Well Fed Thai Basil Beef

IMG_1884I am not sure why I waited so long to try this fantastic stir fry from Melissa Joulwan’s Well Fed 2 cookbook, but I’m glad I didn’t wait any longer.  If you are looking for a fast and tasty weeknight dinner, this is one you should definitely try.  It calls for flank steak, but I used grass fed skirt steak, sliced very thin which worked perfectly.

Melissa has another, even simpler, ground beef version on the website as well.

Meat & Marinade:

  • 1 lb skirt steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 lb green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 orange,  yellow or red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small serrano chile, stems and seeds removed, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (I used 1 tablespoon dried basil instead)
  1. Place the steak in a medium mixing bowl and add coconut aminos, rice vinegar and garlic.  Toss to combine and refrigerate 10 min or up to 1 hour.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the fish sauce, coconut aminos and lime juice. Set aside.
  3. Place water in a large non-stick skillet and bring to boil. Add green beans, cover and steam about 4-5 min until just tender. Drain, discarding any remaining water and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. Set aside.
  4. Reheat the pan over medium-high heat and melt coconut oil. Brown the meat without crowing the pan, work in batches if necessary. As the meat cooks, remove it to a bowl to catch its juices.
  5. In the same pan, stir-fry the bell pepper, scallions, serrano and garlic until the peppers are just tender, about 2 min. Add the reserved beef, green beans and sauce, tossing with tongs or two wooden spoons until heated through.
  6. Remove form heat, add basil and toss until leaves are wilted.
  7. Serve immediately.

I love Melissa’s recipes which are well seasoned, delicious and easy.  Check out her new website where she is now offering some great meal plans too.

I am grateful each day for wellness, happiness and the opportunity to share with you.