This recipe comes highly requested. And since it’s the season of giving, I decided to share my Thai Basil fried rice recipe from my digital cookbook. If you haven’t grabbed my E-cookbook, RUN, don’t walk and go get it. It’s currently on sale.
If you know me, then you know how much I LOVE Thai food.
Growing up getting Thai food was one of my favorite things to do. Ordering family-style and trying different Thai dishes. Between 5 of us, we’d have at least 5-7 dishes lol. Thai food quickly became my favorite cuisine. And it still is! If you ask me to make dinner plans or where I want to eat, 9/10 I’m choosing Thai.
So many delicious flavors. When you talk about range? Thai food has it! Sweet, spicy, salty, and sour. So flavorful, and SO delicious.
One of my all time favorite dishes is Spicy basil fried rice. So of course I had to recreate it. This fried rice is so flavorful. Garlicky, spicy goodness. With loads of Thai basil, garlic and spicy chili peppers. You can make this with any protein you’d like. My favorite is chicken or shrimp. I’ve made both and they never disappoint.
What you’ll need
- Jasmine Rice– you want to use day old rice. It cooks better when stir fried.
- Thai Basil– The star of the show. adds such a delicious flavor .If you can’t find Thai basil, Italian basil will work.
- Sweet onion or yellow onion – I prefer the sweet, subtle flavor of the sweet onion.
- Garlic– as much as your heart desires.
- Thai Chili Peppers (use to your discretion) If you can’t find fresh Thai chillies, dry Thai chillies work just as well.
- Oyster Sauce
- Soy Sauce– light and dark soy sauce are used for the recipe. Dark soy sauce is thicker and has a sweetness that low sodium soy sauce doesn’t.
- Brown Sugar
- Fish Sauce
Note- for the individual rice grain effect, you want to use old rice. Rice that has been refrigerated and some what dried out. Freshly made rice is too sticky and will cause the rice to sticky together when you add sauce. To speed up drying out the rice if you’re short on time, pop the rice in the freezer.
Thai Basil Fried Rice
- your choice of protein
- 1-2 cups Jasmine rice at least 1 day old
- 1/3 cup Thai basil Italian will work
- 2 tbsp olive oil or sesame oil
- 1/2 sweet onion or yellow onion sliced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- thai chili peppers use to your discretion
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional
- 1/4 cup oyster sauce
- 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- In a mortar, add garlic cloves and Thai chili peppers. With the pestle, mash down ingredients to create a paste.
- In a small bowl combine oyster sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and dark and light soy sauce. Mix well until the sugar dissolves.
- In a bowl, season protein of choice with white pepper, garlic powder and a pinch of salt.
- In a wok or large skillet, add in oil over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers and easily coats the pan, add protein and sear until cooked. Remove meat from the pan. Next add in chili garlic paste and onions. Sautè for a few minutes until fragrant. Push onions to the side of the skillet/wok. Add more oil if needed then pour in beaten eggs. Using a spatula, scramble the eggs. Once the eggs are cooked, combine with the sautéed onions.
- Next, add in day old rice, cooked protein and mix together. Break down the rice so that it is not clumped. Then pour in sauce. Stir and mix until rice is heated and sauce is well combined. Reduce heat to low and add in Thai basil. Stirring well.
- Serve warm. Garnish red pepper flakes, basil and fresh
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