.


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