Thai beef stir-fry

Thai beef stir-fry

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(72 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 4
A no fuss shopping list and super-quick to prepare, the perfect after work meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal178
  • fat10g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein22g
  • salt0.55g
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  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400g beef strips, or steak cut into thin strips



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Heat a wok or large frying pan until smoking hot. Pour in the oil and swirl around the pan, then tip in the beef strips and chilli. Cook, stirring all the time, until the meat is lightly browned, about 3 mins, then pour over the oyster sauce. Cook until heated through and the sauce coats the meat. stir in the basil leaves and serve with plain rice.

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Comments (85)

lisa159's picture

Quick and simple to make. Tasty.

louiseabrantes's picture

A nice tasty-enough dish, however lacking something to take it to that next level. A bit more sauce maybe... No way this would serve 4 people, maybe stretch to 3. I served it with pak choi, cooked in the juices leftover in the pan once the beef had been plated.

numberonegoat's picture

Definitely needs more sauce and if you add more oyster sauce & some soy sauce, if it's too salty for you, just add a small sprinkle of sugar!

vix1112's picture

This was fab... I used extra oyster sauce which made it a little juicier and i mixed in some stir fried veg at the end... Very nice... Would make it again!!!

jheidar's picture

Great simple recipe that's been added to our favorites :o)

matrwall's picture

I can prepare and cook the stir-fry in the time it takes to boil the rice! Very Quick and Easy to make! Delicious.

I also added sliced peppers to the stir-fry for additional veg/colour.

psamiad1's picture

Surprisingly tasty for such a simple recipe. Will try using Sirloin next time as I'm sure that'll take it to a whole new level.

megzii-moo's picture

this recipe is so simple, but fantastically tasty! the method is so quick and easy, as well as my description for it: sounds good, looks good, tastes ruddy fantastic!

jacaline13's picture

Yummy! A nice easy meal for midweek

dagnyosk's picture

This is awesome. Sooooo easy to make and delicious. I did not deseed the chili so it was hot and spicy. I will do this definitely do this again. Absolutely brilliant.

joannepd's picture

Very quick and tasty even without the basil. I added a red pepper and some spring onions and it was an easy weekday meal.

Lovely72's picture

Nice dish, very easy to make but not the best stir fry we've ever had and certainly not the best on this website. After reading the previous comments I added 4 tbsps of oyster sauce but still found that it was a little dry, perhaps it was because I also added some bok choi but felt that it needed a bit of veg.

May make again but will have a good look on here first for other stir fry recipes!

freakinpixie's picture

I just tried this recipe again (loved it the 1st time round!) and I added to it a little by adding about 3 tbsps Oyster Sauce, 2 table spoons boiling water and a heap of curly Kale to the pan and took it off the heat until the Kale had wilted and softened a little. It was great! I would have used Pak Choi instead of the Kale but my local was out of stock. A good glass of orange juice before the meal ensures this is an iron packed meal!!!

olivekb's picture

Quick, easy and tasty! We add a green pepper and serve with jasmine rice. A firm favourite in our house.

jade123's picture

This recipe is delicious! Made it a couple of times now. I decided to put a twist on the rice and it's tastes even yummier. But definitely agree with all the comments about adding extra sauce, also I use corriander instead of basil.

I cooked the rice in coconut milk with some thai 7 spice!! YUM!

claire241's picture

Really enjoyed this. As recommended by others I added twice the amount of oyster sauce. Also added some sugar snap peas and spring onions which were a good addition and padded it out a bit. I stirred through noodles at the end. Very tasty sauce, will make again.

lady_blue's picture

Mmmmm yummeeee. cooked this up tonight with sirloin and used sesame oil. added some finely sliced onion and mushrooms and stirred in some noodles rather than using rice.

incredible dish.

quick, easy and ever so tasty.

hongkonglil's picture

The original Thai version of this dish adds garlic, 1 Tbsp fish sauce and 2tsp sugar to the mix. Thai fish sauce is pungent stuff but it really adds a lot of strength to dishes. Always double your oyster sauce to your fish sauce. The sugar balances the whole effect, but if you're worried, add 1tsp first, taste and see if it needs more. This dish should also be fairly heavy on the basil. We haver this with minced beef and steamed rice at least once a fortnight!

v6en31's picture

You'll feel like a fraud when you make this as it tastes so good that you can't believe so little effort went into it! We added an onion, some garlic, a cheeky extra spoonful of the oyster sauce and used ready made noodles. Yum yum yum.

girlnextshore's picture

if you don't fancy oyster sauce, try soy sauce + white wine vinegar instead. absolutely gorgeous.


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