22 Vegan Asian Recipes for Quick, Healthy Dinners
Asian cuisines make it shockingly easy to eat vegan. With dishes often centered around plant-based staples like rice, noodles, tofu, or veggies, you can find delicious vegan meals across all types of recipes, from Chinese to Korean specialties. So layer up a noodle bowl, break out your wok to stir-fry, or simmer up a pot of hot and sour soup, these vegan recipes are sure to satisfy with their Asian-inspired flavors.
Vegan Korean Tofu and Leek Barbeque
Marinated in a blend of spicy gochujang, sweet apples, salty soy sauce, and nutty sesame oil, this tofu will be the stand out dish at your next barbeque. Enjoy it straight off the skewer, or serve with lettuce leaves for easy wraps.
Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry
Infused with fresh ginger and garlic, this recipe's rich sauce takes it from a basic veggie stir-fry to a wow-worthy meal. Serve over a bed of steamed rice for soaking up the extra sauce.
Instant Pot® Vegan Corn Congee
A staple in cuisines ranging from China to Myanmar and Japan, congee is the ultimate comfort food dish. It's a savory type of porridge, made by cooking rice in a large amount of water or broth until the grains nearly dissolve, and then dressed up in a bowl with toppings. Here it's covered with peanuts, green onions, and sesame seeds, but you can also add classic options like cilantro, sesame oil, fried onions, or sriracha.
Spicy Vietnamese Quick Pickled Vegetables
Vegan Japchae Korean Noodles
Delicious either cold (the traditional way of serving it) or hot, this Korean dish is sure to become a new favorite. Dangmyeon are noodles made from sweet potato starch, creating a mild flavor and bouncy texture. In japchae the noodles are served up in a sesame-soy sauce with plenty of veggies.
Vegan Hot and Sour Soup
A staple starter dish at Asian restaurants, this vegan version contains none of the traditional eggs or pork that are often in hot and sour soup. The dried mushrooms from this recipe can be found at any well-stocked Asian market.
Panang Curry with Tofu and Vegetables
Steamed Vegan Rice Cakes (Banh Bo Hap)
These sweet and chewy cakes are a Vietnamese dessert specialty. Each steamed cake has an extra fluffy texture thanks to the blend of rice flour, coconut milk, yeast, and sugar. Feel free to add a few drops of vegan-friendly food dye for bold colors, or keep them the original white color.
Vegan Thai Mac n Cheese
While by no means a traditional dish, this Thai-inspired recipe is a prime example of how delicious Asian-fusion cooking can be. Pasta and broccoli are tossed in a creamy coconut milk sauce blended with curry paste, lime juice, and nutritional yeast.
Korean Baked Cauliflower 'Wings'
Korean fried chicken is all the rage, but vegans don't have to miss out on this trend. Breaded and baked cauliflower can stand-in as "wings" after being tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce. To make this a vegan-friendly recipe, use agave in place of honey.
Vegan Lettuce Wraps with Tofu
"These easy-to-make meatless lettuce wraps will be loved by everyone, including meat eaters," says CookingWithShelia, who submitted the recipe. "The tofu provides a texture similar to ground chicken. And the combination of mushrooms, water chestnuts, and hoisin sauce make this dish come to life. You're not going to believe how much flavor is packed in these easy-to-make vegan wraps. Serve with Thai peanut sauce for dipping."
Green Onion Cakes
Also known as scallion pancakes, these tender flatbreads are a staple of Chinese cooking. Since the recipe is unleavened, you can whip up a batch of 16 cakes in just over an hour.
Asian Vegan Tofu Noodles
It's hard to go wrong with a comforting bowl of noodles, but it becomes a wow-worthy dish when tofu and vegetables like red bell pepper and green beans are tossed in. Drizzle on some vegan chili-mayo and you'll be ready for an Asian-inspired dinner.
Vegetarian Banh Mi Bowls
The beloved banh mi sandwich is transformed into a wholesome grain bowl with this easy recipe. Each serving is layered up with brown rice, quinoa, pickled veggies, and sriracha vegan mayo.
Bulgogi-Spiced Tofu Wraps with Kimchi Slaw
Traditionally made with beef or pork, tofu is the star of this bulgogi copycat recipe, featuring the same spices and seasonings for a delicious Korean vegan dish. To make this entirely plant-based, use agave in place of honey.
Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)
In this Vietnamese classic rice noodles swim in a heady vegetable broth infused with cinnamon, ginger, and star anise. "Vegans rejoice! This is delicious, as good as the best pho restaurant," says reviewer Pinkangora.
Thai-Style Butternut Squash Curry
Peanut butter and coconut milk are the perfect pairing for a creamy Thai-inspired curry. This recipe uses frozen butternut squash, meaning you won't have to hassle with prepping the veggie yourself.
Vegan Mapo Tofu
Mushrooms take the place of meat in this spicy Sichuan-style dish. They pair up with creamy silken tofu, swimming in a sauce of Sichuan peppercorns, chili bean paste, and chili oil.
Thai Sweet Sticky Rice With Mango (Khao Neeo Mamuang)
A classic Thai dessert, this vegan-friendly dish features sticky and sweet coconut rice along with perfectly ripe fresh mango.
The Best Ever Vegan Sushi
If you're tired of basic avocado or cucumber rolls as the only vegan options from your local sushi place, try your hand at making sushi at home. This easy recipe has pan-fried tofu, plenty of veggies, and a creamy sriracha sauce that will make it a surefire favorite.
This quick and easy vegetable stir-fry is ready in about 40 minutes. So versatile, it's perfect for using up any fresh vegetables you have in the fridge. "I used purple cauliflower because it looks so pretty but regular cauliflower works as well of course," says Rita.
Japanese Agedashi Tofu
When fried, firm silken tofu is perfectly crunchy on the outside but delightfully creamy on the inside for the ultimate pairing of textures. You may have to visit your local Asian market for some of the dipping sauce ingredients, like dashi or mirin, but it's worth the trek for this authentic Japanese recipe.