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Pad Kra Pao (Spicy Holy Basil Stir-Fry)

5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time

Pad Kra Pao (Spicy Holy Basil Stir-Fry)

5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time

A popular Thai dish, pad kra pao, or pad krapow, is a delicious stir-fry with holy basil, chilies & ground meat. It’s easy to make at home & you get to adjust the amount of oil & chilies used to make the dish healthier & less spicy if you prefer.

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Ingredients (2 servings)

5 thai chilies
5 cloves garlic
60g green beans
1/2 onion
400g lean ground pork
30g holy basil leaves
2 tsp grapeseed oil
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp monk fruit erithrytol sweetener
To serve
2 servings steamed rice
2 fried eggs (optional)
  1. Cut green beans into shorter pieces and dice onion.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle, pound chilies and garlic into a paste.
  3. Make the stir-fry sauce by combing all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.
  4. Heat up oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add chili and garlic mixture and stir-fry until fragrant and garlic turns golden brown.
  5. Add ground pork and cook until it starts to change color.
  6. Add sauce and continue stir-frying for 30 seconds.
  7. Add green beans and onions and continue stir-frying until pork is cooked through.
  8. Turn off the heat and stir in holy basil.
  9. Serve hot over steamed rice/ cauliflower rice. Top with a fried egg if desired. Enjoy!
  • I used pork but you can use your favorite protein of choice. This dish is most commonly made with ground chicken but essentially any protein will work well.
  • Adjust the amount of chilies used according to your spice tolerance.
  • You can use cauliflower rice if you prefer.
  • If you can’t find holy basil, you can substitute with Thai basil or even regular sweet basil.
  • You may substitute monkfruit erithrytol sweetener with any other sweetener of choice.