This stir-fried Vegan Thai Basil beef recipe is packed with flavor and some heat, perfect for a low-effort mid-week meal. The entire dish uses just one pan and around 15 minutes and can be served alongside noodles or rice. Plus, this recipe is meat-free, high-protein, low-fat, and can be made 100% vegan and gluten-free!
Chop the vegetables. I like to thinly slice the bell peppers and onion, slice the beans in half, then finely chop the chili and garlic.
Lightly saute the onion, garlic, and grated ginger over high heat with a little oil for a couple of minutes, until softened.
Add the soy mince and chili flakes, stir well, and cook over medium-high heat for a couple of minutes.
Add the chopped vegetables and cook until softened - usually 5-7 minutes. Then add the remainder of the ingredients, stir and cook for a further minute or so.
Taste it and adjust the seasonings if necessary - add more spice, sweetener, saltiness, etc.
Serve with coconut or jasmine rice and optionally some lime juice.
How To Store
Keep any leftovers stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, simply use a microwave or the stove-top and make sure it's piping hot.You can freeze cooked soya mince, though it isn't something I do regularly.
Feel free to swap out the vegan mince depending on what you feel like. This dish works really well with soy protein, tofu, pulled peas, chicken-style pieces, etc.
You can mix up/ add tons of different veggies to this dish depending on what's in season (and in your fridge). Some more traditional options include baby corn, carrot, mushrooms, asparagus, kale, bamboo shoots, etc.
Finding Thai ingredients like the Thai basil leaves and Thai chilies (also called birds eye chilies) shouldn't be too hard depending on where you live- many supermarkets now stock them. Alternatively, you can try Asian supermarkets. If you're unable to then the flavor will vary but you can use general basil and serrano peppers in place of the chili. Just be aware you'll need more serrano to get the same level of heat.
For extra heat, you can use a little chili oil or add extra chili flakes.