Of all of the varied cuisines across the world, Thai is easily one of the most distinct and recognizable, thanks to its use of more floral flavor notes, and its sharp but refreshing tastes.
Thai food is also steeped in tradition, and many of the oldest recipes are still very much in use to this day, passed down from generation to generation.
But with the power of the internet, it has become easier and easier to share these recipes around!
You’re likely reading this right now because you have found yourself totally overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices available online.
Well, rest assured, because we have done the hard research to find 35 of the very best Thai recipes that you can easily try at home right now!
Read onward down below to get started and discover what these recipes have to offer!
1. Pad Thai
One of the best things about pad thai is that it is incredibly flexible when it comes to deciding which meats to include in it. Whether you want to use chicken, beef, or shrimp, or even a vegetarian or vegan substitute, this recipe will show you how!
And the end result of the recipe is totally incredible, and one of its absolute highlights is the added crushed peanuts that are scattered across the top, giving the dish a unique sense of texture, and providing a savory kick to contrast with the sharp flavor of the pad thai sauce!
Tired of ordinary chicken in your curry? Then you simply have to experience this amazing recipe that replaces meat with sweet potato chunks!
The way the sweet potato soaks up the flavor of the curry is so delightful, and every time you bite into one it releases its flavors across your mouth, infusing them with sweet flavor!
This is a recipe that totally belongs right on this list. It’s one of the very easiest to cook up, and takes very little time and effort to make.
It is also full of delightful goodies that are bound to fill you up and satisfy your stomach after a long and busy day.
The rice is fried up in a mixture of fish sauce, soy sauce, and chili peppers to create a dish that is a true savory feast that is also easy to customize.
Feel free to add or take away ingredients as you see fit, or even swap the chicken with other meats, such as pork or beef!
Thai cuisine isn’t only perfect for savory dishes, as it also has a number of sweet and delectable desserts that are sure to delight your senses.
This sweet and satisfying sticky rice dessert makes a perfect ending note to a Thai meal, and is one of the most refreshing things we’ve ever tasted!
Rolled ice cream has totally taken the internet by storm in recent years thanks to its unique look and texture.
Want to experience it for yourself? Then make sure to follow this recipe that promises to help you make a perfect rolled ice cream in as few as 10 minutes!
Thai food makes absolutely incredible use of coconut among its ingredients, which helps to give much of it an incredibly exotic taste.
If you want a dish that takes full advantage of coconut flavor, then you will totally get a kick out of this chicken soup recipe. The mix of spices is totally incredible, and will blow your mind in no time at all!
Want to make your next Thai curry taste even better than ever? Want a flavor that goes beyond exotic to almost become heavenly?
Make this awesome yellow pineapple curry that strikes a perfect balance between spice, sweetness, and refreshing and wholesome flavor.
It’s also incredibly easy to make and can be done entirely within one pan, saving you a lot of trouble when it comes to cleaning up after cooking the meal. This recipe will soon become one of your absolute favorites!
This isn’t your average iced tea, as it features a surprisingly creamy kick and a sense of sweetness that many other drinks lack.
In fact, this iced tea drink is even more refreshing than your average iced tea, making it a drink you are definitely not going to want to pass up the opportunity to try out for yourself!
These cauliflower treats have a flavor and texture that is remarkably similar to your favorite chicken wings!
They are covered in a delightfully crispy crumb that easily soaks up the peanut butter curry sauce that is draped over them, and they are so tough to resist.
The best thing of all is that this recipe is totally vegan-friendly, so you can enjoy great wing flavor while still sticking to veganism!
Chicken satay skewers are a unique and delicious way to serve chicken that tastes incredibly smokey, and that has a great sense of texture and taste.
And it almost goes without mentioning that the peanut sauce that you can easily dip the skewers into is so amazing and so satisfying. It’s both creamy and savory, and so delicious!
This is a great Thai recipe to try out when the weather heats up and the sun starts beaming! This noodle salad is actually incredibly simple and has many of the flavor staples you would expect from Thai cuisine, but served in a cool and refreshing way!
The noodles help to bring a sense of unity and cohesion to the recipe which in turn makes it more delicious!
Now let’s take a look at a cultural fusion you likely never expected to see on this list!
This recipe, which features an incredibly vibrant mix of Thai and Mexican cuisine gives you a whole new way to appreciate Thai food and one that will also go down as a total treat at your next dinner party!
These tacos are also incredibly easy to cook up, making them worth all of the effort!
Time for another cultural fusion that will blow your mind! This recipe will show you exactly how to create a risotto dish that is totally out of this world and that will show you the true immense potential of a good risotto dish!
We were so surprised at how well traditional Thai flavors managed to accommodate themselves to a risotto!
We’ve looked at a sizable number of Thai recipes for all kinds of distinct daily meals so far today, but there is one important meal we have neglected to explore: Breakfast!
These breakfast omelets are packed full of unique and distinct Thai flavors, that are sure to wake you up and have you fueled for whatever the day has in store for you!
We loved how delightfully vibrant these omelets were, they tasted so good that we couldn’t wake to get out of bed for the next week!
15. Khao Soi Soup
Chicken, various spices, and coconut combine together in this recipe to create a soup dish that you will not soon forget.
Once the soup is complete, it is then served atop a bed of soft egg noodles that easily soak up the soup and become even more flavorful.
And, of course, the medley of vegetables that rests atop the dish helps to give it a sense of freshness that makes it a total delight to enjoy in both hot and cold weather!
This is one of the more tricky recipes on this list, but is still ultimately very easy to make, and leads to such delicious and satisfying results.
A more healthy alternative to tacos or fajitas is these awesome and compact chicken lettuce wraps that involve very little trouble to make and are totally bursting with flavor.
These make for great treats not only for dinner but also for a delicious lunch! You can also create these to serve at a dinner party, to be enjoyed by countless guests that will totally adore the satisfying crunch that they offer!
A classic brisket is one of the best ways to serve up beef that is incredibly tender and packed to the brim with incredible and satisfying flavor.
Cooked up alongside fresh vegetables, this Thai-style brisket makes for a perfect lazy-day meal that tastes totally out of the ordinary!
18. Thai Larb Salad
This has to be one of the most refreshing and satisfying salads ever. The cucumber, radish, and mixture of herbs that are tossed together help to make this a salad to remember. We loved how rejuvenating it proved to be!
19. Thai Green Curry
Thai green curry is arguably one of the most important and iconic recipes on this list, but the trouble is, that so many green curry recipes require considerable time and effort to make.
Luckily, this recipe will show you how to create the perfect one in as few as 30 minutes!
20. Laab Gai
Minced chicken makes for a perfect inclusion in a salad, and this recipe is absolute proof of this surprising fact! Even as the dish is cooking, you’ll be able to smell its intense aromas, and you’ll soon find your mouth watering, ready to tuck in!
21. Tom Kha Gai
This coconut-based soup will definitely not disappoint, and this is partly thanks to the inclusion of extra ingredients like chicken, mushrooms, and a bed of soft and fluffy jasmine rice.
The soup is intensely creamy, and easily soaks into everything in the bowl, imbuing everything with intense flavor!
With a marinade made up of cilantro, basil, fish sauce, and plenty of lime juice, you can bet these chicken thighs come out tasting incredible, and boasting a juicy moistness that makes them an instant hit as soon as you put them on the dinner table!
Grilling these chicken thighs helps to give them an outer crispiness that contrasts with the juicy flesh of the meat contained within! We totally loved these thighs, and strongly recommend you try them out yourself!
Tired of using standard green curry paste that starts to get boring? Well, luckily, with this recipe, you can easily create a green curry paste that you can easily add to countless recipes, and that has a unique flair that other pastes seem to lack.
Your green curries will taste even better with knowledge of the effort involved in making them!
24. Thai Steak Salad
Steak and salad may often sound diametrically opposed, but this recipe proves that they can actually work beautifully in tandem!
The steak itself is beautifully marinated in a slightly tangy, sweet, salty, and often spicy sauce that helps to really draw out its meaty flavor.
And of course, the salad and its dressing help to unify the steak and the salad in a surprisingly effective way!
These shrimp cakes are incredibly soft and moist, and yet the outer crumb retains incredible crispiness that makes the softness all the more effective and noticeable.
The chili aioli dip is perfectly matched with the shrimp cakes, giving a slightly sweet fiery kick that contrasts against the saltiness of the cakes themselves!
These delightful treats will totally rejuvenate your passion for meatballs, and give you a treat that is totally worth savoring. Each bite is totally amazing, as the crispy outer edge of the meatballs helps to contain the soft and juicy inner contents.
Dipping each ball in the chili sauce also helps to make them even more stunning. We just know that you will love these!
You can easily make an average fried rice dish into something magical by following this recipe which allows you to employ the exotic flavor of pineapple to make fried rice not only a savory delight but also a very sweet and refreshing delight!
You can also make it even better by serving up the finished product in a hollowed-out pineapple boat that can help to keep the pineapple flavor fresh and present in every single bite!
Cashew nuts are noted for their uniquely creamy taste that actually pairs surprisingly well with chicken. This recipe helps you to create a delightful sauce that easily unifies the two ingredients to create something unprecedented.
This recipe will require that you get your hands on Thai basil, which tastes slightly different from ordinary Italian basil, but it is so worth it!
The aromatic flavor of the Thai basil helps to make every bite of the stir fry even better than you can imagine!
30. Durian Pie
This recipe will require a little bit of fortitude, thanks to how unique durian is. Durian is known for having a very pungent odor that often puts many off from trying it, but when used just right as an ingredient, it can taste so amazing!
This durian pie recipe will help you to release the durian’s inherent glorious sweetness to create a no-bake treat that you will love and crave for weeks to come!
These crispy goods draw upon the unique flavor of scallions to create an amazing appetizer that you simply won’t be able to get enough of.
We very quickly ate all of these crispy treats, so we can guarantee that they will be very popular when served at a dinner party!
32. Thai Mango Salad
You may not otherwise assume that mango and peanut would combine together so effortlessly, but this recipe proves that they really do!
Of course, it goes without mentioning that adding mango to any recipe makes it even more refreshing and vibrant, so you can bet that this incredible salad is one of our favorites on this list!
Thai cuisine has a total knack for making fruits work immensely well in more savory salads, and this awesome dish is just further proof of this fact.
The shredded papaya in this recipe very quickly releases its fruity flavor across the salad, which in turn helps to make this one of the most delectable things on this list. It’s also incredibly fresh, and makes for a great lunch on a busy and tiring day!
34. Thai Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is an incredibly simple but effective way to close off any successful meal, and this Thai spin on your average fruit salad is sure to prove a popular dessert among friends and family.
But this isn’t your average fruit salad. It’s full of fresh and unique vegetables you may not otherwise expect, and they come together so delightfully!
35. Peanut Sauce
Let’s close off this list with an incredibly useful recipe for a Thai staple that you can easily implement into a massive number of dishes!
This sauce doesn’t just contain peanuts, however, as it also contains extra elements like lime juice, tamari, and maple syrup, to create something both sweet and savory in equal measure!
Frequently Asked Questions
Definitely not. While some in Thailand may choose to use chopsticks to consume their meals, a large number also use forks and spoons to eat. Thus, if you were ever to visit Thailand, you should not feel bad for making use of a fork while eating!
Though dinner times can differ massively from person to person, most restaurants in Thailand begin serving from around 6 pm, and then continue serving until around 10 pm at the latest!
While it is good to not waste food, you only need to eat as much as you actually need when dining in Thailand. It would not be considered rude to not eat every last crumb of a meal in Thailand.
This is unlike many other countries, in which leaving food behind may be seen as insulting.