Thai Beef with Herbs

This Thai Beef with Herbs recipe gets its bright Thai flavors from a squeeze of lime and a handful of fresh herbs.

This is one of my favorite quick and easy dinners. It is a mixture of Thai flavors and has added brightness from a squeeze of lime and a handful of fresh herbs.

It comes together quickly and saves well as leftovers, just make sure to save the chopped herbs in a separate container, so they do not wilt when you reheat the beef.

The Thai flavors come from a squeeze of lime and the fresh herbs

The Thai flavors come from a squeeze of lime and the fresh herbs

This makes about 3 servings total (dinner for 1 + 2 lunches or dinner for 2 and a lunch). I like to serve it with Jasmine rice and stir-fried green vegetables on the side (stir-fried broccoli rabe with a touch of oyster sauce is shown above). Chinese broccoli, kale, or snap peas would all make delicious sides.

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Thai Beef with Herbs

Thai Beef with Herbs

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 servings


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium bell pepper, (yellow, red or orange preferred), diced
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 lb ground beef, (~85% lean)
  • tbsp fish sauce, (I particularly like Red Boat, but any Thai fish sauce would work well.)
  • ¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 2 medium limes
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tsp Thai basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp mint leaves, chopped


  • Warm a large frying pan over medium to low heat. Add the vegetable oil and diced bell pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes until peppers are just starting to soften. Add garlic and salt. Cook the vegetables an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef. Cook the beef and vegetable mixture breaking up the beef until the ground beef is fully browned.
  • Meanwhile, combine the fish sauce, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, and the juice of 1½ limes in a small bowl. Once the ground beef is fully browned, mix in the sauce with the beef and cook while stirring for about a minute until the sauce is warm and evenly distributed.
  • Serve beef topped with scallions, basil, cilantro, and mint.
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