15-Minute Beef with Thai Peanut Sauce

January 7, 2014

15-Minute Beef with Thai Peanut Sauce


Let’s say it’s 7pm and you suddenly realize you’re craving Chinese/Thai takeout.
Unfortunately, you’re in the middle of nowhere surrounded by heaps of snow, and the closest Chinese/Thai restaurant is a 15-mile drive away which includes crossing State line.
On top of that you’ve been skiing all day and you’re tired and sore, and the last thing you want to do is hop in the car and go get the food.
That was me a week ago; hankering for Chinese/Thai food but too lazy to actually get it.
Since suppressing my cravings was not an option (it never really is), I fired up the stove and did the best I could with what I had.
That’s how this awesome stir-fry beef with Thai peanut sauce came to life. *High-five*

15-Minute Beef with Thai Peanut Sauce

The really cool thing about this recipe is that it comes together in minutes. Which makes me love it even more considering that I’m such a last-minute kind of guy/cook.
Also, it doesn’t require an ad hoc grocery shopping trip. Just like me, you will likely already have all the ingredients needed.

15-Minute Beef with Thai Peanut Sauce


What can I say about it? It’s spicy, but not to spicy. Has a good umami kick and all of the creaminess of peanut butter.
I served it with some stir-fried bok choy on the side. Everyone was really pleased with the dinner. We saved money, stay cozy inside and enjoyed a wonderful evening all together.

15-Minute Beef with Thai Peanut Sauce


And then - out of nowhere - one of your friends says “Hey man, this is even better than the stuff I get at the Oriental Garden!”
*Double high five*
15-Minute Beef with Thai Peanut Sauce
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Adapted from Quick Fix Meals and inspired by Cremedelacrumb

Ingredients
Serves 4

1 lb / 453 gr organic grass-fed beef strips (I used flank steak)
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup / 2.2 oz / 65 gr peanut butter (I used Vermont Peanut Butter, which is awesome!)
1 tablespoon organic wheat-free soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 garlic clove, minced
2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce (store bought or homemade)
1 - 2 tablespoons hot water
1 scallion, finely chopped (for garnishing)

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce (or coconut aminos) honey, garlic and Sriracha. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, until reaching the desired thickness (I like mine to be pretty thin). Set aside.
In a large frying pan (or using a wok if you own one) heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add beef strips and saute 8 to 10 minutes, making sure the beef is evenly cooked.
When the beef has browned stir in ½ of the peanut sauce and cook for a couple minutes. If it looks too dry add some water, one tablespoon at a time.
Serve warm with remaining sauce on top and sprinkled with scallion.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 454 calories, 29 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbs and 40 grams of protein.

18 comments :

  1. I love this! Looks so good and simple, my sort of recipe (:

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    1. They're amazing Hayley, you should totally try them!

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  2. I love Chinese so I'll be adding this to my to-make list and way to go working with what you had on hand!

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    1. "Working with what you had on hand" it's pretty much my motto!

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  3. I love Thai food but I've never tried making it at home...seems like it's easier than I thought! Can't wait to try this, yum!

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    1. This is super easy Jess and I'm sure you're going to love it!

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  4. This looks phenomenal Mike!

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  5. I guess you wont be needing to visit the Oriental Garden anymore! This looks better than any Chinese I've eaten here in Atlanta, Mike!

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  6. Chinese made ast home are the best kind and the dish looks so much more healthier and yummy.

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    1. So true Ash, homemade Chinese food is the best!

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  7. I can't wait to try this Mike, sounds delicious!

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  8. Oh my lord, you had me wanted to lick my screen from top to bottom, left to right, and then corner to corner, just to make sure I didn't miss a spot.

    Darn you, Mike TIY. Now you just gave me a major, uncontrollable craving. Did I ever tell you how Thai food happens to be my greatest weakness? Oh yeah. And your post (and pictures) just made me extremely weak at the knees. I get the feeling that I will be splurging on Asian food very, very soon and I will be cursing you the whole time I eat. You, sir, will be held personally responsible for this breech in my Paleo regimen. ;)

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    1. Hahahaha Sonia, you crack me up!
      And btw I believe that it's totally worth breaching the Paleo regimen for Thai food, once in a while at least!

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  9. Yesssss, this looks insanely good! *High five!* I often crave Chinese food, so I will definitely be partaking of this soon. It seems I have a growing list of meals to try from this site, and I must get on it!

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    1. Well Lauren, I also have a list of meals to try from your site and it's growing fast...maybe we should meet up and have a cooking swap party! ;-)

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