Thai Soups, Salads, & Side Dishes
Top Thai Salad Recipes
Are you tired of the same old tossed salad? Then check out these Top 10 Best Salad Recipes from the Thai kitchen! These salad recipes are fresh AND refreshingly different. Bursting with flavor and texture, these salads are a culinary delight in every bite.
All the Best Thai Soup Recipes!
The best Thai soup recipes on this site, all in one place. Thai soups are among the tastiest in the world, and some of the healthiest. So get out your soup pot and cook up an aromatic and zesty Thai soup today - they're simple to put together, and make a complete meal.
Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup
For a flavorful and wonderfully soothing soup, try this Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup recipe. This soup will awaken your taste-buds with its incredible taste combination of chicken, lemongrass and coconut in addition to ginger, garlic, and chili. This potent mix will also boost your immune system and help alleviate any cold or flu symtoms...
Top Thai Appetizers and Finger Foods - all in one place!
For a refreshing change of pace, why not create some Thai food for your next party or gathering. Thai is now the most popular of all world cuisines, and for good reason. Your guests will be impressed by the fragrance, flavors, and variety of textures that combine to create a taste explosion with every biteful of these Thai appetizers!
Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps (Appetizer/Finger Food)
Looking for a delicious shrimp appetizer recipe? Try making these wonderful mini Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps! These bite-size lettuce wraps are just perfect for an appetizer or finger food for a party, providing a burst of Thai flavors that hit different parts of the palate all at once. They're simple to make too! ENJOY!
Saffron Coconut Rice Recipe
If you like coconut rice, try this delicious Thai coconut saffron rice recipe. Instead of choosing between saffron rice and coconut rice, I've combined the two into one recipe. The result is a beautiful rice dish that tastes wonderful and is great to serve as a side dish to company or take to a dinner party or potluck. And this coconut rice is...
Thai Pumpkin Coconut Soup Recipe
This Thai Pumpkin Soup recipe is simple to make and tastes as delicious as the pumpkin soup from your favorite Thai restaurant! A variety of protein sources can be used with this soup, including tofu, deep-fried tofu, shrimp, or chickpeas (for a purely vegetarian version, see link in recipe). Chunks of pumpkin or squash are simmered in a...
Thai Crab Cakes - Best Ever!
These Thai crab cakes are guarenteed to melt in your mouth! You will definitely be wowed by how deliciously moist these crab cakes are, plus they're imbued with wonderful Thai flavors. This crab cake recipe makes an elegant appetizer or entree to serve guests, but is also easy enough to cook as an everyday treat.
Thai Chicken Noodle Soup with Lemongrass
This Thai Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my all-time favorite recipes. When the weather turns cooler, or if you're in need of a bowl of comfort, this is the chicken noodle recipe to reach for. What makes this soup recipe special is the uniquely Thai combination of soothing lemongrass and coconut milk - these two flavors marry beautifully with...
Thai Lettuce Wraps
This Thai recipe for lettuce wraps is quick & easy to make. It's also fun to eat as an appetizer or as part of a main course. Serve the filling on a platter with whole lettuce leaves on the side, and let your friends and family wrap their own. They'll love the combination of crisp, cold lettuce with the warm, flavorful filling. And it's a...
Special Thai Appetizer 'Meng Kum'
This special Thai appetizer can only be described as tastebud-tantalizing! Meng Khum combines ingredients like coconut, peanuts, dried shrimp, and lime. Traditionally it is served on banana leaves, but spinach or basil leaves work just as well (and unlike banana leaves, they're edible). Serve it to your friends at your next dinner party and wait...
Thai Salad with Cucumber & Jicama (Man Kaeo)
This Thai Salad Recipe is easy to make and so scrumptious! Jicama ('Man Kaeo' in Thai) is available throughout North America in most regular supermarkets. Jicama has a sweet note and is very crunchy, making it an excellent mate to toss up with cucumber. I've also added red pepper and peanuts, which I find to be a wonderful combination. The...
Best Rice Recipes - from Side Dishes to the Main Course!
These best-of-the-best rice recipes include everything from delicious fried rice recipes to savory coconut rice, sticky rice, even rice salad. Colourful and fragrant, my rice recipes are sure to please your taste-buds and your senses. Serve as a side dish or the main event - either way they'll make any meal especially delicious. ENJOY!
Green Mango Salad (1-page version)
You asked for one-page printable version of my step-by-step Green Mango Salad recipe, so here it is! This salad will blow you away with its tastebud-awakening flavors and mix of textures. Enjoy it as a complete meal by adding cooked shrimp, chicken, or deep-fried tofu if you are vegetarian. Any way you toss it, this healthy salad will be sure to...
Thai Waterfall Beef Salad
This beef salad recipe offers a feast of flavors and textures with every bite! My Waterfall Grilled Beef Salad is based on the famous Waterfall Beef dish in Thailand, so-called because of the splashing sound of juices falling onto a hot grill. The beef is lightly grilled or broiled, sliced thinly, and served over a mixture of salad greens along with a special Thai dressing. Serve as the main course for a nutritious and oh-so-delicious dinner that's naturally high in protein and low in carbs.
Thai Coconut Saffron Rice Recipe
If you like coconut rice, try this delicious Thai coconut rice recipe! Instead of choosing between saffron rice and coconut rice, I've combined the two into one recipe. The result is a beautiful rice that tastes wonderful, and it's also easy to make - just put everything in a pot on the stove and you'll have beautiful coconut rice in just 20...
Thai 'Magic' Fried Rice Recipe
Learn how to make wonderful Thai fried rice in just a few easy steps! I've dubbed this recipe 'Thai Magic Fried Rice' because it is made with 'magic paste', a simple concoction of 3 key ingredients that makes this fried rice sing. If you've enjoyed the fried rice you've had at Thai restaurants, be sure to give this one a try - I think you'll...
Thai Seafood Soup (Tom Yum Talay)
This Thai Seafood Soup is authentic and incredible tasting - you'll love the combination of shrimp and/or seafood together with lemongrass, coconut milk, and lime. This soup soothes and uplifts the spirit as well as the body. In Thailand, Tom Yum Talay is known for its health benefits and is the Thai equivalent of chicken noodle soup when...
Thai Chicken Wings
These easy honeyed-lime wings are bound to be a hit at your next cookout or dinner party. Unlike traditional honey-garlic wings, this recipe offers Thai flavors that meld together just as well (if not better) with the honey. Try it once, and you'll never go back to your old chicken wing recipe! Note: these wings are also delicious cooked in the oven.
Thai-style Corn Chowder Soup
This Thai-style Corn Chowder Soup is deliciously hearty, yet simple to cook up. Made with cream corn as a base, this corn chowder soup is good-for-you comfort food. Makes a nice autumn dish, especially when served in a small pumpkin (or pumpkin-like squash) - perfect for a Thanksgiving or Halloween party!
Thai Mango Chicken Salad Recipe
This Thai version of Mango Chicken Salad will thrill your taste-buds and leave you craving more! At the same time, it's remarkably healthy - low in fat and calories, but wonderfully high in taste, plus it's beautiful to serve. Makes a terrific summer salad or pretty side dish to any meal. The recipe is quite flexible too - add your own...
Best Fried Rice Recipes from the Thai Kitchen!
Try these Best Fried Rice Recipes from the Thai kitchen! All these fried rice recipes include easy to follow instructions and tips to help you make your favorite fried rice at home in your own kitchen with restaurant-quality results (or better!). ENJOY!
Thai Stir-fried Vegetables
Making a "simple stir-fry" isn't always as simple as it might seem. Getting the sauce to taste just right is usually a challenge. But my Thai stir-fried vegetables is a no-fail recipe, mostly because the stir-fry sauce is made before beginning to fry the vegetables, allowing you to adjust the flavor according to your taste.
Easy Thai Tossed Salad with Fresh Mango (& Basil Dressing)
This Mango Tossed Green Salad with Basil Dressing is light and flavorful - great to serve as a side dish with nearly any meal. You can also make it into a complete dinner by tossing in cooked shrimp, tofu, or leftover chicken. A sprinkling of peanuts or cashews helps complete the taste experience. And you don't need to worry about the...
Homemade Chicken Soup with Vegetables, Thai-style
Wonderful homemade chicken soup that's easy to make and wonderful to serve. This chicken soup will warm both body and soul with its Asian concoction of chicken simmered with mushrooms and bell peppers along with garlic, ginger, and other fresh herbs. You'll love this soup for its ease of preparation too - quick to make any night of the week. ...
Thai Spring Rolls
This Thai spring roll recipe can be made vegetarian with tofu, or with baby shrimp if you prefer. Brimming with vegetables and lots of flavor, these spring rolls make a great appetizer or party food. And they're surprisingly easy to make. Get some help from your children or guests with the rolling, and you'll be enjoying these spring rolls in...
Thai Vegetable Egg Rolls (Vegetarian)
This egg roll recipe is crunchy-munchie delicious, plus fun and easy to make! The egg roll filling is made up of lots of crisp vegetables plus a little egg, which makes them healthier plus a great choice for vegetarian Thai food fans (vegan instructions also included)!
Gourmet Thai Scallops Appetizer
This scallop recipe will teach you everything you need to know to cook fantastic pan-seared scallops. Very gourmet, this appetizer is surprisingly easy to make - the cooking time is literally 10 minutes! Great for serving at a dinner party as an appetizer, or for a romantic tapas for two. Enjoy!
Thai Pumpkin Soup
This pumpkin soup recipe is healthy, flavorful, and mood enhancing! Perfect for the fall or winter, this warming soup features pumpkin or squash paired with shrimp and/or chunks of fish, plus healthy greens. Instead of cream, this Thai soup calls for coconut milk, which, aside from being lower in calories and fat than cream, also pairs beautifully with the taste of the pumpkin or squash, making for a delicious soup that is also extremely healthy. ENJOY!
Easy Tossed Green Salad
This easy Thai tossed green salad recipe can be put together in a matter of minutes. Salad makes a wonderfully cooling side dish to spicy Thai curries and other Thai recipes. This tossed salad includes a very simple salad dressing recipe that's delicious, fresh, and slightly creamy but also low in fat and calories.
Easy Yellow Rice Recipe
This Yellow Rice Recipe is simple to make and super delicious! It turns out beautifully golden and very fragrant. Thai jasmine rice or Indian Basmati work well, or any long-grain white rice. Tomatoes work well in this dish, as do peas and red pepper. Yellow rice can be found across a number of cultures, including Thailand and India, and is a...
Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple Salad
This tropical Thai grilled shrimp salad recipe makes any meal fun, beautiful, and easy as a summer breeze! Grilled shrimp are always delicious, but when paired with grilled pineapple and tossed up with fresh greens and a cool coconut salad dressing, they're spectacular. Medium to large shrimp are marinated together with wedges of fresh pineapple, then lightly grilled. Serve with a glass of your favorite white wine, and this grilled shrimp salad turns into a truly gourmet treat. ENJOY!
Easy Stir-Fried Eggplant
This simple stir-fried eggplant recipe is aromatic and flavorful, and the generous amounts of fresh garlic make it extra healthy. A terrific side dish that can also be made vegetarian, it goes well with other Thai favorites. You can adjust the spice level, taking this dish anywhere from mild to red hot - according to your liking.
Thai Fresh Spring Rolls, Step by Step
These fresh spring rolls are truly a refreshing change from regular spring rolls, and they're also much healthier. Make up a "bouquet" today as an appetizer, snack, or part of a main course (served with a Thai salad, these rolls make a complete meal). Or make culinary waves by serving them at your next party. They're a beautiful party food to...
Thai Chicken Noodle Soup (with Rice Noodles)
Try this fantastic chicken noodle soup recipe from the Thai kitchen! If you like chicken noodle soup, you'll love this fragrant version of a universal classic. Made with rice noodles instead of wheat, this chicken soup recipe is lighter in calories, gluten free, and also much healthier than your typical chicken noodle soup - it's also far more...
Thai Chicken and Rice Soup
This chicken and rice soup is "comfort in a bowl", especially at the end of a trying day. It's also very soothing and nourishing if you're fighting a cold or flu bug. This Thai version of chicken and rice soup is extra healthy and delicious, since it includes lots of fresh herbs and spices, like garlic and ginger, as well as fresh vegetables....
Thai Chicken Salad (Larb Gai)
Larb (or "Laab") salad is a Thai classic, and a true taste experience! I've made mine with chicken (Larb Gai), but ground pork or beef can also be used. One of this salad's special ingredients is roasted rice, which adds a satisfying crunchiness to this salad. While it can be served as a meal unto itself, my husband likes it with rice on the...
Stir-Fried Green Beans Recipe
These green beans are aromatic and spicy. In Thailand (as well as in many other South-east Asian countries), green beans are called "long beans" because they are literally 1 foot or more long. For this recipe, you can use regular green beans, or purchase authentic long beans at nearly any Asian store or market.
This Thai cashew salad recipe is incredibly scrumptious - but you won't believe just how scrumptious until you try it for yourself! Whole cashews are combined with cucumber, carrot, red pepper and Thai herbs. This healthy combination is tossed in a very easy and fat free Thai dressing. Cashew salad can be made in just 15 minutes, but tastes truly gourmet! A great salad recipe to accompany any meal, but especially other Thai food favorites.
Special Sour Orange Soup (Geng Som Pla)
This beautiful Thai soup known as "Geng Som Pla" - which actually means Orange Fish Curry" - is an ancient recipe from the Central Plains region of Thailand. It is a fiery-hot soup with both sour and sweet overtones that make for a lively combination, especially when paired with fish and/or seafood. For this recipe, I've used both shrimp and...
Rose Petal Salad
"Unique and sensuous" is the only way to describe this tantalizing Thai salad! Create culinary waves by serving it at your next dinner party. Chicken and shrimp provide protein, while cucumber, spring onion, and fresh herbs provide lots of greens. Star fruit adds a final touch of flavor and beauty to this most exquisite of salad recipes!
Thai Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Vegetables
This easy recipe for pasta salad is super-delicious and virtually fat free! Asian-style egg or wheat noodles - or fettuccini pasta noodles - are tossed in an array of fresh vegetables, shrimp, and herbs for the best pasta salad you'll have all summer. The oil-free dressing is extremely tasty, bursting with the quintessential tastes of Thai...
Summer Harvest Vegetable Soup
This Thai vegetable soup recipe is great any time of year, but is especially good when the summer or autumn vegetables are at their freshest. Quick and easy to make, this soup is also very versatile - substitute the vegetables you prefer, making use of whatever is fresh and available where you live. Both healthy and low-fat, yet rich in taste,...
Tom Yum Soup -One of Thailand's Most Famous Dishes!
Learn to cook delicious Tom Yum - Thai Spicy Soup - with this authentic and easy to follow recipe. An excellent natural remedy for a cold or flu bug!
Thai Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lemongrass
This Thai version of carrot soup also includes the health benefits of ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. With its potent combination of vegetables, rice, and fresh Thai herbs and spices, this soup is an excellent remedy for a cold or flu. High in vitamins A and C plus calcium, it is also extremely delicious, and makes an elegant soup to serve...
Thai Prawn & Pumpkin Soup
This yellow curry soup is a soothing comfort food when the weather turns cooler. Squash may be substituted for pumpkin, or make a vegetarian version by adding chickpeas instead of prawns. Either way, you'll have your guests asking for second helpings of this delicious, nutritious soup.
These fried wontons are THE perfect party food. Make some and watch them disappear - fast! They're easy to make and can also be made vegetarian/vegan so everyone can enjoy them. You can also make them ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator, then just fry them up when your guests arrive. Serve with either sweet chili sauce (available in...
Thai Pineapple Salad with Cucumber and Peanuts
This easy salad recipe is very gourmet tasting. In fact, it's so scrumptious that your guests will think you labored over it (though it takes only minutes to make!). To make this salad, simply toss some pineapple chunks (fresh or canned) with cucumber, green onion, slices of red pepper, and peanuts together with an easy homemade Thai salad...
Hot and Sour Soup
Hot and Sour Soup is similar to Tom Yum Soup, but has a different flavor, plus it relies on egg instead of coconut milk to thicken it. The egg cooks in the soup, shredding into beautiful white "clouds". Includes lots of greens, plus your choice of chicken, seafood, or tofu/wheat gluten. Enjoy as an appetizer or main entree.
Chicken Soup (Tom Ka Kai)
This simple Thai chicken soup has that distinctive Thai flavor - a balance of spicy, salty, sweet and sour. You will especially welcome this soup's warmth during the winter, when it can also provide you with added health benefits, helping to ward off the cold or flu. So sip, slurp, and enjoy!
Asparagus with Mixed Vegetables
This asparagus recipe combines asparagus with other vegetables in an easy stir-fry. In this asparagus recipe, the "speers" remain bright green and still crispy, never soggy or limp. Stir-fried in your wok or frying pan, this easy asparagus recipe will give you 2-3 servings of your daily vegetable goal, and still you'll crave more! Includes an...
Easy Thai Cucumber Salad
This cucumber salad is easy to make and brimming with the quintessential tastes of Thailand. Fresh cucumber is combined with red chillies, shallots, green onion, and basil, then tossed in a tangy Thai dressing. Serve this unique and healthy salad as a side dish at dinner, or as a light and tasty lunch or snack. Great for a party, BBQ, picnic,...
Thai Seafood Noodle Salad
Every bite of this sumptuous seafood salad offers a taste-explosion of Thai flavors! At the same time, the dressing never overpowers the fresh taste of the seafood, but rather brings out all of its natural succulence. While nearly every nation bordering an ocean has its own type of seafood salad, you'll definitely find this Thai version to be one of the best! Makes a great appetizer, side dish, or even a main course thanks to the addition of gluten free silvery glass noodles.
Thai Summer Rolls
Unlike spring rolls, summer rolls are not deep-fried - they're fresh and crisp like summer itself, plus rich in flavor and texture. Thai Summer Rolls are a meal unto themselves, including adequate servings of protein, carbs, and greens (vegetarian instructions included). But they also make an excellent appetizer (see recipe). So why not try this...
Comforting Thai Lemongrass-Coconut Noodle Soup (Vegetarian)
This comforting soup recipe is a great natural remedy if you're suffering from a cold or flu bug - or simply want to warm up on a cold day. It's also a good way to get your greens, with broccoli, Chinese cabbage, carrots, and fresh basil added to a mound of thin gluten free Thai rice noodles.
Thai potstickers are similar to dumplings, so called because they are fried and tend to stick to the bottom of the pot. But don't be decieved - this potsticker recipe is super easy to make. Enjoy Thai potstickers as a snack, an appetizer, or with a salad as a meal unto itself. My family simply loves them.
Special Thai Appetizer - Mock Oysters
This beautiful Thai appetizer looks remarkably like oysters. However, the inital taste, unlike oysters, is crisp and crunchy. Then you get a hit of seafood (shrimp) followed by a wonderful taste-explosion of Thai flavors. A great appetizer to serve at a party, cookout, or any social gathering. Pairs nicely with various wines (I like it with a...
Thai Chicken Dumpling Soup with Greens
This Thai soup recipe is great if you have a cold - or simply want to escape the cold! The chicken dumplings are easily put together using wonton wrappers. A variety of nutritious vegetables are then added. Enjoy this immune-boosting soup as a complete meal, or serve smaller portions as an appetizer for your own Thai dinner menu.
Grilled Chicken Salad & Lemongrass-Coriander-Lime Dressing
My Thai Grilled Chicken Salad will thrill your taste-buds! Strips of chicken breast are marinated in a garlic-coriander-pepper sauce, then chicken is grilled on a BBQ or in your oven. Place over a bed of summer greens that has been tossed in a lemongrass-coriander-lime dressing, and top with a sprinkling of fresh basil for a complete meal that...
Thai Fish Cakes
In Thailand, fish cakes are a common, everyday snack. Sample these with a little sweet chilli sauce and a cold lager, and you'll soon find yourself instantly transported to a Thai beach!
Spicy Thai Dip
This flavorful dip from Northern Thailand is excellent for a snack or appetizer when served with a variety of fresh vegetables.
Thai Coconut Rice
Coconut rice makes a terrific accompaniment to many Thai dishes, such as fish and curries. Although you can make coconut rice in a rice cooker, this recipe teaches you how to make it the old fashioned way - in a pot on the stove. Quick and easy, this coconut rice recipe will come in handy for those times when you want to make dinner extra...
Thai Pasta Salad Recipe
Pasta salad, but with a twist. Made with rice noodles and a flavorful Thai dressing, this dish will prove a big hit at your next potluck, picnic, BBQ, or dinner party. Makes a great summertime salad, lunch, snack, or side dish that's also low in calories and fat, gluten-free, and can be made vegetarian. Once you've tried it, you'll never go back to regular pasta salad again!
Thai Green Papaya Salad
This salad is popular in most areas of Thailand, and when you taste it, you'll know why. The slightly tart flavor of the green papaya combines well with the spice of red chilli pepper and the saltiness of shrimp paste and fish sauce, plus the sweetness of honey. It's a beautifully unique and flavor-filled recipe that will make a great...
Thai Fresh Rolls
Learn to cook Thai fresh rolls, an easy snack for parties, potlucks, appetizers
Thai Beer Nuts
If you like it spicy, you'll want to try making this nutty snack. Serve it with beer during happy hour for a taste of the exotic.
Easy Thai Cucumber Salad
Easy Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe is scrumptious and brimming with taste, yet virtually fat-free. With this salad you get true Thai taste with very little effort - perfect for lazy summer days or when you want an easy side dish. This salad makes a wonderful accompaniment to nearly any main entree, and it can be made a few hours ahead of a dinner party or potluck - or just as easily when you're ru…
Pad Thai Noodle Salad
If you like Asian noodle salads, try this delicious Pad Thai Noodle Salad Recipe! Based on world-famous Pad Thai noodles, this salad features bold Thai flavors and an abundance of textures. It's also light in calories and fat, plus naturally gluten-free. Serve it up as a main course or side dish - also makes a beautiful salad to take to a...
Thai Jicama Christmas Salad
Jicama ('Man Kaeo' in Thai) is a scrumptious part of this Thai Salad which is just perfect for serving around Christmas. If you can't find jicama at your local supermarket, green apple can be substituted. Nuts that can be used include peanuts, cashews, or slivered almonds. I've also added cranberries for a festive touch, but in Thailand you'd...
Pomelo Salad is one of the most famous of all Thai salads, and a favorite...
Pomelo Salad is one of the most famous of all Thai salads, and a favorite among the Thai people. Pomelo is similar to grapefuit, but much larger and slightly sweeter. Pomelos are very large, with much of their bulk taken up by the thick skin. Smaller poemlos are grown in Mexico, and these look similar to grapefruit, varying in color from...