Thai-Inspired Recipes

Thai food is well-known for its delicious curries, soups, noodles (including the famous Pad Thai), sauces, chicken and rice dishes. Check out our recipes and choose your favorites to try at home!

Staff Picks

Thai Chicken Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 11
Ginger and chiles give this Southeast Asian rendition its aroma and spice, while lemongrass lends the soup a seductive floral note. By swapping the traditional seasonings for more exotic ones, you achieve a soup that's just as soothing as the original but with nuanced layers of flavors.

Lemongrass Chicken Soup

In Chinese cultures, lemongrass and cilantro are considered yin ingredients -- cooling elements that are ideal on hot days. The subtle heat of ginger and chile, combined with the bright aroma of fresh mint, enlivens this lightened rendition of chicken soup.

Pressure-Cooker Thai Red Curry

Cooked in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker in under an hour, butternut squash takes on a velvety texture and mellow sweetness that blend well with the ingredients of a Thai curry. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Pressure Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).

Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry

In this quick Thai-inspired dinner, chunks of juicy chicken thigh are stir-fried with a flavorful three-ingredient sauce (soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar), fiery Thai chiles, and plenty of fresh basil.

Ginger-Peanut Turkey Stir-Fry

For a fast—and satisfying—weeknight dinner turn to this stir fry. It's also a fresh answer to the age-old question of what to do with that package of ground meat in the freezer. A bold and silky sauce made with lime juice, fish sauce, peanut butter, and chili compliments just about any type of ground meat you have on hand. Serve it up with rice, loads of fresh herbs, and big, wrap-able greens.  

Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil Over Coconut Rice

Rating: 4 stars 252
This popular spicy Thai dish in restaurants is very easy to make at home.

Massaman Curry

While it's unclear whether the origin of this Thai curry dish is Muslim, Indian, or Malaysian, one thing is for sure: it's absolutely delicious. Massaman curry paste is chock-full of fragrant spices, from coriander and cumin to cardamom and cinnamon, and gives the beef-and-potato stew a rich flavor base.

Pad See Ew

Not as famous as Pad Thai but just as delicious, this classic Thai dish calls for stir-frying rice noodles with soy sauce. The unique flavor comes from browning the ingredients and allowing the sauce to caramelize. Your pan should be so hot that you hear a sizzle throughout cooking.

Green Thai Chicken Soup

Pressed for time? Using store-bought broth, rotisserie chicken, and curry paste means you can get this vibrant, flavorful soup on the table in under half an hour.

Mashed Red-Curry Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 110
Coconut milk and curry paste update sweet potatoes.

Thai Zucchini-Coconut Soup

A Southeast Asian–inspired zucchini purée has coconut milk and potato for a velvety texture (and vegan bona fides). It's accented with zucchini slices and zesty cilantro. This soup is quick to make but be sure to allow time for chilling.

Spicy Coconut-Salmon Curry

This easy riff on a Thai staple gets big flavor from four basic ingredients: curry paste, coconut milk, yellow bell pepper, and bok choy. It's even heartier ladled over short-grain brown rice or Asian noodles.

Inspiration and Ideas

Asian Appetizers
Egg rolls, skewers, dumplings and more; these Asian-inspired delicacies make great finger foods. A bit of spice and flavors such as soy sauce, red curry, and lemongrass give these dishes international intrigue.
Spicy Peanut-Shrimp Soup
Stirring in peanut butter at the end rounds out the spiciness and adds body to this Thai soup, but fish sauce is the real secret here, used for its savory-salty punch.