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Slow Cooker Thai Basil Beef

This super simple slow cooker curry from Nathan Anthony, aka Bored of Lunch, is packed with aromatic Thai flavours.

From the book

Nathan Anthony


I adore this recipe, which was inspired by the local Thai takeaway we had growing up. The smell alone transports me back to my childhood so it holds such sentimental value. That’s the beauty of food – it can trigger wonderful memories. The flavour here is sensational, like a very rich satay. It’s got to be one of my all-time favourite fakeaways.

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500g beef steaks, thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp ancho chilli flakes
1 tbsp dried basil or Thai holy basil paste
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp orange juice
1 heaped tbsp cornflour, mixed to a paste with 1 tbsp water
3 tbsp honey
1 red pepper, sliced
Handful of mushrooms, halved
250ml chicken stock
salt and pepper, to taste

Essential kit

You will need: a slow cooker.


Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker, stir and season to taste. Cook on high for 2½–3 hours or low for 5 hours. If you would like the sauce to be thicker, stir in another teaspoon of cornflour mixed to a paste with a little water.

324 calories per serving.

I serve this dish with boiled rice, or chips cooked in my air fryer. Adding 200g of rice will add 260 calories.


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From the book: Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book

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