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19 Thai dishes to spice up your life

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

It's not all about Pad Thai

Over the past few years, the food of Thailand has become a staple nationwide.

Don't be scared of the ingredients in these recipes, because they are easily accessible at your local grocery stores, in the ethnic food aisle.

Appetizers and salads

1

Semi-homemade Thai chicken noodle soup recipe

Semi-homemade Thai chicken noodle soup

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A great way to start your meal, this comforting semi-homemade Thai chicken noodle soup is perfect for when you have leftover rotisserie chicken.

2

Tom kha gai (Thai coconut soup) recipe

Tom Kha Gai (Thai coconut soup)

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Serve up a bowl of this tom kha gai (Thai coconut soup), and savor true Thai flavors like coconut milk, galangal root, fish sauce, lime juice and more.

3

Thai corn chowder recipe

Thai corn chowder

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The classic cream soup that is corn chowder is transformed into Thai corn chowder with the addition coconut milk and curry paste.

4

Thai beef lettuce wrap recipe

Thai beef lettuce wraps

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Go to any Asian restaurant, and you'll see lettuce wraps on the menu like these Thai beef lettuce wraps.

5

Rainbow Thai coleslaw with sweet cilantro-lime dressing recipe

Rainbow Thai coleslaw with sweet cilantro-lime dressing

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Try this rainbow Thai coleslaw with sweet cilantro-lime dressing on a hot summer day. Packed with Thai flavors and fresh vegetables, it's the perfect side dish.

Curries

6

Vegan Thai coconut curry butternut squash soup recipe

Vegan Thai coconut curry butternut squash soup

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This vegan Thai coconut curry butternut squash soup is a warm soup perfect for those chilly nights.

7

Chicken massaman curry recipe

Chicken Massaman curry

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A take on the authentic massaman curry, this recipe for chicken massaman curry is easy to create with curry paste and coconut milk.

8

Lemongrass chicken coconut curry recipe

Lemongrass chicken coconut curry

Photo credit: The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Lemongrass chicken coconut curry uses one of the most traditional Thai ingredients — lemongrass. The fresh, citrusy aroma of lemongrass adds another dimension of flavor.

9

Thai fish curry recipe

Thai fish curry

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Using your favorite firm fish for curry is a great way to add protein and other nutrients into your meals. This Thai fish curry is easily served as a soup or as a main dish over rice or noodles.

Rice and noodles

10

One-pot Thai shrimp pasta recipe

One-pot Thai shrimp pasta

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Have only 20 minutes to make dinner? This one-pot Thai shrimp pasta will become your go-to recipe.

11

Sesame noodles with chicken and peanuts recipe

Sesame noodles with chicken and peanuts

Photo credit: Tried and Tasty

A healthier version of pad Thai, these sesame noodles with chicken and peanuts are packed with snap peas and edamame for added nutrition.

12

Pad Thai recipe

Pad Thai

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Longing for authentic pad Thai? This pad Thai recipe will satisfy your craving.

13

Thai-inspired fried rice with chicken recipe

Thai-inspired fried rice with chicken

Photo credit: An Edible Mosaic

Nothing's better than a rice recipe packed with vegetables and chicken — like this Thai-inspired fried rice with chicken — to serve your family on a busy night.

Main entrees

14

Crunchy and spicy Thai potato chip peanut satay wrap recipe

Crunchy & spicy Thai potato chip peanut satay wrap

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Need a quick lunch? This crunchy and spicy Thai potato chip peanut satay wrap is packed with fresh basil and peanut butter, making it a Thai-inspired meal.

15

Sweet potato and lentil coconut curry recipe

Sweet potato & lentil coconut curry

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Vegan and gluten free, this sweet potato and lentil coconut curry is the perfect main dish to serve your special guests.

16

Thai coconut curry shrimp recipe

Thai coconut curry shrimp

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Shrimp is a great protein to have in your freezer, since it cooks so quickly and saves you when you need to feed your family a delicious meal, like this Thai coconut curry shrimp.

17

Thai spiced chicken with coconut cream Swiss chard recipe

Thai spiced chicken with coconut cream Swiss chard

Photo credit: Bran Appetit

We love spicy dinner ideas, and this Thai spiced chicken with coconut cream Swiss chard fits the bill. Add a side of jasmine rice, and you've got dinner on the table in less than an hour.

18

Thai chicken satay recipe

Thai chicken satay

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Satays are basically proteins on a stick. Whether made with chicken, beef, pork or vegetables, it's a great dish to serve large crowds. Try this Thai chicken satay with a classic peanut dipping sauce.

19

Thai peanut coconut curry chicken recipe

Thai peanut coconut curry chicken

Photo credit: Jeanette's Healthy Living

The luscious ingredients in this Thai peanut coconut curry chicken make it the perfect dish to serve your family in less than 30 minutes.

More Thai recipes

Thai chicken curry
3-Step Thai sweet potato salad

Fried Thai quinoa

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