How to cook… Fried Shrimp with Basil Leaves

Some people might find the dish this week a bit too spicy, but it is not unbearable. It is Fried Shrimp with basil leaves or “pad krapao kung” in Thai. You could also cook it with chicken if you like. In the ingredients pictured below, you can see holy basil leaves and shrimp on the left and bird’s eye chillies and garlic cloves on the right.

You need to prepare the chilli and garlic cloves first by pounding them with a mortar and pestle. Heat some oil in a wok and when it is hot, add the chilli mixture. When it becomes fragrant add the shrimps that have already been prepared. Stir well so that everything is well combined. Season with fish sauce and sugar. You could use oyster sauce if you like. Don’t cook for too long. At the end, add the basil leaves and give a good stir. Come back next week to for another Thai food recipe. You will find the archives at Enjoy Thai Food.

2 responses to “How to cook… Fried Shrimp with Basil Leaves

  1. I have found that ‘pud gra-pao’ with minced meat tastes better than stir-fried basil leaves with sliced meat. This is just my personal preference. I like pud-gra-pao with ‘gai sub’ (ground chicken).

    Stir-fried basil leaves with ‘goong sub’ would be another option.

    Nice picture! Thanks, Richard.

  2. Hi Richard,
    Try substituting the basil leaves with kaffir leaves (curry leaves) and add 3 spoonfuls of dried cereals (oats).