Thai Basil Beef

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  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 small flank steak, (about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds) thinly sliced across the grain
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (shiitake, crimini or domestic)
  • 1 small, hot red or green chile pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 3 tablespoons soy or fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar
  • 20 Thai or sweet basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews or peanuts


Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat in a wok or large sauté pan. Stir-fry the beef and garlic for 4 minutes and remove from the pan. Add the remaining oil to the pan and cook the onion, mushrooms, chile and red bell pepper for 2 minutes.

Stir in the beef mixture and add the soy or fish sauce, sugar, basil leaves and cashews or peanuts. Heat through and serve over steamed Jasmine rice.

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