Vegetarian Asian Main Dish Recipes

Browse 150+ vegetarian Asian main dish recipes including chickpea curry, stir-fry, vegetable korma, and tofu pad Thai.

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Lime-Curry Tofu Stir-Fry

Rating: 4.53 stars
This is a quick and tasty sweet and sour dish. I like to marinate the tofu in the same sauce used on the dish, and then bake it at 375 degrees for 20 minutes--it makes the tofu really take on the flavor of the sauce.

Sukhothai Pad Thai

Rating: 4.32 stars
This dish can be made with shrimp, chicken or pork instead of tofu. Look for the more exotic items in the Asian foods section at your local grocery store. Adjust the pad Thai sauce ingredients to taste.

Savannah's Best Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

Rating: 4.54 stars
This is simple and tasty with some rice or couscous and a colorful vegetable; I made a bell pepper, garbanzo, sesame salad. Mmmm, good as a burger too.

Asparagus Cashew Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.55 stars
This is an adaptation of an old Armenian recipe, and this variation is so delicious I can't stop eating it. It's a great way to stretch expensive seasonal asparagus and pricey cashews. It's great as a side dish or as a vegetarian entree.

Owen's Veggie Stir-Fry

Rating: 4.24 stars
Stir-frying is very quick, and helps retain the flavor of the vegetables. This is a recipe all vegetarians have to try! Fluffy white rice is the perfect complement to this dish.

Orange Beef-Style Tofu Stir-Fry

Rating: 4.23 stars
When I get a craving for orange beef, I make up this tofu stir-fry! Pieces of firm tofu in a mildly spicy orange sauce. Serve over rice noodles, and use any vegetables you like!

Sweet and Sour Seitan

Rating: 4.14 stars
This is a tasty vegetarian version of a Chinese classic. You won't even be able to tell it isn't chicken! Seitan is made from wheat gluten and is very high in protein and low in fat. I recommend using a chicken-style variety.

Sesame Asian Tofu Stir-Fry

Rating: 3.93 stars
Thinly-sliced vegetables are stir-fried in a garlic and sesame sauce.

Red Lentil Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is a rich and hearty lentil curry, great as a main meal rather than as a side dish like the more traditional Indian dhal. Don't let the ingredient list faze you, this really is an easy dish to make. This dish is great served with basmati rice.

Ginger Veggie Stir-Fry

Rating: 4.42 stars
I just whipped this up one day when I felt like a stir-fry but did not have all the ingredients called for in some of the stir-fry recipes on this site. I used certain veggies I had on hand, but any seasonal veggies may be used. It has a mild ginger flavor that can be enhanced according to taste, and is filling yet light on the tummy! Tofu may be added. Serve over a bed of steamed jasmine rice.

Vegetarian Korma

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is an easy and exotic Indian dish. It's rich, creamy, mildly spiced, and extremely flavorful. Serve with naan and rice.

Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Rating: 4.75 stars
Yummy vegan curry dish. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

Inspiration and Ideas

Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
Rating: Unrated
"Simple perfection! Very quick and delicious." – vbos

Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Rating: 4.75 stars

Yummy vegan curry dish. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.