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This spicy beef with peanuts is the perfect cold weather dish. Perfectly spiced beef mixed with crunchy peanuts, cilantro and served over basmati rice. The best part is that it’s ready in just 25 minutes!

This spicy beef with peanuts combines perfectly flavored quick marinaded beef, peanuts and cilantro served over light brown basmati rice. Plus it's ready in just 25 minutes!

As I type this I’m watching the Oscars. I’m not really sure why I even bother watching since I have seen zero of the movies nominated. But really it was this or watching old episodes of Man Men and 30 Rock. Well, now that I typed that out I’m thinking I should have went with Don Draper and Liz Lemon.

But, now that I have been watching for over 2 hours I feel like I’m invested in seeing how it all turns out. Luckily I made a better decision earlier in the day to test out this dish. I wanted to make sure the spices and flavor were just right. Luckily for you the dish did not disappoint! I’m going on record to say this dish is a new favorite. Plus because it’s Asian inspired it gets me out of my “I never make Asian inspired food because it weirdly intimidates me” box.

I know. It’s a totally weird intimidation but we all have our weaknesses.


This spicy beef with peanuts is ready in just 25 minutes and combines quick marinaded beef, peanuts and cilantro over top nutty light brown basmati rice.

Around Christmas I was contacted by Della Rice to develop my very own “stir” for their #CreateAStir campaign. Wondering what stir means? It’s really just a fun word for a rice bowl creation. I of course answered yes because I’m a huge fan of rice (they sent me 5 different bags!) and love me a tasty meat topped rice bowl.

The thing I probably love best about this dish is that it’s ready in just 25 minutes. I would say you could make this in 20 minutes but you need just a few minutes for measuring and stirring. If only our kitchens came fully prepped like on some fancy cooking show. The other thing I love about this dish is that it’s packed full of flavor. I even used my cooking nemesis – fish sauce. I don’t use a lot of fish sauce because if I’m being honest I cannot stand the smell.

How can something that smells so gross make food taste so good?

Say hello to your new favorite 25 minute meal. This spicy beef with peanuts is super easy and combines quick marinaded beef, peanuts and cilantro over top light brown basmati rice.

If you have never made yourself a rice bowl you need to change that asap. Think of your rice like a blank canvas and top it with whatever floats your boat. I went spicy because it’s what I love and I went Asian because I wanted to give those flavors a whirl.

Plus it’s fun to get into the kitchen and get creative.

Am I right?

{Looking for even more rice packed dishes? Try my easy beef and vegetable stir fry, chicken apricot coconut curry and turkey wild rice chili.}


Spicy Beef with Peanuts

This spicy beef with peanuts is the perfect cold weather dish. Perfectly spiced beef mixed with crunchy peanuts, cilantro and served over basmati rice. The best part is that it's ready in just 25 minutes!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups light brown basmati rice (I used Della brand)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound beef sirloin tips, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 3-4 teaspoons chile paste
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro


In a sauce pot add rice and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes or until all the water has been soaked up and the rice is fully cooked.

While the rice is cooking start working on your meat.

In a large bowl add sliced beef, low sodium soy sauce, dark brown sugar, fish sauce, grated ginger, chile paste and lime juice. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a large skillet set over medium heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in the onions and saute until soft and translucent.

Turn the heat to medium high and add in the meat and any marinade from the bowl. Saute quickly until the meat is browned and the sauce is cooked down and thick.

Stir in peanuts and cilantro and remove from heat.

To serve, top cooked rice with meat and sprinkle with addition chopped peanuts and cilantro if desired.

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Disclosure: I received financial compensation from Della Rice for creating this stir. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thao @ In Good Flavor

Tuesday 14th of April 2015

Wow! This looks amazing! Your photos are beautiful! Pinning.

Des @ Life's Ambrosia

Friday 20th of March 2015

This is absolutely gorgeous! My little guy loves peanuts so I know this would be a huge hit in our home!

Amanda @ The Kitcheneer

Friday 27th of February 2015

I dont make Asian cuisine enough! I need to try this dish! You always make everything look amazing!

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

Thursday 26th of February 2015

So as I was reading this, I couldn't remember if I've ever used fish sauce or not, but I'm sure I would have smelled it and surely I would remember that! I need to try this soon, it looks right up my alley!


Wednesday 25th of February 2015

I love to cook Asian food and am always looking for new ideas. I'll have to look out for Della Rice at the store!