Basil Beef Stir-Fry

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
This star of this meal is the barely tender basil that gets stirred into the umami-packed stir-fried beef after it has been taken off the heat. The basil adds a freshness with hints of anise that balance out the heavy soy flavor.



  1. Cook the rice as the label directs. Set aside off the heat, about 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot, crumble the beef into the skillet and cook, undisturbed, until slightly crisp on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up the meat, until cooked through, 1 to 2 more minutes. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate with a slotted spoon. Discard the fat in the skillet and wipe the skillet clean.
  4. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the soy sauce mixture. Bring to a simmer, then add the beef, scallions, chiles, snow peas and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the basil. Stir until just wilted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Divide the rice among shallow bowls. Spoon the stir-fry on top. Serve with lime wedges.