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This AIP and paleo Thai Basil Beef recipe is so simple but packs a flavorful punch with fresh Thai basil, fish sauce and coconut aminos. It’s served with bok choy and carrots and optional noodles for a one-pot meal that is sure to please.
This meal has been on repeat in my home lately. It’s made in one pot and I am totally about that life and it’s SO flavorful from the combination of the fish sauce, coconut aminos and fresh Thai basil.
Here’s what you’ll need for this AIP Thai Basil Beef dish:
- stewing beef or another cut of beef like flank or flat iron, sliced into thin strips
- baking soda
- arrowroot or tapioca starch
- Red Boat Fish Sauce – made with only 2 ingredients, this AIP compliant fish sauce is the star of the show
- coconut aminos
- olive oil
- onions, garlic and fresh ginger
- bok choy or another leafy green (kale works great)
- carrots or purple cabbage
- Thai basil
Here’s how you make this Thai Basil Beef dish:
To begin, place beef into a large bowl and toss with baking soda and arrowroot or tapioca starch. The baking soda helps tenderize the beef. Next, make a marinade out of the coconut aminos, fish sauce, olive oil, onions, garlic and fresh ginger in a food processor. Add half the marinade to the beef and reserve the remainder. Allow the beef to marinate in the fridge for at least 45 mins. Meanwhile, prep veggies.
Once the beef is marinaded, add olive oil to a large skillet on medium heat. Brown beef about 5 minutes each side and remove from pan. To the pan, add the veggies, a bit of cold water to help lift the burnt bits from the pan, and the reserved marinade. Cook 5-8 minutes until the veggies have softened to your liking. Return beef to pan and add Thai basil leaves, stirring to allow the leaves to wilt slightly (1-2 minutes). Serve with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles or AIP compliant noodles as I have here. Top with additional coconut aminos if necessary.
AIP Thai Basil Beef FAQs
Can I make this dish coconut free?
The coconut aminos is necessary here to balance the flavor of the fish sauce so would not recommend omitting it.
I can’t find Thai basil, can I use Italian basil?
Yes. Thai basil has a distinctive slightly sweet, slightly savory and spicy taste. It adds a distinctive flavor to this dish but if you can’t source it, you can sub with Italian basil for a different, but still delicious flavor.
What should I serve this dish with?
You can serve with some AIP noodles as I have here. I cook them al dente and add them in with the basil. You can also serve with cauliflower rice!
Can I make any vegetable substitutions?
Yes! I have made this dish using a variety of veggies with my favorite being bok choy and carrots. You can also use curly kale, swiss chard, collard greens, spinach and purple cabbage in place of the carrots.
Looking for Red Boat Fish Sauce in Canada?
I buy mine at naturamarket.ca Send me a note here for a coupon code.
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Here are some other AIP one pot dishes/stews that you might like
- Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli with Mushrooms
- Chicken Noodle Stir Fry
- Trinidadian Beef Stew
- Creamy Garlic Pork and Spinach
- Baked Fish with Sweet Potato Cream Sauce