Spicy Basil Beef Stir Fry


Serving Size:
1 cup over 1/2 cup rice

    Diet Types:
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Heart Healthy


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef, flank or sirloin steak
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 cups cooked brown or white rice


  1. Slice beef into bite-size pieces.
  2. Wash and dry the basil leaves and chop coarsely. Dice onion into 1/2-inch pieces and dice bell pepper into 1/4-inch pieces. Mince the garlic.
  3. If time permits, mix the beef, basil and 1/2 tablespoon peanut oil in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer. Otherwise, mix together beef and basil.
  4. Preheat a wok or large skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the remaining peanut oil and swirl it around the pan.
  5. Add the garlic and onion, stirring a few times. Cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
  6. Turn the heat up to high and add the beef-basil mixture. Stir quickly and add the red pepper flakes. Cook just until meat loses its redness, about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the size of the beef pieces.
  7. Stir in the red bell pepper.
  8. Stir soy sauce into cornstarch, beef broth and lime juice. Add to beef and cook until bubbling. Turn off heat and serve immediately, over rice.

Helpful hints

  • Try adding orange zest for extra flavor.
  • Change portion to 1/2 cup for a lower protein diet and increase the amount of rice for extra calories if needed.
  • If brown rice is preferred this will add 44mg phosphorus and 53mg of potassium per serving.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 352

Protein 25 g

Carbohydrates 27 g

Fat 16 g

Cholesterol 54 mg

Sodium 172 mg

Potassium 390 mg

Phosphorus 258 mg

Calcium 32 mg

Fiber 0.9 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


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