Thai Recipes

Explore Thailand's vibrant cuisine

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.

Thai Charred Squid (Pla Muek Yang)

Thai Charred Squid (Pla Muek Yang)
This grilled squid dish, covered in a tangy sauce and topped with peanuts and cilantro, is a Thai roadside treat.Matt Taylor-Gross

Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad

Spicy Thai-Style Zucchini Carrot Salad
Matchstick ribbons of zucchini and carrot mingle with grassy, fresh herbs, and roasted peanuts in this salad inspired by the flavors of Thailand. A pungent, savory, tart dressing brings the dish together.Matt Taylor-Gross
Thai Minced Pork Salad (Laab)

Thai Minced Pork Salad (Laab)

In northeast Thailand and Laos, laab is made of minced meat lightly poached in broth, dressed with chiles, fresh herbs, and roasted rice powder, and eaten with sticky rice.Penny De Los Santos

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)
At Seattle's Little Uncle, chefs Poncharee Kounpungchart and Wiley Frank dehydrate Oregon bay shrimp and crush them into a green papaya salad, where the crustaceans amp up the umami flavor.Ingalls Photography

Thai Pomelo Salad (Dtam Som Oo)

Thai Pomelo Salad (Dtam Som Oo)
Sweet pomelo pairs beautifully with chiles, peanuts, and mint in this recipe for a classic Thai salad from Talde in Brooklyn, New York. Get the recipe for Thai Pomelo Salad (Dtam Som Oo) »Ingalls Photography

Charred Cabbage Slaw

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw
In this offbeat slaw, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits.Drew Anthony Smith
Watermelon, Feta, and Jalapeño Salad

Watermelon, Feta, and Jalapeño Salad

For a Southeast Asian spin, add fish sauce, chile, and Thai basil to the classic combination of watermelon and feta.Drew Anthony Smith
Thai Pork Satay (Muu Satay)

Thai Pork Satay (Muu Satay)

Coconut milk imbues this pork satay with a subtle sweetness.Todd Coleman
Thai Cucumber Relish (Ajad)

Thai Cucumber Relish (Ajad)

This quick, spicy-sweet relish makes a perfect picnic side.Todd Coleman
Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang)

Unripened mangoes are julienned and combined with chiles, garlic, and shallots to form the base of one of our favorite Southeast Asian salads,a refreshing adaptation of the more widely known version made with papaya.Todd Coleman
Red Curry with Pork Belly and Green Beans (Phat Phrik Khing Muu)

Red Curry with Pork Belly and Green Beans (Phat Phrik Khing Muu)

This dish belongs to a category of curries called phat phrik khing, or “dry curry.” It's caramelized in pork fat rather than cracked coconut cream, and there's no coconut milk for gravy, making the flavors of the paste—citrusy lemongrass, gingery krachai, briny shrimp—more pronounced.Penny De Los Santos
Yellow Curry with Beef and Potatoes (Kaeng Karii)

Yellow Curry with Beef and Potatoes (Kaeng Karii)

The dried spices in this complex, coconut-enriched Thai curry from chef Andy Ricker of Pok Pok reveal its South Asian origins. Ricker's advice, from his October 2013 article The Star of Siam: "Follow the recipe exactly the first time, then adjust the seasonings and the coconut milk. Put your stamp on it. After all, that's what the Thai do."Penny De Los Santos
Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Sauce (Gai Yahng)

Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Sauce (Gai Yahng)

Though the chicken is normally spatchcocked for this smoky Thai specialty, cutting it into pieces works just as well.Austin Bush
Green Curry Chicken

Green Curry Chicken

You can buy the green curry paste to make this Thai classic at any Asian market, but it's so easy to make, and the results are so fragrant and flavorful, that it's more than worth making from scratch.Maxime Iattoni
Steamed Thai Fish Custard

Steamed Thai Fish Custard

Typically steamed in intricately folded banana leaves, these Thai fish custards are baked in leaf-lined ramekins set in a water bath.Todd Coleman

Pandan-Coconut Ice Cream

Pandan-Coconut Ice Cream
Often used in southeast Asian curries and Indian rice dishes, pandan leaf lends a subtly exotic savory note to this coconut ice cream.Laura Sant
Thai Iced Coffee

Thai Iced Coffee

The now-essential ingredient of sweetened condensed milk was first incorporated into this potent summer cooler in the mid-twentieth century, when the commissaries of American military bases in Thailand were selling the thick, concentrated treat. Locals quickly embraced it, adding the stuff to both iced coffee and tea, making them luxuriously sweet.Maxime Iattoni
Pod Thai

Pod Thai

Cardamom-lemongrass syrup lends a bit of Thai spice to a fresh cocktail made with rum and coconut.Helen Rosner