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thai basil beef - pad gra prow

Thai basil beef - pad gra prow - is an easy, fast and delicious Thai stir fry that's ready in no time flat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 2
Calories: 426kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 10-12 oz good quality beef - sirloin, striploin or flank, sliced thinly across the grain
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic - crushed
  • 3 red finger hot chilies - minced
  • 1 red finger hot chili - julienned
  • 0-2 thai red chilies - 0 isn't hot, 2 is pretty hot
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • a good handful of thai basil
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil


  • Combine the beef, soy and black pepper and refrigerate anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Combine minced chilies and crushed garlic in a mortar and pestle and grind to a coarse paste. This isn't essential and it's a bit of a pain but it does help up the flavour.
  • Add the fish sauce and sugar to the chili garlic mixture and keep close to the stove.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat.
  • Add one Tbsp oil and add half the beef. Stir fry until no red colour remains, about 1 minute. Remove the beef. If there's any liquid in the pan stir it around until it dries up.
  • Add the second Tbsp of oil and stir fry the remaining beef. Remove the beef and dry out the pan as you did above if needed.
  • Return the beef to the wok or skillet and add the chili/garlic/fish sauce/sugar mixture. Stir fry over high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the thai basil and cook until wilted.
  • Serve with jasmine rice.


Put the beef in the freezer for 15-20 minutes. This firms up the beef and makes it easier to slice thinly.
If using sirloin or striploin, try to get a small roast. It is almost impossible to slice a steak across the grain.
This recipe scales well as long as you only stir fry 5-6 oz of beef at a time.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 964mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 855IU | Vitamin C: 131.7mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3.4mg