Top 20 Romantic Thai Dinner Recipes

The ultimate romantic dinners

Whether you're cooking for your mate this Valentine's Day, or for that new special someone in your life, these romantic Thai recipes are both sensual and beautiful to serve. With its exquisite mingling of flavors and textures, as well as its spicy overtones, Thai makes for the ultimate romantic dinner.  (In fact, Thai cuisine was recently voted as the number one choice for couples on their first dinner date.) Enjoy!

  • 01 of 20
    Thai Mussels
    D.Schmidt

    This Thai mussel recipe makes an incredible appetizer, or add a salad and enjoy it as the main course. Fresh mussels are steamed in white wine, then briefly simmered in a basil and coconut sauce. The dish is finished off with a sprinkling of coriander, chilies (optional) and more basil for a seafood dish that is easy to make but tastes truly gourmet! Excellent as a romantic tapas for you, especially when served with your favorite wine.

  • 02 of 20
    Thai Curried Mussels
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 09/02/10

    These Thai Mussels make a beautiful gourmet-style dinner, and they're easy to make too! The curry sauce is created right in the pan, so you don't need to bother with curry paste or even a food processor. If your mussels are already clean and ready to go, this dish can literally be on your table in just minutes. The spice level can be adjusted to your liking, so you can enjoy your mussels as spicy-hot or mild as you like. Pair with your favorite wine or dinner drink, and enjoy!

  • 03 of 20

    Sensuous Thai Rose Petal Salad (with Chicken or Vegetarian)

    Thai Rose Petal Salad
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, About.com Corp.

    This beautiful salad says romance with every bite. Roses are one of the most luxurious and delicious of edible flowers, and they're what gives this dish its wow factor. At the same time, it's an easy salad to put together. Serve as an appetizer or the main course. Chicken and shrimp provide adequate protein, while cucumber, spring onions, and fresh Thai herbs provide lots of greens. Star fruit adds a final touch of flavor, texture, and beauty to this most exquisitely romantic of salad...MORE recipes! (Note: this salad can also be made vegetarian - see recipe for link.)

  • 04 of 20
    Pan-Seared Scallops
    D.Schmidt

    This scallop recipe is surprisingly easy to make - the cooking time is literally 10 minutes! And the results? If you like seafood, you're going to fall in love with these melt-in-your-mouth scallops, as well as the sumptuously simple sauce that accompanies them. Great for serving at a dinner party as an appetizer, and especially nice as a romantic tapas for two. Enjoy!

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  • 05 of 20
    Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/03/09
    These bite-size wraps are just perfect with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail. 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, this fresh Thai appetizer is sure to be a hit with Thai food fans, or anyone who has an adventurous spirit for spicy and flavorful foods.
  • 06 of 20
    Thai Fresh Rolls - a bouquet!
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 13/11/09

    Instead of buying your loved one flowers, make up a bouquet of these beautiful Thai fresh rolls! Includes a recipe for homemade peanut sauce (not made with peanut butter, but real peanuts). These fresh rolls are delicious and fun to eat. ENJOY!

  • 07 of 20
    Thai Crab Cakes
    D.Schmidt
    These easy-to-make crab cakes are guaranteed to melt in your mouth! Your loved one will definitely be wowed by how deliciously moist they are - not be mention imbued with wonderful Thai flavors. This crab cake recipe makes an elegant appetizer or entree to serve on special occasions, but is also easy enough to cook up as an everyday treat. Just follow the simple instructions and learn how to make the best crab cakes you've ever tried!
  • 08 of 20
    Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry
    Darlene A. Schmidt

    This Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry is beautiful and tastes like you're dining on a Thai beach!  Chunks of pineapple are simmered together with succulent shrimp in a coconut curry, then topped with dry toasted coconut for the ultimate in exotic taste.  Serve this dish on Valentine's Day, and your sweetheart with fall in love with you all over again!  

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  • 09 of 20
    Lemon Chicken
    D.Schmidt

    This Lemon Baked Chicken turns out just beautiful! - golden-delicious and fall-off-the-bone tender.  And it's very easy to make.  This fool-proof recipe will have your sweetheart falling in love with you all over again! 

  • 10 of 20
    Fish in Banana Leaf
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/15/08

    Your loved one with sure to be impressed with this gourmet-style Thai fish!  Slathered in a fragrant basil curry sauce, a fish fillet of your choice is then wrapped in banana leaves (OR tin foil/parchment paper) and baked in the oven. Coconut rice makes an excellent optional accompaniment (see recipe link in this list), or serve with regular rice or potatoes.

  • 11 of 20
    Basil Noodles
    D.Schmidt

    If your loved one loves noodles, serve this easy, healthy and gourmet-good noodle dish! Rice noodles and fresh basil are the key ingredients, which means this yummy noodle recipe is vegetarian/vegan, plus gluten free. It starts with a Thai-style pesto which is then briefly fried up with Thai rice noodles. ENJOY!

  • 12 of 20
    Tom Yum Baked Chicken
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 01/23/10

    Heat things up with this spicy baked chicken dish!  This chicken is simply brimming with taste, and can be made anywhere from medium to extra spicy.  Serve with your choice of rice or potatoes (coconut rice or coconut saffron rice are excellent sides too!).

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  • 13 of 20
    Coconut Rice
    D.Schmidt

    Want to make your Valentine's Day dinner extra special (without going to a lot of extra work)?  Then cook up a pot of these tropical-tasting coconut rice!  Coconut rice makes a terrific accompaniment to many Thai dishes, including any seafood dish or curry. 

  • 14 of 20
    Coconut Saffron Rice
    D.Schmidt

    There are few side dishes more sensual than coconut rice.  Here, instead of choosing between saffron rice and coconut rice, I've combined the two into one dish. The result is a pretty golden rice that tastes amazing, plus it's beautiful to serve for special occasions.  Make it as a side dish to serve along with any of the entrees featured here.

  • 15 of 20
    Sticky Rice Layer Cake
    D.Schmidt

    A truly asian dessert, this type of sticky rice cake can be found in many southeast-asian countries, with slight variations according to the region and the chef. It has a satisfyingly sticky texture with the flavor of coconut. Dress it up with some rose petals and shredded coconut for a romantic dessert for two that's perfect for Valentine's Day.

  • 16 of 20
    Mango Sorbet
    D.Schmidt

    As I've said before, there are few fruits more sensual than mango!  And this fresh & creamy sorbet manages to bring out all that wonderful mango flavor simply and beautifully.  To make it even more sensual, drizzle with some coconut liqueur - it's simply divine!

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  • 17 of 20
    Mango Sticky Rice Pudding
    D.Schmidt

    Tasting this dessert is like taking a mini-trip to a tropical beach!  There are few fruits as sensual as mangoes - add some sticky rice and the tropical taste of sweetened coconut milk, and prepare to fall in love with your first bite!

  • 18 of 20
    Fried Bananas
    D.Schmidt
    This fried banana recipe is so delicious, plus easy to make. Enjoy fried bananas hot from the pan, or add chocolate sauce and ice cream (or whipped cream) for a romantic dessert for two.
  • 19 of 20
    Coconut Cake
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 11/06/10

    This beautiful cake is both exotic and familiar, and makes a beautiful dessert to serve on Valentine's Day.  One of my most popular dessert recipes, this cake is bound to bring out the sweet and sensual in both you and your loved one.  Happy Valentine's Day!

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    Thai Centerpiece
    D.Schmidt

    Add fragrance and a sensual atmosphere to your table this Valentine's with a beautiful Thai centerpiece (it only takes a few minutes to make!).