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Craving some Thai? Don’t wanna spend the big bucks on takeout? Why not make it yourself? Yes, you can–it’s that quick and easy and it takes ingredients you have (or SHOULD have!) on hand in your kitchen!
Today’s recipe is Thai Basil Beef. It features sirloin beef that is sliced thin and stir-fried in a pungent, spicy sauce. The recipe calls for a lot of basil leaves, but that basil adds so much sass you won’t want to skimp!
So here’s a tip: grocery stores all over now sell basil in pots. So instead of paying way too much for a few measly leaves in a plastic package, you can spend the same amount on a nice, healthy basil plant that will suppy you with basil all summer! Anyone with a sunny window can grow basil! Just hydrate your plant with filtered water (they don’t like chlorine) and give it a super-cheap fertilizer spike as needed, and you will have all the basil you need, whenever you need it! And if you love basil like I do, maybe you’ll want to buy 2 plants to make sure you never have to wait to enjoy this recipe!
Thai Basil Beef
Adapted from: a recipe from savoryonline.com
- 4 cups cauliflower rice, cooked and keeping warm
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbs fish sauce
- 1 tbs brown sugar (or an equivalent amount of sugar substitute)
- 1 lb boneless beef sirloin
- 1 tbs cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
- 1 tbs grapeseed oil (for sauteeing at high temperatures)
- 5 oz. matchstick or shredded carrots
- 2 serrano or Thai chilies, thinly sliced
- 2 tbs garlic, minced
- 2 cups basil leaves, loosely packed
- In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, fish sauce, and brown sugar; set aside.
- To a large zippered bag, add cornstarch, pepper, and salt.
- Slice the steak thinly against the grain.
- Place the steak in the bag with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Shake vigorously until steak is coated.
- In a large nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil on medium-high. Add beef and cook 3–4 minutes, stirring frequently, until just browned. Transfer beef to a bowl.
- To same skillet, add the carrots, chilies, garlic, and basil. Cook for 2 minutes until basil is wilted.
- Return beef to skillet and stir in the soy sauce mixture. Toss and cook for 1 minute more.
- Remove skillet from heat and serve Thai Basil Beef over cauliflower rice.
Notes: Want another veggie? Steam some green beans or broccoli while you are cooking the cauliflower rice and keep them both warm until serving time!
Photograph via savoryonline.com