Spicy Thai Basil Beef | Basil Beef Recipe

Cook a Spicy Thai Basil Beef along with a pot of rice at the same time in your pressure cooker. Make a quick-pickled salad while they cook, to serve a healthy, fast dinner.

A bowl of Spicy Basil Beef Bowls.

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What Makes These Spicy Thai Basil Beef Bowls So Awesome?

  • Simple. These basil bowls are basically a combination of ground beef, basil leaves (that are used both cooked as well as fresh) and a handful of sauce ingredients.
  • Cooking. Although I made these Spicy Thai Basil Beef Bowls in the Instant Pot, there’s no reason why you couldn’t do them in on the stovetop.
  • Quick Dinner. The Instant Pot makes these so easy, and they cook in less than 30 minutes!
  • Flavor. If you love comfort food, imagine that combined with flavorful herbs, and that’s what you get with these Spicy Thai Basil Beef Bowls!

How Do You Make Spicy Thai Basil Beef Bowls?

  • Rinse the rice.
  • Sauté veggies and beef.
  • Place rice on top of beef and cook at high pressure 4 minutes.
  • Make quick pickled veggies while meat and rice cooks.
  • Allow the pot to naturally pressure release (NPR) for 5 minutes.
  • Serve each Thai Basil Beef Bowl with rice, meat, and veggies.

Why Should I Make These Thai Basil Beef Bowls in the Instant Pot?

  • One-Pot. The advantage of making these Basil Beef Bowls in a pressure cooker was that I cooked the rice and the beef at the same time.
  • Pickled Veggies. While it was cooking, I put together the quick-pickled vegetables so that they’d be ready when the meat and rice were ready.

How To Make Thai Basil Beef

For the Rice

  • Rinse rice and place rice, water and salt into a heat safe pot that will fit inside your pressure cooker.
  • Cover this pot with foil or a silicone lid

For the Beef

  • Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté high, and when it is hot, add oil. When the oil is shimmering hot, add ginger, garlic, and chilis. Sauté 30 seconds.
  • Add sliced onions and sauté 1 minute
  • Add in ground beef and break up lumps. Don’t worry about cooking it at this point. Just make sure it’s not going to cook as one big lump of meat.
  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped basil leaves (add more if you like basil, just leave enough to add some fresh leaves at the end).
  • Add all the other beef ingredients and mix well.
  • Place a steamer rack on top of the beef. 
  • On the rack, place the covered rice pot.
  • Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes and allow it to release pressure for 5 minutes. Release all remaining pressure. 

For the Salad

  • While the rice and beef are cooking, julienne the carrots and cucumbers, and mix with vinegar, sugar, and salt. I added red pepper flakes to mine. 

How Can I Make These Spicy Basil Beef Bowls Low Carb?

If you’re trying to low carb, then don’t make the rice. Just eat the meat and vegetables. In this case, double up on the cucumber and omit the carrots. This would make an awesome Keto ground beef recipe!

Alternatively, you could make cauliflower rice to serve with these. I don’t buy bagged, but make my own because it’s really simple and tastes so much better.

Ingredients You’ll Need To Make Thai Basil Beef

For the Beef

For the Rice

For the Salad

Why Are There So Many Ingredients?

Okay I know this looks like a long list of ingredients, but there are very few steps, and it makes meat, rice, and vegetables for dinner. Just get everything together beforehand and it will move fast.

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Cook a spicy basil beef along with a pot of rice at the same time in your pressure cooker. Make a quick-pickled salad while they cook, to serve a healthy, fast dinner.

Whether you make these Spicy Thai Basil Beef Bowls in the Instant Pot, or on the stovetop, or even make them as a Keto Ground Beef recipe, you’re going to love how such a flavorful dish can come together so quickly! That’s the joy in homemade Thai Food. Pin this recipe on Pinterest or share it on Facebook to save it.

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Cook a spicy basil beef along with a pot of rice at the same time in your pressure cooker. Make a quick-pickled salad while they cook, to serve a healthy, fast dinner.

Spicy Thai Basil Beef Bowls

Make these delicious Thai Basil Beef Bowls in a single pot in less than 30 minutes! Such an easy dinner idea you are going to love!

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Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Course: Main Courses

Cuisine: Thai

Keyword: basil beef, Spicy Basil Beef, Thai Basil Beef

Servings: 6

Calories: 309kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

For the Beef

For the Rice

For the Salad

Instructions

For the Rice

  • Rinse rice and place rice, water and salt into a heat safe pot that will fit inside your pressure cooker.

  • Cover this pot with foil or a silicone lid

For the Beef

  • Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté high, and when it is hot, add oil. When the oil is shimmering hot, add ginger, garlic and chilis and sauté 30 seconds.

  • Add sliced onions and sauté 1 minute

  • Add in ground beef and break up lumps. Don’t worry about cooking it at this point. Just make sure it’s not going to cook as one big lump of meat.

  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped basil leaves (add more if you like basil, just leave enough to add some fresh leaves at the end).

  • Add all the other beef ingredients and mix well.

  • Place a steamer rack on top of the beef. 

  • On the rack, place the covered rice pot.

  • Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes and allow it to release pressure for 5 minutes. Release all remaining pressure. 

For the Salad

  • While the rice and beef are cooking, julienne the carrots and cucumbers, and mix with vinegar, sugar and salt. I added red pepper flakes to mine. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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Originally Published July 25, 2017

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