Thai Spicy Basil Fried Rice

"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."
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  • Whisk together oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar. Set aside.
  • Spray a wok or large frying pan with olive oil spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic and chili (or serrano) peppers and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • 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.
  • Push ingredients in the wok/pan aside and quickly scramble the egg.
  • Add the oyster sauce mixture and stir everything together.
  • 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.
  • Add more soy, oyster, or fish sauce, if necessary (or to taste).
  • When everything is blended together and rice is hot, remove from heat and stir in the basil.
  • Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Questions & Replies

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  1. AshleyNeicole
    When do you add the shrimp?
  2. safety75
    Mince the garlic fine?


  1. seanspec
    Good god this was salty. Soy, oyster And fish sauce is like a sodium bomb. Use at least half of them and get the same result.
  2. Rebekah M.
    this recipe tastes just like my local Thai restaurant's! I have never used fish sauce before and I was super nervous but it all came together nicely!!
  3. Ky S.
    Tried to cook this and it was perfect! :)
  4. jackWVU
    I grew Thai basil and Thai chilies in my garden specifically for the purpose of making this dish. It could not have been simpler or tasted better! It's like a flavor explosion.
  5. gailanng
    You're inviting an entirely new breed of peeps to your recipe's doorstep by posting one containing Thai basil. And one of those peeps would be me. *wink and a sniff*


  1. Curtis H.
    I added some sugar snap peas, and used some mint to the Italian basil.
  2. darmongami
    I tried this before with original recipe and it was delicious. This time I tweaked it with my own adding yellow bell pepper and all other veggies, but still using same sauce and I loved how the color changed. It was a hit and always is. My kids and friends love it. The spice was just right. Thank you.
  3. rannetteb_7884245
    This taste exactly like the basil fried rice at our local Thai restaurant. I added shrimp instead of chicken it was excellent.



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