Top 20 Thai Grilling Recipes

Mouth-Watering Thai Grilling Greats

Try one of these fantastic Thai recipes and grill up something dazzling for your family and friends. You'll love the traditional chicken satay (not to be missed by anyone who loves Thai!), plus find recipes for grilled fish, BBQ chicken, grilled shrimp, steak and ribs, grilled vegetables, even grilled dessert. As a bonus, many of these recipes can be made in your oven or on top of your stove - nice to know in case the weather doesn't cooperate. Enjoy!

  • 01 of 20
    Ultimate Thai Grilled Steak!
    Ultimate Thai Grilled Steak!. D.Schmidt for About.com

    If you're a steak lover and never had a Thai-marinated steak, be prepared to find yourself hooked on it -- and never seasoning or marinating a steak any other way.  This is exactly what happened to my husband who used to order steak regularly in restaurants but now passes them by on the menu because they just can't compete with this recipe.  I heartily agree.  This marinade reigns supreme. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean. 

  • 02 of 20
    Delicious Grilled Thai Honey-Garlic Chicken!
    Delicious Grilled Thai Honey-Garlic Chicken!. D.Schmidt

    This Thai version of Honey Garlic Chicken turns ordinary chicken breast or thigh into an amazing tasting meal, plus it's super-easy to make. Here I've grilled it, but it's just as wonderful baked in the oven in case the weather doesn't cooperate (both methods included here). Makes a great dinner served together with rice or over a salad, or whatever side dishes you desire.

  • 03 of 20
    Grilled Lemongrass Chicken
    Grilled Lemongrass Chicken - best Ever! (and easy too). D.Schmidt for About.com

    This lemongrass grilled chicken blows other recipes out of the water. Plus it's super simple to make. Just toss a few ingredients into your food processor, marinate, and grill. At our home, we like ours medium-spicy, hence the 2 chilies in the ingredients list, but feel free to adjust this according to your own spice-o-meter. Serve it up with rice or over salad; there's no need for a side sauce, it's that flavorful!

  • 04 of 20
    Chicken Satay
    Best Ever Chicken Satay (recipe passed down through generations). D.Schmidt

    My mother-in-law did give me permission to publish her satay on the internet, so I'm not as poor of a daughter-in-law as you might imagine.  However, her family secret is obviously a secret no longer - and with a taste like this, it shouldn't be a secret.  You're quite simply going to be blown away by the succulent taste of this satay recipe (better than any restaurant). Strips of chicken or beef are marinated in a special Thai paste, then skewered and grilled on the BBQ, grilled on...MORE an indoor grill, or broiled in your oven. Serve with her homemade peanut sauce for the ultimate taste experience (recipe included). A great summer party food!

    Continue to 5 of 20 below.
  • 05 of 20
    Peel & Eat Thai Garlic Shrimp (Easy!)
    Peel & Eat Thai Garlic Shrimp (Easy to Make!). D.Schmidt for About.com

    Summer shrimp are delicious when grilled on the barbecue, and this Thai version is especially superb!  You have to try it to know what I'm talking about. Perfect for a barbecue party, whether you want to go casual, or gourmet! Excellent paired with either a cold lager, or a chilled glass of your favorite white or rose wine.

  • 06 of 20
    Thai BBQ Chicken Traditional Recipe!
    Thai BBQ Chicken Traditional Recipe!. Taken by D.Schmidt for About.com (Copyright)

    If you've ever been to Thailand, you know how amazing the BBQ chicken tastes, whether it's cooked on a streetside brazier or a fire on the beach. Well, here is the recipe direct from Thailand!  Marinated first in a garlicky sweet and sour sauce, the chicken is then easily barbecued to perfection. Add the signature sweet, sour, and spicy side sauce, and your taste buds will be dancing in no time. 

  • 07 of 20
    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad - 'makes grown men cry!'
    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad - 'makes grown men cry!'. D.Schmidt for About.com

    This Thai Grilled Chicken Salad has been said to make grown men cry (see reviews for this recipe for more on this!). It starts with strips of chicken breast marinated in a garlic-pepper sauce. The chicken is then either grilled on your barbecue or oven broiled. Place over a bed of summer greens that has been tossed in a lemongrass-coriander-lime dressing, top with a sprinkling of fresh basil, and you have a complete meal that is so Thai-delicious, you'll want to make it your number one salad...MORE this season!

  • 08 of 20
    Thai Tom Yum Grilled Shrimp
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

    This Thai Grilled Shrimp is extremely flavorful and is sure to please anyone who loves Thai flavors. Scallops can also be added to your skewers if you wish. This is now my husband's favorite shrimp recipe. Give it a try!

    Continue to 9 of 20 below.
  • 09 of 20
    Thai Grilled Halibut
    Greatest Grilled Halibut!. D.Schmidt

    This Thai recipe for grilled halibut steak is easy and can be made with other types of fish as well. The Thai marinade is put together in a matter of minutes, and as a bonus, it doubles as a dipping sauce. This grilled fish recipe makes a quick and easy meal for every day but is also elegant enough to serve at your next barbecue or cookout party. Enjoy!

  • 10 of 20
    Thai BBQ Sauce: Homemade & Easy!
    Thai BBQ Sauce: Homemade & Easy!. Taken by D.Schmidt for About.com (Copyright)

    This homemade Thai BBQ Sauce recipe is so easy to make, and much superior to store-bought varieties (also healthier and less expensive!). It's a dark, tangy-sweet sauce that has enough spice to make your meats, fish or seafood, ribs, or just plain old burgers taste summer delicious.

  • 11 of 20
    Thai Grilled Sardines with Side Sauce
    Thai Grilled Sardines with Side Sauce - Yummy, Healthy, Sea-Friendly Recipe!. D.Schmidt for About.com

    This fantastic recipe for grilled fish starts with fresh or frozen whole sardines. Sardines are extremely healthy - an excellent source of omega-3, B12, selenium, and other important nutrients - they're also one of the cleanest and safest fish to eat. While most people associate sardines with the canned variety, "real" sardines are something else entirely. You'll love the tenderness of this easy fish recipe, which includes a dry barbecue rub slathered on the fish before grilling...MORE followed by "buttery" Thai sauce that makes this dish truly gourmet!

  • 12 of 20
    Thai BBQ Chicken with Dipping Sauce
    Thai BBQ Chicken with Dipping Sauce. Taken by D.Schmidt for About.com

    If you like good BBQ chicken, Thai Barbecue Chicken is something you'll want to try. It's simple to make, and the results are stupendous. Includes a special marinade that imbues the chicken with taste and gives it that beautiful reddish barbecue color. Serve with a quintessentially Thai sauce that is super-easy to make (no cooking involved!) and gives your BBQ chicken that extra hit of flavor. 

    Continue to 13 of 20 below.
  • 13 of 20
    Thai Grilled Whole Fish with Coriander-Chili Sauce
    Thai Grilled Whole Fish with Coriander-Chili Sauce. D.Schmidt for About.com

    This 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. And nearly any whole "white-fleshed" fish can be used for this recipe (here I've chosen rainbow trout, but feel free to substitute whole snapper, sea bream, talapia, gray mullet, or the...MORE fish of your choice). ENJOY!

  • 14 of 20
    Thai Grilled Peanut-Tamarind Chicken
    Thai Grilled Peanut-Tamarind Chicken. D.Schmidt for About.com

    If you like chicken satay, but not all the work that goes into cutting and skewering the chicken, then this grilled chicken recipe makes a good satay substitute. It starts with a fantastically flavored peanut marinade/sauce. Ground peanuts combine with tamarind to create that powerful Thai combination of sweet and sour, spicy and salty. ENJOY!

  • 15 of 20
    Thai Tofu Satay
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/18/10

    Try this Thai Tofu Satay for a vegetarian/vegan main course dish that's incredibly flavorful and nutritionally complete. The satay marinade for this dish has been handed down through my husband's family for generations, going all the way back to Thailand and northern Malaysia, and you'll taste its authenticity! Be sure to pair it with my Real Peanut Satay Sauce - it's easy to make and adds the finishing touch to this great vegan dish.

  • 16 of 20
    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad
    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad. D.Schmidt for About.com

    This Thai chicken salad is easy to make and pops with flavor. As a bonus, it's low in calories and fat while remaining extremely high in taste. The chicken is marinated in a light peppercorn marinade, then grilled (or oven-broiled) and served over a bed of cool greens together with a tangy Thai dressing.

    Continue to 17 of 20 below.
  • 17 of 20
    D.Schmidt

    This barbecue fish recipe smells so good on the barbecue that you just might find the neighbors coming around to see what you're cooking. Marinated in a tangy Thai sauce (which is also used as a dipping sauce), these healthy, colorful skewers will satisfy the whole family - even your kids will love them. Make up your own combination of vegetables and fish, according to your preference or what you happen to have on hand that's fresh and good.

  • 18 of 20
    Thai Grilled Salmon with Coconut Sambal
    Thai Grilled Salmon with Coconut Sambal - Easy & Amazing!. D.Schmidt for About.com

    This fantastic 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. For best results, look for wild fillets of salmon, or salmon steaks. Finish this dish with a no-cook coconut sauce, and you have the...MORE perfect salmon recipe for your barbecue or cookout!

  • 19 of 20
    Grilled Pineapple 'Pops'
    Grilled Pineapple 'Pops'!. D.Schmidt for About.com

    Ready for a new Thai dessert you can make right on your barbecue? Then try this easy recipe for Grilled Pineapple Dessert! Fantastic is the only way to describe the taste of this fresh dessert idea. Includes all the instructions you will need to buy and cut a fresh pineapple (it's very easy to do!). While fun to eat, this can also be a very gourmet dessert, especially when dressed up with shredded coconut and paired with a coconutty dipping sauce (recipe included). Also, includes make-ahead...MORE tips, so you can easily serve this dessert recipe at your next barbecue or dinner party.

  • 20 of 20
    Superb Thai Beef Satay!
    D.Schmidt for About.com

    If you've ever wondered what satay is, exactly, here's your chance to find out - plus, get a real Thai satay recipe at the same time. Here's to the world's greatest grilling!