The Best in Thai! - Highly-Rated Thai Recipes

Most Popular Thai Recipes

These Thai recipes have been highly-rated by users like you. All have received 4 or 5 star ratings with reviews that contain lots of cooking tips and suggestions. Includes all types of recipes, from soup to sald to curry and dessert, plus vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy a wonderful home-cooked Thai dish tonight!
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    Thai tofu noodle soup
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    This simple recipe offers restaurant-quality Thai noodle soup in just a few steps. It's a great natural remedy if you're fighting a cold or flu bug, and will boost your mood too. It's the lemongrass that does it - this added to a variety of healthy greens and a mound of thin rice noodles (or the noodles of your choice). Combined with vegetable broth and coconut milk, this delicious soup is a complete meal in itself and a bowl of warm comfort on a chilly day. ENJOY!
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    Tom Yum Soup
    D.Schmidt

    Tom Yum Kung is a classic spicy Thai soup that can be eaten as a complete meal, or as an appetizer. It's a great cold and flu remedy, due to its immune-boosting ingredients. Make this famous Thai dish and find out why it's one of the world's favorite soups!

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    D.Schmidt

    Try Thailand's most famous noodle dish with this new and improved step-by step recipe for Pad Thai. It's easy, full of flavor, and healthy too!

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    Thai Spring Rolls
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, About.com Corp.

    This spring roll recipe can be made vegetarian with tofu, or with baby shrimp if you prefer. Brimming with vegetables and lots of flavor, these spring rolls make a great appetizer or party food. And they're surprisingly easy to make. Get some help from your children or guests with the rolling, and you'll be crunching on these delicious spring rolls in no time.

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    Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/03/09

    If you're looking for a deliciously different appetizer, try making up a platter of these Thai Shrimp Mini Lettuce Wraps! These bite-size wraps are just perfect for a party finger food (great with beer, as well as wine and cocktails). Each mini wrap provides a burst of Thai flavors that are meant to hit different parts of the palate all at once. Based on the traditional Thai appetizer 'Miang Kum' (see link below), this fresh Thai appetizer is sure to be a hit with Thai food fans!

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    Pineapple Fried Rice
    D.Schmidt

    Thai pineapple fried rice is heavenly and also healthy. This recipe is easy and can be made either vegetarian or non. Serve it as it is, or in a pineapple "boat" as the Thais do (you'll find a link to carving instructions). Just follow the steps! (For a vegetarian version, see Vegetarian Thai Food link below.)

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    D.Schmidt

    This salad will blow you away with its tastebud-awakening flavors and mix of textures. In fact, this recipe is so delicious, you'll want to make it for your next party, cookout, or family get-together. And as a bonus, it's low in calories and fat. Make it as a side dish, or enjoy as a complete meal by adding cooked shrimp, chicken, or deep-fried tofu if you are vegetarian. Any way you make it, this healthy dish will be sure to win rave reviews from all your culinary fans!

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    Thai Chicken Satay on the grill
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

    This satay is the best I've ever tried. It comes from my husband's side of the family (from Thailand), passed down for many generations, so it is authentic and simply wonderful. Perfect for a summer cookout/BBQ (or make it in the oven - see instructions).

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    Thai Green Curry
    D.Schmidt

    This Thai Green Curry Chicken recipe features chunks of tender chicken simmered in a homemade green curry sauce along with healthy vegetables (zucchini and red bell pepper). The result is a gourmet-style Thai green curry that is very aromatic and beautiful to serve (great for entertaining!).

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    This curry chicken recipe is my family's favorite. It's a classic yellow curry made with chunks of chicken and potatoes, and tastes like one of those wonderful curry dishes you can find in the marketplaces and streets of Bangkok. The use of curry powder helps the dish come together quickly and easily. A simple, classic curry that will please the whole family.
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    Thai Red Curry
    D.Schmidt

    This easy Thai Red Curry is fragrant and sumptuous, and can be made anywhere from mild to red-hot, depending on how much spice you prefer. It's a healthy and hearty curry dish that will awaken your senses and boost your mood.

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    This Thai Yellow Curry Recipe is a classic chicken curry dish you'll want to make again and again. Here I've made it in a traditional way using chicken pieces and potatoes. The curry sauce is made completely from scratch - no curry paste or powder involved! But it's still very easy to make. Use your food processor or blender, and you can have this curry whipped up and in the oven in 20 just minutes.

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    Thai Baked Fish
    D.Schmidt

    You'll love this tender and wonderful-tasting Thai-style baked fish. Slathered in a fragrant basil curry sauce, the fish is then wrapped in banana leaves (OR tin foil/parchment paper) and baked in the oven. Coconut rice makes an excellent optional accompaniment (recipe link included), or serve with regular rice or potatoes. Nearly any type of fish will work in this recipe, including salmon, red snapper, cod, sole, etc...). ENJOY!

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    Easy Thai Cucumber Salad
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

    This cucumber salad recipe is easy to make and brimming with the quintessential tastes of Thai cooking. And it takes only 10 minutes to make! As one reviewer said: So simple, so good.

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    Thai Pan-Seared Salmon
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, About.com Corp.

    This salmon recipe is melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Fillets or steaks of marinated salmon are pan-fried, searing in the flavors and omega-3 goodness of the fish. The salmon is then served with a tangy Thai lemongrass-honey sauce that marries perfectly with salmon's natural flavors.

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    Real Vegetarian Pad Thai
    D.Schmidt

    An authentic Pad Thai recipe for real vegetarian Thai food lovers, or those who want a lighter noodle dish without the meat. This Pad Thai recipe offers adequate protein in the form of eggs (vegans can omit this ingredient), and ground nuts. Plus, because it's made with rice noodles, Pad Thai is a gluten free recipe. Although vegetables are not strictly part of traditional Pad Thai, I've added a little bok choy to make this dish even more nutritious. Try it - you'll love it!

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    This classic Thai fish recipe can be made outdoors on the barbecue, or you can pan-fry the fish indoors (or grill it on a stove-top grill). You'll love the tenderness of the fish combined with this fantastic, taste-bud-awakening sauce, which can be made anywhere from mild to extra spicy to suit your taste.  This is Thai cusiine at its authentic best!

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    Lime Leaf Curry
    D.Schmidt

    This Thai spin on classic green curry recipe is exquisitely Thai in taste, flavor, and texture. Made with lime leaf as well as lime juice, the curry paste is extremely aromatic and dark green in color. It is similar to classic Thai green curry, but also slightly different owing to the prominant flavor of the lime leaves.  If you're a fan of true Thai flavors, but sure to give this one a go!

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    Easy Thai Fish Curry
    D.Schmidt

    This fish curry tastes so delectable, you won't believe how fast and easy it is - ready in just 20 minutes! Fillets of fish (any type, fresh or frozen) are simmered in a rich Thai curry sauce. Includes vegetables for a healthy one-pot dish. Like all curries, this fish curry makes excellent leftovers. A nice dish any time of year, but particularly warming during the fall and winter.

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    Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry
    D.Schmidt

    This Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry is nothing less than fantastic, plus it's easy to make - just stir together a few basic ingredients, or blend them up in a food processor, chopper, or blender. A beautiful dish to serve company!

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    Lemongrass Roast Chicken
    D.Schmidt

    Roast chicken with a Thai twist! Lemongrass chicken is a famous dish throughout much of Southeast-Asia, and my Thai roasted lemongrass chicken recipe is particularly fragrant and moist. Imbued with the flavors of both lemon and lime, you'll find this roast chicken pleases both kids and adults alike.

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    Pad See Ew Noodles
    D.Schmidt

    Pad See Ew is a Thai noodle dish that is made with broad, flat rice noodles, also known as "river noodles". Pad See Ew can be made with chicken, pork, or beef, but otherwise has the same basic ingredients. This noodle dish is truly Asian comfort food at its best; at the same time, Thai river noodles make a healthy and energy-giving lunch or dinner.

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    Pumpkin Curry (Infused with Citrus)
    D.Schmidt

    This vegetarian curry offers an array of bright colors - orange, yellow, and red - infused with citrus accents. You'll love the delicious taste of this curry, as well as its healthy combination of vegetables.

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    Seafood Curry
    D.Schmidt

    A beautiful mixed seafood curry that is sumptuous and a delight to serve guests. Great with nearly any type of seafood you choose to use based on what is fresh and available where you live. Give it a try!

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    An authentic Thai Green Curry Recipe for the vegetarian palate. All the authentic trimmings - lemongrass, coriander seeds, green chillies, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, coconut milk - without the meat, but with meat substitutes - wheat gluten or tofu, take your pick. This recipe is vegan, and you can also choose to make it gluten-free. Any way you cook it, this is such a tasty meal, you'll tend to forget how healthy is!

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    Coconut Rice
    D.Schmidt

    Coconut rice makes a terrific accompaniment to many Thai dishes, such as fish and curries. Quick and easy, this coconut rice recipe will come in handy for those times when you want to make dinner extra special without going to a lot of extra work. (Note that you can also make this recipe in a rice cooker - just see the link within this recipe). ENJOY!

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    Easy Basil Noodles
    D.Schmidt

    This Thai fusion noodle recipe is extremely easy, plus healthy and wonderfully delicious! Rice noodles and fresh basil are the key ingredients, which means this yummy noodle recipe is vegetarian/vegan, plus gluten free. Makes a perfect week-night noodle dish. ENJOY!

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    D.Schmidt

    This Thai recipe for lettuce wraps is quick and easy to make. It's also a fun dish to eat, either as an appetizer or as part of a main course. And it's a low-calorie, low-fat treat that's also very nutritious, whether made vegetarian, or with meat or seafood - you choose!

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    Thai Grilled/BBQ Chicken
    Thai Barbecued Chicken with Dipping Sauce. D.Schmidt

    This barbecue chicken recipe is truly bursting with flavor! Marinated in a garlicky sweet and sour sauce, the chicken pieces are then easily barbecued or oven-baked to perfection. Add my special homemade Thai sauce as either a dipping sauce or a glaze, and this dish will be the life of your dinner or lunch party!

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    Bok Choy Recipe
    D.Schmidt

    This bok choy recipe is terrific to serve as a side vegetable dish - or add tofu or your choice of chicken, pork, or seafood for a delicious mixed stir fry dish. With a rich garlic taste, the stir fry sauce recipe is easy to make and goes well with a number of vegetables, including Chinese broccoli (Gai Lan) or regular broccoli, spinach, or asparagus. ENJOY!

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    Lime chicken Stir-Fry
    D.Schmidt

    This chicken stir-fry is my favorite! Like most Thai stir-fries, it cooks up really quickly once you have all the ingredients ready. This recipe features the flavor of lime - both lime juice and lime leaf. If you like Thai cuisine, you'll love this dish!

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    Stir-Fried Vegetables
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

    This Thai stir-fried vegetables is a no-fail recipe, simply because the stir-fry sauce is made before beginning to fry the vegetables, allowing you to adjust the flavors according to your taste.  Give it a go!

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    Thai Chili Sauce
    D.Schmidt

    Although you can buy the famous Thai chili paste "nam prik pao" in most Asian food stores, I prefer making my own homemade version. This way there are no preservatives and I get to add my own healthy oil. There are numerous versions of homemade nam prik pao in Thailand - each cook makes it his or her own way. So have fun experimenting with this (my own) recipe, adjusting the spicy, sour, sweet, and salty flavorings according to your liking.

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    Thai Creme Caramel
    10-minute Dessert: Thai Creme Caramel. D.Schmidt

    A Thai version of the classic creme caramel dessert that is super-easy to make, melt-in-your mouth delicious, and healthier than traditional creme caramel! This recipe calls for coconut milk instead of cream (coconut milk contains good fats that actually lower your cholesterol), so if you're lactose-intolerant, this is a good dessert choice for you. It also makes an elegant dessert to serve guests or take to a party.

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    Mango Sorbet
    D.Schmidt

    Try this fantastically easy recipe for Mango Sorbet! Quick and simple to make, and there's no stove involved. You'll need only a blender or food processor. This sorbet is creamier than most, halfway between sorbet and ice cream, but still light and full of mango flavor. ENJOY!

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    Coconut Cake
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 11/06/10

    This coconut cake is made with coconut milk and shredded coconut for the ultimate coconut-ty taste! In Thailand, all the top hotels make their coconut cake with freshly-squeezed coconut milk from the local market. Here I've replicated the idea using coconut milk and shredded coconut. It has literally taken me years of trial and error to get this recipe right. I'm sure you'll love it as much as we do.