30 Minute Thai Basil Beef Noodles. An quick weeknight dinner that's better than takeout. Quick-cooking rice noodles are combined with a Thai-inspired sauce, fresh veggies, and pan-seared beef with butter. These basil beef noodles are saucy and salty, with just the right amount of flavor. Finish your steak and noodles with delicious toasted garlicky sesame seeds. So delicious.

Ingredients for Thai Basil Beef Noodles:

  8 oz (225g) rice noodles

  1 lb (450g) beef sirloin, thinly sliced

  2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  4 cloves garlic, minced

  1-2 Thai chili peppers, thinly sliced (adjust according to your spice preference)

  1 bell pepper, thinly sliced

  1 onion, thinly sliced

  1 cup fresh basil leaves

  3 tablespoons soy sauce

  2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  1 cup fresh basil leaves

  1 tablespoon brown sugar

  1/4 cup beef broth or water

  Lime wedges, for serving

  Crushed peanuts (optional), for garnish


Prepare Rice Noodles: Cook rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Marinate Beef: In a bowl, mix thinly sliced beef with 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.

Prepare Sauce: In another bowl, mix together the remaining soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, and beef broth. Set aside.

Cooking: Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and Thai chili peppers. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant.

Add Beef: Add the marinated beef to the pan. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the beef is browned and cooked through. Remove beef from the pan and set aside.

Vegetables: In the same pan, add sliced bell peppers and onions. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly softened.

Combine: Return the cooked beef to the pan. Add the prepared sauce and cooked rice noodles. Toss everything together until the noodles are well coated with the sauce and everything is heated through.

Add Basil: Add fresh basil leaves to the pan and toss until they wilt slightly.

Serve: Transfer the Thai Basil Beef Noodles to serving plates. Garnish with crushed peanuts (if using) and serve with lime wedges on the side.

These noodles are best served right away, but the leftovers are great for lunch the following day too. I like to add a touch of soy sauce and butter when enjoying the leftovers. It just brings them back to life a bit more.