Pad Kra Pao Neu- Thai Beef Basil {Video} |

So, you want to learn how to cook Thai food at home? Okay, so you’ve been going to Thai restaurants, but you don’t quite know what to order, how to order it, or what to expect when it’s on your table. Well, not to worry, because this video will show you how to make Pad Kra Pao Neu in a fast and easy way that anyone can follow. And it’s also a great idea to have Thai ingredients in your kitchen, and not only for cooking, but for other uses as well.

Pad Kra Pao is one of the most popular Thai dishes in our household. It’s easy to make, delicious, and a great way to use up any leftover meat, especially beef. I love serving it with a little bit of fresh basil, but you can also use mint if that’s what you have on hand.

A simple stir-fry using just beef and Thai basil, yet packed with flavor and heat. For a really genuine Thai dinner, accompany it with a crispy fried egg.

Thai Beef Basil on a white plate.

Pad Kra Pao is one of my favorite meals, and I love how simple it is to make. After many tries, I mastered my Thai Basil Beef Pad Ka Proa Neu dish. This dish is similar to what you’ll get on Thai food carts, and it’s usually extremely hot! Thai Basil Chicken, as shown in my previous article, is a popular restaurant dish in Thailand. With onions, peppers, and vegetables, it’s still delicious, but this recipe is far simpler and more genuine. This is my husband’s favorite meal, and we nearly always eat it for breakfast when we visit my family. Yes, we start our day with hot cuisine!

Thai Beef Basil on a white plate with rice and a fried egg on the side.

Another thing to keep in mind is the difference in Basil (Thai Basil, Holy Basil, and Italian Basil). I used Thai Basil, which can be purchased at Asian Markets, for both basil recipes. The original recipe calls for Thai Holy Basil since the taste and fragrance are stronger and spicier. Holy Basil is available in Asian markets, although it is more difficult to come by. If you don’t have Thai or Holy basil on hand, you may use Italian basil, but the taste profile will be different.

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The step of marinating the beef was missing from my recipe testing. It doesn’t take long to marinate, but it makes a huge difference in the flavor. I marinated the meat in 1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce and 1 tablespoon Golden Mountain Soy Sauce while I prepared the remaining ingredients. This is a quick meal, so make sure you have everything ready before you start cooking. This is a good rule of thumb for any stir-fry meal.

In a wok, heat a couple of teaspoons of oil, then add the crushed garlic chilies and the marinated ground beef for approximately 10 seconds. Cook until the meat is nearly done before adding the sauce mixture. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the basil leaves.

Thai Beef Basil on a white plate with rice and a fried egg on the side.

Isn’t that simple? This meal is best served with jasmine rice and a crispy fried egg on top. The egg’s runny yolk helps to counteract the spiciness of the basil and peppers.

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Thai Basil Beef Pad Kra Pao Neu

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A simple stir-fry using just beef and Thai basil, yet packed with flavor and heat. For a really genuine Thai dinner, accompany it with a crispy fried egg.

Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 10 minutes

Course Description:

Thai cuisine


  • Set aside Ground Beef that has been marinated in Oyster Sauce and Golden Mountain Soy Sauce while you prepare the other ingredients.

  • In a mortar, pound Thai chilies and garlic. If you don’t have one, you may use a food processor or finely chop them.

  • Remove the stems from the basil and wash it.

  • Oil should be heated in a wok over medium-high heat. Simmer for approximately 10 seconds with the chilies and garlic, then add the ground beef mixture and cook until nearly done.

  • Toss in the remaining oyster sauce and soy sauce, then remove from the heat and stir in the Thai basil. You may add a little water to the sauce if it needs more juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Serve with steamed rice and a little runny crispy egg on top of each dish.


I’ve just begun removing soy from my diet, and the YouTube video will demonstrate how to make the meal using coconut aminos and a no-soy soy sauce. These are a fantastic substitute that taste almost identical to the original recipe.

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Una is a food website blogger motivated by her love of cooking and her passion for exploring the connection between food and culture. With an enthusiasm for creating recipes that are simple, seasonal, and international, she has been able to connect with people around the world through her website. Una's recipes are inspired by her travels across Mexico, Portugal, India, Thailand, Australia and China. In each of these countries she has experienced local dishes while learning about the culture as well as gaining insight into how food can be used as a bridge between different cultures. Her recipes are often creative combinations of traditional ingredients from various different cuisines blended together to create something new.