Sammy Thai (Basil Stir Fry)

Ingredients (amounts are approximate, vary to taste!)

Serves 3-4

“A great way to utilize many vegetables, especially ones found in Angel. This recipe is meant to be versatile, so feel free to add or omit any of the ingredients. It is called Sammy Thai because it is more of a creative dish than a standard recipe. Now it can be (Insert Your Name)’s Thai! This can also be made gluten-free with modifications.”

—Samantha Castonguay


  1. Brown your protein of choice and add 1 tbsp. of chopped garlic, sambal oelek, soy sauce, and 1 tsp. of fish sauce while cooking. Add the juice of half a lime for more acid or to taste. Once cooked through, add protein to a bowl, cover and set aside.
  2. Chop onion and add it to the pan. This will help deglaze any remaining liquid or toasty bits from the pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until onions are slightly transparent.
  3. Add in harder vegetables (carrots, celery) and saute for 10 minutes to soften slightly.
  4. Next, add in your other vegetables. If you like spice, feel free to add a chopped jalapeno or thai chilis into the pan at this point!
  5. Add in sauces, add sambal oelek to taste. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Once vegetables are mostly cooked, add your protein back to the mix.
  7. Chop 1 Cup of fresh basil, 2 Tbsp. cilantro, and 2 Tbsp. of green onion. Add to stir fry and serve immediately over rice.

*Additional Notes

  1. Substitute with seitan or other plant based protein of choice to make this vegetarian.
  2. Jalapeno is optional for extra spice. Lemongrass and lime juice are also optional, use to taste.
  3. The sauces are to preference. Fish sauce is a key component, but can be omitted for preference.
  4. Sambal Oelek can be substituted with chili paste.