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Best Vegetarian/Vegan Thai Recipes (+ gluten-free)!

Most Popular Vegetarian & Vegan Thai Food Recipes


Vegetarianism is a growing trend in Thailand, and these dishes reveal just how tasty vegetarian Thai food can be. Included are many Vegan dishes, as well as gluten-free meals. These recipes are brimming with Thai taste and are also nutritionally balanced. Enjoy a real vegetarian Thai meal at home tonight!

1. Vegan Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 11/23/09

In Thailand, pumpkin and coconut milk are commonly paired up to make a variety of soups, curries, and even sweet dishes. Here they are combined with a lightly curried soup that makes for a wonderful vegetarian/vegan entree - similar to those served at your favorite Thai or Vietnamese restaurant. Enjoy!

2. Heavenly Pineapple Fried Rice (vegan/gluten-free)

Pineapple Fried Rice
This classic Thai pineapple fried rice recipe is real vegetarian Thai food! Thai jasmine rice is fried up with chunks of pineapple, plus cashews, peas, and currents with a curry-flavored sauce. This is one of my most popular recipes - give it a try!

3. Classic Thai Vegetable Spring Rolls

Thai Spring Rolls

These spring rolls are brimming with vegetables and loads of flavor. And they're fun to make, too - get your kids or spouse involved in the rolling, and you'll be eating these crunchy spring rolls in no time. Makes a terrific party food!

4. Thai Corn Fritters (gluten-free)

vegetarian corn fritters

This scrumptious recipe for corn fritters is a real treat, and it's also vegetarian plus gluten free! - made with corn, tofu, and a variety of vegetables. The corn fritter batter takes only minutes to stir together, then just drop spoonfuls into hot oil and fry for a few minutes. An easy treat that is terrific as an appetizer, snack, or finger food for a party.

5. Easy Thai Grilled Eggplant (Vegan)

Grilled Eggplant Thai-style
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Eggplant is delicious on the grill, and this recipe makes it even better with the use of a Thai-inspired marinade. You'll enjoy its sweet-spicy flavor - makes a superb side dish to any meal you might be cooking (Vegetarian and vegans: see tips below recipe for how to make this dish into a complete meal). Happy grilling!

6. Thai Mushroom Fried Rice

Delicious Mushroom Fried Rice (Vegetarian)
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Mushrooms and rice go together beautifully in this Thai recipe for fried rice. Includes other veggies too, like peas and yellow pepper, for a rice dish that sings with flavor, texture, and supreme freshness. It all comes together quickly in the pan and this recipe is a cinch to make too!

7. Vegetarian/Vegan Pad Thai (gluten-free)

Vegetarian Pad Thai

An authentic Pad Thai recipe for real vegetarian/vegan Thai food lovers. This Pad Thai recipe offers adequate protein in the form of tofu or eggs, and ground nuts. Plus, because it's made with rice noodles, Pad Thai is a naturally gluten-free recipe. Give it a try!

8. Thai Pumpkin Curry with Citrus Notes (vegan/gluten-free)

Pumpkin Curry
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

This vegetarian curry offers the bright colors of autumn - orange, yellow, and red - infused with citrus accents. You'll love the delicious taste of this curry, as well as its healthy combination of vegetables. Makes a beautiful main course dish for a vegetarian/vegan dinner-party or Thanksgiving dinner.

9. Delicious Tofu Noodle Soup with Lemongrass (vegan/gluten-free)

Tofu Noodle Soup

This simple recipe offers restaurant-quality Thai noodle soup in just a few steps! It's a great natural remedy if you're fighting a cold or flu bug, and will boost your mood too. It's the lemongrass that does it - this added to a variety of healthy greens and a mound of thin gluten-free rice noodles. Enjoy!

10. Vegetarian Thai Green Curry (vegan/gluten-free)

vegetarian thai green curry
An authentic Thai Green Curry Recipe for the vegetarian palate. This recipe is vegan, and you can also choose to make it gluten-free. Any way you cook it, this is such a tasty meal, you'll tend to forget how healthy it also is!
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