Khua Seen: Lao Beef Stir Fry

laotian stir fry Khua Seen (Lao Beef Stir Fry)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Laotian stir fry is different than traditional stir fry where it’s a bit more ‘watery?’ Okay, watery isn’t the best way to describe stir fry but it definitely has more juice. Instead of soy sauce, this stir fry version features oyster-flavored sauce, a  major player in many Lao dishes. The other key ingredient in Lao stir fry is fried garlic, which can easily be found in Asian markets or made at home. This easy quick-time meal is best with a variety of color: green (broccoli, snow peas, bok choy), yellow (zucchini, bell peppers), orange (carrots, bell peppers) and so on. When I don’t have pre-cooked rice, I have the rice simmering before prepping this recipe so by the time it’s ready to serve, the rice will be done. Since our meals include a growing toddler, I am careful to watch the chili peppers while cooking and will not “break it” in the skillet but only in my own serving.

Lao Beef Stir Fry Recipe (5-6 servings)


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 pound stir fry meat
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into medium chunks
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into diagonal, thin slices
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into medium chunks
  • 1 cup snow or sugar snap peas
  • 2 teaspoons fried garlic or 2 fresh, minced cloves
  • Thai chili peppers (optional)
  •  2 tablespoons oyster-flavored sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • cooked Jasmine rice

Directions {Adapted from Roz’s Scrumptious Recipe’s Laotian Stir Fry}:

  1. Add oil in heavy skillet or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. When heated, add onions and meat. Stir fry for about 1 minute or until meat is lightly browned.
  3. Add vegetables, fried garlic, and chili peppers, if including. Stir fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add oyster-flavored sauce and water. Adding more sauce to taste.
  5. Bring to boil then reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  6. Turn off skillet and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve warm over cooked jasmine rice.

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If you need SE Asian inspiration, see other recipes here for Lao Food

6 thoughts on “Khua Seen: Lao Beef Stir Fry

  1. Looks tasty. I love Lao food. It’s similar and different from Vietnamese food. I actually have a cookbook that has food from both our ‘motherlands’. If i happen to make something from it, I’ll let you know if it was good and pass it along.

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