Basil is an herb that belongs to the mint family and adds a burst of flavor to any dish. You can find basil in lots of plant-based dishes and curries, but we think it’s especially delicious when added to meat-based dishes.
Basil is known for its unique health-protecting effects because of its flavonoids and volatile oils. Flavonoids have anti-inflammatory properties that protect cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage. Volatile oils provide protection at the cellular level and fight against unwanted bacterial growth (1).
Fresh basil leaves are full of vitamins A and C, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids.
Garlic is also a nutrient dense food. It is particularly high in certain sulfur compounds that are believed to be responsible for its scent and taste as well as its very positive effects on human health.
Eating garlic regularly is not only good for us. It has been linked to reducing or even helping to prevent four of the major causes of death worldwide, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and infections.
Add Thai chili to the dish and you get a fruity taste and extreme spiciness. Thai chili benefits include preventing chronic disease and stomach ulcers, promoting weight loss, and improving longevity.
Add the basil leaves and toss with the rest of the ingredients. Serve with lime wedges, a fried egg on top, or cauliflower rice. You can’t go wrong!
Let’s Ketofy It!
To prepare, the first thing you’ll want to do is to make the sauce by mixing the coconut aminos and erythritol in a bowl. You can leave the erythritol out if you don’t like to use it! The dish should be sweet enough without enhancers.
In a frying pan over medium-high heat, add coconut oil in. Add the minced garlic, chopped chili and stir-fry for one min.
Add the ground pork and stir-fry for 5 more minutes or until browned. You can also use thinly sliced pork meat instead of ground pork.
From there, add the coconut aminos mixture and basil. You can fry the eggs in a separate dish. We recommend cooking them one at a time to make sure they come out perfectly!
Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry
- In a small bowl, combine coconut aminos with erythritol. Set aside.
- Heat coconut oil in a frying pan or wok, add minced garlic and chopped chilli and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add pork mince and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until browned.
- Pour in coconut aminos mixture and cook stirring for additional minute.
- Add basil leaves, toss to combine and turn off the heat.
- Heat olive oil oil in a frying pan and fry an egg, one at a time.
- Serve Thai basil stir fry with lime wedges and fried eggs, seasoned with black pepper on top or cauliflower rice (optional).