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Basil Shrimp

Use any variety of fresh basil for this classic stir-fry. Don’t even think of substituting dried basil - the delicate aromatic fragrance of the fresh herb is part of the appeal of this dish.

  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Level of Difficulty:medium


1 tablespoon (30 mL) vegetable oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 slice fresh Chinese ginger

1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) coarse ground black pepper

1/2 pound (250 g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined, with tail on

1 cup (250 mL) fresh basil leaves

1 tablespoon (15 mL)  Thai Kitchen® Premium Fish Sauce

1 teaspoon (5 mL) chile oil or 1 small chile, thinly sliced (optional)

Juice of 1⁄2 lime


HEAT oil in large skillet or wok on high heat. Add garlic, ginger and pepper; stir fry 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add shrimp; stir fry 1 to 2 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.

STIR in basil, fish sauce and chile oil, if desired; stir fry 30 seconds or until basil is limp. Remove from heat. Squeeze lime juice over top.

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