20 minute meals

Quick and easy meals

Butcher Advice

Best cut for 20 minute meals

Beef mince is not just for burgers - try it in a stir-fry, it cooks quickly and teams well with Asian sauces.

Chow mein

Unbelievably easy savoury mince


Pre-cut beef, veal or lamb strips from your meat retailer are a super quick option for a fast dinner.

Chilli beef and snake bean stir-fry with cashews

Warm lamb noodle salad


Lamb cutlets are a favourite to char-grill or barbecue, the high heat and short cooking time suits them.

Texmex cutlets with guacamole

Char-grilled lamb cutlets with spring salad


Beef or lamb sausages can be barbecued or oven roasted.

Sausages with sticky glaze

Barbecued beef sausages with a capsicum and cherry tomato salsa


Buying tips

  1. When you are strapped for time and need a quick meal, shop for a beef or lamb dish that you already know and love.
  2. Let the butcher do the work for you. Pre-cut beef or lamb stir-fry strips make a quick braise or stir-fry super quick.
  3. Look out for easy cook cuts like lamb cutlets or beef and lamb steaks.
  4. Mince based or casserole meals can often be cooked and frozen, ready for re-heating when you need a nutritious meal in a hurry.

Not sure which cut to choose? Check out How to match red meat cuts with best cooking methods

Tips & Techniques

Cooking tips for barbecuing or pan-frying

  1. Preheat the barbecue, pan or char-grill to before adding the meat.
  2. To keep steaks, chops and cutlets moist and juicy, turn it once only. Cook one side until the first sign of moisture appears on the upper side, then turn to cook the other side.
  3. Rather than timing, test the meat for ‘doneness’ with tongs. Use the blunt end to prod the meat in the thickest part. Rare is soft, well done is very firm.
  4. Remove the meat from heat, loosely cover with foil and rest for 2 minutes to allow the meat fibres to relax and reabsorb their juices before serving.

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