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Stir-Fried Prawns with Thai Basil

All Asian Flavors Main Coures

IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND LOVE THAI FOOD, THIS ONE IS FOR YOU. THIS DISH COMES TOGETHER FAST AND HAS ALL THE FLAVORS YOU CRAVE FROM THAI FOOD.

So what’s the secret to good Thai food? Balance

Thai food has a wonderful way of incorporating different flavor profiles and making them sing together!  This dish has your slightly sweet, salty, umami, and of course spicy!

This recipe came together fast an easy one afternoon.  I was literally going through my fridge trying to clear up whatever veggies and herbs I had on hand.  That day I had some Thai basil, which inspired this entire dish.

I always keep frozen shrimp in my freezer because they are a breeze to defrost and take minutes to cook.  I went with that as a protein option but you could always do this with chicken, beef, tempeh, etc.  Whatever works for you!

For the vegetables, I am sharing the ones I used based on what I had on hand that day but I promise you, you can use whatever you want.  This is a perfect fridge forage dish!

If you don’t have Thai basil a combination of Italian basil and mint gives a similar taste profile.

Now let’s get to it!

Yield/Servings: 3-4
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Stir-fried Prawns with Thai Basil

Stir-fried Prawns with Thai Basil

A simple Thai dish that comes together with whatever veggies you have on hand, and minimal pantry ingredients
Preparation time: 10 MCooking time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M

Ingredients:

  • • 1 Tbsp oil Avocado oil
  • • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • • 1 tsp chili flakes or 2 fresh red chilies chopped (go with your heat preference, Omit of AIP)
  • • 2 scallions chopped and divided whites and greens
  • • 6 cups mixed veggies, chopped (I used baby kailan, purple cabbage, and carrots,)
  • • About 20 pieces of prawns, cleaned and butterflied
  • • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • • 1 Tbsp Red Boat fish sauce 
  • • 1/4 cup packed of Thai basil leaves

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a wok or deep pan.  
  2. Once hot, add garlic, scallion whites, and chili. Cook till fragrant
  3. Next, add your veggies + coconut aminos and fish sauce. Let cook 2 -3 minutes or until veggies start to become tender
  4. Last add your prawns, Thai basil, and scallion greens.
  5. Give everything a good toss, let prawns cook through and serve!
5 based on 1 reviews

2 Comments

  • Caitlin McNeal
    June 10, 2020 at 4:21 am

    What should I look for when buying frozen shrimp.

    Reply
    • Riyana
      June 10, 2020 at 10:24 am

      Hi Caitlin!
      WIld or sustainably farmed are your best bet, but that might be hard to come by in Singapore. Most important is that there are no additives or preservatives. Sometimes shrimp are treated with sodium tripolyphosphate (STP) which you want to steer clear from.

      Reply

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