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Thai Basil Fried Rice

This Thai Basil Fried rice is extremely fragrant, delicious, and so much better than takeout! It's super versitile and can be paired with any protein of your choice.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 3


Shrimp (or Protein of Choice)

  • 1/2 lb shrimp U40-50
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Garlic & Chili Paste

  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 thai chili peppers adjust to your spice preference


  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar sub regular sugar
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp msg

Other Ingredients

  • 2 cups Basmati or Jasmine rice uncooked measurement
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 2 cups thai basil can sub regular basil
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 tbsp neutral oil I used avocado oil

Optional Garnish

  • Thai Basil
  • Lime


  • In a bowl, add peeled and deveined shrimp and marinate with soy sauce, salt, white pepper, neutral oil, baking soda and cornstarch for 15 minutes.
  • In a mortar and pestle, combine garlic and thai chili peppers into a paste and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, mix together oyster sauce, light soy sauce, fish sauce, palm sugar, white pepper, and msg.
  • In 3 tbsp of neutral oil over high heat, saute shrimp for 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same pan, fry the garlic/chili paste for 15 seconds until fragrant, then immediately add shallots and onion. Stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Push the ingredients to the side, then add eggs and scramble (add 1 tbsp more oil if needed to cook the eggs). Mix together.
  • Add the day old rice and mix together over high heat, stir frying until the rice is toasted and relatively dry. Add the premixed sauce and combine.
  • Add shrimp and basil and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes over high heat. Garnish with limes and more basil and enjoy!
Keyword fried rice, shrimp, thai basil
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