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Easy Thai Basil Vegetable Stir Fry

May 13, 2016

Need dinner in a hurry? This Easy Thai Basil Vegetable Stir Fry makes a hearty, but veggie-packed meal for those nights when you’re low on time and energy. 

Are you a cookbook hoarder collector?! I have quite the cookbook collection and there is no shame in my game! 

Yes, I buy the cookbooks for the recipes but I actually love the pictures and the writing just as much, if not more than the food! I am “that person” that completely changes up the recipe depending on what I have in my kitchen or what I’m feeling that night… so while I do love getting new inspiration for dishes, I rarely follow them to a tee! 

I recently picked up Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook and was so impressed! I think she’s hilarious and I love how much she loves food. She had a recipe for Thai Basil Chicken which inspired me to make my own vegetable version. My version is really nothing like hers but it’s so delicious! 

Need dinner in a hurry? This Easy Thai Basil Vegetable Stir Fry makes a hearty, but veggie-packed meal for those nights when you're low on time and energy.

Thai Basil Vegetable Stir Fry Ingredients

  • Rice – for serving. I like short-grain brown rice but you can use white rice or cauliflower rice too!
  • Vegetables – broccoli, bell pepper, snap peas, carrots, and garlic cloves.
  • Coconut oil – a high heat oil that is great for stir frys.
  • Thai basil – if you can’t find Thai basil, regular basil works as well!
  • Stir fry sauce – a delicious combination of tamari, fish sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and coconut sugar.

Need dinner in a hurry? This Easy Thai Basil Vegetable Stir Fry makes a hearty, but veggie-packed meal for those nights when you're low on time and energy.

How to make Thai Basil Stir Fry

STEP 1: Cook the rice according to package directions and set aside.

STEP 2: In a small bowl, mix the sauce ingredients and set aside. 

STEP 3: Add coconut oil to a large pot and melt over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute for one minute or until fragrant. Add in the broccoli, bell pepper, snap peas and carrots. 

STEP 4: Add the sauce to the pan with the vegetables and cover the pot with a lid. Allow veggies to steam in the sauce for about 3 minutes. 

STEP 5: Stir in the basil and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the basil has wilted completely.

STEP 6: Serve over rice and enjoy!

Can I add protein? 

Absolutely! This would be delicious with tofu or chicken. I recommend adding either protein to the pot after cooking the garlic. Sauté until lightly browned on each side and then add the vegetables and sauce and follow the rest of the recipe as directed. 

How to Store Leftovers

If you have any leftovers you can store them all in an airtight container. I like to store my rice and vegetables together to save on dishes and for easy reheating but you can store separately if you’d like! Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.


Easy Thai Basil Vegetable Stir Fry

Need dinner in a hurry? This Easy Thai Basil Vegetable Stir Fry makes a hearty, but veggie-packed meal for those nights when you’re low on time and energy. 

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 1 cup uncooked rice, cooked according to package instruction (I like short-grain brown rice)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups snap peas, trimmed
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups thai basil (regular basil will work too)

for the sauce:


  1. Cook rice as indicated and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine all sauce ingredients and set aside.
  3. Add coconut oil to a large pot and melt over medium-high heat.
  4. Add garlic and sauté for one minute. It should brown but not burn. Watch closely.
  5. Add in broccoli, bell pepper, snap pees and carrots.
  6. Top with sauce and cover pot with a lid.
  7. Allow veggies to steam for about 3 mins or until desired crispness is achieved.
  8. Stir in basil and cook for 1-2 mins or until basil has wilted completely.
  9. Serve over rice.

*if you’d like to add chicken, add to pot immediately after cooking garlic. Saute in pot for several minutes on each side to help it cook through before topping with veggies and sauce. Then continue cooking as directed.

Keywords: thai basil, vegetable thai basil, veggie thai basil, thai basil stir fry

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  • Reply
    November 10, 2017 at 6:23 am

    just delicious..superb dish..loved it

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    July 23, 2016 at 6:27 am

    I would probably double this so I have lunch as well..but I’ve not always successfully doubled sauce recipes and my hubby really likes a lot of sauce…any suggestions on that?

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      July 23, 2016 at 11:33 am

      I’ve doubled the recipe many times and it’s perfectly delicious! Hope this helps 🙂

  • Reply
    May 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Thai food is one of my favorite cuisines!! (Besides Indian of course!) Anyways, stir fries are definitely a go-to for my cooking. You can pretty much flavor vegetables in any way! Delicious 🙂 I love this recipe so much!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      May 13, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      My go-to as well. You really can’t go wrong!

  • Reply
    May 13, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    stir fry is the best quick easy meal and great for making a big batch of and having leftovers. I usually flavor my stir fry with ginger, but I like the basil idea.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      May 13, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Couldn’t agree more!!

  • Reply
    May 13, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I recognize this 🙂 SO GOOD

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      May 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Even better when it’s shared with you <3

  • Reply
    Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It
    May 13, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Absolutely LOVE the flavors in this recipe! Anything Thai food-related makes me happy! I would definitely add in the chicken too because YES 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      May 13, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Yup, chicken is such a good addition!

  • Reply
    Stella @ Stellicious Life
    May 13, 2016 at 5:20 am

    I’m a cookbook collector as well! (Or as Boyfriend puts it cookbook and cooking magazine addict 😉 I have so many, but I just like leafing through them, looking at the pictures, reading the personal stories and be inspired by the recipes. I just got Minimalist Baker’s cookbook and can’t wait to read through that one. I also can’t wait Angela from Oh She Glows new cookbook which will be released in September.

    Davida, since in your previous cookbook-mentioning post you talked about the Deliciously Ella cookbook I wanted to ask your opinion: I don’t have either of her cookbooks yet, just browsed through them on Amazon, and there I preferred what I saw of Book #2. What do you think, which one should I get, how are the recipes in them? Thanks a lot!

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      May 13, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Hey lady! Can’t speak for the first one as I don’t own it, but the second one is fantastic. Ella was saying that the intention of the second one is for it to be a bit more accessible with fewer weird or hard-to-find ingredients, hence the “everyday” concept. I’d highly recommend!

      • Reply
        Stella @ Stellicious Life
        May 17, 2016 at 4:00 am

        Thanks Davida! That was my impression from browsing through the snippets online is that the 1st may contain some too fancy or complicated ingredients and recipes, but what I’ve read of the 2nd one intrigued me. So it’s decided, I ordered the 2nd one and can’t wait to have it in my hands! 🙂

        If we are talking cookbooks: do you have Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows Cookbook? Or any other vegetarian/plant based cookbook, or cookbook by blogger you’d recommend? LOVE talking cookbooks, and now that I finally found a kindred spirit I have a hard time shutting up 🙂

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