Thai Peanut Beef

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Thai Peanut Beef

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


  • In a large bowl, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, Sriracha and 2 tablespoons water; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and peanuts, if desired.


Adapted from Creme de la Crumb


  1. Linda says

    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?

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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!

    • Chung-Ah says

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

  5. Sandra Rivas says

    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;)

  6. says

    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!!

  7. says

    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

    • Chung-Ah says

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

  8. Fon says

    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.

  9. Alyson says

    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!

  10. Claire says

    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.

    • Lydia Ann says

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

  11. Christine says

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

  12. says

    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.

  13. Tonya S says

    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.

    • Chung-Ah says

      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.

  14. Rose says

    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!

  15. says

    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!

  16. says

    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 😉

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