15 Top-Rated Thai-Inspired Recipes Ready in 45 Minutes
These top-rated recipes were inspired by the time-tested cuisine of Thailand. Whether you're just trying your hand at Thai recipes or are a seasoned pro, there's something here for everyone, from simple peanut sauces and curries to seafood soups and easy noodle dishes. Stock up the pantry with peanut butter, curry paste, and coconut milk, and these quick-and-easy Thai recipes can be yours even on your busiest days. Each one of these recipes is prepped, cooked, and on the table in 45 minutes or less.
Spicy Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)
Chef John's version of this classic Thai dish is easy to make it at home and on the table in about 30 minutes. Finely chopped chicken and ribbons of fresh basil cook quickly with minced garlic, shallots, and sliced chiles in a glaze of oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and chicken broth. "It has spectacular taste even with regular basil instead of Thai or holy basil," says Chef John. "The sauce actually acts like a glaze as the chicken mixture cooks over high heat. The recipe works best if you chop or grind your own chicken and have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking."
Goong Tod Kratiem Prik Thai (Prawns Fried with Garlic and White Pepper)
Ready in about 10 minutes. Shrimp are coated with tapioca flour, fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and white pepper, and quickly sauteed. "A very satisfying dish, especially made with shrimp that's shell-on," says Toi. "It's also a very kid-friendly dinner dish. Serve with lots of rice."
Classic Chicken Pad Thai
Ready in about 45 minutes. "Make authentic Thai noodles at home with this chicken pad Thai recipe," says ChefJackie. "The sauce is made from scratch using Thai favorites like fish sauce, tamarind paste, and shrimp paste."
Thai Chicken Curry in Coconut Milk
This quick curry calls for fish sauce, curry paste, and light coconut milk and is ready in about 35 minutes. Bobbi123 rates it 5 stars: "This was really good! I doubled the curry paste and added some broccoli. If at all possible try to use the fish sauce instead of replacing it with soy sauce. I think it adds something special to the dish."
Thai Steamed Mussels
Ready in 30 minutes. Mussels slimmer in lime juice, coconut milk, wine, curry paste, garlic, fish sauce, and sugar. "Awesome!" raves Alison Sommer. "This is really flavorful, you won't want it to end! My only recommendation would be to make double the sauce and eat it with rice so you can soak up the extra sauce."
Thai Chicken Satay
Preps and cooks in about 20 minutes. For this Thai-style satay, strips of chicken breast bathe in a marinade featuring coconut milk, ground coriander, curry powder, fish sauce, and chili oil. Serve your skewers with a simple peanut sauce.
Thai Spicy Basil Chicken Fried Rice
A quick stir-fry with strips of chicken, bell peppers, garlic, and onion and a sauce starring oyster sauce, fish sauce, and sugar. You'll stir in chilled rice, basil leaves, and garnish with sliced cucumber and fresh cilantro. It all comes together in about 40 minutes. "This is a staple of Thai cooking," says ErinInVegas. "Adjust the spices to your own tastes for a really great use for leftover rice! I get the basil from a local Asian market. It has a different flavor than that of regular basil and makes all the difference in this recipe. It is fast and fairly easy to make, but requires constant stirring."
Kai Kang Dang (Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk)
Sweet coconut milk and spicy red curry paste combine with chicken, veggies, bamboo shoots, and basil. "I'll definitely make this again—it was just as good as the Thai takeout we get all the time!" says Lauren Fitch.
Thai Peanut Chicken
Ready in about 40 minutes."This is a very tasty Asian-inspired dish made with chicken and broccoli in a spicy peanut sauce," says NIMITZ. "If you like it mild, use less cayenne, like it spicy, use more. If you're salt conscious, use low sodium soy sauce."
Carrie's Pad Thai Salad
Ready in about 40 minutes. This noodle bowl features rice noodles in tamarind, lime, and fish sauce with sprouts, cilantro, and peanuts on a bed of chopped lettuce. "This is my favorite Pad Thai creation," says Carrie Medina. "After I started making it at home, I could never go back. This is a full meal, suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike."
Panang Curry with Chicken
Ready in about 35 minutes. "Panang curry with chicken represents the diversity of Thailand's southern region," says wiley. "Panang refers to the island of Penang in Northern Malaysia bordering southern Thailand. Use 4 tablespoons curry paste from a fresh curry paste recipe or 5 tablespoons pre-made curry paste."
Authentic Thai Coconut Soup
Ready in about 40 minutes. This Thai-inspired soup features shrimp and mushrooms in a cocount milk-based broth flavored with galangal, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, and curry powder and finished with sliced green onions and red pepper flakes. "If you have all the ingredients on hand, it's easy to put together and makes the perfect comfort food," says MIREYZ. "If not, it only takes one trip the Asian market. It's so versatile you can make it vegetarian or substitute chicken for shrimp."
The Best Thai Peanut Sauce
This simple no-cook Thai sauce is ready in just 15 minutes. "Terrific authentic Thai taste," says Stephanie Morissette. "It is spicy and peanutty, and is perfect as a dipping sauce for chicken, shrimp, and beef or tossed with warm cooked noodles for a quick pasta dish."
Easy and Spicy Thai Basil Chicken with Egg
Thai chile peppers and garlic are sauteed with chicken, then combined with soy sauce, oyster sauce, and a little sugar. Add fresh basil and cooked scrambled eggs at the end. "Fantastic spicy quick lunch or dinner," says Collette Duck. "The egg really makes the meal. We are obsessed with this dish right now! Serving with sliced cucumber and tomato is delicious."
Thai Beef Fried Rice
Ready in about 30 minutes. "This fried rice is made with ground beef, and is Thai home cooking at its best!" says Diana71. "Enjoy the delicious flavor that the soy sauce, fish sauce, and fresh tomato bring to this version of fried rice."
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