So many people struggle to use extra basil for anything other than pesto, but one of my very favorite ways to use a big ol’ crop of basil is in a stir fry. I love all basil-centric stir fries that incorporate Thai-inspired ingredients, such as fish sauce, a little spice, garlic and just a touch of sweetness.
This shrimp and basil stir fry takes about 10 minutes to make and it is absolutely delicious. So if you’re craving take-out Thai but you have these ingredients on hand, you could be eating this yumminess before the delivery driver leaves the restaurant. Plus you don’t have to tip yourself, so you’ll save a few bucks.
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled
2 c. basil leaves
¼ c. green onions
1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, finely chopped (omit if you don’t do spicy)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. dark soy sauce
Mix together the peppers, garlic, fish sauce, 2 Tbsp. oil, sugar and dark soy sauce in a bowl. Add the shrimp and marinate for 30 minutes.
When you’re ready to cook, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Cook the shrimp quickly, about 1-2 minutes, or until cooked through. Add the green onions and basil and stir until basil is wilted.
Serve immediately with rice, cauliflower rice, or noodles.