22 Thai-Inspired Recipes That Will Make You Forget All About Takeout
Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil Over Coconut Rice
Yes, you can cook Thai food at home! It’s surprisingly easy to recreate the bold flavors of the beloved cuisine and so much faster and healthier than ordering takeout. Here are our favorite Thai-inspired recipes, including crowd-pleasing noodle dishes, quick stir-fries, flavor-packed curries, and much, much more.
Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil Over Coconut Rice
Gussy up ordinary ground beef with fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, red jalapenos, and fresh basil. Serve over sweet coconut rice with lime wedges.
Thai Pork Salad
This main-course salad brings together so many delicious components in one dish: thin slices of juicy pork chop, charred and raw Napa cabbage leaves, crunchy cucumbers, fresh mint, chopped peanuts, and a punchy dressing made with fish sauce, lime juice, serrano chile, and red onions.
Pad See Ew
Don't let Pad Thai have all the glory! This traditional Thai dish calls for stir-frying rice noodles in soy sauce and is just as delectable. The recipe goes fast, so make sure you have all your ingredients ready before you start cooking.
Spicy Coconut-Salmon Curry
Green curry paste, coconut milk, yellow bell pepper, and bok choy perk up frozen salmon like you wouldn’t believe in this flavorful curry. Serve it over rice or noodles for a quick, satisfying supper.
Spicy Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps
The perfect utensil-free dinner! Just wrap leftover brisket, pickled carrots, cucumber slices, fresh basil, and hoisin sauce in Bibb lettuce and enjoy.
Spicy Peanut-Shrimp Soup
Peanut butter offsets the spiciness of this speedy soup, and a whopping two tablespoons of fish sauce adds incredible depth of flavor.
Vegetable and Tofu Pad Thai
Of course you can make the ubiquitous Thai noodle dish at home! Clocking in at just 30 minutes, this vegetarian version is faster than delivery and so much better for you.
Shrimp Fried Rice with Snow Peas
The secret to flawless fried rice? Day-old rice. Here, it’s teamed with scrambled eggs, shrimp, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, Thai chile, shiitake mushrooms, snow peas, scallions, and lime.
Red Curry Chicken Stir-Fry
The key to a successful stir-fry? Cutting all the ingredients (chicken breast, snow peas, and pineapple) into pieces of roughly equal size before cooking. Bold red curry paste and fish sauce set this weeknight dinner apart.
We can’t get enough of the aromatic coconut curry broth in this dish. Stir in lime juice and fresh cilantro before serving to make the flavors pop.
Green Vegetable Curry
You won’t miss the meat in this colorful vegetarian curry! Shiitake mushrooms, green beans, baby bok choy, and red bell pepper simmered with green curry paste and coconut milk totally hold their own.
Thai Coconut Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
You’re going to want plenty of sticky rice to sop up the fragrant coconut-milk broth in this winner of a chicken dinner.
Thai Skirt Steak with Carrot Salad
Red curry paste and lime zest do wonders for affordable skirt steak. Let it marinate overnight for maximum flavor.
One-Pot Thai Turkey and Rice
You don’t usually see ground turkey in Thai cooking, but it works really nicely with traditional ingredients like fish sauce and coconut milk in this one-pot wonder. Rice gives it heft, and a topping of tomatoes and fresh herbs adds some much needed brightness.
Thai Beef Salad With Fresh Herbs
This recipe combines juicy flank steak with a rainbow of veggies for a perfectly balanced salad you’ll want to eat all night long.
Coconut-Lime Chicken with Thai Garnishes
Amp up coconut milk with plenty of fresh lime juice and zest, ginger, and garlic for a delicious chicken marinade. Serve the bird with jasmine rice, shredded carrot, chopped peanuts, cilantro leaves, sliced shallot, and lime wedges.
Thai Chicken Soup
Garlic, ginger, shallots, cilantro, lemongrass, lime, Thai chiles, and fish sauce stand in for the usual aromatics in this Thai-inspired chicken soup. The results are just as comforting, we promise.
Coconut-Curry Fish With Sweet Potatoes and Eggplant
Cod, eggplant, and sweet potatoes might not seem like the most natural pairing, but coconut milk and green curry paste tie all the flavors together beautifully.
Thai Steak Stir-Fry
You only need fish sauce, ginger, garlic, fresh basil, and half an hour to make humble skirt steak and green beans shine. Serve with rice.
Green-Curry Pork and Eggplant
This hearty one-pot curry couldn’t be easier. Just be sure to remember the order of ingredients. Green curry paste goes in the wok first, followed by ground pork, eggplant, and finally, chicken broth and coconut milk.
Coconut-Lime Soup with Chicken and Rice Noodles
A mere 12 minutes on the stove transform chicken thighs, Thai chiles, cilantro, coconut milk, chicken broth, ginger, kaffir lime leaf, lime juice, and fish sauce into a sensational soup. Stir in cooked noodles before serving.
Thai Shrimp Stir-Fry
We love that this 30-minute one-pot meal relies on a mix of frozen ingredients (shrimp and corn) and fresh (lime, scallions, red bell pepper, basil) for its spectacular flavor.