Recipe: Basil Beef Bowl with Quinoa Stir-Fry


I have to say cooking this dish was WAY out of my comfort level, but it really was so easy and it was SO good. I can’t wait to make it again. This is a dish that my husband loved as well, which I wasn’t sure if he would since it was so different from what we normally eat. If it’s outside of your comfort level, I recommend trying it, because it’s really super easy!

2/3 cup of quinoa
1/2 cup of peas (frozen and thawed are fine)
10-12 oz of flank steak
2 scallions (green onions), sliced
a handful of thai basil, cut into strips
2-3 carrots, cut into thin slices
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 lime, cut into wedges
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of vegetable/canola oil
1 cup of water
salt & pepper
1 teaspoon of honey
2 teaspoons of soy sauce- divided
2 teaspoons of Sriracha – divided

First thing I do is cut up everything and place it on my board next to wear I will be cooking. This makes cooking so much easier!


Now you will need to cook your quinoa. Place 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt in a pan with quinoa, bring to boil, reduce heat low to simmer. Cook for approximately 10 minutes until water has evaporated and quinoa is tender. Remove from heat, cover, and set to the side.


Next, slice your beef very very thin, against the grain. It should be in strips. Place the beef in a medium bowl with 1/2 of your lime (juice it into the bowl), minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of Sriracha, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to 3 hours. 10 minutes really is enough since the beef is really thin.


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. After a few minutes add in carrot and onion. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 5-8 minutes. Add in the peas and saute just until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Stir in your cooked quinoa, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of Sriracha, cook together until all is combined. Put in a separate bowl and set aside.


Take your clean skillet and add 1 tablespoon of oil over high heat. Let the oil heat up. Add beef, but reserve any marinade in the bowl. Cook the beef until just cooked through which will be about 1 minute per side. Reduce the heat to medium and add in your Thai Basil and your marinade that was leftover. Cook for another minute.


Next you are going to plate your food, this is enough for 2 large servings. Divide the quinoa/stir-fry between 2 bowls, add your beef on top and spoon your sauce over top. Garnish with some lime wedges and green onions. Then Serve!


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Disclosure: The above mentioned recipe was adapted from a dish that I received, purchased by A few things were changed as well as the wording.


  1. Michelle Salais says:

    Yum! I would totally make this for just myself. We have pcky eaters in our house that would not! So, more for me.

  2. I’ve never tried quinoa or sriracha. The beef and vegetables look pretty good.

  3. This looks really good – and healthy! We love quinoa but it has gotten to be expensive!

  4. Michael W Perkins says:

    Do-Able, I would probably use less carrots (Personal Pref) look good

  5. This looks so yummy and easy to make! I would just leave out the peas because no one will eat them in my house but me 😉

  6. This looks like a delicious healthy meal. The one change that I would make would be to use chicken instead of steak. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  7. This looks amazing! We have Thai basil growing in our garden and I love making stir fry! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Renee Smith says:

    This sounds and looks really delicious. I was just talking with my daughter yesterday about quinoa recipes.

  9. I would definetly try it It looks good and healthy.

  10. The cinnamon pancakes sound pretty good. I’d also like to try the beef stroganoff.

  11. Kelly Faber says:

    Our family is always looks for new recipes and this looks delicious! I love the way quinoa is incorporated! This looks like it has a lot of flavor!

  12. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    We love Quinoa. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

  13. nenasinclair says:

    I love using quinoa! Thanks for sharing, I’ve got to give this a try!

  14. (Recipe: Basil Beef Bowl with Quinoa Stir-Fry) My husband and I eat a different kind of stir-fry at least once a week. I will have to give this one a try soon, I like all the veggies-

  15. This recipe sounds so good. I love quinoa and it is so good for you. Thank you for sharing

  16. This recipe has everything needed to give you good energy! Very pleasant sounding too! Great job!

  17. Jana Williams says:

    Wow, I am So Glad to See All of the Recipe Posts up at your Website Now! They All Look Amazing and Pretty Healthy I Might Add! I have been Trying to Watch what I Eat More Now b/c I hurt my Neck & Head in that Motorcycle Wreck so I Can Not Get as Much Exercise as I Would Like to! I Think the Basil & Quinoa Beef Bowl Look Really Delicious & High in Protein, and if you don’t eat meat you could Still get a lot of Protein if you Took the Beef Out or Substituted it with Tofu! I Like a lot of Flavor in my Food and Since I Cut Back on Salt, I Now Add Lemon, Lemon Pepper Seasoning, Dried or Fresh Herbs, or Vinegar instead! I am Going to Try this Out when I get a Chance! Thanks for the Great Post; Have a Blessed Day! Jana Williams

  18. Wow, this looks great! My husband is the cook in the family, i’m going to suggest him to make it!

  19. This recipe looks quick & easy, not to mention how good it looks. Thanks for sharing.

  20. The spiced apricot rum cake sounds interesting. Most of these recipes are foods that I’ve never tried.

  21. I love trying new dishes and this look yummy. This looks easy to make and not to time consuming. I have to look for recipe i can make up very quickly.

  22. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    This sounds lovely. Thank you for sharing with us.

  23. What is quinoa? Could rice be substituted? It does sound good except for the Sriracha, too hot for me, lol 🙂

  24. Chelsea B. says:

    Wow, that looks YUM!

  25. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    This sounds delicious, and very healthy. I’ve been trying to cook healthier foods, and this is one that I actually know what the ingredients are and even have most of them!

  26. Kelly Faber says:

    I just have to tell you that I made this for lunch today and it was delicious!! I didn’t have the quinoa on handy, so I used brown rice instead and it still turned out good! I can’t wait to try it with quinoa though! Thank you for sharing!

  27. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    I have never tried it this way before but looks really good! Will have to try this!!

  28. linda moore says:

    What a great way to start eating healthy. I never cooked with some of these ingrediats before. Thank you for sharing this dish!

  29. I loooove quinoa! And this looks great! I’m always looking for great quinoa recipes! Will have to try this soon.

  30. laurie nykaza says:

    Quinoa Stir-Fry looks so good I’m always looking for new recipes to make with beef and I know my family would love this one. I will have to try making it thanks for the recipe .

  31. I love stir fry! I can’t wait to make this! Looks so good!

  32. This looks good. I’ll have to try it.

  33. Thank you for the great looking recipe! I will have to save this and use it. Looks really delish.

  34. Ashley Barnett says:

    This looks so yummy! I’ve been wanting to try some new recipes, so I love that you post so many fun ones to try!

  35. I usually make my stir frys with rice but the doctor has been encouraging me to ty other grains and I’ve been wanting to cook more with quinoa. This recipe fits the bill.

  36. i am going to have to try this….i bought a bunch of quinoa for a clean eating group and had no idea what the heck to do with it!!!! lol not domesticated here…but this is for dinner tonight!

  37. i can say it look good but if i new what in it i would not eat it i do nt like rice or the meat but like i said i could do with deer or rabbitt

  38. Lorna Patrick says:

    I have never tried Quinoa and had no idea how to incorporate it into a recipe. This looks delicious and now I am anxious to make it. Thank you!!!

  39. Interesting dish,looks so yummy i might try it thanks for this awesome recipe 🙂

  40. this looks like a sloppy mess but Oh so delicious 🙂 great recipe and thanks for share

  41. This looks delicious!!! I have never tried quinoa before. But just looking at this, now I will have to try it. This looks like a very hearty stick to your ribs dinner. Thank-you!!

  42. I see so many recipes with quinoa in them. I guess it’s a grain? Is it like barley? I’m curious. I may try some if I can find a small quantity, just to see if I like it. The photo looks delicious.

  43. I am always looking for new recipes that are outside my comfort zone. As far as meals go, I’m in rut.

  44. Mark Cook says:

    i’ve never had this before, but it looks yummy!

  45. Heather Johnson says:

    This sounds so YUMMY!! I have never heard of this before and love to make and try new things so definitely going to give this a try!

  46. This sounds so good. I really like quinoa. I will try this recipe

  47. So, you are making me very hungry! This looks absolutely delicious!!!

  48. lmsunshine33 says:

    Yum, this sounds fantastic! It’s not the sort of thing we usually eat, but I might have to give it a try.

  49. Lisa Konieczke says:

    I have never tried Quinoa before. I have been thinking about it lately, I always see it being used on the cooking shows I watch. This looks like a great recipe to change up our menu a little bit. I think its worth a try, it sure looks good to me.

  50. April Ralene says:

    Ive been look for something different to cook, this recipe looks easy enough and delicious! I think my kids would really like it, thanks for sharing

  51. Beverly Strong Chisnall says:

    Will have to try the Basil Beef Bowl with Quinoa Stir-Fry, it sounds so good. We all love stir fry in our family. thank you for sharing with us.

  52. This recipe can be intriguing for almost several reasons, which I can provide in so many ways! This looks super easy to prepare and would aid in that of the days that I have to come home late when visiting the doctors. As well as I intend to share this recipe with many people!

  53. I’ve had quinoa before and I couldn’t stand the taste of it. However, I never combined it with anything really as I was on a diet. This recipe makes quinoa sound as though it’s super delicious!

  54. ncjeepster says:

    This sounds so good. I would have to keep the peas out because my dear Husband doesn’t like them, but the rest sounds so yummy and easy.

  55. Laurie Nykaza says:

    This looks so delicious and my family would love beef with quinoa so will have to try this for lunch or dinner soon.

  56. This looks so yummy and healthy

  57. This looks so yummy and healthy. We love stir fry.

  58. This looks absolutely amazing! So simple too! Gonna have to make this one as well!

  59. The beef basil sounds pretty good. I see quite a few that I will be trying, after some minor changes.

  60. I have not fixed this yet but I really like quinoa. I want to try it soon. Thank you for sharing

  61. Kayla Britton-Goldsmith says:

    I’ll have to try this one soon. I’m always looking for a new way to use quinoa, and that looks so good!

  62. This was a great recipe. I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing. You have alot of great ideas

  63. I would like to try the cheese sticks. I haven’t found any good frozen brand cheese sticks. I bake them because I don’t like fried foods, and they just don’t get crisp.

  64. I love stir fry. Thank you for sharing!

  65. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This is such a great recipe. I really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for sharing

  66. I have some quinoa and have been looking for a new recipe to try. This looks so good, I’d love to try it!

  67. Deborah D says:

    I have never heard of quinoa before. This does look good though.

  68. Edna Williams says:

    I love a good stir fry! This recipe looks so quick and lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  69. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This is a great recipe for my new healthy eating. I have been doing great for a week. I have more energy and feel much better. I love Quinoia. I will be making this this week. Thank you again for sharing

  70. clojo9372 says:

    Quinoa seems to be all the rage in a lot of the diet books I’ve read lately. I have yet to try it, but I would definitely like to. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  71. Olivine Eyes says:

    I tried quinoa recently, and I liked it. I love basil, honey, garlic, sriracha, soy sauce…I love all the ingredients in this recipe. I didn’t mention the steak, when it said beef I didn’t know it was steak. Yum!

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