Thai Ginger Beef is a delicious alternative to stir-fry. Bursting with flavor, it’s ready in 20 to 30 minutes, is incredibly easy to prepare… making it perfect for weeknight meals.
Traditionally, Ginger Beef is made with marinaded top sirloin. And it’s phenomenal. But requires a minimum of 30 minutes to marinate.
This Thai Ginger Beef is a quick rework of the classic dish, using ground beef, adding asparagus and Thai chilis, and changing the marinade into a cooking sauce. Of which most of the ingredients may already be in your pantry.
Substitutes for Thai Chili
Thai chili (Amazon affiliate link) is a thickly skinned chili, usually found in red and green colors (I find them bagged in the produce section at Safeway). If you’re looking for a substitute for the Thai chilis, here are some recommendations:
1. Cayenne pepper (less heat but similar flavor)
2. Serrano chili (milder heat, less than the Cayenne, medium flavor)
3. Habanero pepper (similar to serrano heat, but with a fruitier flavor)
4. Dried Thai chili (if fresh chilis are unavailable, dried Thai chilis may be easier to find. They yield the same heat as fresh. When substituting dried Thai chilis, 1 teaspoon is equivalent to two Thai chilis)
Thai Ginger Beef: an Easy Weeknight Meal
A delicious alternative to stir-fry, this Thai Ginger Beef is bursting with flavor, ready in 20 to 30 minutes, is incredibly easy… perfect for weeknight meals.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: Asian
1 tablespoon sherry, white wine, or broth
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 lb ground beef
4 green onions, cut into 1–1/2 inch pieces
brunch of asparagus, cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
2 Thai chilis, seeded and chopped (or chili of choice)
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup water
red pepper flakes
chopped fresh parsley
Cooking Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the sherry, water, soy sauce, sugar, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
Stir Fry: In a large skillet, brown the beef, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the green onions, asparagus, and chilis; stir-fry until the veggies begin to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the cooking sauce; cook for another minute. Combine the cornstarch and water in a small jar; shake to mix. Pour the cornstarch mixture into the skillet. Bring to a boil; then reduce to a simmer. Continue to cook, stirring, until thickened.
Serve immediately over cooked rice or noodles. Garnish each bowl with sesame seeds, red pepper flakes and/or chopped fresh parsley.
- Calories: 244 calories
- Protein: 23 grams
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