Pad Kra Pao (Seafood & Holy Basil Stir Fry)

The fast food dish that makes people argue about type of basil.

There are 2 stir fry dishes that have similar taste profile which are the “Pad Kra Pao” that use the Holy or Tulsi basil and the “Pad Horapa” which use the Thai basil. With that said I’d like to encourage you to try this stir fry recipe even though you may have a hard time finding the holy basil leaves. Even if all you have is the Italian basil leaves, try anyway. I guarantee that you will still end up with a delicious basil stir fry, you just can’t call it “Pad Kra Pao”. Your “Pad Horapa” will still be yummy! However, if you are planning to grow your own Holy Basil and Thai Basil plant for the future use, simply click on the link in this post.

Holy or Tulsi Basil
Holy or Tulsi Basil

Protein for this dish

Ultimately you can customize your choice of protein from pork to seafood. However, it is more common in Thailand to use minced or ground protein and sea food such as ground pork and ground chicken. If you are trying to use lean protein, go for ground turkey. Using minced meat making the cooking time significantly lower that bite size meat. Hence it is one of the most popular Thai fast food dishes.

Pad Kra Pao

Pad Kra Pao Talay (Seafood & Holy Basil Stir Fry)

Mary Thatcher
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine thai
Servings 2 people
Calories 145 kcal



For the Stir Fry Sauce (Store in the jar and refrigerate up to 6 months)
For the Stir Fry
  • ¼ – ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 chili peppers
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 200 -300 grams seafood mixed
  • 1 cup fresh Holy basil


  • . Make the stir fry sauce by combining the ingredients for the stir fry sauce above. (Use 1 tbsp of the sauce per serving.)
  • Pound or chop garlic cloves and chili.
  • Heat the vegetable oil and stir fry garlic, chilies, and onion until the garlic starts to turn golden color or onion becomes translucent.
  • Stir Frying seafood
    Add your seafood mixed, sugar, and the 2 tbsp stir fry sauce. Stir until your protein is cooked through.
  • Heat off and add the Holy Basil leaves and stir until wilt.
  • Serve with steamed rice and fried eggs. Enjoy! (Fried eggs if wanting to add more protein and it's commonly served that way in Thailand.) If you'd like to keep it low carb, serve with cauliflower rice.


@stickyricethaikitchen Pad Kapao Sea Food, but you decide which protein you want to go with. Or use regular basil instead of the Holy basil which is hars to come by. Using the Thai or the sweet Italian basil will give you a different but still super yummy dish. My stirfry sauce is good for pretty much in every stirfry so you want to make a lot and keep in the jar and refrigerate! #stirfry#holybasil#padkapaw#thaifood#easyrecipe#tiktokfood#fastfoodchallenge#harvestseason ♬ Golden – Harry Styles


Serving: 0.75cupCalories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 5062mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 767IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg
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