Thai Basil Leaves with Shrimp

FinalPic2Here’s a recipe for the famous Thai Basil Shrimp dish you can now make at home without going to an Asian supermarket.   This dish will wow your taste buds with a little sweet and spice and, at the same time, give you the distinctive herbal flavor of the basil.

 Ingredients:

  • Shrimp (1 lb. with no skin)
  • Basil Leaves (3 cups)
  • Carrot (2 pieces, thinly sliced)
  • Green Pepper (1, thinly sliced into strips)
  • Onion (1, thinly sliced)
  • Garlic (3 cloves, minced)

For the sauce:

  • Soy Sauce (3 tablespoons)
  • Brown Sugar (3 teaspoons)
  • Water (3 tablespoons)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (1 teaspoon)

Vegetables you will need:

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Sauce Condiments:

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Instructions:

1) Slice your carrots, green pepper, and onion into thin strips.  Mince your garlic.

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2) Roughly chop your basil leaves.

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3) Prepare the sauce:  in a small bowl, add soy sauce and brown sugar and mix until all the sugar dissolves into the soy sauce.  Then add water and red pepper flakes.

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4) In a large hot skillet, add vegetable oil and garlic.  Sautee garlic for 30 seconds.

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5) Add carrot and sautee for 1 minute.  Add green bell pepper and sautee for 1 minute.  Add white onion and sautee until it is slightly translucent about 2 minutes.  Add most of your basil leaves (leave some aside for the end).

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6) Add sauce and shrimp.

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7) Place lid for 2-3 minutes, so shrimp can cook inside. Finish cooking without lid on.

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8) Turn off flame and add rest of your basil leaves.

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Serve over rice. Serves: 4-6

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