Thai Fried Rice with Basil

Translation: Khao Pad Kra Phao

Cuisine: Thai

Recipe Type: Side

Average User Rating: 2.1 / 5

Vegetarian / Vegan: Vegan

Do not use freshly cooked rice for this recipe, or it will become gummy after cooking in the wok. Use leftover rice from the day before, or alternatively, if you don't have the time, prepare the rice, let it cool and dry out, and then place it in the freezer for 2 hours. This should help dry the rice to a sufficient state. If the rice is still too wet, it will stick together.


2 TB cooking oil
2 cups cooked jasmine rice
1 garlic clove, minced
4 fresh red Thai chilis, chopped
1 cup button mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup long beans, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 carrot, julienned
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced

Sauce mixture:
3 TB mushroom-flavored soy sauce
1 TB lime juice
1/2 tsp. white pepper, ground
1/2 tsp. sugar

1 tomato, diced, for garnish
1 cucumber, sliced, for garnish

16 Thai basil leaves (preferably kra phao basil)


Heat oil over medium heat and fry garlic and chilis until garlic is light brown. Add onions, long beans, carrot, scallions, and mushrooms and stir. Cook 1 minute and add rice. Stir to combine and fry 1 minute. Add sauce mixture and stir until evenly distributed. Add basil leaves, stir, and remove from heat. Serve garnished with tomato and cucumber and a few basil leaves.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

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Think that the white pepper could be reduced to 1/4 teaspoon... Other than that.....delicious and SO EASY! :-)

Recipe Rating: 4 Stars

User: Shellee
3:55 am

This is an amazing dish!

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Samantha
6:57 am

May use Indian basmati rice instead. Also a dash of tomato kethup to the sauce?

Recipe Rating: 5 Stars

User: Sanjit
8:36 am

I do love this ... add a little bit lemon grass &/or coconut water :-)

Recipe Rating: 4 Stars

User: Sunny
From: Chesterbrook, USA
10:02 am

Really turned out good!

Recipe Rating: 4 Stars

User: Caryn
7:52 am

Vegetarian Thai Fried Rice with Basil Recipe - Average User Rating: 2.1 / 5 - 5 Ratings, 5 Reviews