Malaysian Recipes

Browse Malaysian recipes including curries, satay, and Malay beef rendang.

Staff Picks

Malaysian Barbecue Chicken Wings

Rating: 4.5 stars 69
This is a Malaysian barbecue recipe that I came up with myself. It is very delicious, especially with chicken wings.

Simple Malaysian Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 54
This is my mother's special, yet simple, recipe that is loved by my family. Chicken marinated in garlic, oyster sauce and curry powder, then fried.

Sherry Chicken Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars 83
Outside of an Oriental restaurant, this is one of the best!

Malaysian Beef Rendang

Rating: 4 stars 56
This dish has a unique flavor, and by varying the amounts of sugar and chilies a whole range of effects can be produced. Serve over rice.

Satay Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 115
This is a basic Malaysian/Thai Satay Sauce - Its wonderful!

Pumpkin Kaya

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
A tweak of the traditional Malay jam, this jam is instead made of pumpkin. Healthy and smells as good as it tastes. It's well worth your time. It's best eaten fresh as a spread on bread.

Malaysian Nasi Lemak

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
Delicious Malaysian coconut rice, served with anchovy hot chile sauce, fried anchovies, fried peanut, sliced cucumber or tomato and hard-boiled egg. If you do not have tamarind juice, substitute with same amount of lemon juice.

Durian Puree Cheesecake

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Durian (aka King of Fruits) is one of my favorite fruits and can be bought at most Asian supermarkets. This exotic fruit is very aromatic and one must have an acquired taste for it, but it adds a nice touch to cheesecake. I incorporated durian into my usual cheesecake recipe and it came out delicious!

Spicy Tomato Chicken (Ayam Masak Merah)

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
This is a Malay/Indonesian dish which is spicy and sweet at the same time. Recipe was passed down to me by my mother-in-law, and although it doesn't quite taste the same as the way she makes it, my husband loves it!

Malaysian Mango Chicken Curry

Rating: 4.5 stars 121
This Malaysian inspired mango dish always has people wanting more.

Sambal Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 3
This is a Malaysian recipe from our Singaporean cook for a rather hot sauce to be used with shrimp or chicken.

Penang Pork Satay

Rating: 4.5 stars 17
I'm not exactly sure how much pork satay they eat in Penang, but I'm confident that your average pork-loving Malaysian would enjoy this explosive combination of flavors. Use a fairly large chunk of pork, because it doesn't take long to develop that beautifully brown, crusty exterior on the grill. Or in a broiler turned to high. Or in the oven at 500 degrees! Serve over rice with peanut sauce and cucumber salad.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Curry V
Rating: Unrated 16
This is the Malaysian version of Indian chicken curry, which uses coconut milk. It can be substituted with yogurt or low-fat milk, but the taste won't be the same.
Chicken with Black Beans
Rating: Unrated 6
Here's a Malaysian homemade dish that's easy to follow. It is a dish that is commonly enjoyed in Malaysian Chinese households.
Malaysian Red Curry Thighs
Rating: 4.5 stars 24

This hits all the tastes: sweet, salty, spicy, and umami. Serve on rice with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro and lime wedges on the side. If you cook with boneless chicken, reduce cooking time to 12 minutes for browning and 10 minutes for simmering.