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Aromatic, fragrant Thai Basil Fried Rice made with vegetables and eggs.
Thai Basil Fried Rice (vegetarian, GF option, vegan option)

Can I make Thai Basil Fried Rice without Thai Basil?

No. Thai Basil offers a unique, sweet, and fragrant flavor. It is also the main ingredient in this dish. Thai basil can be found at most Asian grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you can improvise with Italian basil, but the flavor is NOT the same.

Do I need to make this dish with Jasmine Rice?

Jasmine Rice is preferable when making Thai Basil Fried Rice, however feel free to use Indian Basmati Rice or any brown rice also works.
Thai Basil Fried Rice (vegetarian, GF option, vegan option)

Are Eggs necessary in this dish?

No. I love eggs in my fried rice, however if you don’t care for eggs, skip this last step.

What other vegetables can I add to my Thai Basil Rice? What about protein?

Feel free to add sliced carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, green bell pepper, or squash. Any vegetable you like really. For protein, you can add tofu, chicken, or shrimp.
Thai Basil Fried Rice (vegetarian, GF option, vegan option)

Thai Basil Fried Rice is:

Fragrant
Aromatic
Delicious
Flavorful
Versatile (add your choice of protein)
Vegetarian
Gluten-Free option (use GF sauces)
Vegan option (skip eggs, use vegan fish and oyster sauces)
Thai Basil Fried Rice (vegetarian, GF option, vegan option)

How to make Thai Basil Fried Rice recipe step by step?

Prep

1. A day before (preferably), cook the Jasmin rice. Refrigerate overnight so the rice hardens slightly. I just use my Instant Pot.
2. The next day – prepare the sauce. Set aside.
3. Slice onions and red bell peppers. Cut French string beans into one-inch pieces. Chop broccoli into florets.
4. Using a mortar & pestle, smash the garlic and Indian green chilies (or Thai red chilies).
5. This is what you have.

Cook Thai Basil Fried Rice

1. Heat up a wok medium-high heat. Once hot, add oil.
2. Add garlic and green chilies. Saute for 30 seconds or so.
3. Add sliced onions. Saute for a minute.
4. Add green beans, red bell pepper, and broccoli. Saute for a minute.

5. Now add the rice and pour the sauce all over.
6. Gently stir fry the rice for a couple of minutes so it heats up.
7. Add the Thai basil and stir. Turn off the stove right after.

Optional Eggs

8. If you choose to add egg, you can add it now. Push the rice to the side. Add a teaspoon of oil.
9. Add eggs. 
10. Cook scrambled eggs.
11. Once the eggs are scrambled, mix it into the rice. Turn off the stove.

 

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5 from 3 votes

Thai Basil Fried Rice

By: Nisha
Aromatic, fragrant Thai Basil Fried Rice made with vegetables and eggs.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

for rice

for sauce

for Thai basil fried rice

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 4 green chilies, or Thai red chilies
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 1/4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 eggs
  • to taste black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Thai basil leaves

for garnish

  • lime wedges, cucumber slices, cilantro
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Instructions 

Prep

  • A day before (preferably), cook the Jasmin rice. Refrigerate overnight so the rice hardens slightly. I just use my Instant Pot.
  • The next day - prepare the sauce. Set aside.
  • Slice onions and red bell peppers. Cut French string beans into one-inch pieces. Chop broccoli into florets.
  • Using a mortar & pestle, smash the garlic and Indian green chilies (or Thai red chilies).
  • This is what you have.

Cook Thai Basil Fried Rice

  • Heat up a wok medium-high heat. Once hot, add oil.
  • Add garlic and green chilies. Saute for 30 seconds or so.
  • Add sliced onions. Saute for a minute.
  • Add green beans, red bell pepper, and broccoli. Saute for a minute.
  • Now add the rice and pour the sauce all over.
  • Gently stir fry the rice for a couple of minutes so it heats up.
  • Add the Thai basil and stir. Turn off the stove right after.

Optional Eggs

  • If you choose to add egg, you can add it now. Push the rice to the side. Add a teaspoon of oil.
  • Add eggs.
  • Cook scrambled eggs.
  • Once the eggs are scrambled, mix it into the rice. Turn off the stove.

Notes

for gluten-free option: use gluten-free sauces
for vegan option: skip the eggs; use vegan fish sauce and vegan oyster sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1054mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1892IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course, Sides
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I added in eggs for protein and 👍🏽😍! This Thai basil rice was super easy and so delicious! Will be making this again!

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was so good. I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I use used 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar, omitted the fish sauce and broccoli. I added some shredded carrots, used eggs for proteins, and sesame oil instead of avo oil. I will definitely be making this again!!!