Thai Basil Beef Recipe

A friend of mine's church runs a community garden in my neighborhood.  He was telling me that the basil (which is my FAVORITE herb) was overtaking things and would I like some?  I said of course, but little did I know he would bring me two HUGE BAGS!  So I asked myself "What on earth can I make with this?"  Then I remembered this dish I love to order at a local Asian fusion restaurant, Thai Basil Beef.  

The finished bowl of Thai Basil Beef over white rice with the title above.

I had never made Thai Basil Beef, but after a little research I kind of come up with my version of the recipe.  You know, Thai Basil Beef via West Virginia.  lol  Anyway, it's so scrumptious and the fresh basil makes everything really POP!  I know you're gonna love it so...

Let's Get Started!



For this Thai Basil Beef Recipe you will need a few simple ingredients:

The ingredients needed to make the Thai Basil Beef Recipe.

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (you could totally use ground chicken, turkey or pork as well)
  • 1 cup Carrot Matchsticks
  • 3 Green Onions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup Lite Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Paste*
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Ground Giner
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Fresh Basil

The carrots and green onions that have been prepared for the Thai Basil Beef dish.

Asian cooking usually goes fast so a key for success is to have everything ready!

Go ahead and prep your veggies.  I hand cut these match sticks, but I HIGHLY recommend buying them pre-cut.  lol

Also, reserve some of the green part of the onion to sprinkle over the top of your Thai Basil Beef.

The ingredients for the Thai Basil Beef sauce in a small measuring cup.

In a small bowl mix together your soy sauce, chili paste, and honey.

The carrots and onions sautéing in a pan on the stove.

Now place a deep pan over HIGH heat and allow it to get HOT!

Once the pan is hot add the carrots and green onion and sauté for a couple minutes.

Garlic added to a pan with the carrots and green onions.

Next, add the garlic to the pan and sauté until you smell it coming from the pan.

Pepper being added to the ground beef browning in the pan.

Add the ground meat to the pan and season with the pepper and...

Ground ginger being added to the pan.

Ground ginger.

Cook until the meat is brown and no longer pink.

The sauce being added to the vegetables and beef in the pan.

Once the meat is fully cooked add the soy sauce mixture.

The Thai Basil Beef coated in the sauce in the pan.

Stir into the meat mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens.

The basil being added to beef in the pan.

Now add the fresh basil to the pan and let wilt.

The finished bowl of Thai Basil Beef served over white rice.

Top this Thai Basil Beef with some sesame seeds and sliced green onion atop a bed of fluffy white rice and you are ready to eat!

This Thai Basil Beef is packed full of flavor.  A little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot savor, it's like the perfect weeknight meal!  I know you and your family are gonna love it so get in the kitchen and give it a try tonight!

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,
~The Kitchen Wife~



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Thai Basil Beef Recipe

This quick and easy Thai Basil Beef is made in one pan with ground beef and a homemade sauce and can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes!
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ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (you could totally use ground chicken, turkey or pork as well)
  • 1 cup Carrot Matchsticks
  • 3 Green Onions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup Lite Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Paste*
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Ground Giner
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cups Fresh Basil

instructions:

How to cook Thai Basil Beef Recipe

  1. In a small bowl mix together your soy sauce, chili paste, and honey.
  2. Now place a deep pan over HIGH heat and allow it to get HOT!
  3. Once the pan is hot add the carrots and green onion and sauté for a couple minutes.
  4. Next, add the garlic to the pan and sauté until you smell it coming from the pan.
  5. Add the ground meat to the pan and season with the pepper and ground ginger. Cook until the meat is brown and no longer pink.
  6. Once the meat is fully cooked add the soy sauce mixture.
  7. Stir into the meat mixture and cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens.
  8. Now add the fresh basil to the pan and let wilt.
  9. Serve over Rice and Enjoy!
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