Ingredients

  • Serves 2 people
  • 8 prawns (trimmed and deveined)

  • 1 pc 4 cm ginger (peeled and sliced)

  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled and sliced)

  • 1 red chili (sliced)

  • 1 cup basil leaves

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 2 tsp cornstarch (dissolved in 1 tbsp water) - optional

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 4 tbsp water

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Basil Prawn

A quick and easy stir-fry with fresh prawns sure to spice up your dining table!
  • Easy
  • 10 min
  • 15 min
  • 10 min
  • 3 steps
  • 12 Ingredients
  • Easy
  • 3 steps
  • 12 Ingredients
  • 10 min
  • 15 min
  • 10 min

Basil Prawn

A Simple Stir-Fry for All Home Cooks

If there is one cooking method that everyone - and we mean everyone (even newbies!) - can succeed in, it is stir-fry.

This Chinese cooking technique originated in China but it has since spread into all four corners of the world. It was first recorded in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1664) as a handy cooking method. Stir-fry is versatile, easy and also makes a dish taste absolutely delectable. One could easily find stir-fry dishes in almost every restaurant in Asia.

Stir-fried dishes are great as last-minute dinner solutions. One could stir-fry anything from meat, Asian vegetables or even carbohydrates in a wok with some oil. It is also extremely convenient as one could easily cook all the ingredients in one wok.

If you are in the mood for a hearty meal that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes, this stir-fried Basil Prawn recipe is a must-try! It is packed with bold sweet, salty and spicy flavors.

One could even customize the dish to one's taste. For instance, if you are not a fan of spicy food, you could reduce the number of chilis or forgo them entirely. But if you adore spicy flavors, feel free to add more chilis!

Not to mention that this dish is sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. Prawns are rich in protein, selenium and zinc - which are important to support your immune system, build strong bones and keep you feeling content all day long.

Whether you are preparing for a dinner party, an intimate meal with your companion, or just a home-cooked meal for yourself in the comfort of your own kitchen, this tasty Basil Prawn dish is sure to spice up your dining table.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Basil Prawn

 

Stir-fry vs Pan-fry: What is the difference?

Stir-fry is done in a wok, while pan-fried dishes are cooked in a frying pan.

A pan-fry takes place at a little lower heat than stir-fry so that the one does not overcook the exterior of the food before the interior gets cooked.

On the other hand, stir-fry also requires high heat and very little oil. Since one would be stirring the ingredients in the wok, one could play around with high heat to get more char on the ingredients for that wok-hei flavor.

 

Is Basil Prawn healthy?

While frying is regarded generally as an unhealthy cooking method because it relies on using heaps of oil, one could reduce the amount of oil used when stir-frying. To make the dish healthier, one could use vegetable oil or cut back on sugar and salt and replace them with condiments that have little calories.

If you want more flavor but you are watching your salt and sugar intake, you could also marinate the prawns ahead of time. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.

 

What cooking utensils are used for stir-fry?

First and foremost, you would need a wok. It is essential to Chinese cooking and imparts a unique wok-hei flavor to your dishes. It has a larger surface area and retains heat.

Avoid metal spatulas and opt for wooden ones - you would not want to risk scratching the base of your wok.

 

Can stir-fried dishes be refrigerated and reheated in the microwave?

Most stir-fried dishes can be reheated in a wok, a pan and a microwave. However, dishes with rice noodles like Wat Tan Hor Fun might get soggy if they are reheated.

 

Tips to Nail Your Stir-fry Basil Prawn

  1. Prepare all the ingredients ahead: once the fire starts, you have little time to waste. Have all your ingredients sliced and marinated ahead of time and keep them near your cooking station.
  2. Cook aromatics at low heat: aromatics like garlic and onion burn quickly, so make sure you cook these at low heat to avoid tainting the flavor of your dish.
  3. Stir often (but not all the time): to ensure everything is cooked evenly, stir your ingredients in and out of the centre of the pan. But avoid stirring constantly as you would want the ingredients to get cooked quickly.
  4. Maximize the surface area of your ingredients: the greater the surface area, the more contact it will have with the heat, and therefore the more flavorful they will be.
  5. Devein the prawn ahead of time: as mentioned earlier, you probably would not have much time to perform any prep once the fire starts. Slice the outer-edge of the prawn gently with a knife to remove the intestinal tract.
  6. Keep the shells on for more flavor: if you don’t want to get your hands dirty while eating, you could remove the shells. Otherwise, leave them intact as they will give your dish more flavor.
  7. Control the flame to avoid overcooking the prawns: overcooked prawns can feel tough and taste bitter. To avoid overcooking them (especially if it is your first time stir-frying), use a smaller flame in between adding ingredients
  8. Add more basil: if you want more greens in your dish, feel free to add more basil leaves. Bear in mind that basil has a unique flavor on its own, so be sure to adjust the amount of sauces you add accordingly.

 

Instructions

  1. Fry spices

    • In a pan on high heat, heat up 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, stir-fry garlic, ginger and chili together until fragrant.
    • Add prawns and stir fry for 5 minutes, until the prawns turn red.
    • Lower the flame if you are afraid of overcooking the prawns

    | You can de-shell the prawns for this dish if you would rather have a hassle-free eating experience, but cooking with the heads and shells on will give the dish more depth of flavor



  2. Season prawns

    • Add 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp dark soy sauce, 2 tsp sugar, 4 tbsp water and 1 tsp sesame oil. Mix well.


  3. Add in basil

    • If you prefer a thicker sauce, add in cornstarch mixture to thicken it, otherwise you can leave it on low heat to reduce further. Stir in basil leaves and serve.


Plate and Serve!

Transfer to a serving plate or dish and serve hot. This dish is best enjoyed with plain rice.

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Ingredients
  • Serves 2 people
  • 8 prawns (trimmed and deveined)

  • 1 pc 4 cm ginger (peeled and sliced)

  • 4 cloves garlic (peeled and sliced)

  • 1 red chili (sliced)

  • 1 cup basil leaves

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • 2 tsp cornstarch (dissolved in 1 tbsp water) - optional

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 4 tbsp water

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