Phat Kaphrao (Meat or Seafood Fried with Sweet Basils)

Try one of the most popular Thai recipes for dinner this week
Phat Kaphrao

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Ranking fourth among the 10 Thai dishes ordered most frequently by foreigners, phat kaphrao can have any kind of meat as its main ingredient. But people in Thailand usually choose pork or chicken. This recipe is shrimp fried with sweet basils. You can substitute another type of meat for shrimp as you like.
This recipe is courtesy of Thaiways Magazine.


  • 1 Cup shelled shrimp
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 to three small chiles, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 of one lime, squeezed
  • 1 Teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper


Heat the oil in a frying pan.
Stir-fry the shallots and garlics.
Add the chiles, fish sauce, and shrimp. Stir for 2 minutes before pouring the hot water, cover and simmer for a few minutes.
Uncover the pan and season with lime juice and sugar.
Stir another 30 seconds before adding the basil leaves.
Flavor with salt and pepper.
Remove from heat, and the dish is ready to be served with boiled rice.

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