Thai Basil Shrimp

Thai Basil Shrimp

Thai Basil Shrimp is a sumptuous dish that shouldn't be missed by any ardent Thai lover, and a perfect introduction to authentic Thai street food.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Cut the stem portion from the lime leaves to remove and discard.
  3. Step 3

    Place the lime leaves along with all other sauce ingredients in a food processor or chopper. Process well to form an aromatic paste. Taste-test for sweetness/sour balance, adding more sugar to taste (you will adjust the other flavors later). Set aside.
  4. Step 4

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons white wine as you go. 
  5. Step 5

    Add the shrimp , stir-fry sauce and extra tablespoon of oil, if needed. Stir-fry 3 minutes, until shrimp are pink and plump.
  6. Step 6

    Turn down heat to low and fold in 1/3 cup chopped basil.  Add the coconut milk a little at a time, taste-testing as you go (some people like this dish with coconut milk, and others prefer the more potent version without).
  7. Step 7

    Taste-test for salt and spice, adding more fish sauce if not flavorful or salty enough, or more lime juice if too salty. Add more coconut milk if too spicy.
  8. Step 8

    To serve it the way they do in Thailand, simply fry an egg in a little vegetable oil and lightly salt it. 
  9. Step 9

    Tilt shrimp onto the plate. Add a generous topping of chopped fresh basil , and serve with Thai jasmine rice , topped with the fried eggs, if using. Often this dish is also accompanied with cucumber slices.