16 Super Delicious (and Easy) Asian Food Recipes

Kimchi fried rice, chana masala, satay chicken recipes and so much more.

18 super quick  easy asian food recipes
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In these trying times of pandemic-related violence, the Asian community is drawing its strength from its rich and vibrant culture, especially its culinary tradition. From cooking signature foods like Korean barbecue and Chinese hot pot, both of which have origins that date back for centuries, to watching Asian chefs compete on Top Chef, to seeing successful Asian restaurateurs expand their reach, Asian people have found pride in their food for ages and will continue to do so.

Asian cuisine, both traditional and fusion, is so diverse and all so yummy. Many people frequent Asian restaurants for their takeout of choice (and we encourage you to continue to do so!) , but cooking your favorite Asian foods at home is easy and can be a fun experience for you and the whole family. Asian cuisine uses simple cooking methods and familiar ingredients like chicken, pork, ground turkey and rice. There are also healthy tofu recipes that vegetarians can enjoy. Best of all, these simple Asian recipes can even take as little as 30 minutes or less to make.

Because Asian food is endlessly rich and diverse, consider this a beginner’s guide that will ease you into cooking authentic Asian cuisine. A note about the Asian ingredients you’ll see in these recipes: You can find them at your local Asian grocery store or in the Asian aisle of your usual food shopping location. You can also easily buy ingredients online and have them shipped to you. With these cooking tips, you can try easy Asian recipes that include cuisines from Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, India and more. These recipes will show you that Asian food is much more than just rice, noodles and stir-fry. Come and celebrate Asian culture with culinary appreciation.

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Feasting At Home
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Tom Kha Gai Soup

This Thai coconut chicken soup can be made on the stove or in an Instant Pot. The tropical flavors of coconut and lime will fill up your kitchen.

Get the recipe from Feasting at Home »

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Kimchi Fried Rice

Made with just a few ingredients, this classic kimchi fried rice is so easy to cook you can have it every day.

Get the recipe at Damn Delicious »

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The Woks of Life
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Tofu Avocado Salad

This protein and healthy fat-filled salad is perfect for a quick lunch or a vegetarian side dish for dinner.

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The Woks of Life
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Ginger Chicken

This homestyle Chinese dish uses the classic trio of fresh aromatics often used in Cantonese cooking: ginger, garlic and scallion. This mix will have your kitchen smelling absolutely heavenly.

Get the recipe from The Woks of Life »

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Chana Masala

This Indian vegan curry is chock full of chickpeas, spices and protein. Enjoy with a side of naan or roti for a well-rounded dish.

Get the recipe from Cook with Manali »

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Mike Garten
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Japanese Chicken Scallion Yakitori

Yakitori is the Japanese name for chicken grilled on a skewer. This super satisfying recipe is perfect for a mini barbecue at home.

Get the recipe for Japanese Scallion Yakatori »

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Ube Halaya

Filipino purple yam jam is a delicious dessert that can be molded into little cakes. The treat is just as delicious as it is beautiful.

Get the recipe from Kitchen Confidante »

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Indonesian Satay Chicken

Need something quick, simple and satisfying? Try this 35-minute recipe of seasoned chicken on bamboo skewers.

Get the recipe from RecipeTinEats »

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Japanese Onigiri

These rice balls, or onigiri, are just about the size of your hand, but they'll fill you up quickly. They're fun to make and can be stuffed with whatever fillings you choose.

Get the recipe from JustOneCookbook »

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My Korean Kitchen
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Honeydew Melon Ice Pops

If you're looking for a healthy dessert, make this simple and refreshing melon popsicle, which is a homemade version of Korea's popular ie cream brand, Melona.

Get the recipe at My Korean Kitchen »

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Raymond Horn
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Healthy Fried Rice

Healthier substitutions like brown rice, low-sodium soy sauce and only a teaspoon of oil make this homemade fried rice a lighter alternative to restaurant fare.

Get the recipe from Woman's Day »

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Feasting At Home
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Thai Turkey Burger with Slaw

This Thai turkey burger is a twist on the American classic with a lot of colorful, crunchy veggies thrown into the mix. Pair it with a spicy aioli sauce and you’ve got perfection.

Get the recipe at Feasting at Home »

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Chicken and Broccoli

Tender and saucy, this chicken and broccoli recipe is strong competition for restaurant takeout. Be sure to make some rice on the side to mix into this dish.

Get the recipe from Omnivore's Cookbook »

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Maruya Banana Fritter

Maruya is a Filipino banana fritter recipe that combines the fruit with sugar, vanilla and egg to make a sweet snack.

Get the recipe from Panlasang Pinoy »

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Parker Feierbach
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Korean Fried Chicken

A popular street food in Seoul, Korean fried chicken contains all the flavors we crave: sweet, sour and spicy. Prepare to have some sticky fingers while eating this addictive dish.

Get the recipe from Delish »

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ralph smith
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Cashew Chicken

This crunchy, savory dish is perfect over a bed of steamed rice. Feel free to throw in a few extra cashews for more crunch.

Get the recipe from The Pioneer Woman »

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