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!

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Cashew-Chicken Kebabs

To make the sauce for these Thai-inspired kebabs, simply pulse cashews and curry paste together with water. Consider using other nuts, too, like peanuts or almonds for future dinners.

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.

Grilled Skirt Steak and Hearts of Palm Salad

Something wonderful happens when a skirt steak slathered in red curry paste hits a hot grill: it sizzles into spicy complexity, the ingredients uniting for one compact punch. Pair the sliced meat with grilled hearts of palm, and toss with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, and thin rice noodles that offer just enough heft to turn this Thai-inspired salad into a complete meal. 

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.

Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil Over Coconut Rice

Rating: 3.83 stars
This popular spicy Thai dish in restaurants is very easy to make at home.

Vegetable and Tofu Pad Thai

Rating: 3.62 stars
Make this healthy version of the tasty Thai classic in less time than it takes to have it delivered. If you have fish sauce and aren't a strict vegetarian, substitute it for the soy sauce. It will give the dish deeper flavor.

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.

Thai Chicken Soup

Rating: 3.45 stars
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.

Chicken Satay with Peanut-Chutney Sauce

Rating: 3.01 stars
This easy Thai chicken dish is served with an addictive dipping sauce that will have everyone scraping the bottom of the bowl.

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.

Chicken and Basil Stir-Fry

Rating: 3.62 stars
If you see Thai basil (also called holy basil) at your market, give it a try. It has pointed leaves and tastes of mint, cinnamon, and licorice.

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.  

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.

22 Thai-Inspired Recipes That Will Make You Forget All About Takeout

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.

Asian-Style Chicken Soup

Rating: 3.73 stars

Ginger, fish sauce, and rice noodles make this a chicken soup for aficionados of Thai cuisine.