Thai Recipes – Craving for some Thai food? There is absolutely no need to search for that Thai take out menu or make a round to the nearest Asian restaurant. Most of the times, except for a few very authentic Thai restaurants, you will end up with pretty bland and mild Thai food in so many restaurants all around you.
The sure shot way to get those vibrant, BOLD Thai flavors is to cook them yourself, just the way you like it. Most Thai food is extremely simple, quick and easy to make, albeit you would need a few Thai ingredient staples. We have compiled this delicious list of easy Thai Recipes just for you, to take care of your cravings.
From regular Thai curries to Pad Thais, to soups like Tom Yum and Tom Kha Gai, to local favorites like Pad Krapow Gai, Laab Meatballs and Thai fish cakes, you’ll find plenty of authentic Thai recipes here.
You can whip up any one of these with store bought Thai curry paste for some quick shortcuts, or make your own… All good. Go through all and select any, and start experimenting with your favorite foreign cuisine…
Best Thai Recipes
1. Thai Green Curry
Now you can whip up this restaurant favorite Thai curry on any night your heart desires some curry. This Thai curry has perfect big, bold Thai flavors. It looks fiery hot, but you can make it as spicy as you prefer by adjusting the green curry paste.
You can make the same recipe for any protein of your choice. It will turn up finger licking delicious every single time.
Get the Recipe: Thai Green Curry
2. Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)
Pad Krapow Gai, meaning Thai Basil Chicken. It’s an extremely popular Thai street food.
This is for you if you are looking for a really fast meal that’s really tasty. Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less. This might be your easiest recipe yet!
Get the Recipe: Pad Krapow Gai
3. Chicken Larb (Thai Larb Gai)
Get ready for a cracking new flavor with this Authentic Thai Larb Gai Recipe! In Laos and Thailand, Larb is more than just a dish, it’s a social experience.
Meet Larb Gai, a Thai chicken salad that’s packed with flavor.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Larb
4. Thai Cashew Chicken
Stir fries are easy and quick for busy nights. It’s very common to use nuts like peanuts and cashews in a lot of different Asian dishes.
This is simple chicken and cashews loaded with tons of flavors from a bold Thai stir fry sauce. Enjoy it over a bowlful of your favorite rice.
Get the Recipe: Thai Cashew Chicken
5. Thai Shrimp Curry
Everybody favorite Thai shrimp curry. So easy… so quick… so simple… yet so so finger licking delicious. This coconut sauce based curry is perfect for your busy weeknight dinner over a bowlful of jasmine or basmati rice.
Get the Recipe: Thai Shrimp Curry
6. 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.
Get the Recipe: Thai Basil Fried Rice
7. Pad Thai
Chances of you ordering Pad Thai in a Thai restaurant is pretty high, am I right? Why wait to go to the restaurant when you can whip up the same restaurant quality dish in under 30 minutes, right in your very own kitchen.
Pad Thai is a medley of chicken, shrimp or tofu along with cilantro, peanuts, bean sprouts, scrambles eggs and rice noodles tossed with delicious pad Thai sauce. Easy weeknight meal when the Asian cravings hit hard.
8. Sticky Thai Chicken Wings
If you think chicken wings are just an appetizer… think again. They are excellent when served as mains with a side of some Asian noodles or fried rice.
These sticky chicken wings are glazed with delicious Thai flavored sticky sauce. It’s one of the easiest Thai Recipes that you can cook, with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen.
9. Thai Chicken Buddha Bowls
Buddha bowls are so much fun to make and double the fun to dig in. This Thai Chicken Buddha Bowl is full of a rainbow of colors, meaning more nutrients and yummy varied tastes.
It’s healthy, it’s hearty and it’s absolutely finger licking delicious.
10. 15-Minute Pad See Ew
Pad See Ew, or Thai stir fried noodles, is one of the most popular street foods in Thailand.
Here, the wide rice noodles are stir fried with chicken or beef and veggies all coated with savory, sweet and tangy sauce. It’s 15 a minute delight to make your life easy on busy, hectic days.
11. Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Make your regular fried rice a lot more interesting and tasty with few extra add-ins… Thai style. This pineapple fried rice happens very fast with simple ingredients.
Serve it in a pineapple boat to make it look extra special and eye catching to wow your guests at some Asian themed party.
12. Tom Yum Soup
This very popular soup from Thailand is one of the easiest and quickest soups you would cook in your kitchen, and it would taste just like any authentic Thai restaurant.
This shrimp soup is loaded with Thai flavors that are achieved by using Asian staples like lemongrass, garlic, galangal, fish sauce, lime juice and kaffir leaves.
Give these fresh and bold flavors a try this weekend. You are going to come back to this one again and again.
13. Thai Steak Salad
Healthy don’t have to be boring. This hearty Thai-inspired steak salad is a perfect dinner full of freshness and flavors.
It has sirloin steak marinated in Asian inspired dressing, which is grilled perfectly and then sliced thin. Put it over a bed of greens along with cucumbers, cilantro and mint with sweet, salty and spicy Thai dressing. Absolutely delicious.
14. Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup
Craving some fresh soup loaded with tons of flavors? How about this Thai Red Curry Noddle Soup? Its full of tender bites of chicken, rice noodles, cilantro, basil and lime juice.
This cozy bowls happens easy and quick, too. No need for a round to the noodle house.
15. Thai Fish Cakes
If you can’t have enough of salmon patties, try these sweet and spicy salmon cakes cooked to golden brown perfection.
You can serve them as appetizers with sweet chili dipping sauce and cucumber salad, or as mains with a side of fried rice.
16. Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs
These crispy Thai Laab Meatballs are very peculiar, as they gets the crunch from toasty rice grain powder.
Made with ground pork and the usual Asian staple ingredients, this is the recipe to make if you are hunting new flavors in your meatballs. Serve them with with mint leaves, cucumber and prepared dipping sauce.
17. Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Looking for a low carb dinner with Asian flavors? These Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the way to go. You can make these with ground chicken or turkey.
They get tons of flavors from sambal olek, fish sauce, soy sauce and plenty of aromatics. Load the meat up with veggies in some crunchy lettuce wraps and you are all set.
18. Thai Chicken Satay
This Thai Chicken Satay is super delish and super easy. It’s perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken in a thick and creamy peanut sauce with coconut milk.
Your answer if you’re craving for satay chicken without going through the skewers route.
19. Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut Soup)
Tom Kha Gai, meaning Chicken Coconut Soup, is a popular soup in any Thai restaurant. Now you can make this extremely easy and quick soup right at home.
It’s a creamy, delicious coconut milk based soup with layers and layers of different flavors along with tender chicken and mushrooms. All you need is a few regular Thai staple ingredients and you can whip this up in no time.
20. Thai Chicken Thighs
Grill your chicken with yummo Thai flavors. These perfectly crispy on the outside and tender inside chicken thighs were marinated in cilantro, Thai basil, fish sauce, lime juice, ginger and brown sugar.
The more you marinate, the more flavors you will get in the end.
21. Thai Butternut Squash Soup
If you happen to have butternut squash and love Thai food… this is for you! This Thai Butternut Squash Soup is creamy and coconutty with all your favorite Thai flavors.
Serve it hot with garnishes like crushed peanuts, chopped cilantro and red chili flakes… Yummm.
22. Thai Penang Chicken Curry
You might have come across this name on a Thai Restaurant’s menu. Have you tried it before? Panang curry has peanuts in it, crushed as well as in the form of peanut butter.
This curry is a bit sweeter than the normal Thai red curry. You might end up liking this slightly thicker and creamier version.
23. Fresh Spring Rolls
Now these Thai fresh spring rolls shout summer.
Fresh, colorful and light. With a simple peanut sweet chili sauce, say hello to healthy and fresh eating this summer with these exotic flavors.
24. Thai Salmon Noodle Salad
Here is your salad for some summer hot days. This Thai Salmon Noodle Salad is light with refreshing Thai flavors and perfectly cooked salmon.
Cilantro and mint and scallions, all fresh and green, are a MUST to make this happen.
25. Mango Sticky Rice
Have you heard about mango sticky rice? It’s a popular, delicious Thai dessert made with warm coconut sticky rice along with fresh mango slices.
You would love to round up your Thai meal with this creamy, sweet dessert, wouldn’t you?
26. Grilled Thai Coconut Chicken Skewers
Now these Thai style chicken skewers are perfect to feed the crowd if you are hosting a Asian themed party. Or, they are perfect for summer night grilling. They are super flavorful, marinated in fresh aromatics along with soy sauce and coconut cream.
Grill them smoky and finish with sweet coconut cream glaze. Excellent when served with a simple peanut sauce.
27. Thai Shrimp Cakes
Here is an affordable alternative to pricey crab cakes. These tender, yet crispy, Thai shrimp cakes are pan seared and cooked in under 30 minutes.
Shrimp gets lot of flavorings from different Asian sauces. You will love them as appetizers or even mains.
28. Thai Curry Puffs
Looking for some munchies in some rainy day to cheer you up? Try these vegetable curry puffs, Thai style.
Sure winner and delicious. It sounds like a Thai version of Indian samosa… 🙂
29. Thai Chicken Tacos
Taco, tacos… Thai style Peanut Chicken Tacos. Try your tacos some other way than typical Mexican ones. They are made with Thai chicken marinated in a sweet, savory and spicy peanut butter sauce.
Load your tacos with this easy and super delish chicken, along with pineapple cucumber slaw and you get to bite into one restaurant quality new specialty taco flavor.
30. Thai Green Curry Paste
A delicious, easy Thai green curry paste that takes just 10 minutes to make. Perfect for a big batch and freezing into smaller portions! You can freeze it in an ice cube tray, and once frozen store in freezer bags in your freezer for future use.
This is your base for unlimited delicious Thai green curries. So worth making it if you don’t have access to store brand curry pastes.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can’t talk about Thai cooking without mentioning ingredients like lemongrass, galangal, Thai basil, and fish sauce. These are your ticket to authentic flavors!
If you’re just starting to explore Thai cuisine, there are several dishes that serve as a wonderful introduction without overwhelming your palate. Pad Thai is often a go-to for beginners. It’s a stir-fried noodle dish with a balanced blend of sweet, salty, and sour flavors. Green Curry is another option that can be made mild and showcases the aromatic spices and herbs typical in Thai cooking. If you’re looking for something comforting, go for a bowl of Tom Kha Gai, a creamy coconut milk-based soup that’s aromatic but not overly spicy. For those interested in dipping their toes into Thai salads, Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad) is a refreshing choice that allows you to control the heat.
The spice level can vary. Though Thai cuisine is known for its heat, most recipes allow you to adjust the spice to your liking.
Thai basil has a spicier, anise-like flavor, whereas regular basil is milder and sweeter. It really makes a difference in recipes.
Don’t miss out on classics like Pad Thai, Green Curry, and Tom Yum Soup. These dishes offer a culinary journey through Thai flavors.
Well, you have ended up with all your favorite classic Thai recipes and some MORE. Every single recipe is loaded with vibrant and bold Thai flavors.
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