Here is a really simple recipe that is quick to make and tasty to eat! Our friends are always asking us for really simple go-to recipes that doesn’t require a lot of fancy ingredients or complicated steps. All you need is some beef, veggies of your choice, ingredients for the sauce, and of course, thai basil leaves. That’s what makes this dish so refreshing. The herb has small leaves, purple stems and a subtle licorice or mint flavor, which is commonly used in many Thai and Vietnamese dishes. We had planted Thai basil in our garden before, but it never grew to its potential. We are determined to grow a bigger yield of Thai basil this summer so we can make many more dishes with this exotic herb.
Luckily we had some spicy Thai chilies growing in our garden, so we picked two of them for this dish. If you know your chilies are extremely spicy, just use one!
We used about 1 lb of flap meat, but use whatever stir-fry beef you prefer. Cut it into thin strips. Saute the meat for 3 minutes, then add 4 cloves of minced garlic, 3 shallots, and 2 chilies.
Since we had some mini bell peppers left in the fridge, we used this to add color and texture to the dish. Here we used about 1.5 cups of sliced bell peppers. Toss this together with the rest of the ingredients for another few minutes until the meat and peppers are just tender.
In a separate bowl, mix together these ingredients to create the sauce: 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1.5 tsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp mirin, and 1 tbsp cornstarch. Mix it well and then pour it into the pan to coat the meat and vegetables. You will see the sauce thickening up. Add some cracked pepper.
Turn off the heat and toss in about 1 cup of Thai basil leaves. Don't cook the basil or it will turn black.
This is a great dish to serve with rice. Use this recipe as a template for your own stir fry adventures in the kitchen. You can change up the meat and use chicken or shrimp, and use broccoli and carrots instead of bell peppers. The cooking time is ridiculously fast so you can have dinner ready in no time. Hope our friends who likes fast and easy recipes enjoy this one!
To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Spicy Beef with Thai Basil
Here are some related posts we’ve done in the past:
Beef Pad See Ew – Thai Rice Noodles
Basa Fish in Wine Sauce
Thai Beef Salad