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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!

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

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

10 minutes10 minutes


  • 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.

Adapted from Creme de la Crumb.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this delicious sauce with peanut butter powder instead of peanut butter (which saves ~400 calories) and used Frank’s Red Hot instead of sriracha. Kudos, this recipe is ah-mazing! I stirred it into sauteed onion, broccoli, and red pepper, and served it over brown rice with seared steak on top. The veggies soaked up the sauce, and the chopped peanuts were a stroke of brilliance. Will definitely make this again!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is de-lish! 

    I would highly recommend lots of green onion on top. That addition was such a good flavour with the sauce. I also used hot sauce instead of sriracha and it was great. 

    Also for highest level of enjoyment, a nicer cut of steak would have been better. Flank steak satisfies, but I think I’ll experiment with a more tender steak next time.

    Totally simple recipe. Easy to memorize after one try! Thank you! 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight and will definitely be saving this recipe. We tenderized the beef prior to cooking using the baking soda method and substituted Chili Garlic Sauce for the Sriracha. 

  4. Made this the other night and the amounts quoted do not make a lot of sauce for the amount of meat stated… very odd.

  5. Super yummy! I use Thai sweet chilli sauce in place of sriracha and sugar (slightly less spicy) and added a bit more water to thin the sauce out, lots of broccoli and sliced red pepper and served with coconut rice. Thanks for a yummy recipe! 🙂

  6. hi can use stewing beef for this recipe trying find recipe too use it for

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  7. Made this today using 2 pounds of chicken, doubled the ingredients (using half smooth peanut butter and half crunchy) and also added a small can of coconut cream and a bit of water, delicious. Served with crispy fried shallots on the top.

  8. Did the sauce today and mixed it with beef minute steak….absolutely wonderful….even the kids loved it and one of them doesn’t even like peanut butter 🙂

  9. wow!!!!! this is a big hit easy and delicious!!!!! i made it with jasmine rice which I used half water and half coconut milk making it again tomorrow love it!!!!!!

  10. What do you do with the onion?

    • Iain, the green onion is used for serving:

      Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and peanuts, if desired.

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

  12. 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 😉

  13. 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! 

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  15. 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!

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  17. 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.

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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!!

  29. I love anything with peanut sauce like this!

  30. 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;)

  31. Hey,
    I was wondering if you’ve tried this recipe with chicken?

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

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

  34. 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!

  35. 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!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

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

  41. Perfect for weeknight dinner. Love peanuts in anything.

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

  43. Thank you for the nice recipe.

  44. I need this right now .SO GOOD!!

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

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

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

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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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?