Growing Chefs! Family Recipes - Thai Basil Stir Fry

Friday, April 10, 2020

We have started a fun project that we hope will spread some much needed cheer and inspiration during our time at home and away from the kitchen at Growing Chefs!  Our staff would like to welcome you into their own kitchens and families, and will be sharing some of their favourite recipes that they cook at home. Try them out and let us know what you think. We would love to see some pictures from you and hear what you are cooking at home as well! This week, Andrew (and family) brings us his interpritation of a Thai Basil Stir Fry.

Hi Everyone! We hope very much you are all well and staying safe at home these days! 

This week my girls really wanted to share one of our favourite family dinner recipes! This take on a Thai basil stir fry is one of our very favourites. The girls love it because it is delicious and easy for them to help prepare. I love it because it's cheap, easy and very quick.

We use this recipe a lot when my Elsa and I both end up working late. This recipe can be thrown together so quickly that in the time it takes to cook some rice, it's done! We are going to do a Facebook Live demonstration this Friday (April 10th) at 4pm and we'd love you to cook along with us! Below you will find a list of ingredients and equipment that you will need to try this one out. The recipe is below as well.

We hope you enjoy this simple stir fry recipe as much as we do! Be well everyone and happy cooking!!!

- Andrew, Orla, Greta and Elsa Rose

Ingredient List:

2 medium onions

2 red peppers

2 carrots

Fish sauce

Soy sauce

garlic (5-7 cloves)

sugar or honey

2 limes

fresh basil, or mint

1 bunch green onions

fresh cilantro (optional)

2 pounds ground turkey, chicken or pork

Equipment List

Knife, cutting board, grater or mandolin, measuring spoons, a selection of small bowls, frying pan or wok, wooden spoon 

Thai Basil Stir Fry Recipe 


  • 3-4 tablespoons oil

  • 1 tsp (or to taste) chili paste (or substitute 1-2 fresh thai chilis or 1 tsp sriracha sauce)

  • 2 med onions (thinly sliced)

  • 2 med red peppers (thinly sliced)

  • 2 med carrots (peeled and grated or finely sliced into matchsticks)

  • 5-7 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 2 pounds ground turkey (or substitute chicken or pork)

  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or honey)

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce

  • Juice of 1-2 limes

  • 1 bunch basil leaves (or substitute mint leaves)


  1. Combine the sugar, soy sauce, and fish sauce and lime juice to a bowl and leave to the side. If using sriracha sauce you can add to the sauce mixture

  2. In a wok or large pan over high heat, add the oil, onions and chili paste (or fresh chilis) cook until onions have softened

  3. Add the ground meat and garlic and stir-fry for 2-4 minutes breaking up the meat into small pieces until meat is 90% cooked through, 

  4. Add red peppers and stir fry for another 2 minutes until beginning to soften

  5. Add the sauce and carrots to the pan (don’t forget to stir the sauce to get the sugar or honey off the bottom of the bowl)

  6. Stir-fry for another minute and bring liquid to a boil. Depending how much liquid your ground meat gives off, you may need to add up to ⅓ cup of water or broth. Stir fry should be wet, but not saucy! 

  7. Remove from heat and add the basil, and stir until combined and basil is wilted. 

  8. Serve over rice.



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