Easy Thai Recipes for Summer Cooking

Simple Everyday Thai, Summer-Style

These Thai recipes are easy to make, and what's more they taste amazing. Most Thai food is complicated to put together, but there is such a thing as easy everyday Thai recipes that you can make ever on week nights. Take a look and see the great dishes you can whip in no time at all. Enjoy!

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    Pineapple fried rice
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    Make this easy fried rice at home - it's as good or better than take-out fried rice! Thai jasmine rice is stir-fried up with chunks of pineapple, plus cashews, peas, and currents with a curry-flavored sauce. Includes cooking tips to create perfect fried rice every time. Mmmm - heavenly!

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    Easy Thai Tossed Green Salad
    D.Schmidt for About.com

    This easy tossed green salad recipe can be put together in a matter of minutes. Thai green salad makes a wonderfully cooling side dish to spicy Thai curries and other Thai recipes, but is equally excellent for everyday meals. Tip: double the salad dressing recipe and keep any extra in the refrigerator for a quick & scrumptious tossed salad anytime!

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    Easy Thai Cucumber Salad
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

    This Thai cucumber salad recipe is EASY to make and brimming with the quintessential tastes of Thai cooking. It's one of my personal all-time favorite salads across any and all cuisines, and it takes only 10 minutes to prepare. Serve this unique and healthy salad as a side dish at dinner, or as a light and tasty lunch or snack. Also a great salad recipe for a party, BBQ, picnic, or potluck party, since it can be made as you're going out the door!

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    Thai Mango Salad with Basil Dressing
    Beautiful Thai Tossed Salad with Fresh Mango (& Basil Dressing)!. D.Schmidt for About.com

    This Mango Tossed Green Salad with Basil Dressing is fat-free and yet entirely scrumptious. It comes to us complements of Peco Nagai, my good friend and exquisite Thai cook. The texture is light and flavorful - great as a side dish with nearly any meal. It can also be made into a dinner or lunch salad by tossing in cooked shrimp or tofu, or grilled fish or chicken.

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    Delicious Grilled Thai Honey-Garlic Chicken!
    Delicious Grilled Thai Honey-Garlic Chicken!.
    This Thai version of Honey Garlic Chicken turns ordinary chicken breast or thigh into an amazing-tasting meal, plus it's easy to make. Here I've grilled it, but it's just as wonderful baked in the oven (both methods included here). Makes a great dinner served together with rice or over a salad, or whatever side dishes you desire.
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    Thai Grilled Steak
    Supreme Thai Grilled Steak!. D.Schmidt for About.com

    You and your family as well as guests will rave over this Thai BBQ steak, and it also happens to be easy to make. Just stir together the simple marinade mixture, massage into the steak, and marinade as long as possible (up to 24 hours). My husband has tested and re-tested this recipe, and declares it his absolute favorite (and he fancies himself a steak grilling expert). I hope it will also become yours.

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    Easy Thai Chicken Satay - delicious straight off the grill!
    Easy Thai Chicken Satay - delicious straight off the grill!. D.Schmidt for About.com

    This easier version of Thai Chicken Satay is authentic and so juicy & flavorful, you'll want to make it for guests as well as family. It can be made in the oven as well as on the grill, which is great to know in case the weather doesn't cooperate. Serve with my easy peanut sauce and rice on the side, or just enjoy straight off the stick (makes a great party food!).

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    Grilled Shrimp Skewers
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    This Thai recipe for grilled shrimp on skewers (brochettes) is succulent and delicious, and is easy to make. Shrimp/prawns are combined with chunks of pineapple, cherry tomatoes, and purple onion for a colorful and tropical summertime barbecue treat. Superb for a barbecue, dinner party, or cookout, these grilled shrimp brochettes are excellent served with Thai coconut rice (see recipe link below), as the coconut compliments the tropical flavors of the grilled shrimp and pineapple. Enjoy!

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    Easy Grilled Salmon
    D.Schmidt for About.com

    This simple recipe for grilled salmon is easy to make and tastes truly heavenly. The special Thai marinade is a perfect match for the richness of salmon, enhancing and bringing out all of its naturally succulent taste. This recipe will show you how to cook salmon easily and quickly, and includes lots of cooking tips to help you get your salmon just right.

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    Thai Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, About.com Corp.

    This Thai Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry is even more delicious than the Chinese version, with more depth of flavor and slightly more spice (this can be adjusted according to your liking). The beef is cut thinly and stir-fried quickly and easily together with broccoli, red pepper, and a delicious stir-fry sauce. Serve with plain steamed jasmine rice for an easy Asian comfort food dish your family will love.

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    Easy Thai Chicken Stir-Fry
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    This Thai chicken stir-fry is quick to make and tastes better than take-out! It's also extremely healthy, and the recipe is very versatile, so you can easily alter it according to how many people you're cooking for, or the ingredients you have on hand. The dish turns out 'saucy' rather than dry, with the spicy-salty-sweet flavors of Thai cuisine coming through beautifully. This chicken stir fry makes a quick and delicious dinner - just serve with rice and you're done!

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    Easy Thai Coconut Rice
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    Coconut rice makes a terrific accompaniment to many Thai and Indian dishes, but it's equally wonderful with many Western-style entrees. Quick and easy to make, 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. Give this one a try!
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    Mango Sorbet
    D.Schmidt

    Try this fantastically easy recipe for Mango Sorbet! This sorbet is creamier than most, halfway between sorbet and ice cream, but still light and full of mango flavor. Quick and simple to make too, because there's no stove involved. You'll need only a blender or food processor. Makes a beautiful dessert to serve company, and easy too, since you can make it well in advance.

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    Easy Thai Fruit Salad
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    This beautiful Thai fruit salad recipe is a taste of paradise. Tropical fruit - or a mixture of tropical and local fruit - is tossed together in a sweet coconut-lime fruit salad dressing that enhances but never overwhelms the luscious taste of the fruit. Choose your own combination of fruit for this easy fresh fruit salad. ENJOY!

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    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. Great for serving company, as you make it ahead of time and keep it refrigerated until ready to eat. Best of all, this recipe can be whipped up and in the oven in less than 10 minutes!
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    Thai Iced Coffee
    D.Schmidt
    This easy Thai iced coffee is simply heavenly, plus it's easy to make. If you enjoy Starbucks iced coffee, try this one (at a fraction of the cost!). Serve it over ice on a hot day, or add some of your favorite liqueur for a delicious afternoon/after-dinner drink. ENJOY!