Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice

Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice plated

Recipe Information

Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 People

Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice is a popular dish in Thailand, often enjoyed as a quick and satisfying meal. This recipe has been passed down through generations, with each family adding their own unique touch. The combination of fragrant Thai basil, spicy chilies, and savory sauce creates an unforgettable flavor that will transport you to the bustling streets of Bangkok.

The secret to this dish lies in using cold, leftover rice, which helps prevent the fried rice from becoming mushy. Additionally, the use of Thai basil, as opposed to regular basil, adds a distinct aroma and taste that sets this dish apart from other fried rice recipes.

This Spicy Thai Basil Fried Rice recipe is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion when you want to impress your guests with an exotic and flavorful dish. It's easy to make and can be customized to suit your preferred spice level.


  • 3 cups cooked jasmine rice, cold and preferably leftover
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Thai bird's eye chilies, finely chopped (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 pound ground chicken or tofu
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh Thai basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  1. In a small bowl, mix together fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, and white pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onions, garlic, and chilies to the wok, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add ground chicken or tofu, breaking it up into small pieces, and cook until browned and cooked through.
  5. Stir in the sliced red bell pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Add the cold cooked rice to the wok, breaking up any clumps, and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes until heated through.
  7. Pour the sauce mixture over the rice and mix well, ensuring all ingredients are evenly coated.
  8. Finally, add the Thai basil leaves and stir-fry for another 1-2 minutes until the basil is wilted and fragrant.
  9. Serve immediately, garnishing with additional Thai basil leaves and lime wedges if desired.


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