Can you substitute regular basil for Thai basil?
Regular or sweet basil can be an excellent substitute for Thai basil. Flavor – Sweet basil has a distinctive taste. The taste is a mixture of peppery, anise, and sweetness. On the other hand, Thai basil has a licorice like aroma, and is a bit spicy.
What can I use instead of Thai basil leaves?
Some recipes call for Thai basil, a pungent variety that can be hard to find in grocery stores. To duplicate its flavor, use common “Italian” basil and add a few fresh mint sprigs to the recipe.