Thai basil beef with red grapes

Do you love Thai food? This recipe is an ode to the Kang Ped Phed I used to eat at a local Thai restaurant. The Thai basil is the star of this show and I can’t get enough. Don’t worry though, it’s only a little spicy.

1 Tbs peanut oil
1 lb round steak, sliced thinly into bite sized pieces
1 tsp salt
1-1/4 cup water
1 Tbs + 1 tsp honey
1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup red grapes
1 cup fresh Thai basil leaves

1. Heat peanut oil over medium high heat in large skillet.
2. Place steak into skillet and add salt.
3. Sauté until browned and the liquid from the meat has caramelized onto the bottom of the pan. See this image.
4. Add water and scrape all the brown off the bottom and sides of the pan. Don’t miss any as this is the beef flavor. Do it right and it will look like this.
5. Mix honey and cayenne into broth.
6. Add grapes and Thai basil and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
7. Serve in a bowl with some broth as the broth holds a lot of the flavor.

Thai basil has a distinct licorice component so if you can’t get it, you could try licorice basil. If the basil leaves are large, you can chop them up a little.
If memory serves me, you should be able to eat Thai food without needing a knife. Keep that in mind when you’re slicing the beef.

4 Responses to “Thai basil beef with red grapes”

  1. 1 Norris Hall October 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    If you like Thai cooking try this site
    It’s got about 30 recipes each one with a cooking video to go along.

  2. 2 Paul Stocker October 28, 2008 at 8:15 pm


    That is a great site! Thanks for the tip. NOTE: thaifoodtonight is NOT an SCD site.


  3. 3 David May 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    If I were you I would take the tsifoodtonight site above, off of this site. The other site is not scd

    • 4 Paul Stocker May 21, 2011 at 10:02 am


      If people follow the link, it will quickly become obvious that it is not SCD. I have learned a little about stir fry cooking from their videos and as such, find it valuable.


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