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Spicy Basil Beef

Yield: serves 4
Author: The Little Epicurean


  • 2 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound sliced beef tenderloin
  • 4 Thai chilies, chopped
  • 1 small onion, sliced, about 1/3 cup
  • 1 cup fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • sliced green onions, to garnish


  • Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat.  Add peanut oil.  Once oil is hot, add garlic and chilies.  Cook for 30-40 seconds until garlic is fragrant.  Add sliced beef and cook for 45 seconds or so until beef starts to brown.
  • Add sliced onions and whole basil leaves. In a small bowl, mix together oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and pepper. Add sauce mixture to skillet and toss to combine. Continue to cook until onions are translucent, basil is wilted, and beef is cooked. Remove from heat and garnish with sliced green onions and fresh Thai basil. Serve with Jasmine rice.