Thai Spicy Basil Fried Rice

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This is a great use of leftover rice. It's important to use Thai sweet basil to get the authentic Thai restaurant taste. And don't skip the fish sauce, it smells strong in the bottle, but it blends in nicely with the other ingredients when it's all put together. Also, make sure you use chilled rice, or you'll end up with mush.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk together oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Set aside.
  2. Spray a wok or large frying pan with olive oil spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the garlic and chili (or serrano) peppers and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  4. Add the red pepper and onion and stir fry until the onion is translucent. If using chicken or beef, add it with the the onion and red pepper. Cook until chicken is done, or beef is about medium.
  5. Push ingredients in the wok/pan aside and quickly scramble the egg.
  6. Add the oyster sauce mixture and stir everything together.
  7. Raise the heat to high and add the chilled rice. Stir until blended with the sauce and other ingredients, breaking up clumps of rice with the back of a spoon.
  8. Add more soy, oyster, or fish sauce, if necessary (or to taste).
  9. When everything is blended together and rice is hot, remove from heat and stir in the basil.
  10. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
Most Helpful

Tried to cook this and it was perfect! :)

Ky S. August 14, 2015

This taste exactly like the basil fried rice at our local Thai restaurant. I added shrimp instead of chicken it was excellent.

rannetteb_7884245 July 14, 2014

I change it some,,, more meat, add some veggies, more sauce, perhaps less spicy,,,, but this recipe is the point I start from

Comedie August 02, 2013