How many of you crave Asian flavors every now and then? Do you reach for that take out menu? Maybe not anymore. All of the following Asian recipes take so little time to make in your own kitchen and they definitely taste so much better than a take out restaurant.
Asia is a huge continent, and the flavors are huge and far ranging. This list features ALL from Chinese to Thai, Filipino to Korean, Vietnamese to Japanese to Indian and some more…
Try some of your classic favorites and some new Asian flavors. Salty, sweet, tangy, umami… This amazing list of Asian recipes is going to be one of your favorite places to return again and again. From appetizers to noodles, soups to mains & sides, deserts to some of the bases of this great cuisine. It’s all yours to explore. Have fun…
1. Panda Express Beijing Beef
This Beijing Beef is based off of the hugely popular Panda Express dish. Crispy beef strips with onion and red bell pepper in a tangy and sweet sticky sauce with just a touch of heat.
2. Thai Green Curry
Thai Curry… Probably the first choice to order in any Thai restaurant. Learn to make this easy and quick curry right in your kitchen. It comes out beautifully fragrant with Big, Bold flavors that you crave for.
3. Katsudon (Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl)
Katsudon is a popular Japanese rice bowl featuring a fried pork cutlet that gets simmered with eggs and onions in a savory sauce.
4. Thai Cashew Chicken
Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture.
Just a little chopping, mix up a sauce, and a quick stir fry is all the effort needed to put this tasty and nutritious dinner on the table.
5. The BEST Mongolian Beef
This Mongolian Beef is melt in your mouth tender strips of beef stir fried in a silky velvety sauce. You can cook this up in less time than a trip to the takeout place! And it tastes so much better!
6. Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)
Are you looking for a really fast meal that’s really tasty? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken (or Pad Krapow Gai) bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less. This might be your easiest recipe yet! Coming from streets of Bangkok to your kitchen.
7. Hunan Shrimp
These fiery Hunan shrimp are super quick and super tasty. Don’t worry, you can always adjust the heat level if you’re not into too much spice. Its overall flavors are lipsmacking.
8. Korean Ground Beef Bowl
This Korean Ground Beef Bowl has just the right combination of sweet, salty, umami and just a touch of spicy. Try it when you crave some Asian flavors, or just need something super quick!
9. Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken – it’s savory, it’s sweet, it’s tangy, and those dried chilis give it just a bit of kick! Another restaurant copycat… just a tad bid better. Perfect week-night meal!
10. Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
Make these quick and easy lettuce wraps next time you have an Asian themed get together or are just looking for quick meal. Inspired by P.F Chang, it’s the ultimate in Asian flavors.
11. Vietnamese Chicken Salad (Gỏi Gà Bắp Cải)
This is not your usual chicken salad. It’s almost like a shredded slaw, but with amazingly tasty dressing and the goodness of chicken. Look at the colors and textures and you will guess all the jam packed flavors in this heaping mound of salad
12. Pork Stir Fry (How to Velvet Pork)
This easy Pork Stir Fry whips up in no time. Loaded with fresh veggies and tender pork, it’s a perfect weeknight dinner idea! It’s quick to make and again so much better than takeout!
13. Sweet and Sour Meatballs
This classic Asian recipe can be done in 25-minutes with pineapple, bell pepper, and the most delicious sweet and tangy sauce. Serve it alongside hot white rice or noodles.
14. Sesame Chicken Bowls
The sesame chicken coated in delicious sauce happens with only a few ingredients. Pair it with bowl of jasmine rice and you all set for the night.
15. Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl
This Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is absolutely Irresist-A-Bowl! Tender juicy chicken, glistening in tasty sauce, alongside Asian coleslaw and creamy avocado. All atop a bed of hot rice. Yum!
16. Filipino Pork Menudo
Make a big pot of the most delicious, melt in your mouth pork stew. This Filipino Pork Menudo is bursting with soul-satisfying flavors with tons of veggies!
17. Bò Lúc Lắc (Vietnamese Shaking Beef)
Let’s shake up your night with our Bo Luc Lac!! Yes, it’s in the name. This popular Vietnamese shaking beef is a beloved stir fry dish that comes sizzling hot to the table.
Bo Luc Lac could be your salad appetizer over a bed of lettuce or watercress with fresh tomatoes and cucumber, or it can be a complete meal with their favorite red tomato rice and fried eggs.
18. Filipino Chicken Asado (Kapampangan Style)
This is a great, yet very simple, chicken dish in Filipino cuisine. There are so many flavors going on at the same time. It’s a brilliant combination of tangy, sweet, sour and savory.
19. General Tso’s Chicken
General Tso’s Chicken is a Chinese restaurant favorite. Skip the takeout, homemade is so much better!
This easy recipe is lightened up, no deep frying required, but still has those same amazing flavors you love.
20. Chili Oil
If you look around, Chili Oil seems like the latest craze out there… From dumplings to chow mein and everything in between, your food gets elevated with a delicious and addictive, aromatic and appetizing, kick of spice!!
21. Sticky Asian Wings
Sticky Asian Wings – If you’ve been looking for a great new chicken wing recipe, this is IT!
Crispy baked wings, that are tender and juicy inside, are tossed with the ultimate Asian sticky sauce. They’re savory and sweet, with just a hint of kick, and get enhanced with a good sprinkling of sesame seeds. These wings are just too good…
22. Thai Basil Fried Rice
Here’s a little spin on your regular fried rice with a huge flavor upgrade!! This Thai Basil Fried Rice is infused with such amazing spicy and umami flavors that you will wonder how simple fried rice can be so tasty.
23. Mongolian Ground Beef
Mongolian Ground Beef is a 20 minute stir fry bursting with sweet and savory Asian flavors. It’s a perfect weeknight meal to come back to again and again.
24. Mayak Eggs (Korean Marinated Eggs)
These Mayak Eggs are a big hit in Korea. Now you can discover these amazingly addictive little morsels! All it takes is a night of marination in seasoned soy sauce.
25. Ground Turkey Stir Fry
This Ground Turkey Stir Fry is one of the easiest weeknight dinners you could imagine. Plus, it’s tasty and nutritious!
26. Dal Tadka (Yellow Indian Lentils)
If you are looking for a meatless, yet protein packed meal, give these Indian lentils a try. They’re jam packed with flavors and you will never go back to your old ways of cooking lentils.
27. Pork Vindaloo (or any meat of your choice)
Pork Vindaloo is one of the easiest Indian meals you can cook in your kitchen. The pork is marinated first in vibrant and tangy hot vindaloo paste and later slow cooked along with caramelized onions for hours. Result? Melt in you mouth deliciousness.
28. Chicken Caldereta
This Filipino Chicken Stew is coconut based. It has tons of veggies and Asian staples. Umami Bomb!!
29. Japchae (Korean Glass Noodle Stir Fry)
Japchae is a unique Korean glass noodle stir fry that is often served at special occasions, and is also popular at parties and pot lucks.
30. Bun Cha (Vietnamese Meatball Vermicelli Bowl)
Bun Cha are famous caramelized pork meatballs from the streets of Hanoi. This is an easy Vietnamese recipe that anyone can make that’s fresh and full of flavor. Load it up with your vegetables of choice!
31. Firecracker Salmon
This Firecracker Salmon is a super easy and super delish meal that must become part of your rotation. It has an amazing Asian sauce and whips up in about 20 minutes.
If you’re looking for a new recipe to really jazz up your salmon, this is it! It’s salty, it’s sweet, and it’s a little bit spicy! Firecracker salmon just may become one of your new go-to recipes.
32. Japanese Beef Curry (or any meat of your choice)
Curry… It’s more “Japanese” than you think. Yes, curry is so popular in Japan that it’s regarded as one of the top two national dishes, along with ramen. This Japanese Beef Curry has a milder and sweeter flavor than the curries of India and the Caribbean, but it’s equally packed with flavor.
33. Tonkatsu (Japanese Pork Cutlet)
Tonkatsu is a simple fried pork cutlet, popular in Japanese cuisine. It’s crispy outside, tender inside, and comes with a beautifully flavorful katsu sauce.
It’s so easy to make, with only a few simple ingredients, yet it ends up so delicious. If you have 20 minutes, you can have this crispy treat on your table!
34. Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
This Chicken Stir Fry is loaded with veggies and can happen in only 15 minutes. It’s so much quicker, tastier and healthier than take-out!
35. Wonton Soup
A 15 minute soup with classic Chinese flavors, Wonton Soup is meant to be simmered quick and easy on some chilly winter night, or whenever those Chinese cravings hit hard.
36. Spicy Squid Stir Fry (Ojingeo Bokkeum)
This Spicy Squid Stir Fry, known as Ojingeo Bokkeum in Korea, is a quick throw together meal that is sure to satisfy your Asian cravings.
Tender squid and fresh veggies are quickly stir fried, then tossed with a flavorful Korean chili sauce, which has a fair share of kick.
37. Chicken Chapli Kababs
These chicken kababs are perfectly spiced with plenty of herbs. They are juicy and tender. Make a batch and serve them over over a bowlful of salad or with naan or pita pockets.
38. Gado Gado (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)
This mega giant salad is how it’s eaten at any time of the day in Indonesia, treated not as just a side dish, but a whole meal. Well, your bowl of salad never looked that inviting right?
Thanks to that perfect sweet, savory and spicy peanut sauce that get drizzled generously all over the crunchy veggies and perfectly cooked chicken.
39. Malaysian Curry Laksa (Laksa Lemak)
Laksa – the iconic Malaysian spicy coconut noodle soup! An incredibly rich, fragrant, complex flavored broth loaded with all the essential classic Laksa toppings.
40. Korean Style Ground Pork Soup
This Korean inspired soup is a new favorite. Perfectly seasoned ground pork, twirly noodles, bok choy and soft boiled eggs in a delectable coconut based broth. Slurp!
41. Tomato Cucumber Raita
This traditional Indian dip will cool your palette when you are eating those spicy tikkas and curries. Then again, you just might like it so much that you make it your go-to summer cool-down dish.
42. Chinese Inspired Smashed Cucumber Salad
Smashed Cucumber Salad – a classic Asian salad recipe. It has little bruised chunks of crisp cucumber and a savory toasted sesame dressing, this salad is flavorful, refreshing and so simple to throw together.
43. Vietnamese Pho
Pho – the famous soup comes from Vietnam. A good pho all comes down to good broth, something which is light yet full of flavor.
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44. Comfy Cozy Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
Cozy Taiwanese beef noodle soup has been slow simmered with tons of aromatics to let all those flavors really develop. Put a large pot on this weekend and enjoy the comfiest soup for dinner.
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45. Tom Yum Soup
Tom Yum Soup is the most popular soup in Thailand – for a reason. It’s bold yet light, tart, salty and citrusy, bursting with layer upon layer of flavor from the lemongrass, garlic, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, and fish sauce along with tender juicy shrimp and mushrooms.
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46. Dan Dan Noodles (Spicy Sichuan Noodles)
A Dan Dan Noodles recipe that’s tried, true, and authentic. With this recipe, you can try out this spicy, numbing Sichuan classic at home!
Get the Recipe @ redhousespice
47. Teriyaki Salmon
This teriyaki salmon is buttery tender, juicy, succulent and absolutely delicious, thanks to the sensational sweet, sticky, salty, savory homemade teriyaki sauce. This is going to be your favorite Asian recipe in no time.
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48. Singaporean Chili Crab
Chili Crabs straight out of Singapore. It’s one of their most popular and beloved delicacies. It’s rich, spicy, tangy and absolutely delicious. Pretty straight forward and easy recipe too.
Get the Recipe @ internationalcuisine
49. Chicken Adobo
Sweet, sticky and tangy chicken marinated in a marinade that requires a handful of ingredients, seared to perfection then braised until fall-off-the-bone tender. This national dish of the Philippines is sure to become a family favorite!
50. Beef Rendang
Beef Rendang is a spicy, rich and creamy Malaysian/Indonesian beef stew made with beef, spices and coconut milk. Who wouldn’t want to dive straight into that bowl?
When it comes to Asian recipes, there are so many to choose from and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Maybe in future we will have a second edition of these wonderful flavors. Until then, keep on trying all the above mentioned dishes whenever you crave Asian in your home. Pin or bookmark this post so all these wonderful recipes are just click away. Have fun woking…
The 50 BEST Asian Foods (Better than Takeout)
This collection of quick and easy Asian Recipes will have you skipping the take out and reaching for your wok! Who knew making such exotic flavors was so simple? Try this easy stir fry sauce to get the flavors started!
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- Whisk together all ingredients in a small pan.
- Heat sauce on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!
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I love Asian cuisine and these recipes are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. I can’t wait to try them all!