Thai Peanut Beef — Damn Delicious

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Thai Peanut Beef

Skip the take-out tonight and try this unbelievably easy 20-minute dish that the whole family will love!

Jason and I are trying to cut down on ordering out so I’ve been trying to make a lot of take-out dishes right at home, whether it’s Chinese orange chicken, honey walnut shrimp, or PF Chang’s Mongolian beef. But my new favorite has to be this unbelievably easy 20 minute Thai peanut beef.

Seriously, I kid you not – this dish really comes together in just 20 minutes with 10 minute prep, maybe even less. It’s a simple peanut butter sauce that you stir in to the cooked flank steak. That’s it! Not to mention how tasty it is too! The subtle sweet peanut sauce blends in so well with the crisp beef slices, and when you drizzle on that Sriracha, it is absolute perfection.

So the next time you think about ordering take-out, I really urge you to make this – it’s so easy, so quick and it’s sure to be a family favorite!

Thai Peanut Beef

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Skip the take-out tonight and try this unbelievably easy 20-minute dish that the whole family will love!


  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts, chopped


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, Sriracha and 2 tablespoons water; set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add beef and cook until browned, about 3-4 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in peanut butter mixture until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and peanuts, if desired.

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I do not live in the USA and I do not know what “Sriracha” sauce is? I would assume it is a hot sauce, Is that correct?

Yes, that is correct. Sriracha is an Asian-style hot sauce.

Looks absolutely delicious!! I just found a spicy Asian condiment called Go-Chu-Jang – it’s so good. I have you heard of it? It has a bit of sweetness to it as well as heat.

I need this! Me and the hubs LOVE take out, but it definitely adds up if you order out a lot. Ready in 30 minutes and includes peanut butter and sriracha? I love you.

I would hate to invite you over for dinner. You make all your food look so delicious. YUM.

This looks delicious! I’ve never tried peanut butter in a savory dish before! Will be trying this soon.

We are moderately (aka completely, totally, helplessly) obsessed with peanut sauce stir fry. Who needs take out?

Love the sound of this dish. Peanut butter and soy sauce with Sriracha. Yum!

I need this right now .SO GOOD!!

Thank you for the nice recipe.

Lovely! We are on the same challenge I can’t wait to try it!

Perfect for weeknight dinner. Love peanuts in anything.

Love how easy this looks and the sauce sounds so good!

This is my favourite kind of recipe … quick and easy but super tasty, too. I love any savoury recipes made with peanut butter … they’re always delicious and go down well with everyone.

Wow, this looks so good it makes me hungry! I saw the picture this morning on Pinterest and now on Foodgawker, I will put it on my to-make list. Thank you for sharing Chung-Ah!

I will gladly take a huge bowl of this and skip take-out! I love making take-out dishes at home – so much easier and healthier cause you can control the crazy sodium levels that take-out has! Yummmm!

Wow. Came across your blog recently. You have a lot of awesome looking dishes that I can’t wait to try. This peanut butter beef sounds so satisfying.
Thanks for doing amazing work on your blog. It looks terrific!

This seriously makes me wish I was at home in my kitchen because I want, no NEED, to make this and eat it allllll. Peanut beef is high on my list of favorites ever. And yours looks so so good! Pinned!

Love love love peanut sauce! I usually have it with chicken, but totally need to try it with the flank steak like you! Lately all I have been wanting to do is order take-out like crazy, its like you read my mind! Can’t wait to try, pinning and sharing on social media! Thanks Chung-Ah!

This looks so amazing! Love the fact it only takes 20-minutes to make! The recipe looks delicious- may have to try this soon…:)

I am all for a quick and delicious meal, love this!

I was wondering if you’ve tried this recipe with chicken?

Jenise, I have not tried this with chicken but I’m sure it would work just fine in place of the flank steak.

Amazing recipe and the bonus part is you get to save all the calories from take-out food. I didn’t have the Sirarcha, but I used red pepper flakes instead. I made this recipe with chicken and my 3 yr. old gave me 2 thumbs up;)

I love anything with peanut sauce like this!

OMG! Made this last night for dinner …. made a giant pan of it so there’d be enough for lunch today and ALL GONE we just devoured this. Didn’t even make a sound while we ate.
A new favourite in our home, and SO SO easy to make!!

Hi there, you seem to use Sriracha in alot of your recipes. Can you use cayenne pepper instead? And where do you think I can find the Sriracha at? Kroger?
All your recipes look so inviting

Mary, unfortunately, cayenne pepper is not an appropriate substitute for Sriracha. Sriracha is a very common Asian hot sauce sold in most grocery stores.

The dish looks ok, but there is no such thing as Thai peanut beef in Thailand. Maybe it’s Thai inspired? Still, there is only like 1-2 dishes ever in Thailand that use peanuts.

Fon, this is a Thai-inspired/fusion dish. I never stated that this is a specific dish found in Thailand.

I made this tonight and the flavor was so good! I’m not even a huge fan of beef, but I really enjoyed this. Will definitely make again, thanks!

I absolutely love this recipe! Thanks so much for posting it.

This dish is delicious! I’ve already made it twice and have to urge to make it again for dinner tonight. I make some coconut rice to serve with it, and it’s a huge hit! Thanks so much for the recipe.

Hi, i’ve never heard of coconut rice but I absolutely love coconut 🙂 What’s your recipe for it?

This is a meal that has become part of our regular menu plan. It is so yum and even the kids really enjoy it

Thanks SO much for the recipe!! I love it and so does my husband! I’ve made it twice and am making it again tonight. Really delicious, and as easy as can be to put together.

Tried this in the crockpot and it smelled so good going in. I added some pure coconut milk to give a little extra liquid but it was horrible. I made another crockpot recipe this week that cooked the meat in the crockpot with just chicken broth and then you drained it discarded the broth and added the hoisin sauce and cooked 30 more min in the crockpot to just heat it through. I think this would work great with this recipe so next time I’ll cook meat using beef broth discard broth when meat is done and add the sauce heat on low 30 min till heated through. Hoping this can help someone else.

Im not a fan of beef! Would this be just as good with chicken?

Lydia, you can certainly use chicken but you will have to adjust cooking time as needed.

I’ve been obsessing over this recipe all day. Making for dinner tonight!

Hello there, what approximate temperature do you cook the beef at? Thank you!

Andrew, I do not use a thermometer for cooking with such a small amount of vegetable oil. I recommend heating the vegetable oil over medium high heat for a minute or so.

This has become a staple weeknight meal! I substitute the steak with chicken, add lots of veggies and triple the sauce.. Absolutley LOVE the sauce. Very delicious, thank you for sharing!

LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. This has become a staple meal at my house because we love it so much! I’ve used both steak and chicken, it’s excellent either way. I serve it over won ton noodles and add steamed broccoli. My family can’t get enough of it!

What veggies do you add to this when you make this Lee Ann? Always looking to incorporate more veggies in our meals!

this recipe is awesome! i’m actually making it again for dinner tonight. thank you so much for these quick, easy, delicious recipes.

my husband loves this recipe too, which makes it even more fun to make 😉

hey do you think I can replacevSriracha for regular hot sauce?

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