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Thai basil shrimp

Thai Basil Shrimp

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Thai basil shrimp stir fry is full of flavor, making the most of the aromatic anise flavor of this fresh herb!


  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined (tail on or peeled)
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1-inch nub ginger, peeled and minced (or 1/2 teaspoon ground dried ginger)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Thai basil leaves, loosely packed


  1. Thaw the shrimp, if frozen. Pat the shrimp dry and add it to a large bowl.
  2. Mince the garlic. Peel and mince the ginger. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil with the garlic, ginger, onion powder, and kosher salt. Toss the mixture with the shrimp.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil on medium high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute, then flip and cook additional 30 seconds. Add the Thai basil and turn continuously until basil is wilted and shrimp is fully cooked and opaque, about another 1 minute. Garnish with additional Thai basil leaves, if desired.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Thai basil shrimp