Thai cooking is full of bright, fresh dishes with intense flavors. Pungent fish sauce and fiery chiles are staples in this vibrant cuisine. From papaya salad to grilled squid to iced coffee, we’ve rounded up our favorite Thai and Thai-inspired recipes.
Som tum, or papaya salad, is an iconic Thai dish. Our version of this spicy, refreshing green papaya dish is flavored with dried shrimp, fish sauce, tamarind juice, and dried chiles. Tomatoes add sweetness and roasted peanuts add crunch. For an interesting variation, replace the standard green papaya with tart green mango.
Rich curries are popular across Thailand. These dishes, generally creamy with coconut milk, are flavored by elaborate pastes full of aromatic ingredients. You can buy curry paste at Asian supermarkets, but making your own is worth the effort. Our yellow curry with beef and potatoes and green curry chicken use ingredients like shrimp paste, turmeric, coriander, Thai chiles, shallots, and cilantro for a serious kick.
In northeast Thailand you’ll find a mincemeat salad called laab. To make it, ground meat is lightly poached in broth, then dressed with chiles, fresh herbs, and roasted rice powder, and eaten with sticky rice. Try our version with pork, Chinese five-spice powder, mint, scallions, and cilantro.
Satay, skewered grilled meats, is a common dish across Southeast Asia. Muu satay is a distinctly Thai version—pork subtly sweetened with coconut milk and flavored with lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, coriander, and more.
Find all these dishes and more in our collection of Thai recipes.