Pad Kra Pao

Try your hand at this classic Thai recipe. It’s easy to make for a crowd, if you are looking to impress your friends!

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Cooking time PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 6 mins
Servings SERVES 2
Ready in TOTAL TIME 9 mins
Cooking time
PREP TIME 3 mins
Cooking time
COOK TIME 6 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Jasmine Rice Cups
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion
  • 2 Thai chilies, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped Thai basil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 fried egg (optional)


  • This recipe is easy and will be on the table in minutes. It’s also brimming with flavor, color, and texture thanks to a tempting assortment of ingredients.

    Step 1

  • Heat rice according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over high heat. Add pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3-4 minutes.

    Step 3

  • Add onion, chilies, and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.

    Step 4

  • Stir in Thai basil, fish sauce and oyster sauce.

    Step 5

  • Serve pork mixture over rice, topped with fried egg, if using.

What Ingredients are in Fish Sauce?

Anchovies or other forms of salted fish are fermented for up to two years to produce fish sauce. Typically, the sauce is connected to Southeast Asian cuisine, particularly from Thailand and Vietnam.

Your dish can transform from being a little bland to amazing with only a few drops of this sauce.

Cooking with Fish Sauce

Very few ingredients are capable of bringing instant, show-stopping flavor to a dish like fish sauce can: it´s a combination of sweet, salty and briny all in one bottle. The flavor of fish sauce comes from fermenting fish for anywhere from a couple months to a couple of years.  

The sauce is normally associated with Asian cooking and it provides the driving flavor in dishes like Pad Thai. It is a useful sauce for marinades, stir-fries, and some salad dressings. Be careful with how much you add because a little can go a long way. 

Fish Sauce Substitutes

If you don’t have fish sauce in your cupboards, don’t worry. There are several different options you can use as substitutes:

1. Soy Sauce

2. Tamari

3. Oyster Sauce

4. Seaweed

5. Mushroom and Soy Sauce Broth

Try some in our Crispy Ground Pork and Rice Recipe.

What is Oyster Sauce?

Asian cuisine uses oyster sauce as a condiment and cooking sauce. It is typically dark brown and has a thick substance. Oyster extracts, commonly known as the liquid from cooked oysters, are the source of oyster sauce. Most oyster sauce also includes cornstarch, water, sugar, and salt. Vegetarian oyster sauce often uses mushrooms instead of oysters. Oyster sauce smells rich and fragrant.

How do you Eat Oyster Sauce?

While you can eat oyster sauce on its own, many people combine it with other ingredients to enhance their flavors. Oyster sauce is best known for bringing out the savory taste of other foods. The most common uses for oyster sauce include stir-fry sauces, glazes, and marinades. Oyster sauce flavors chicken, beef, vegetables, such as broccoli, noodles, and rice dishes. It is an important component to dishes like cashew chicken and even a type of radish cake. Make homemade hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce by using oyster sauce.

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