Five Easy Thai Recipes

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These easy Thai recipes are a good start for anyone who loves Thai food and wants to start learning how to cook Thai at home.

5 easy thai recipes

Here are a few super easy Thai recipes that are in our regular rotation and we think are worthy of yours. They don’t require any specialty ingredients and are totally weeknight friendly.

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Thai Fried Rice on a white plate and topped with a fried egg

Thai Fried Rice

When we don’t have a dinner plan, Thai Fried Rice often ends up on the menu. Nothing fancy or unusual here. Frozen vegetables work great. The fish sauce and squeeze of lime juice are what really give this the authentic flavor we remember from our years in Bangkok. (Ginger Fried Rice is another favorite with lots of flavors typical to Thai cooking.)

overhead image of stirring Thai Cashew Chicken in a wok

Thai Cashew Chicken

This recipe is 100% weeknight friendly and is great with just about any vegetables you have on hand. Even though the recipe calls for one less common ingredient (dark sweet soy sauce), we’ve included notes in the recipe for an easy substitute using ingredients you definitely have in your pantry.

Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles in a white bowl

20 Minute Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles

I’ve heard from so many of you that this is a weeknight go-to. No unusual ingredients here and the use of packaged ramen noodles (discard the salty seasoning packets) and rotisserie chicken really do make this a 20-minute meal!

Thai Meatballs with Pork and Rice on lettuce wrapsThai-Style Meatballs

Served in lettuce cups, with peanut sauce, or all on their own, these meatballs get a ton of flavor thanks to the addition of a small amount of red curry paste. But what really makes these special is that cooked rice is combined with the pork. It’s a great way to use up leftover rice and the rice gets slightly nutty and crisp as the meatballs are seared in the pan.

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce in a small white bowl

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

This popular sweet and spicy sauce is incredibly easy to make and can be adapted to fit any spice preference. The recipe includes notes for making a version without any spice at all (using red bell peppers). Serve this sauce with spring rolls (store-bought or homemade), grilled chicken, or baked crab rangoon.

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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. Thai food is one of my favorite cuisine. So lucky I have read this post. I can finally make Thai food at home instead of going to restaurant! Thanks for sharing. By the way, do you have any idea of Japanese food?