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Thai Basil Pesto

This quick and easy Thai basil pesto is made with fresh Thai basil leaves and all your favorite Thai seasonings. Peanuts, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and lime come together for a sweet and spicy, tangy twist on classic basil pesto.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: pesto with thai basil, thai basil pesto, thai basil recipe, thai pesto
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Karen



  • 3 cups fresh Thai basil leaves
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons oil I like to use half sesame and half olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • Combine all ingredients into a food processor.
  • Pulse until desired texture is reached.
  • Serve.


  • Authentic flavor: If you want the best flavor, prepare the recipe as written using the ingredients in the recipe.
  • Don't overprocess or blend. For the best texture alternate between the blend/process and grind settings.
  • Adjust the texture: Make it just the way you like it by adding more olive oil to thin it out or more Thai basil for a thicker version.
  • Pack the leaves. When measuring out the basil leaves you want to pack them into the cup to ensure you use enough basil for the correct flavor.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 989IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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