Prawn and Holy Basil Stir Fry

Prawn and Holy Basil Stir Fry

(Pad Gapow Goong)

prawn-basil-recipeSuperb, Tiger Prawns Recipe, I’ve just eaten the meal you see in the photo and my mouth is still tingling, this is a super  favourite amongst many a Thai family.

This fresh Thai prawns recipe is the order of the day, and a nice spicy savoury sauce to cook them in and don’t forget Khwanjai’s Top Tip for top taste, see below…

As prawn recipes go, this is a style of garlic prawns recipe with the addition of Kapow (holy basil). Thai prawns are often called shrimps, in other countries, Thais call them all prawns (small or big) even lobsters!

How to Make Basil prawns Stir Fry

Serves 2
200g Tiger Prawns
1/3 Cup Onion
1/3 Cup sweet Chilli slices
4 Thai Chillies
2 Cloves Garlic
2 Spring Onions
10-12 Holy Basil Leaves
2 tbs Oil
1 tbs Fish Sauce
1 tbs Seasoning Sauce
1/2 ts Sugar
2 tbs Oyster Sauce
3 tbs Water

Wash, cut and slice open the prawns to remove the gut
(See how to prepare prawns Thai style)
Cut up a 1/3 of a medium sized onion and the sweet chilli and leave
Cut spring onion about (1″ logs)
Pick holy basil leaves from the stems and rinse, leave to drain dry
Slice or chop the garlic and Thai chillies (or pound)

Pour the oil into a wok and heat to medium high heat
Add chillies and garlic, stir fry until a good aroma comes (usually 5-10 seconds if oil is right temp)
Add the pawns and stir fry for about 2 minutes adding the water
Add fish sauce, seasoning sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, onion and sweet chillies
Stir fry together for about 2 minute test for good savoury sweet, flavour
Add holy basil stir fry for 1 minute and remove from heat

Serving Suggestion:
Lightly pack a bowl of hot jasmine rice and invert onto a plate, serve the prawns and holy basil along side and voila! A great dish to have with this would be our Pork Stuffed Omelette recipe or Thai Steamed Eggs recipe, both of which with counter the spicy prawns beautifully. Of course there’s nothing to stop you having something a bit more meaty like our Barbecue Spare Ribs or Thai Sweet Chicken recipe

Khwanjai’s Top Tips:
More useful information about this and chicken soup at ThaiFood Blog-Prawn Holy Basil Stir Fry

Lovely quick recipe this one, Prawns and Holy Basil, in the video we have fun as usual, but two good tips I must tell you about.

Make sure the wok is hot enough. To give you a clue, see as Khwanjai adds the water it boils instantly, plus take a look at the separate “no frills” video for preparing prawns Thai style or however you want, also when you see close up of finished recipe in the bowl note the rich colour of the gravy

Very few people do this (remove guts), it only takes a couple of minutes and you will taste the difference.

Have you printed off the recipe to make any notes?

2 comments… add one
  • Bob Lilly Link Reply

    Hi Guys,

    I had Thai Basil Chicken at a restaurant in Fort Worth Texas. The sauce they used was the best I have ever had. I had never eaten Thai food before. I looked at your recipe for Chicken and holy basil stir fry. Could you please explain where I can “seasoning sauce”? I’m not sure what sauce you are referring to. Thanks

    • Jules Link Reply

      Hi Bob,
      Check low down on this page for a picture of the “Thai Seasoning Sauce” we used Khwanjais’ favourite is the Golden Mountain brand.
      Guessing you are in USA, check local asian stores, its not currently available on Amazon in US but is in UK but far too expensive so Asian stores is the way to go.

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