Spicy Prawn & Basil Stir-fry (Pad Grapao Goong)

Spicy Prawn & Basil Stir-fry (Pad Grapao Goong)

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Serves 2

6 birds’ eye chillies

6 garlic cloves

2 tbsp vegetable oil

300g (10 oz) peeled and deveined prawns

2 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp white sugar

1 heaped cup of holy basil*

Steamed rice to serve


  1. Use a mortar and pestle to bruise the garlic and chillies.

  2. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat.

  3. Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry for 30 seconds.

  4. Add the prawns and stir-fry until almost cooked.

  5. Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce and sugar and stir-fry for another 1 minute or unti prawns are cooked.

  6. Turn off the heat and toss through the basil.

  7. Serve with steamed rice.


  • Holy basil (called ‘bai grapao’ in Thai) is also known as hot or spicy basil. It can be found at Asian or Thai-specialty grocery stores. Substitute Thai basil or regular Italian basil if unavailable.


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