Basil Squid

by - July 30, 2012

I love walking out our back door to pick up fresh herb. One of the many joys of summer. 
Earlier this week, our Thai basil plants were exploding so I went outside to grab some to make basil squid. 

Basil squid is squid stir fired with lot of chilies, garlic and basil leaves. It is usually served on rice as one dish meal for breakfast or for lunch- often topped with crispy fried egg. Of course, in Thailand, it also appears as one of courses in a shared family style meal.  

Basil squid is a bit spicy for some people but it is still my favorite. I love making it because it is so easy to prepare, full of favor, healthy and very aromatic. Below is my delicious basil squid recipe. I am sure many of you will like it.  

make 2 servings 
200 grams squid, cleaned, gutted, scored, cut into thick strips 
2 tablespoon vegetable oil 
4-5 gloves of Thai garlic, pounded or chopped
2 chilies, pounded or chopped (adjust to tolerance) 
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1/4 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon dark (sweet) soy sauce 
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce 
little sugar 
good handful of fresh whole Thai holy basil leaves 
fried holy basil leaves to garnish (optional)

1. Heat up the wok. Add in vegetable oil. Add in chilies and garlic. Stir fry for 30 seconds. 
2. Add in squid. Season with fish sauce, soy sauce, sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Stir fry until the squid is done. 
3. Stir in Thai basil leaves. Stir fry until the basil leaves are wilted and you smell the exotic fragrance of them.   
4. Dish out. Serve with steamed rice. 

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