This EASY Thai beef stir fry is ready in just 20 minutes! Flavorful Thai beef noodles are topped with a zippy lime sauce, cucumber noodles, + tons of fresh herbs. It’s a great way to use up those herbs that are going crazy in the garden, think of them like a salad, it adds major flavor and major veggies to this simple meal.
How to Make Thai Beef Stir Fry:
This easy Thai beef stir fry recipe is just that…EASY! Start-to-finish takes just 20 minutes. Here’s how we make it:
- Make lime sauce. In a small bowl, mix together lime juice, fish sauce, and sriracha or chili garlic sauce.
- Prep toppings. Cut cucumber into noodles or matchsticks, Roughly chop herbs, and chop peanuts.
- Cook pasta. Angel hair pasta cooks in just a few minutes, but other varieties will take a bit longer. You can use your favorite, just cook accordingly, and just until al dente.
- Stir fry Thai beef. We’re saving this step until last as it cooks in less than 10 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add ground beef to pan. Season with salt and add shallots, lemongrass, chili, and garlic to pan. Cook, breaking up meat, until no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.
- Assemble Thai beef and basil stir fry. Toss cooked pasta with meat until combined. Top with lime sauce, cucumber noodles, fresh herbs, and chopped peanuts. Season with salt and hot sauce to taste.
What Is Thai Style Beef?
This Thai beef recipe is a ground beef stir fry made with some traditional Thai seasonings like lemon grass, chiles, cilantro, and basil.
Once the beef is sautéed with the garlic, chiles, and lemon grass it’s tossed with noodles and topped with fresh herbs and cucumber noodles. It’s a meal-in-a-bowl and packed with flavor.
It’s a Thai-inspired meal, made with easy, everyday ingredients.
How to Store Leftover Thai Beef Noodles:
Store any leftover Thai basil ground beef noodles in the refrigerator separate from the fresh cucumber noodles and herb toppings as well as the lime dressing.
Reheat the beef and noodles in the microwave or a hot skillet when ready to eat, drizzle with lime sauce, and top with cucumber noodles and fresh herbs.
How to Serve Thai Beef Noodle Stir Fry Recipe to the Whole Family:
My kids loved this meal, but I served it family-style to them so I put some of the Thai beef stir fry onto their plate and had all of the toppings on the table.
- Serving Suggestion – Depending on the age of your kids, you may want to serve up some of the toppings for them (perhaps separately and not ON the Thai beef noodles) or let them choose. (And not comment, trust that they will take what they need!)
- Sides – Pasta as a main is an easy one for a lot of us, but you could also add some fruit and a glass of milk if your kids aren’t big pasta and beef eaters.
Thai Beef Stir Fry Nutrition + Substitutes:
If you’d like to make any swaps or substitutions, or add even more nutrition into this Thai beef with rice noodles recipe, here are a few ideas:
- Ground Meat – Obviously won’t be Thai beef noodles anymore, but you could use any type of ground meat in this recipe. Pork, turkey (not fat-free!), or even chicken would all be great options.
- More veggies – My #1 idea for adding MORE nutrition in. Add more toppings in the form of cucumber noodles and fresh herbs. You could also add in some matchstick carrots or red bell peppers as well.
- Noodles – Feel free to use your noodles of choice in Thai ground beef recipes. Whole wheat, brown rice, or legume-based will all work. Use your favorite!
More Asian-Style Recipes:
If you like this Thai beef noodle recipe, you might also like some of my other Asian-inspired recipes. Most of these are inspired by Asian flavors, but made easy with shortcuts and approachable ingredients:
- Asian Shrimp Stir Fry – This noodle dish is similar in both EASE and major flavor.
- Ground Turkey Meal Prep Bowl – Made with just 4 simple Trader Joe’s ingredients, this healthy meal prep recipe features a Peanut Vinaigrette.
- Instant Pot Curried Beef & Sweet Potato Stew – Warm and cozy curry stew – made easy in the instant pot!
- Thai Lettuce Wraps – This recipe for Thai beef stir fry was actually based off of the lettuce wrap recipe! Just 15 minutes to make, makes a great appetizer or light dinner.
- Pork and Peanut Stir Fry – A drizzle of homemade peanut sauce tops this pork and spinach stir fry. Serve over rice for a simple meal.
- Trader Joe’s Curry Meatballs – Another 4 ingredient Trader Joe’s recipe that’s loaded with protein, veggies, and flavor.
Helpful Tools to Make Thai Basil Beef Noodles:
- Hand-Held Spiralizer – Not only does this spiralizer work well, but it’s also tiny and easy to store if you have a smaller house like me and don’t spiralize on a daily basis.
EASY Thai beef stir fry is ready in just 20 min! Flavorful Thai beef noodles are topped with a zippy lime sauce, cucumber noodles, + tons of fresh herbs.
- 1/3 cup lime juice
- 2 Tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. sriracha or chili garlic sauce (more to taste)
- 1 small cucumber, cut into noodles
- fresh mint, chopped
- fresh cilantro, chopped
- fresh basil, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
Pasta and Beef:
- 12 oz. angel hair pasta
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 2 shallots, sliced
- 2 Tbsp. lemongrass paste
- 1 small Thai chili (or jalapeno)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Make lime sauce. Stir together lime juice, fish sauce, honey, and sriracha in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Prep toppings. Spiralize or cut cucumbers into noodles or matchsticks. Roughly chop mint and cilantro. Thinly slice basil. Chop peanuts.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Angel hair cooks quickly!
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, salt, shallots, lemongrass, chili, and garlic to pan. Cook, breaking up meat, until no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.
- Toss cooked pasta with meat until combined. Top with lime sauce, cucumber noodles, fresh herbs, and chopped peanuts. Season with salt and hot sauce to taste.
- I prefer using lemongrass paste as it’s easier to work with, will save you time and is super-flavorful. It’s a kitchen shortcut that I definitely recommend using! But you can also use finely minced fresh lemongrass as well.
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