This quick and easy Thai Basil Beef recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, requires a handful of ingredients and is one the whole family will love. We added kimchi for a wonderful twist mixing the Thai flavors with a bit of Korean flare. Served this over a bed of long grain rice for a delicious wholesome meal!
When it comes to weeknight dinners it has to be quick, be somewhat healthy, have tons of veggies and packed with flavor. Thai basil beef is fairly simple to make and is a one pot dish you can easily add to your weeknight menu rotation.
HOW TO MAKE THAI BASIL BEEF STIR FRY
The Homemade Thai basil sauce is easy to customize to your spice level. We first start by sautéing the beef which takes a few minutes depending on your serving size. Once the beef is cooked set aside and start by cooking the onions, garlic, ginger, and bell peppers. Add the kimchi and let it fry for 2 minutes. Once the veggies are cooked its time to add the beef back to your wok and the sauce ingredients. Start adding the soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. When you cooking in a wok you want to keep everything moving, use one hand to sir everything and the other to toss everything. Next add the chi li paste, sugar, freshly squeezed lime juice and basil. Let the flavours intensify and cook for 3-4 minutes.
To serve spoon beef over a bed of long grain rice in our case or jasmine rice, spoon some more sauce overtop and garnish with more fresh basil, cracked black pepper and green onion
To make the Thai Basil Beef:
1. Heat your work over high heat, and add the oil. Sear the beef until just browned, remove from the wok, and set aside.
2. Add the garlic, ginger, red and green pepper to the wok and stir-fry for about 20 seconds. Add the onions and stir-fry until browned and slightly caramelized about 3 minutes. Next add the prepared kimchi and fry for about 2 minutes.
3. Toss the beef back in, along with the soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar. Stir-fry for another few seconds, and then add the chili paste, sugar, freshly squeezed lime juice, stir. Let the flavours itensify and fold in the Thai Basil or regular sweet basil until it’s just wilted
Serve over a bed of long grain rice or jasmine rice and top with extra sauce, chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, extra chopped basil, chopped green onions and fresh cilantro