Pad Krapow (aka Thai Basil Stir Fry) is bursting with flavor with garlic, lemongrass, Thai chilies, and tons of fresh Thai basil.
Is Krapow pad prescription is a family recipe from our video producer, Pachee. We are grateful to be able to learn authentic Hmong/Thai cooking from one of our own!
patchee’s Pad Krapow AKA Thai Basil Stir Fry
From Patchee: This recipe is dedicated to my mother who came to the United States as a refugee to escape the Vietnam War. As the oldest of 5, she taught herself to cook and took care of her younger siblings.
To this day, he takes care of his family and cooks Southeast Asian staples, all from memory. One of my favorites is my mom’s Pad Krapow. It’s so comforting.
While Pad Thai is the “official” national dish of Thailand, Pad Krapow is my family’s favorite Thai dish; and I think it deserves a moment in the spotlight!
What is Pad Krapow?
Pad Krapow is made with ground pork or ground chicken and traditionally uses holy basil, but often uses Thai basil (like this recipe).
Pad Krapow is traditionally served on a bed of jasmine rice and topped with a runny egg.
Translation of Pad Krapow
The literal English translation of Pad Krapow is “Stir-Fried Holy Basil”.
Is this Thai basil stir fry spicy?
Thai basil stir fry is a spicier stir fry. It has Thai chili peppers, which are very hot.
Support your local Asian supermarket!
Whenever we make an Asian-inspired recipe like this, we like to support our local Asian grocer and hope you will do the same.
- Fish sauce: Fish sauce it’s flavorful and earthy and a great complement to this sauce.
- Soy sauce: soy sauce adds a good amount of salt to this stir fry.
- Oyster sauce: Oyster sauce it is sweet and salty at the same time.
- Sugar: We use white sugar as a sweetener.
- lime juice: the stir fry is topped off with fresh lime juice and really balances out all the flavors.
- Thai chillies: Thai chillies are a hot pepper. You can make them less spicy by removing the seeds or choosing a different pepper.
- Chopped chicken: we chose to use ground chicken, but pork works too.
- Chive: the chives add a nice savory base to this recipe.
- Garlic: use fresh garlic!
- Thai basil: Traditional Pad Krapow uses holy basil, but in America Thai basil is easier to find. It can be found at your local Asian supermarket.
Ground chicken –> We have made this recipe with ground pork and it is delicious. You can also use ground turkey or plant-based meat.
Fresh lemongrass –> grocery store without fresh lemongrass? We love having a tube of fresh lemongrass paste in the fridge at all times.
Thai chillies –> Thai chilies are a hotter pepper, so you can always swap them out for green/red jalapeños or even a Serano.
How to make Pad Krapow
- Cook ground chicken: cook scallion, garlic and lemongrass in skillet or wok until fragrant. Add ground chicken and continue cooking until browned.
- Add sauces: add the fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar and mix to combine.
- Add the chiles: add the chiles and lemon juice and cook for a few more minutes,
- Add fresh Thai basil: finally add the chopped fresh Thai basil and stir.
- Attend: remove lemongrass and serve!
You’ll notice we turned our Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry into a bowl by serving it with homemade sticky rice, sliced cucumbers, and a fried egg. Here are some other serving options.
Do you have leftovers? Transfer the cooked stir fry to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- two chives, sliced
- 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- one lemongrass stem, halved (or 1 tsp fresh lemongrass paste)
- one-lb. ground chicken (or pork)
- 1 tablespoon Fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- ½ large lime, juiced (~2 tablespoons)
- one–3 Thai chilies, cut into sticks (the amount of chili you use will determine how hot the stir fry is)
- two bushels fresh Thai basil, stemmed and coarsely chopped Save $
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet or wok over medium/high heat.
- When the oil is fragrant, add the scallions, garlic, and lemongrass to the skillet and sauté until fragrant, about 5 minutes.
- Add the ground chicken to the skillet and break up the meat with a spatula. Sauté ingredients together until fully cooked, about 7-10 minutes.
- Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar to the pan and mix all ingredients together.
- Add lemon juice and chiles and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. Finally add the chopped fresh Thai basil and stir.
- Remove lemongrass and enjoy with your favorite grai. We served ours over white rice and with an all too easy fried egg and cucumbers.
Tips and Notes
- You can use ground pork instead of ground chicken or a combination of both.
- All the ingredients for this recipe can be found at your local Asian grocery store (including Thai basil). Go support them!
- Nutrition information is for Thai Basil Chicken Stir Fry only.
Portion size: 1/4
Keywords: Pad Krapow, Stir Fry Thai Basil
Photography: The photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.