10 Thai Inspired Recipes You Can Make at Home

a bowl of Steak Pad Thai Salad with chopsticks

10 easy Thai inspired recipes you can make at home from pad Thai and tom kha soup to Thai beef salad, summer rolls, and more.

eating Thai chicken salad

How to set your kitchen up for easy everyday Thai recipes

If you think making Thai food is out of your league, I’m here to tell you it’s totally doable. You just need a few essentials easily found in your grocery store. I make a point of keeping all my Thai condiments in one section of my fridge door so I can grab them when the urge strikes. If you pick up a few fresh items on the way home from work, you can have authentic Thai any night of the week!


(These will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year)  If you can’t get to a Thai market, look for the brand Thai Kitchen, which sells all of the condiments below. They’ll all be together in your larger supermarkets.

  • Thai curry paste ~ buy both the red and green varieties, they come in small jars.
  • chili paste ~ this is a hot red chili paste and there are many varieties.
  • tamarind paste ~ a thick, sour fruit paste
  • lemongrass paste ~ this is a substitute for fresh lemongrass, which can be hard to find.
  • fish sauce ~ an umami rich sauce made from fermented fish that is quintessential Thai. If you’re vegetarian, substitute Tamari soy sauce.
  • soy sauce ~ I like Tamari brand, which happens to be gluten free.
  • rice vinegar ~ lighter and less sharp than regular vinegar, you’ll find yourself reaching for it all the time.
fish sauce

SPICES & PANTRY STAPLES for Thai cooking

  • coconut milk ~ canned and unsweetened. I stockpile it.
  • rice noodles ~ these come dried in cellophane packages, in many varieties. You’ll use them in noodle bowls and soups.
  • peanuts, raw or roasted
  • peanut butter ~ I prefer Jiff, and you’ll use it as the base for sauces and dressings.
  • jasmine rice ~ this rice is beautifully aromatic and I use it as my all-around rice, even when I’m not cooking Thai.
  • tofu ~ for vegetarian Thai recipes.
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
coconut milk

FRESH HERBS & PRODUCE for Thai cooking

The stuff you might have to make a special trip for, but worth it!

  • fresh limes
  • mango
  • basil (Thai basil is most authentic, but regular will do)
  • cilantro
  • mint
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • hot peppers (Thai chili peppers are small and hot, substitute serrano or cayenne which are more easily available)
Thai basil

Thai Coconut Soup (tom kha)

This soup is characterized by simple yet strong flavors and a light, refreshing consistency.

Thai Coconut Soup in a green bowl

Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad

This recipe is not by any means authentic, but the wonderful summer leaning Thai flavors are there.

Spicy Thai Salad

How to Make Summer Rolls

Summer rolls are one of the greatest gifts Southeast Asia has given to world cuisine. Beautiful, healthy, crunchy, and supremely refreshing, everyone should know how to make them.

Thai summer rolls

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Nutty toasted cashews, golden raisins, warm spices, fresh pineapple, and colorful veggies all come together in a dish that is sure to brighten up a tired meal plan.

Thai pineapple rice in a black bowl with fork

Shrimp Pad Thai

This gluten free noodle bowl is made with Thai rice noodles, and is just as delicious hot as it is cold from the fridge.

Shrimp Pad Thai in a wok

Steak Pad Thai Salad

Another example of how Thai food is some of the most refreshing on the planet ~ my pad Thai/salad mash-up is pure delicious genius on a hot night.

Steak Pad Thai Salad in a glass bowl

Our Favorite Salmon Coconut Curry

A 30 minute Thai inspired curry bowl recipe that doesn’t disappoint with plenty of cilantro, lime, and ginger to balance out that buttery sweet salmon.

salmon coconut curry in a white bowl with herbs

Thai Beef Salad

The very first time I had this salad in a Thai restaurant I knew I had to recreate this wonderful dish with with ribbons of rare steak, tons of fresh herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro, feathery slices of red onion, crunchy cukes, hot peppers, and a tangy garlic ginger dressing ~ and I did!

A vibrant and healthy Thai Beef Salad is a zesty 30 minute meal that everybody goes wild for!

Thai Chicken Salad

This is an epic chicken salad, Thai style! It doesn’t miss a beat, down to that peanut dressing we all crave.

tossing Thai chicken salad

Thai Chicken Satay Bowls with Peanut Sauce

The MOST irresistible peanut sauce-drenched chicken threaded on skewers and layered into the summer dinner bowl of your dreams!

chicken satay bowl with peanut sauce

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  • Reply
    August 22, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Thank you for the suggestion about fish sauce. I am not vegan but deathly allergic to mollusks. Hve been wondering how to substitute oyster sauce etc. in myThai reipes.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      July 14, 2022 at 5:03 am

      Fish sauce is so unique it’s a tough one to find a substitute for. I just listened to a podcast about a new mushroom based ‘fish’ sauce, keep an eye out for it.

  • Reply
    Phyllis Bergst
    February 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Sue, it’s a good thing I haven’t shopped yet this week, just feeling lazy. But you’ve tempted my taste buds and will soon be making a new shopping list. Will let you know which one I try first. You are always an adventure.

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