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Nua Pad Prik

Thai pepper beef

(Thai chile beef)

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Nua pad prik, or chile beef, is a delightfully easy Thai beef dish with a bracing yet refreshing heat from the fresh chiles. You can regulate the heat to your liking by adjusting the ratio of hot chiles to bell peppers.

3 to 4 servings


  • Beef fillet or tenderloin, partially frozen, then sliced into thin strips -- 1 pound
  • Garlic, minced -- 2 or 3 cloves
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Fish sauce -- 2 tablespoons
  • Oyster sauce (optional) -- 1 tablespoon
  • Brown or palm sugar -- 2 teaspoons
  • Oil -- 1/4 cup
  • Thai or jalapeño chiles, minced -- 2 or 3
  • Red bell pepper, sliced very thinly -- 1


  1. In a large bowl, mix the beef with the garlic, salt and pepper and set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Mix together the fish sauce, oyster sauce and brown sugar together in a small bowl to form a sauce. Add a little water if needed and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil over high flame in a wok or deep skillet. Add the chiles and red pepper and stir fry rapidly for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the beef and its marinade and stir fry rapidly for another 1-2 minutes, or until the beef is just cooked through.
  5. Reduce heat to low, add the sauce ingredients and toss to coat the beef. Remove from heat and serve hot with jasmine rice.

Thai Pepper Beef Variations

  • Gai Pad Prik: Substitute chicken for the beef.
  • A handful of chopped cilantro or holy basil can be tossed in the dish at the end for added flavor.


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