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Basil, Beef & Eggplant Stir-fry

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This is the meal you can cook when you don’t have time to cook! Delicious beef, chunks of eggplant, chilli and fragrant Thai basil come together to make a quick and easy midweek meal that you’ll want to make again and again. Serve with steamed rice to round out the dish.

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BASIL, BEEF & EGGPLANT STIR-FRY

PREP TIME

10 minutes
COOK TIME

10 minutes
SERVES

4
Ingredients

2 tbsp vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2 large mild chillies, sliced

2-3 bird’s eye chillies, sliced (optional)

500g (1 lb) beef mince

1 eggplant (about 400g/14oz), cut into roughly 3cm (1 inch) long pieces

2 tbsp fish sauce

4 tbsp oyster sauce

1 cup Thai basil leaves*

steamed rice to serve

Steps
Step 1

Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the beef and stir-fry until almost cooked. Add the eggplant and chilli and stir-fry for another minute. Stir through the fish sauce and oyster sauce. Cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes to allow the eggplant to steam and soften. Remove the lid and add the basil leaves and toss to wilt the leaves. Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice.

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Notes:

– Thai basil is available from some major supermarkets or an Asian grocer. Substitute regular basil if unavailable.

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EY
October 16, 2022

Hit the spot!

I was craving eggplant and Thai. This recipe hit the spot, quick and delicious!

Bailie
August 18, 2022

Fast, easy and delicious!

Such a quick, tasty recipe! Great way to use up your garden basil.

One of my favorite recipes I’ve made of Marion’s!

Valerie
July 18, 2022

Best quick dish ever.

I have made this a fair few times now since I first tried it. Originally it was to use up my balcony basil plants, but now it’s to use up all my old vegetables that are looking sad in the fridge. And bonus, I keep the basil plants under control.

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