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Thai Fried Squid with Basil Leaves

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Thai


An easy-to-make Thai fried squid that tastes surprisingly authentic. The same cooking method works well with chicken, beef and tofu! Go make your choice!


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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, sliced
  • 23 hot chilies (I used dried ones.)
  • 1 lb squid, sliced (1 inch wide per slice)
  • 1 cup green beans, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups basil leaves
  • a pinch of chili powder (optional)


  1. Heat oil over medium high heat in a sauté pan. Add garlic, onions and hot chilies when the oil is hot. Sauté for 3 minutes or until the garlic and the onions are fragrant.
  2. Add squid. Increase to high heat and stir the squid for 5 minutes or until it’s cooked through.
  3. Now place green beans in the pan, then add brown sugar, fish sauce, oyster sauce. Stir a few times until all the ingredients are spread out well.
  4. Add basil leaves. Stir once again.
  5. Turn off the heat. Sprinkle a pinch of chili powder over the squid. Plate it and serve with rice.


  • Serving Size: 4
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