Fried Basil?

I have seen the use of fried sage leaves in recipes (usually as a garnish) but wondered if it might be possible to do the same technique with basil leaves. I assumed their texture might not lend itself to frying like the sage leaf does but I thought I'd ask!

  • Posted by: Katie
  • April 26, 2012
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Reiney
Reiney April 26, 2012

Yes you can fry basil!

There's just a difference in treatment between sage & basil, because it's so much more fragile and prone to discolouration. You should first blanch the basil in boiling salted water for 5-10 seconds and quickly cool in ice water. Then dry thoroughly before frying in oil or butter.

This will set the colour for the basil and keep it a nice green colour.

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Katie
Katie April 26, 2012

Thank you so very much!

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jmburns
jmburns April 26, 2012

The blanching is an excellent technique to use when making pesto or pistou. Keeps them nice and green.

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Megan,Tremer
Megan,Tremer April 26, 2012

I have specifically seen fried Thai basil served on top of spicy Thai dishes... Chili fish I think. Nice and crisp and eaten by the forkful!

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lipoprotein
lipoprotein April 26, 2012

Be careful when frying it cuz it will splatter quite a bit!

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Summer of Eggplant April 27, 2012

Yes, a restaurant here does it and they also fry lemon slices, also delicious. Tyler Florence has a recipe for it.

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