Bison & Soba Noodle Japanese Inspired Stir Fry Recipe
If you love Asian inspired food, this stir fry is for you. We’ve adapted this Japanese stir fry dish to include bison flank steak, and what a wondrous combination of flavors it is. Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and have a deliciously nutty, subtly earthy flavor and satisfying texture.
This dish is full of flavor from ginger, garlic, coconut aminos and toasted sesame oil. I love virtually any Asian inspired food, and this stir fry hits the spot and pairs perfectly with the mouthwatering flavor of our bison fajita meat. The fajita meat is simply flank steak cut into strips, making for convenient and easy cooking.
Our Bison Roam Free The Way Nature Intended
Our bison live free range on 20,000 beautiful acres here in New Mexico, or roam freely on our carefully selected partner ranches. They are pasture raised and never administered any amount of hormones, steroids or antibiotics. These are powerful, strong animals that live essentially wild with minimal handling. There were once 60 million bison roaming North America, and we hope to see their numbers increase back to even 1 million during our lifetime.
By increasing the demand for ethically sourced bison meat, we can help to bolster their population. The more people that want to purchase this nourishing and nutrient dense meat, the more farmers will be encouraged to raise bison. This directly helps to increase the number of herds which assists in providing genetic diversity for the population.
This Meat Is Delicious And Nutritious
Bison meat is not only delicious, but also boasts an impressive nutritional profile. This meat is lower in cholesterol and fat, yet higher in protein, omega 3’s, vitamins, and minerals. Not to mention, the addition of grass fed butter or bison tallow adds an extra dose of the kinds of fats that help our bodies and brains to function better. These fats help to sustain energy levels, enhance brain activity and assist with weight loss.
What’s The Difference Between Bison And Buffalo, Anyways?
If you’re not familiar with the terms bison and buffalo in North America, here’s the difference in a nutshell. Although American bison is the proper name for these animals, buffalo has become an interchangeable nickname and this word is deeply rooted in American culture. We like both terms, but love the historical richness of the term buffalo. Either way, if you’re in the United States, both names refer to our shaggy brown friends with the humped backs. True water or cape buffalo exist in Asia and Africa.
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 8 ounces of Japanese soba noodles
- Sea salt
- 4 tablespoons bison tallow, divided
- 1 pound of bison fajita strip meat
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 4-6 cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, grated and peeled
- 2 heads baby bok choy, cut into quarters
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- 6 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1.5 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- Thaw the fajita strips in the refrigerator overnight. Before cooking, set out at room temperature for approximately 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When the oven is hot, toast the almonds on a baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Cook for about 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
- Cook the soba noodles according to the instructions on the package. Drain and set aside to cool.
- Heat one tablespoon of bison tallow in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season the fajita strips generously with salt and pepper on all sides. Sear on each side for about 3-4 minutes. Transfer cooked fajita meat to another surface to rest for about ten minutes.
- While the meat is resting, clean out the skillet and heat another three tablespoons of bison tallow to cook the vegetables. When the tallow is hot, add in the white parts of the scallions, minced garlic and ginger. Cook for about a minute until soft and fragrant. Add in the sliced carrot and baby bok choy. Cook for about 4 minutes until the vegetables are tender but still crisp and vibrant.
- Mix together the coconut aminos, rice vinegar, sesame oil and ½ cup of water in a bowl. Pour into the pan with the vegetables and bring to a simmer. Mix in the green parts of the scallions, toasted almonds and the cooked soba noodles. Combine thoroughly and remove from heat.
- Slice the bison fajita meat thinly against the grain. Divide the stir fry into four bowls and top with the bison meat. Serve immediately.