A friend asked me to develop a new paleo steak sauce for her husband.

She wants something quick and easy with all local ingredients yet different than other regular sauces.

I immediate thought of a sauce that I love very much while in Thailand – the sweet chili basil sauce.

Hmm………how can you not love that perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and savory ?

Yum yum 🙂

It goes without saying that sugar is a main reason that makes this sauce tastes so wonderful. But that doesn’t sound very paleo, does it ?

I decided to take the matter into my own hands and make it paleo friendly.

I have to say – I am pretty proud of how it turns out !

Do you love steak ?

Are you looking for a new steak pairing sauce ?

Give my paleo version of sweet chili basil sauce a try.

I bet it will be one of your favorites too !  

Steak with sweet chili basil sauce

Steak with sweet chili basil sauce

Steak with sweet chili basil sauce

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Steak with sweet chili basil sauce

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 3 servings
Author: ChihYu
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  • 1 lb Tenderloin steak
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp ghee or fat of your choice




  • Pound the garlic and chilies together using a mortar and pestle. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix coconut aminos, balsamic vinegar, fish sauce, and 1 tsp ground black pepper.
  • Heat the wok or a saute pan with 2 tbsp ghee over high heat.
  • Add the garlic and chili mixture and stir-fry for a few seconds, then pour in the "sauce" mixture.
  • Add the basil leaves and mix everything together well then take off of the heat.


  • Lightly season the steak with salt and pepper.
  • Prepare the steak (broil or grill) until it is done to your liking.
  • Slice the steak into pieces and transfer to a serving plate.
  • Pour over the sauce the sauce and serve immediately
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
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