30-Minute Thai Basil Asian Steak Stir-Fry - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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Do you ever look forward to something for so long that you can hardly believe it’s actually arrived? That’s how I feel about Spring this year. I’ve been dreaming about all the things I want to make, do, and see this season, that it seems unbelievable that it’s arrived. Of course, it would probably seem more like Spring if we weren’t still having really cold weather, but that’s okay, the warm weather will get here soon enough and I’ll be ready for it, sunglasses and t-shirts in hand.

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I’m sort of thinking this needs to be the year of exploring. I’m 22 now (omg, I’m getting so old guys!) and while I love staying at home sometimes, I also adore discovering new places. I’m for sure going to be taking at least one trip before Summer, but hopefully I’ll get in at least two new destinations. Stay tuned for more travel posts my friends because they’re coming. Also, many of you have been asking me about video. Now I know you’re probably wanting recipes and stuff, but I was curious, would you be interested in more personal vlogs such as “day in the life” or travel vlogs? Let me know!

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Okay, but travels aside, I’ve got a delicious recipe to share today. So I clearly need to visit some Asian countries soon because when it comes to exploring the world of culinary flavors I always seem to come back to something Asian. I just love all the different ingredients that go into making these types of dishes, and I genuinely love eating all types of different veggies too.

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Honestly guys, I don’t understand why veggies have such a bad rep, especially when you prepare them like this. I mean, everything becomes a world of yumminess when it’s stir-fried and cooked with layers of flavor. And speaking of flavors, I was so excited recently when I happened to find some fresh Thai basil at my local grocery. It’s something I’ve rarely ever found around here so I knew I wanted to star it in one of my next recipes.
It may look a lot like regular basil, but the taste is way different. It’s got it’s own thing going on and it makes the perfect finishing touch for a stir-fry like this. So I used beef in this, but it could very easily be replaced with any other meats that you’d prefer. Actually, if you’re vegetarian or vegan you could add some tofu or tempeh for an equally delicious but meatless weeknight meal.

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I’d say one of the best parts of this dish is that it’s so fast and easy. I know I say this about a lot of recipes, but I can never pass up celebrating a quick meal after spending years now trying some not-so-fast recipes. This is coming from the girl who’s tried to make pretty much everything the long way. I mean, if we’re talking about slow-cooker meals, that’s a different story, but I’m referring to those meals that need like two or three days of planning ahead. This dinner takes right around 30 minutes and the only unusual ingredient is the Thai basil, which may not even be that unusual to some of you. The rest of the list are all things that are pretty common in Stir-fry dishes so they should be familiar. I hope you enjoy this one!

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30-Minute Thai Basil Asian Steak Stir-Fry

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Grab the chopsticks and get your appetite ready for this quick and easy stir-fry that only takes about 30 minutes to make.


3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar (or honey)
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons chili garlic paste
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 pound boneless sirloin steak, cut into cubes
1 cup carrots, diced
2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided (I used peanut)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 leek, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas
1/2 pound portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup beef or vegetable stock
1 handful Thai basil leaves, roughly chopped
steamed rice for serving
toasted sesame seeds for topping, optional


In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, chili garlic paste, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil. Add the steak pieces to the mixture and allow to set for at least 10 minutes while you prepare the vegetable.
Heat a large wok or skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil. Remove the steak pieces from the sauce mixture with a slotted spoon and place in the skillet. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes until completely cooked. Remove from pan into a separate dish and set aside.
Add the cornstarch and beef stock to the sauce/marinade and stir until smooth. Set aside.
Heat remaining oil in pan and add the carrots. cook for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften then add the rest of the vegetables and cook for an additional few minutes until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until it begins to thicken. Return meat to pan and heat through. Serve with rice and a sprinkle oc sesame seeds if desired.


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beautifully done, just splendid

Asian foods have unique and authentic taste.

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I love stir fry, and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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Again, great photos and so good looking food! It´s always pleasure to read your posts. P.S. You are not old.

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Looking at this food, I just had my breakfast but now I feel like I am hungry again :p

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Yes well done .. great work
I like hot food .. it seems appetizing
Thanks for sharing your experience

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Mouth watering.

I am getting tiered of saying this but seriously I am stunned! Got to make all of these one day and have to be honest the presentation looks just maaaad!

I would also like you to do personal vlogs like travel vlogs.

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Lovely post this one and I really hope to see your travel adventure on video pretty soon. I think that Will be so much fun just try to make it short and sweet. Keep it up dear

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This looks fantastic, so fresh! Got to love a good stir fry, although I never tend to use beef for them, I really should give it a go something, flavour wise I imagine it actually works a lot better than chicken!

so sorry for the 5 day delay in responding. You can totally substitute chicken, no problem

I feel hungry in your post @gringalicious
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You made it so beautifully looks really amazing thanks for all the instructions :)

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Wow! What’s a colorful dish! Really the most of asian recipe easy and quick made! I like it so much ! Don’t think too much you have to visit us in Mauritius, then you will discover two cultures the Asia food and Indian too.

hey @creativewoman, so sorry it has taken me 5 days to respond. great commenting as always

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That looks delicious! I'm a fan of Thai food but have never tried Thai version of stir fry before. Is there a specific rice wine vinegar brand you would recommend? I only have mirin, which is a japanese sweet rice wine I have at home. I'm wondering if it will be a good substitute I can use to test this dish?

Thanks @pusheenosaurus. I think the mirin will work just fine. As far as I know the difference is very slight.

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I have always heard about Thai foods and it's popularity.....wish I get to taste someday....it looks really delicious and yummy...thanks for sharing @gringalicious

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It's a good nutritious meal

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nice shots any more?

nice food and i want to testing

I hope that you do give it a test

It's look so delicious...It's make my mouth watering 😋....I am so foodie and I also have started food photo shoot series ...When I see your post I always attract by presentation ...In my recipe I don't be able to show adorable presentation ....I love Asian food...Soy souse and garlic increase the taste of food ...I can imagine how tasty is it...And I would interested for daily life and travel blog....Waiting for 😇

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WOW... I want it :) is it hot too ?

not spicy, no, but you can make it that way if you like

No... I think it is very good if it is not spicy :) But I try soon .

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You're so young and so talented. At 22, I also thought that everyone gets old. But I've learned to look not at age, and at myself in the mirror. And there I see a cheerful 24-year-old woman, even though I already 29) Photos and recipe as always on top. Thank for this)

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Your food photography looks amazing and it looks so appetizing @gringalicious! I love all your posts and every time I read them I feel like the food calling my name. Girl, you shouldn't say you're old at 22! That makes me feel like a dinosaur... Chin-up, embrace life and its mysteries, you have a long road ahead of you and keep on Steeming! :)

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How rich, a succulent hit of colors and taste!

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Das schaut ja voll lecker aus und ich danke ihnen auch das Sie das Rezept und die Anleitung .

Ich glaube mit der Anleitung können es viele Leute nach kochen. und sich als Thai Koch zu testen. ggg . Ich auf alle fälle werde es mal versuchen zu kochen und wenn es nur halb so gut aussieht wie bei ihnen. werde ich schon zum anfang mal zufrieden sein ggg

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You've got my mouth watering with this one! Looks incredibly delicious

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I've been traveling a bit and it was tough to curate while out and about but I am back and ready to get hungry looking at your posts again :)

Have you posted about your travels?

I really need this in my life, like right now

seeing this food makes me so hungry..

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Asian food looking gorgeous but sadly too expensive in Turkey. Cooking yourself is also expensive enough for student or junior worker. Thanks anyway

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I can totally see this in front of me on brown rice.

As to video, if do video, I'm thinking that a cooking show would be your strong suit. Have a look at The Galloping Gourmet on YouTube to see a great example of a cooking show. I don't know if you'd do a live audience, but Graham Kerr sure knew how to bring humor to cooking.

Anyway, great presentation. I really admire your work.

That is very sweet and thanks for the input on video. Thanks @digitalfirehose

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Yum yum looking and nice display of the dish with delicious looking food. I would replace meat with Tofu myself....

Looks and sounds delicious! :-)

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This look Delicious

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I already wrote, that I love Asian cuisine, so this recipe is 100% for me! I especially like cooking time)
P.s. 22 and you're old, are you serious? Great joke! I think everyone will be interested to read the post about your life, I'm sure!

thanks so much for the suggestion, we're going to have to give this video thing a try for sure. thanks @naditinkoff


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Thanks for posting this recipe. I am definitely going to try this.
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This makes me want to go back to Thailand at least you posted the ingredients maybe I should try this looks so delicious!

I do hope you give it a try @triondesign, I think you will really enjoy it

Good afternoon, your post was excellent but it made me very hungry, it was very well written, I hope you take into account my humble comment, a greeting from Venezuela

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They look delicious!! I hope I can try them in future time.

I hope you can try it as well

Another great recipe ! I love thai food. I've been eating a lot of thai dishes lately, so delicious. Plus I didn't get sick this winter, my immune system seems to get stronger because of all the ginger and garlic in thai cuisine.

so glad you did not get sick and thanks so much for commenting

The veggies look goooood. I like dishes with a lot of color. The more color, the healthier it is for you.

thanks so much @stephmckenzie, so sorry it took me 5 days to respond

hello, I read your cooking posts and I congratulate you on the good recipes you shared, also I am a lover of cooking and food in general. I will try to do it because I really like the union of meat with the strong flavor of spices

thanks so much for commenting and I hope it works great for you

Spectacular! My mouth is watering just looking at these beautifully yummy images!!!

I am so glad you liked it

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