Thai Basil Fried Rice

Thai Basil Fried Rice

Thai Basil Fried Rice is a delightful blend of aromatic basil, fresh vegetables, and perfectly cooked rice, all brought together with a savory sauce. This dish offers a quick and easy way to enjoy authentic Thai flavors right at home. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this fried rice will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

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About Thai Basil Fried Rice

Thai Basil Fried Rice, or “Khao Pad Krapow,” is a staple in Thai cuisine. Originating from the bustling street food culture of Thailand, this dish combines the fresh, aromatic flavors of basil with the hearty comfort of fried rice. Traditionally made with meat, our vegan version uses plant-based ingredients to capture the essence of this beloved Thai classic.

In Thai culture, basil is more than just an herb; it’s a symbol of good health and prosperity. Thai Basil Fried Rice is often enjoyed as a quick, satisfying meal that brings families together. It’s a versatile dish that can be found everywhere, from street vendors to high-end restaurants.

Thai Basil Fried Rice has evolved over time, influenced by various regional ingredients and cooking techniques. The use of plant-based protein in our vegan version makes it accessible to a wider audience while staying true to its flavorful roots. The combination of spicy, sweet, and savory flavors creates a harmonious dish that reflects Thailand’s rich culinary heritage.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Aromatic Flavors: The combination of fresh basil and garlic infuses the rice with a fragrant aroma that is simply irresistible.
  • Quick and Easy: Perfect for busy weeknights, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes.
  • Nutritious: Packed with vegetables and plant-based protein, it’s a healthy and satisfying meal.
  • Versatile: Easily customizable with your favorite vegetables and protein sources.
  • Authentic Taste: Enjoy the flavors of Thai cuisine without leaving your kitchen.

What Is In Thai Basil Fried Rice Recipe?

This delicious dish features a harmonious blend of ingredients that come together to create a mouthwatering meal:

  • Jasmine Rice: Fragrant and fluffy, providing the perfect base for the dish.
  • Tofu: For a boost of plant based protein and nutrients.
  • Basil: Fresh Thai basil leaves for an aromatic punch.
  • Vegetables: A mix of bell peppers, onions, and carrots for color and crunch.
  • Garlic: Adds depth and a hint of spice.
  • Soy Sauce: For a savory, umami-rich flavor.
  • Dark Soy Sauce: For a touch of sweetness, and color.
  • Chili: Optional, for those who love a bit of heat.
  • Vegan Fish Sauce: For a complex savory flavor.
  • Curry Leaves: Infuses the rice with a subtle, complex aroma.
  • Lime Juice: Optional, adds a fresh, tangy finish.

Key Ingredients

  • Jasmine Rice: The backbone of the dish, providing a fragrant and fluffy texture.
  • Tofu: Adds substance and protein, making the dish hearty and satisfying.
  • Thai Basil: Essential for its unique, anise-like flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: Enhances the overall umami taste.
  • Garlic: Adds a spicy, aromatic base.
  • Vegetables: Bell peppers, onions, and carrots for color, texture, and nutrition.
  • Curry Leaves: Optional but recommended for additional depth and aroma.

How To Make Thai Basil Fried Rice

  1. Cook the Jasmine rice to package instructions, and allow it to cool completely, or refrigerate.
Cook Jasmine Rice
  1. Press the Tofu 20-30 minutes to remove excess water. After which cut into 3/4″ cubes.

Cut Tofu into 3/4" cubes.
  1. Add 4 Tbsp. of Cooking Oil to Wok over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the Cut Tofu into 3/4″ cubes, along with salt and black pepper to taste, and fry until lightly golden. Then remove the Tofu to a paper towel lined bowl.
Adding Tofu, Salt and Black Pepper in a wok.

  1. To the remaining oil in the wok, add additional oil if needed. Heat it over medium, and add the Onions, and whites of the green onions. Sauté for 30-45 seconds.
in a hot wok adding Oil, Onions and white of the Green Onions.
  1. Then add garlic, and Thai chilies, and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  2. Then add the red hot long pepper, carrots, and green peas, and sauté for another 45-60 seconds or until vegetables are softened
adding garlic, Thai chilis, long red hot peppers, carrots, peas and sauté.

  1. Add half of the Thai Basil leaves, along with 3 cups of cooked Jasmine rice, the sauce mixture, and fried tofu pieces. Gently stir all ingredients until all of the rice is coated and heated through.
add Thai Basil, Rice, Sauce and Tofu to wok and mix the Basil Fried Rice

  1. Turn off the heat, and add the remaining Thai Basil leaves, and all of the greens of the green onions. The residual heat will gently wilt the leaves, while still maintaining its aroma.
Add extra Green Onions and Thai Basil Leaves to Garnish.

  1. Enjoy as it or with a side of Thai curry!
Thai Basil Fried Rice in wok

Have It Your Way!

Customize your Vegan Thai Basil Fried Rice with these creative adaptations:

  • Adjust Spice Level: Increase or decrease the amount of chili to suit your preferred level of heat.
  • Add Vegetables: Incorporate other vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, or snap peas for added nutrition and variety.
  • Use Different Proteins: Substitute plant-based protein with tofu, tempeh, or chickpeas.
  • Serve with Sides: Pair with a side of fresh cucumber slices or a simple Thai salad for a complete meal.

Nutritional Facts

Thai Basil Fried Rice offers numerous health benefits, including:

  • High in Protein: Plant-based protein provides essential nutrients and supports muscle health.
  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: Vegetables add a variety of vitamins and minerals to your diet.
  • Low in Fat: A healthy option for those watching their fat intake.
  • Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free soy sauce to make this dish suitable for gluten-sensitive individuals.

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Thai Basil Fried Rice

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Vegan Thai Basil Fried Rice is a delightful blend of aromatic basil, fresh vegetables, and perfectly cooked rice, all brought together with a savory sauce. This dish offers a quick and easy way to enjoy authentic Thai flavors right at home. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this fried rice will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 4
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Cups Jasmine Rice cooked
  • 4 Tbsp. Cooking Oil
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2-3 Thai Chilies minced
  • 1 Cup Onions radial cut
  • 2 Green Onions White and Green parts
  • ½ Cup Carrots diced
  • ½ Cup Green Peas
  • 1 Red Hot Long Pepper or Bell Pepper (sliced thinly)
  • 2 Cups Thai Basil Leaves
  • 18 Oz Extra Firm Tofu pressed and cubed into 3/4″
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Sambal Oelek Optional for extra spiciness

Sauce:

Instructions
 

  • Cook the Jasmine rice to package instructions, and allow it to cool completely, or refrigerate.
  • Press the Tofu 20-30 minutes to remove excess water. After which cut into 3/4" cubes.
  • Add 4 Tbsp. of Cooking Oil to Wok over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the Cut Tofu into 3/4" cubes, along with salt and black pepper to taste, and fry until lightly golden. Then remove the Tofu to a paper towel lined bowl.
  • To the remaining oil in the wok, add additional oil if needed. Heat it over medium, and add the Onions, and whites of the green onions. Sauté for 30-45 seconds.
  • Then add garlic, and Thai chilies, and sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Then add the red hot long pepper, carrots, and green peas, and sauté for another 45-60 seconds or until vegetables are softened.
  • Add half of the Thai Basil leaves, along with 3 cups of cooked Jasmine rice, the sauce mixture, and fried tofu pieces. Gently stir all ingredients until all of the rice is coated and heated through.
  • Turn off the heat, and add the remaining Thai Basil leaves, and all of the greens of the green onions. The residual heat will gently wilt the leaves, while still maintaining its aroma.
  • Enjoy as it or with a side of Thai curry!

Notes

  1. Rice Preparation:
    • Use day-old jasmine rice for the best texture. Freshly cooked rice can be too moist and may result in a mushy dish.
    • If using freshly cooked rice, spread it out on a tray to cool and dry slightly before using.
  2. Plant-Based Protein Options:
    • Tofu: Press and cube firm tofu, then stir-fry until golden and crispy.
    • Tempeh: Slice and pan-fry tempeh for a nutty, protein-rich addition.
    • Seitan: Use seitan strips for a chewy, meat-like texture.
  3. Basil Variety:
    • Thai basil is recommended for its unique flavor, but Italian basil can be used as a substitute if Thai basil is unavailable.
  4. Vegetable Variations:
    • Feel free to add or substitute your favorite vegetables. Common choices include snap peas, zucchini, broccoli, or mushrooms.
  5. Spice Level:
    • Adjust the amount of chili to your taste. If you prefer mild heat, use less chili or omit it altogether. For extra spice, add more chilies or use a hotter variety.
  6. Sauce Adjustments:
    • Start with the recommended amount of soy sauce and adjust to taste. Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.
    • For a gluten-free version, use tamari or a gluten-free soy sauce alternative.
  7. Aromatics:
    • Adding a few curry leaves during the vegetable sauté can enhance the dish’s aroma and flavor.
  8. Cooking Technique:
    • Stir-fry the ingredients over medium-high heat for the best results. High heat helps to sear the vegetables and protein, adding flavor and texture.
  9. Serving Suggestions:
    • Serve the fried rice with a side of fresh cucumber slices or a simple Thai salad to balance the flavors.
    • Garnish with additional fresh basil leaves, sliced chilies, and lime wedges for extra flavor and presentation.
  10. Leftovers:
    • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat in a skillet over medium heat for the best texture.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1CupCalories: 350kcal
Keyword Fried Rice, Rice, Thai Basil, Thai Rice, Tofu, Vegan, Vegetarian
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