Eat as a side or a meal…
This spicy Thai fried rice recipe is delicious as a side to most any Thai meal, but it’s hearty enough to eat as a meal in its own right. We use steak here, but you can sub in shrimp just as easily.
There’s plenty of heat here with both Thai chili paste (Nam Prik Pao) and Thai peppers. Thai chilies are, in fact, pretty significant spice, anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 Scoville heat units which is 6 to 40 times hotter than a jalapeño. If this is too spicy for you, you have a few options: Cut back on the Thai chilies used or substitute in a milder chili. Fresno chilies (2,500 – 10,000 SHU) or red jalapeño peppers (2,500 – 8,000 SHU) make excellent substitutions here
Spicy Thai Fried Rice
- 2 cup Jasmine rice cooked
- 2/3 pound sliced beef
- 5 Thai chili peppers chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 1/2 carrot peeled and grated
- 1 scallion chopped (green top)
- 3 tablespoons Thai chili paste a.k.a. Nam Prik Pao
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons lime juice optional
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- In a wok or high-sided saucepan, heat the 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil over medium heat, then saute the beef until close to cooked.
- Add the Thai pepper, yellow onion, carrot, scallions, and garlic. Continue to saute until the onion is cooked through and the beef is fully cooked.
- Add the cooked rice, fish sauce, Thai chili paste, curry powder, coriander, and basil to the wok and stir to combine.
- Add the lime juice (optional) and stir to combine.
- Serve immediately.
Are Thai peppers too spicy for you? Substitute in red jalapeño or Fresno peppers instead. Both are significantly milder but share a similar red color.