Basil Lime Beef Stir Fry

You are going to thank me for this recipe, trust me. It’s the easiest, tastiest, and fastest stir fry I know. The best part about this exotic stir fry is you don’t even have to make a special trip to the Asian market. You can find all the ingredients right in your neighborhood grocery store. I first had a version of this stir fry at a local Thai restaurant. At that restaurant the stir was just simply Thai basil and lime juice, that’s it. It was perfect. I have tried to add other ingredients, garlic, shallots, onion, fish sauce, and soy sauce. But all these extra ingredients take away from they perfect simplicity of this dish. The only addition that has stuck in our family is the snow peas. I have also made this dish with both Thai and regular sweet basil. Both are great, but I prefer regular sweet basil because its easy to find and has a fresher taste. Thai basil has a spicier taste and works better for me in spicier dishes. I make this dish on a regular basis. I had to fight my family off to get this photo. It was then devoured in even less time than it took to cook. I served it over jasmine rice.

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Basil Lime Beef Stir Fry

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2 lbs top sirloin, cut into thin strips
the zest and juice of 1 lime
1 lime, cut in slices
a large bunch of fresh basil
a box of frozen snow peas, defrosted, or fresh snow peas
kosher salt
white rice
vegetable oil


Preheat wok or large skillet. Bring water to boil for rice and cook according to package directions.

Salt and pepper sirloin strips. Add beef to hot wok. Add lime zest and juice. Cook beef over high heat until it is no longer pink. Add snow peas and cook for just a little while longer. Snow peas will deepen in color a bit. Don't overcook. Remove wok from heat and add fresh basil. Stir until basil is just wilted.

Serve over hot rice.

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  16 Responses to “Basil Lime Beef Stir Fry”

  1. Monet — May 19, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    Stir fries are wonderful aren’t they? I love how you add in such fresh and wholesome ingredients. Basil sounds divine in this mix. Thank you for sharing!
    .-= Monet´s last blog ..English Muffins =-.

  2. MaryMoh — May 19, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    Well done for such a lovely Thai dish! I love basil…mmm…beautiful herb. And lemon…of course. I love this dish.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Sweet And Sour Chicken With Vegetables =-.

  3. Anna — May 19, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    Your stir fry not only looks amazing but I’m sure tasted amazing too. I love this combination limes and basil.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Honey Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake =-.

  4. Stella — May 19, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

    Hey Angie, I like this! Especially the idea of it over jasmine rice…
    Hmm, I also have basil growing outside and lime trees in my subtropical hollow. Do you think it would work just as well with chicken breast?
    .-= Stella´s last blog ..Mazaher Cocktail =-.

  5. Tickled Red — May 19, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    I bet that has such a fresh taste with the lime and basil. Yum!
    .-= Tickled Red´s last blog ..Brunch by the Beach. =-.

  6. grace — May 19, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

    i really don’t eat beef very often unless it’s ground, but this is terribly tempting. the lime-basil combo sounds really exciting, and i love the pop of peas. you predicted it–thanks, angie. 🙂
    .-= grace´s last blog ..festive but flawed =-.

  7. ashley — May 20, 2010 @ 10:28 am

    love stir fry! so quick & easy and perfectly delicious for easy weeknight meals. this looks and sounds delish! i have lots of basil right now too!
    .-= ashley´s last blog ..Pico de Gallo =-.

  8. Belinda @zomppa — May 20, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    This looks wonderful…a perfect combination. Keffir lime leaves…
    .-= Belinda @zomppa´s last blog ..Photo of the Day: We Need Your Vote!! =-.

  9. redkathy — May 20, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    Hey Angie, the hubby is not too fond of stir fry but I love it! This looks amazing. You know, I have some lime basil growing. Bet that would be great in this.
    .-= redkathy´s last blog ..Spicy Whole Okra =-.

  10. Joanne — May 20, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

    I have to say, basil and lime are not two things that I usually associate with each other but this dish looks so colorful and delicious that I will definitely be giving it a try. I love Thai-based flavors!

  11. 5 Star Foodie — May 20, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    What a wonderful stir fry, sounds such fresh and delicious flavors with basil and lime!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Avocado Feta Tartelettes and Other Small Bites =-.

  12. trizzie — September 23, 2010 @ 3:30 am

    lime and basil leaves delicious flavour and aroma, hmmmmm, am cooking it again for a friend tomorrow, thanks.

  13. MeatHub Inc. — October 25, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    When you add basil to anything, it’s probably going to taste delicious! 😀

  14. Eren Mckay — February 13, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

    This recipe looks so healthy and simple.. And the fact that it has basil will make it all the more tasty! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    All the best,

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