Pad kra pao

A large round plate of food topped with fried egg on striped mat, small plate of lime halves and herb and a dish of cut green chili.
Pad kra pao is one of the most popular Thai dishes that has to be on your Thai repertoire. It's super quick and easy! Pad means “fried” and kra pao means “holy basil”.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 4 people


Sauce mix


  • Heat a wok to medium heat, add the peanut oil and cook the shallots and garlic for 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat up to high and add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  • Combine all ingredients of the sauce mix.
  • Once the mince is separated and evenly browned, pour in the sauce mix.
  • Continue to cook for about 3 minutes until most of the liquid has reduced.
  • Add the Thai basil and fold through.
  • Serve with jasmine rice, fried eggs (optional) and extra basil leaves.
Keyword dairy free
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If you are in the mood for a lighter dish, try the more classic larb. Our friends at Superb Herb grow and sell beautiful Thai basil.

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