Authentic Thai Basil Beef Recipe
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A Delicious Restaurant Meal You can Make at Home

close up image of a stif fry of beef strips, onion, and vegetables on rice with cucumber slices on the side

We’ve all been doing our part to support local restaurants during the pandemic by getting ordering in or getting curbside pickup but that can start to get pricey after a while. We also have more than than ever to experiment with new recipes and try to recreate some of our restaurant favourites at home. Thai food may seem complicated, but this recipe for authentic Thai basil beef is simple, quick and absolutely delicious! The bonus to cooking it yourself at home is that you control the amount of veggies you add and the level of spice.  


Makes 2 – 4 servings  


What You Need  


1 Tbsp fish sauce 

1 Tbsp low sodium soya sauce 

1 Tbsp lime juice 

1 Tbsp canola  

1 lb flank steak 

1 large bell pepper, sliced 

2 cups mushrooms, sliced 

1 cup green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 

½ onion, sliced 

2 cloves garlic, minced 

1 Thai chili, seeded and diced (optional)  

1 cup fresh basil leaves or 2 tbsp freeze dried basil 



How To Make Thai Basil Beef  


  • In a large skillet, add oil, onions, garlic and steak. Heat on medium-high heat until meat is browned (about 5 minutes). Remove the meat and set aside. 
  • Add the remaining vegetables to the pan with ¼ cup of water. Scrape off any brown pieces stuck to the pan (this adds great flavor). Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring vegetables every couple of minutes until mushrooms are cooked down. If vegetables start to stick to the pan, add a tablespoon of water to loosen and scrape off. 
  • Add the meat back into the pan, along with the fish sauce, soya sauce, basil and lime juice. Stir and cover for 2-3 minutes.  


a wok full of beef, peppers and onions stir frying


Serve immediately on a bed of spinach along with your choice of jasmine rice, brown rice, or brown rice vermicelli.  


Nutritional Information 


Per serving based on 4 servings


264 Calories 

7.1 Carbohydrates 

28.4 g Protein 

138 g Fat. 

1.2 g Fibre


We hope you enjoy this restaurant-style meal at home – have some fun with it and decorate your plate with slices of cucumber and carrots the way Thai restaurants do.  You can also serve it with Thai Mango Sticky Rice for dessert. 


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