Thai Beef with Rice

This savory Thai stir fry comes together fast and has just the right amount of spice.
Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Difficulty Easy





  • cups Water
  • 1 cup White rice, long grain 
  • ½ tsp Salt


  • 1 tbsp Chili paste, preferably preferably sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lime juice


  • 2 tbsp Neutral oil
  • 1 lb Ground beef, lean
  • 1 pepper Red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup Basil


  • for garnish Basil, chopped
  • for garnish Cilantro , chopped


  • In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir in rice and salt and return to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid, about 16 to 18 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let steam, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine chili paste, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and lime juice. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat neutral oil over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon and stirring often, about 6 minutes.
  • Add red bell pepper, yellow onion and garlic to the beef. Cook until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add sauce mixture and basil and continue cooking until basil starts to wilt.
  • Using a fork, fluff the rice. Divide evenly among four bowls and top with basil beef mixture. Garnish with basil and cilantro.