Thai Beef Stir-fry

bowl of beef stir-fry with white rice underneath the stir fry.

The inspiration for this Thai beef stir-fry recipe was Pad Gra Prow, or Thai Basil Beef. But, Thai Basil is difficult to find in my local grocery stores (although my parents did start growing it in their garden after I made this recipe). So, I have substituted cilantro for the Thai Basil.

Like most stir-fries, this recipe comes together very quickly. You can get it on the table in the amount of time it takes to cook the rice to serve it with! It’s perfect for a quick work from home lunch, or if you need to get dinner on the table after a long day of work. You can probably make this in less time than it would take take-out to get delivered!

One other quick note about this recipe is the coconut oil. I used virgin, or unrefined, coconut oil because I wanted a little bit of the coconut flavor in the stir fry. If you don’t like or want the coconut flavor you can substitute with refined coconut oil, or your favorite high heat neutral oil (like avocado or grapeseed).

skillet of Thai beef stir-fry

Thai Beef Stir-Fry

Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai


  • 1 1/2 lbs. flank steak 1
  • 1/2 tsp. salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2-1 head brocoli cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • cilantro leaves


  • Thinly slice your flank steak (or other preferred stir fry protein) against the grain. Then toss the steak slices with the salt, pepper, and cornstarch.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of the coconut oil in a large skillet. Once the oil and pan are hot, add the slices of steak and cook until they are crispy yet tender. The cornstarch should help them crisp on the outside.
  • Once the steak has cooked, remove it it from the pan and place on a plate.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of coconut oil, and then add the onion, bell pepper, broccoli, and jalapeño. Cook the vegetables until they are slightly soft.
  • Sprinkle the garlic powder over the vegetables, add the meat back to the pan, and then add the soy sauce and fish sauce.
  • Toss everything together so everything is coated with the sauce. Let it cook together for a minute or two, so that everything can marry together.
  • Lastly add cilantro and lightly toss to combine. Serve with a side of white rice.
Keyword beef, Stir-fry

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