Ginger & Basil Fried Rice

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ginger and basil fried rice

I was super excited to be assigned Giramuk’s Kitchen! Dini, the hostess of this delectable blog, is new to our group, and her blog is a new to me, welcomed addition to my reading!  Dini was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in New Zealand,  moved to Australia, and now is living here in the USA with her husband since 2014.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s in Clinical Audiology … she is a self proclaimed “Mad Scientist” in the kitchen.  Dini is an avid photographer, and to tell you that it made me a little nervous to even try to compare with my skills making one of her recipes and photographing it, would be an understatement.   Speaking of recipes, choosing only one from her list of mouthwatering appetizers, main dishes and cocktails was a chore in itself.  On the “short list” were her 10 Minute Chicken Stir Fry Ramen Noodles,   Creamy Coq Au Riesling and Peach, Mint, Tequila Sorbet.  That barely scrapes the surface of the flavor sensations to be found over at Giramuk’s Kitchen!

In the end, this Ginger & Basil Fried Rice won out.  I am in a serious basil state of mind these days, and am getting a kick out of making food that is super colorful.  Pretty food is just so much more fun to eat! This recipe not only used up some leftover chicken we had, but also the veggie drawer.  Feel free to add what you have on hand.  Dini’s original recipe didn’t contain the purple cabbage, but I had some left over, so I threw it in. I cut back on the spice, and was glad we did, because it was just right for us.   I loved the way it turned out.

basil and ginger fried rice

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ginger and basil fried rice


ginger and basil fried rice in a white bowl
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Ginger & Basil Fried Rice

Chicken, shrimp, bright veggies, ginger and basil make this fried rice not only a tasty, but a pretty dish! Adjust the heat to your taste buds!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Ginger & Basil Fried Rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 503kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 20 ounces of cooked day old, Basmati or Jasmine Rice
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh minced ginger I love the Gourmet Garden Brand
  • 2 cups washed and sliced leeks white and light green parts only
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups purple cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cups raw shrimp
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 eggs whisked
  • 4 green onions sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons basil leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock


  • In a wok or a large skillet, heat oil. When oil is hot add ginger, leeks, carrots and cabbage. Stir a bit, add 1/2 of the soy sauce, cayenne, black pepper and sugar and saute for a few minutes.
  • Add chicken, shrimp and onions, cook until shrimp turns pink. (mine were cooked already, so I put them in and just stirred it all together.)
  • Push mixture to one side of the skillet. Increase the heat to high, add a little oil to the empty side of the pan, add whisked egg and scramble them. Lower to medium-high, and mix together.
  • Add rice, stock, remaining soy sauce and basil leaves. Saute until the liquid is absorbed. Salt as needed.
  • Serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 262mg | Sodium: 1057mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g

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ginger and basil fried rice


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    1. If you can stand the heat, add more spice, but it was perfect the way it was here! Glad you enjoyed this recipe, Kim!

  1. This looks wonderful MIchaela! ๐Ÿ˜€ So happy that your family enjoyed this too!! I’m glad you did adjust the heat… I sometimes forget that my husband breathes fire and I need to adjust the recipe for myself AND others too! hahaha!!

  2. I absolutely love ginger and basil. What a gorgeous recipe! Thank you so much for hosting and including me in such a fun blog hop! Love #freakyfriday!

  3. We absolutely love fried rice – one of our favorite weeknight meals. But I cannot say that ginger and basil has ever popped to mind so I am beyond excited about this recipe!! It looks and sounds amazing!

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