How to make shrimp pad krapow in less than 20 minutes
Are you looking for a fast and easy authentic Thai shrimp pad krapow recipe you can make at home? Or are you missing your foodie travels to Southeast Asia during this social distancing era? Then this delicious pad krapow recipe is a perfect alternative until you can travel to Thailand again. Pad krapow goong is shrimp with Thai basil, garlic, peppers and veggies with an optional fried egg on top and a side of jasmine, red and brown rice.
Note: I hope I spelled it all correctly and nothing got lost in translation. I believe pad means stir fry; krapow means the special type of Thai basil; and goong means shrimp. I may need to take some Thai lessons also. All I know for certain is that that this simple Thai recipe, shrimp pad krapow, is delicious regardless of how it is spelled or pronounced.
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Easy Thai pad krapow goong recipe perfect for weeknight dinners
This easy Thai recipe with shrimp is perfect for weeknight dinners if you’re pressed for time or just want to learn how to make a quick family meal in less than 20 minutes.
I am blessed with two sisters-in-law/love, Tor (pictured in first photo) and Mam (in second photo), who are originally from Thailand. I always look forward to our Thai-American fusion holiday meals and celebrations. We only live three hours apart – I’m in Minnesota and they’re just down I-35 in Iowa. Both have generously offered to teach me how to cook some of our family’s favorite Thai dishes.
Note: While I’m not exactly the most creative cook, Mam and Tor do love my grandmother’s deviled egg recipe and now they make them for our gatherings. I’ll need to share this deviled egg recipe in my new series: 2020: The year of homegating – the new way to tailgate.
Thai cooking lesson – learn how to cook like a local
This past Christmas, Tor gave me a cooking lesson for an authentic Thai recipe called pad kaprow goong (shrimp with Thai basil, garlic, peppers and veggies – this dish can also come with a fried egg on top) and a side of jasmine, red and brown rice. I’m pretty sure it’s the world’s best Thai recipe.
This Thai recipe is super tasty, super easy and super quick to make. You can, of course, substitute shrimp with chicken or replace with veggies or tofu to create an authentic pad krapow gai (chicken) meal or an easy vegetarian Thai dish.
While I am a foodie, I am not a food blogger. But this authentic Thai shrimp pad krapow recipe is so easy, even I can do it.
Tor says you can find most of the Thai-specific ingredients at your local Asian grocery store or in the specialty foods section (online or in the store). She recommends Healthy Boy brand soy sauces and Golden Mountain seasoning sauce. You can also find these sauces on Amazon: Healthy Boy black soy sauce and Healthy Boy thin soy sauce.
Top Thai cooking lesson tips: Thai basil
She also recommends Thai basil over the normal sweeter basil. If you want the freshest Thai basil, consider growing it yourself from seed. Tor grows her own Thai basil, Thai peppers and garlic (among other herbs and vegetables – and flowers).
You can also freeze Thai basil with a little oil and use in future Thai recipes. In fact, I have some in my freezer at the moment – available whenever I’m in the mood for this authentic Thai shrimp pad krapow recipe.
Thai cooking tips from a local
Tor is originally from the Kanchana province in Thailand near Burma and The Bridge on the River Kwai (about 2.5 hours from Bangkok). Here she is riding her bike home from the local farmer’s market in Thailand during one of her visits to her homeland. She is definitely an authentic local and cooking pro when it comes to Thai food and recipes.
How long does it take to make this simple shrimp pad krapow recipe?
Prep 10 m | Cook 10 m | Ready in 20 minutes or less
This simple shrimp pad krapow recipe (three servings) is ready in 20 minutes or less. It helps if you measure the ingredients ahead of time.
How many calories are in this simple pad krapow recipe?
Calories for this Thai dish? Not sure, but guestimate less than 400 calories per serving.
Ingredients needed to make authentic Thai recipe: shrimp pad krapow
Here are the ingredients to make this simple Thai shrimp pad krapow recipe for three servings. It’s even easier to make when you pre-measure your ingredients in small kitchen prep bowls.
6 cloves of garlic
5 Thai peppers
Thai basil (to taste)
1 red bell pepper (diced)
12 oz bag of precooked shrimp (deveined and no tail)
1 egg (optional)
½ tsp of brown sugar
Extra virgin olive oil (or oil of your preference)
Veggies for garnish (like carrots or cucumbers)
Rice (your preference of white, red, brown or jasmine)
Directions to make this delicious shrimp pad krapow recipe
Step 1: Combine and stir soy and seasoning sauces and brown sugar together.
Step 2: Mash garlic and Thai peppers using a mortar and pestle (preferably).
Step 3: Heat a pan on medium high.
Step 4: Add 1 tbs of olive oil to heated pan. Heat up until it bubbles.
Step 5: Add peppers and garlic, shrimp and veggies.
Step 6: Add sauce mixture.
Step 7: Stir.
Step 8: Cook until shrimp is opaque (about 3 minutes).
Step 9: Add Thai basil.
Step 10: Remove from heat.
Step 11 (optional): Heat a second pan on medium and add olive oil. When hot, add egg (fry according to your preference).
Tip: Prepare your favorite type of rice ahead of time. Tor typically serves this Thai dish with jasmine, red and brown rice.
Step 12: Transfer the shrimp and veggie mixture to the plate with the rice.
Step 13 (optional): Place the egg on top of the shrimp and veggies.
Optional: Add cucumbers and other veggies as garnish or side dish.
That’s it. In just a few minutes you and your family can enjoy this quick and easy and authentic Thai recipe: pad krapow goong.