This popular spicy Thai dish in restaurants is very easy to make at home.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, combine rice, coconut milk, 3/4 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cookuntil rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.

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  • When rice is almost done, combinefish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar in asmall bowl; set aside. Heat a cast-ironskillet or wok over high. Add oil andheat; add garlic and half the chiles. Cook,stirring constantly, 15 seconds. Addbeef and cook, breaking up meat witha wooden spoon, until completelybrowned, about 4 minutes. Add soymixture and cook 30 seconds. Addbasil and remaining chiles and stir tocombine. Serve beef over coconutrice with lime wedges.

Cook's Notes

Cast-iron skillets and woks are both great for stir-frying. If using another pan, cook the beef in batches. Find fish sauce in the Asian-foods aisle of most supermarkets.

Reviews (25)

252 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 86
  • 4 star values: 80
  • 3 star values: 53
  • 2 star values: 23
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2019
This recipe was very quick and easy, and it was light and delicious! I used serano chiles instead of jalapeno added a bell pepper for a little more veggies and color.
Rating: Unrated
01/04/2016
This was so boring. I try to follow recipes to the letter. I want to see what the author had in mind. I can only think they must have been having a slow day at MS. Not enough flavor.
Rating: Unrated
10/02/2014
Hi! I want to tell you that the title of the recipe is with beef and the video shows it with porc.
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Rating: 4 stars
08/19/2014
Easy and satisfying meal! A few minor changes to the ingredients-peanut oil instead of vegetable oil, light coconut milk for coconut milk, low sodium soy sauce for soy sauce. Drained the meat after browning and before adding the sauce (as another reviewer suggested). Squeezed the lime wedge over the beef and rice just before serving. All the favors worked together perfectly!
Rating: Unrated
08/08/2014
WOW! Excellent recipe! I added some green bell pepper for contrast and freshly grated ginger because it can be asian otherwise.... I also added the juice of a lime before serving instead of serving with pieces of lime. Great leftovers fot lunch tomorrow.
Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2014
The family loved this! More importantly, the 5-year-old loved it--she didn't even complain about the coconut milk, which is always a problem for her. I left out the chiles but included a pinch of red pepper flakes. I reduced the fish sauce because I was afraid it might overpower the flavors (and smells).
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Rating: Unrated
01/09/2014
I used flank steak and trimmed the fat off and diced it into small bites, I replaced the fish sauce with Thai Red Chile Garlic Paste and a can of green chilies because that is what I had on hand. I cooked it covered and slow to not dry out the lean flank steak. Also, use reduced sodium soy sauce, (I saw the salty comment.) When it was almost done, I added about 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder to thicken up the excess liquid to create a sauce since I didn't drain the beef after it was brown. Amazing
Rating: Unrated
11/06/2013
This was extremely salty. I will not be making this again. The flavors were drowned out by the extreme salty flavors from the soy and fish sauce. I am going back to my favorite basil pork recipe, this is going in the trash.
Rating: Unrated
09/06/2011
This is a house favorite-the coconut rice really makes it. To get more veggies in the dish, I stir fry 2 carrots cut in short matchsticks, a medium onion cut in thin crescents, 7-8 thinly sliced mushrooms then add about 1 cup of frozen peas - to avoid overcooking the veggies remove from the wok before cooking the beef. I also add 1 T grated ginger with the garlic and peppers. Proceed with cooking and seasoning beef per the recipe, add the veggies back in at the end. So delicious and satisfying.
Rating: Unrated
09/02/2011
would cilantro be good in this instead of the basil? i want to take this to a more citrusy level rather than traditional.
Rating: Unrated
06/26/2011
I don't mind if people like fusion food.... but claiming to something which is not correct, I don't think it is right way to learn about other nationality. I do cook fusion food at home too.... but I would not claim that I cook french or Italian when I use Thai noodle rather than italian pasta to cook pasta dishes. Also, we don't eat every dish with Lemon... (in fact we don't use lemon at all... we use lime. If you are good cook, you would know the difference....
Rating: Unrated
06/26/2011
Loved the coconut rice. Who cares about authenticity? It's all about flavor and taste. The coconut rice works really well with this dish. Yummy and easy. I will make it again!
Rating: Unrated
06/26/2011
Just want to share that Thai people never eat coconut rice as main dish.... If it would happen, it would only be for desserts with fresh Mango, Durian or custard.... For this kind of dish, we normally go with plain rice - just cook rice with water. Jelapino Chillies are acceptable, but pls. be careful it would be too spicy.... even I am Thai, I have to be careful when I cook with this mexican spice.
Rating: Unrated
02/17/2011
I love this recipe, I make it all the time! Especially when I want to make something relatively quick and easy. Though I do add extra peppers, and I would suggest draining the meat before adding the sauce. Makes the dish a little healthier and actually helps add flavor because the sauce isn't diluted by the beef fat.
Rating: Unrated
01/31/2011
Loved this. I didn't have basil leaves so I used bokchoy. I also added green onions, dried basil and some mushrooms to it. Many new flavors to me, and I liked the new experience.
Rating: Unrated
01/31/2011
Loved this. I didn't have basil leaves so I used bokchoy. I also added green onions, dried basil and some mushrooms to it. Many new flavors to me, and I liked the new experience.
Rating: Unrated
12/10/2010
This was just bland... not horrible, but definitely not great. There's no spice or heat to this dish which was surprising to me since it has 3 chiles. In the end it was edible but not worth a do-over. :-(
Rating: Unrated
12/10/2010
Delicious!! All of the FLAVORS incorporate!! I live here in Alaska and found the ingredients no problem! I also added fresh mushrooms and onion. CREATE!!
Rating: Unrated
11/08/2010
L-A-M-E. After investing in the peppers (which aren't easy to find here), Jasmine rice, fish sauce, and the cup of basil, I would say that this dish is not worth the cost of the ingredients. I was left wondering where the taste was suppose to be. It was all such a let down because the TV chef RAVED about the smell and taste. I ended up adding some fire from chili sauce and some Thai paste to try to improve it. You could probably get more taste from a box of Hamburger Helper.
Rating: Unrated
10/02/2010
I finally made this tonight and it was good, but didn't knock my socks off. Next time I will make some alterations while sticking closer to the recipe--I thought I had fish sauce until it was too late to get some, so substituted oyster sauce; I used more meat and less chiles than recommended, I didn't use Jasmine rice, and the meat was a little greasy. The next time I want to add some salt, red onion, more spice (chilis), more basil, and use non-ground beef. I can see it becoming a favorite...
Rating: Unrated
06/28/2010
Fantastic recipe. My grocery store didn't have red jalapeno chiles, so I used green... it still tasted great. Next time, I'll probably try to experiment with leaner meat and light coconut milk, possibly adding a veggie or two. All in all, it was easy and delicious and I will definitely be making this again!
Rating: Unrated
05/25/2010
I love this recipe! It's a really delicious and different way to cook boring old ground beef.
Rating: Unrated
04/07/2010
This is a great reicpe, fast, easy, and tastes great! I live in an area where asian/thai ingredients are plentiful and was looking for new recipes to try. I used chicken cut into bite-size pieces and needless to say I was very pleased with the outcome, so was my husband !
Rating: Unrated
03/22/2010
This too is one of my favorites. I make it almost weekly its so easy and tasty. It's now a favorite of my sister as well. I use ground turkey and like to add sliced bell peppers and onions in order to get more veggies in. It's good even without the basil, which I dont always have on hand.
Rating: Unrated
01/16/2010
DELICIOUS!! I have made this over and over. Often recommend it to friends as well. Great with ground turkey and ground beef. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe.