A Simple Pesto Recipe with the Complex Flavors of Thailand

May 6, 2019

Thai Basil Peanut Pesto

Send your pasta eastward with this delicious pesto.

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian, Thai
Keyword basil, pasta, pesto, sauce, Thai, thai basil
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author D. Leecious


  • 2 cups Thai Basil It must be Thai basil, as regular basil has a completely different flavor.
  • 1/4 cup Peanuts
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tspn Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1 tspn Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice


  1. In a food processor, add in the Thai basil, peanuts, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, rice vinegar, agave nectar, soy sauce, and lime juice. Process until all the ingredients are blended well and turned into a paste-like consistency.

  2. Add the pesto to pasta, salads, or any other dish you want to add some 'zing' to. The pesto should be stored in a closed container and can be kept refrigerated for up to a week.


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