Are you tired of preparing the same old side dishes that accompany your Thai meals? Don’t worry, because we are going to spice up your kitchen with a variety of delicious Thai side dishes that will transport you straight to the bustling streets of Bangkok.
From the fiery heat of som tam salad to the sweetness of pineapple fried rice, we will explore a range of dishes that will complement any Thai main course and leave your guests asking for seconds.
So put on your apron, grab your wok, and let’s embark on a gastronomic adventure that will bring the bold and vibrant flavors of Thailand into your very own home.
1. Thai Basil Fried Rice
Spice up your fried rice with some Thai basil and fiery red chilis for that extra oomph!
If you’re a fan of heat, feel free to go all out with the chilis and discover your new favorite dish. When garlic, red chilis, and peppery Thai basil come together, magic happens.
And the best part is that it just needs 20 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Thai Basil Fried Rice
2. Chicken Larb (Thai Larb Gai)
Get ready for an awesome new flavor with this Authentic Thai Larb Gai Recipe! This tasty adventure brings a slice of South Asian tradition straight to your plate.
Whether you pair it with sticky rice or serve it in a lettuce cup, give this light, healthy, and flavorful chicken salad a go. Trust us, you’re gonna love it!
Get the Recipe: Chicken Larb
3. Crying Tiger
Ever had a dish so ridiculously delicious that it could make a tiger shed a tear? Say hello to Crying Tiger, a legendary Thai delight that’s as mouthwatering as it is fascinating.
It features grilled steak marinated in a mix of tasty sauces and spices, served with a spicy dipping sauce that includes ingredients like fish sauce, lime juice, chili peppers, and herbs.
This culinary masterpiece is packed with flavors so intense, it’s impossible not to get addicted to this delightful treat.
Get the Recipe: Crying Tiger
4. Tom Yum Soup
Tom Yum Soup is definitely the ultimate go-to soup in Thailand, and it’s no surprise why!
It’s bold, yet light, with a tangy, salty, and citrusy kick, Every spoonful is a burst of flavor from lemongrass, garlic, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, and fish sauce, along with succulent shrimp and mushrooms.
This recipe is naturally gluten-free, and you can easily make it vegetarian or vegan too.
5. Thai Fish Cakes
These taste exactly like the Thai Fish Cakes from your go-to Thai restaurant! They are perfectly firm yet bouncy, with a kind of spongey texture.
The best part? They’re surprisingly easy to whip up at home – just shape those patties, and pan-fry them until they’re just perfect!
6. Sweet Chili Edamame
You’ll be absolutely obsessed with this Sweet Chili Edamame! It’s seriously finger-licking good and ready in under 15 minutes.
It’s a super fun, satisfying, and awesome appetizer, perfect for snacking, and it’s totally filling too, Enjoy…
7. Spicy Thai Mango Salad
This Thai-Inspired Mango Salad is packed with delicious chunks of sweet mango, refreshing cucumber, red onion, chilies, and plenty of fresh herbs.
It’s super quick to make and bursting with amazing flavors. You really don’t want to miss out on this tasty treat.
8. Pineapple Fried Rice
This Pineapple Fried Rice recipe has all the authentic Thai flavors.
It’s a super quick stir-fry dish made with fragrant jasmine rice, curry, fish sauce, vibrant red bell pepper, juicy pineapple, peas, and succulent shrimp.
Simply serve this awesome side dish in a pineapple boat for that extra exotic touch. Yum…
9. Sticky Thai Chicken Wings
These super tasty Thai chicken wings are slathered with a sauce bursting with authentic Thai flavors!
The best part? The same sauce doubles as a marinade. So no need for separate sauces and extra hassle.
Just whip up this simple recipe and you’ll be enjoying the most delicious Thai wings right at home.
10. Thai Cucumber Salad
Thai Cucumber Salad is a super refreshing and crunchy dish that’s perfect for summer! It’s sweet, spicy, and super quick to make. Ready in just 10 minutes!
You will love the combination of crispy cucumber, zesty red onion, crunchy peanuts, fragrant cilantro, and a homemade rice vinaigrette.
Great for lunch, but it’s also awesome as a side dish with Thai food or your favorite grilled protein.
11. Thai Spicy Long Green Bean Salad
Thai Spicy Long Green Bean Salad is a super yummy and refreshing salad with a burst of flavors that will keep you coming back for more! It’s umami, savory, tangy, salty, and sweet all at once.
Trust us, it’ll keep you satisfied for a long time!
12. Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)
This Thai Green Papaya Salad Recipe is so light and refreshing, it’ll take you right back to that restaurant in Thailand!
It’s got this amazing mix of sweet, sour, spicy, and savory flavors going on all at once. So good!
13. Thai Spring Rolls
Here’s a simple Thai Spring Rolls recipe with chicken, glass noodles, veggies, and basic seasonings.
They’re not only super tasty, but also surprisingly easy to make. If you’re new to wrap wrapping spring rolls, this recipe is foolproof and hassle-free.
14. Spicy Thai Grilled Eggplant Salad
This Spicy Thai Grilled Eggplant Salad is super refreshing!
It’s made with grilled Asian eggplant, mixed with fresh herbs, and seasoned with zesty lime juice and fish sauce. It’s like all the Thai flavors are packed into one bowl. Simply delicious.
15. Yum Woon Sen (Thai Glass Noodle Salad)
Yum Woon Sen is a dazzling Thai glass noodle salad that’s totally delicious!
It’s loaded with fresh veggies, springy glass noodles made with mung beans, and tossed in a tasty fish sauce dressing that’s perfectly sweet, savory, and sour.
This Thai salad is known for being light yet totally satisfying, making it an awesome pick for anyone craving a flavorful and light meal!
16. Thai Crispy Egg Salad (Yum Khai Dao)
When you think of egg salads, you’d probably imagine those creamy-boiled egg salads with mayo, right?
But let us introduce you to this amazing Thai Crispy Egg Salad recipe. It’s packed with texture, flavor, and a spicy kick of chili-heat that’s completely different and absolutely delicious.
17. Thai Morning Glory Stir Fry
Quick and delicious, this Thai Morning Glory Stir Fry recipe gets ready in just 15 minutes!
Simply stir-fry morning glory (water spinach) seasoned with garlic, red chilies, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar.
Even if you’re not a fan of veggies, you’ll dig this tasty Thai morning glory stir fry for sure.
18. Thai Steak Salad
Get ready to experience a flavor explosion with this delicious Easy Thai Steak Salad!
Juicy, tender steak meets a zesty and fresh salad, creating the perfect balance of flavors that’ll make you want seconds.
It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
19. Thai Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry (Pad Puk Roum Mit)
Thai mixed vegetable stir fry, or Pad Puk Roum Mit, is a super simple and healthy recipe that’s a breeze to put together.
It’s delicious on its own or as a tasty side dish for lunch or dinner, and perfect for those who aren’t into spicy food.
It is often served alongside other dishes in Thailand for a family-style dinner.
20. Moo Ping (Thai-style Grilled BBQ Pork)
Get ready to transport your taste buds to the vibrant street food markets of Thailand with this mouth-watering moo ping recipe!
Picture yourself surrounded by the enticing aroma of sizzling meat skewers, the crackling flames of charcoal, and the lively atmosphere of Thai culture.
Trust us, this Thai street food snack is a must-try for everyone…
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