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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vegetable and Tofu Pad Thai

Rating: 3.5 stars 168
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.

Chicken and Basil Stir-Fry

Rating: 3.5 stars 189
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.

Thai Chicken and Noodle Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 186
This one-bowl Asian meal is spicy, salty, sour, and sweet—all at once. The secret's in the sauce, made from fragrant kitchen standbys. The salad has terrific texture, with crisp carrots and cucumber, tender noodles, and (if you like) crunchy peanuts.

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 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 Chicken Casserole

Rating: 3 stars 858
Settle in for the night with this cozy curry that gets to the table quickly and gets cleaned up even faster.

Spicy Coconut Dressing

The heat of red chile is offset by creamy coconut milk for a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Try it over a shrimp-studded salad.

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.
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.