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Thai Beef with Basil

Tay M.
Super simple, fresh-tasting beef, and sweet onion stir-fry seasoned with salty fish and soy sauces; Thai basil gives a slight anise flavor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 51 minutes
Cuisine Asian Inspired
Servings 4 recipe
Calories 292.38 kcal


  • 3 tbsp Asian fish sauce nuoc nam
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 lb beef top round steak
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil plus 1 tsp
  • 1 jumbo sweet onion 1 pound, cut into ¼ inch-thick slices
  • 3 garlic cut into long thin slices
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger minced, peeled
  • 1 cup Thai basil loosely packed


  • In a medium bowl, combine fish sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Cut round steak lengthwise in half, then cut into ⅛-inch thick slices across the grain. Add beef to the fish-sauce mixture, tossing to coat well; cover and refrigerate beef 30 minutes to marinate.
  • In a 12-inch skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat until very hot. Add beef mixture and cook, stirring frequently (stir-frying), just until the beef is no longer pink, about 1 minute. Transfer beef to a bowl.
  • Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to skillet/wok. Add onion and cooking, stirfrying until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in chiles, garlic, and ginger; cook 30 seconds
  • Return beef to skillet and add basil; heat through.