Spicy Krapao: Fiery Basil Stir-Fry

Krapao, also known as Pad Kra Pao or Basil Stir-Fry, is a popular Thai dish known for its bold flavors. It typically consists of stir-fried meat (commonly pork, chicken, or beef) with Thai holy basil, garlic, chili peppers, and a savory sauce. It is often served over steamed rice and topped with a fried egg. Krapao is a versatile dish that can be adjusted to suit different preferences and spice levels.

Here is how you can make Krapao at home:


  • 250 grams of ground meat (pork, chicken, or beef)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 Thai bird’s eye chilies, finely chopped (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup Thai holy basil leaves (or substitute with regular basil leaves)


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat.

  2. Add the minced garlic and chopped chilies to the pan and stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.

  3. Add the ground meat to the pan and cook until it is browned and cooked through.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar (if using). Stir well to combine.

  5. Pour the sauce mixture over the cooked meat in the pan and stir to coat the meat evenly.

  6. Add the basil leaves to the pan and continue to stir-fry for another minute until the basil wilts.

  7. Remove the pan from heat and serve the Krapao over steamed rice. Optionally, top it with a fried egg.

Enjoy your delicious Krapao!

Calories: 350-400 calories
Protein: 20-25 grams
Fat: 20-25 grams
Carbohydrates: 15-20 grams
Fiber: 1-2 grams
Sugar: 2-3 grams

Note: You can also customize the recipe by adding other ingredients such as sliced bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms to the stir-fry. Adjust the seasoning and spice level according to your taste preferences.

Krapao is a popular street food dish in Thailand and can be found in Thai restaurants worldwide. It is known for its spicy, savory, and aromatic flavors, making it a favorite among Thai food enthusiasts.

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