This Thai basil beef recipe (also known as Pad Gra Prow) is a delicious blend of Asian flavors! Low carb, keto, and sugar free recipe.
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This recipe was created because our neighbors had an excess of Thai basil and asked if I wanted it. Now here in the Midwest we've only just got proper spring, so I was wondering how he had excess herbs. Turned out they had been trying out a AeroGarden and they love it! Definitely something I will look into!
Thai food is well known for its flavor combination of salty, sweet, and sour – but if you add the aniseed notes of Thai basil to all that – it gets even better! I've used ground beef for this recipe, but you could definitely use ground pork, chicken, or turkey if you prefer.
How to Make Low Carb Thai Basil Beef
Heat some oil in a large skillet and brown off the beef. Drain off most of the excess fat. Add the red pepper, minced garlic, and onion powder. If you want to know how many carbs in red bell pepper – it's only 3.3g net carbs for the whole pepper! It adds color and flavor too – perfect for this recipe!
Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the pepper has softened. Mix together some fish sauce, soy sauce (or tamari), low carb sweetener, and lime juice. *Sweetener is always optional in a savory dish, but I think just a little sweetener makes the balance of flavors really work in this recipe. I highly recommend a brown low carb sweetener like Swerve. Also, if you don't have any fish sauce (nam pla), then you could substitute with extra soy sauce. It wouldn't be quite the same – but good enough!
Add the sauce to the pan, warm through, and at the last minute add the basil leaves. Serve, garnished with sliced green onions and more basil.
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- Heat the oil in a large skillet and brown off the beef. Drain off most of the excess fat.
- Add the red pepper, garlic, and onion powder. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the pepper has softened.
- Mix together the fish sauce, soy sauce, sweetener, and lime juice.
- Add the sauce to the pan, warm through, and at the last minute add the basil leaves. Serve, garnished with sliced green onions and more basil.
4.5g net carbs per serving
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size Half the recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 668Total Fat 53gSaturated Fat 18gTrans Fat 2.7gUnsaturated Fat 25gCholesterol 161mgSodium 1299mgCarbohydrates 6gNet Carbohydrates 4.5gFiber 1.5gSugar 4gProtein 41g
Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is my best approximation. I cannot guarantee completely accurate data due to variations in ingredients and cooking methods. Carbohydrates from sugar alcohols are not included in net carb counts as it has been shown that they do not impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.