This Best Easy Beef Thai Basil Stir Fry Recipe tastes just like it’s from your favorite Thai Food Restaurant but takes less time than driving to pick it up!
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Easy Beef Thai Basil Stir Fry
If you love Thai basil from your local Thai food restaurant, you’ll LOVE this super easy and addictive recipe. This recipe is naturally gluten free, low carb, and can work into a paleo or keto diet or paleo diet – but is full of flavor that the whole family loves.
This Thai basil beef stir fry recipe is fantastic for busy weeknights – it goes from fridge to your dining room table in under 15 minutes and makes fabulous meal prep since it reheats well and makes delicious leftovers you can take to work or eat for lunch the next day!
Tips and Tricks to Perfect Stir Fry Beef
See the following tips for perfect stir fry beef.
Use the right pan. To stir fry beef under the best conditions, the right pan is essential. I prefer a wok or a very large, heavy pan that conducts heat well and gets very hot. To see my favorite naturally nonstick mineral pan, click here.
Preheat the pan. Before adding oil or beef, heat pan to scorching hot for best results. When you add oil into pan it should instantly become thin and shimmery and ready for your beef.
Cook hot and fast. Beef is best str fried as hot and quick as possible – slowly cooking beef in a stir fry will cause it to boil instead of stir fry, making the meat tougher to chew and soggier feeling.
Don’t crowd the pan. Crowding your pan reduces the heat, which makes beef cook slower. If you don’t have a large pan, stir fry the beef in batches and remove from heat, then cook vegetables, then add them both back together to finish cooking with sauces for best results.
Slice beef thinly. Thinly sliced beef works the best in stir fry recipes. While I prefer to buy very thinly sliced beef, you can always ask your butcher for even more finely sliced beef – or try to slice your own by lightly freezing a raw steak and slicing by hand.
This easy delicious Thai Basil Beef is an easy low carb and keto meal that works into any healthy eating plan as it is naturally gluten free and can be made low carb with a couple of easy swaps.
I create all my recipes that have any spice level to my taste which is medium. If you want it less spicy use less/omit the chili.
Thai Basil is a spicy, minty herb similar to basil – with a bit more flavor and kick than standard basil.
Thai Basil/Holy Basil can be found at many grocery stores (our local Kroger and Safeway stores) and almost always available without fail at Whole Foods.
This recipe is definitely better with Thai (or Holy) Basil, but if you can’t find any fresh Thai Basil or Holy Basil, regular fresh basil leaves can be used in a pinch. The dish will not have quite the same flavor (you can toss in a clove and a spring of fresh mint for a closer flavor profile) but will still be incredibly delicious.
Keto Thai Basil Beef Recipe Adaptations
Thai Basil Beef is a naturally low carb recipe, but there are a couple of easy adjustments you can make to adapt this recipe into an even lower carb profile.
Skip the sugar. The sugar in this recipe is optional to taste more like takeout – if you’re preparing this to fit into a keto diet, skip the sugar.
Check Your Fish Sauce. Fish sauce is a fabulous flavor addition to dishes on a keto recipe – IF – the fish sauce is made from simply fish and salt. Check our fish sauce closely to find fish sauce without any sugar or additives.
Check Oyster Sauce Ingredients. Oyster sauce should be low in carbs if made without sugars and additives – check the label of your oyster sauce to be sure you’re buying one without added sugars.
Swap Vegetables. Reduce the amount of onion and add celery instead.
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Easy Beef Thai Basil Recipe
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The Best Easy Thai Basil Beef Stir Fry Recipe
The Best Easy Thai Basil Beef Stir Fry Recipe - Takeout style Thai basil beef stir fry recipe that tastes just like it's from your favorite Thai Food Restaurant but takes less time than driving to pick it up!
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 1 lb beef, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon chile, chopped
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced carrots in 1" strips
- 1 small zucchini, sliced thin in 1" strips
- 1/4 cup snow pea pods
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cup fresh thai basil leaves
- 2 stems lemongrass, sliced
- 8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tsp thai chili garlic sauce
- 1⁄2 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
- green onions, chopped
- Heat wok with oil, add garlic and chiles.
- Add beef and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
- Add onions, vegetables, and basil, stir for 2 minutes.
- Add remaining sauce: oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and white pepper.
- Stir fry until cooked (about 5 minutes), add green onions at the end and let wilt, then remove from heat.
- Serve immediately with steamed rice, cauliflower rice, or in a large bowl on it's own.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 451Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 99mgSodium 986mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 34g
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