53 Thai Food Recipes to Cook at Home

When the craving strikes and you'd do anything for a bite of spicy curry or beef with basil, learn how to make it at home with this collection of DIY recipes. From Pad Thai and larb to tom kha gai and rice pudding, we have recipes to unlock all of your favorite dishes.

Curated by Ethan Johns

Tom Kha Gai

Pro tip: "Boil the kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass and galangal root first, for at least 30 minutes or until the aroma fills the air. Coconut milk and lime juice are the very last thing to add when the soup is finished."

-Glen H.

Thai Fried Rice (Kao Pad)

"Highly delicious! Quick and easy dinner when you've cooked the rice the night before! Next time I might add a little fish sauce and maybe a bit more chili paste, but that's just personal taste - this recipe is great just the way it is!"


Chicken Larb

"This is my standard "go-to" in Thai restaurants, and I make my own version at home. This is absolutely delicious! The fish sauce, lemongrass and roasted rice powder are essential to give it the right flavor balance. I add a little Thai basil or cilantro at times and I serve it with cabbage instead of lettuce."


Coconut Curry with Shrimp

"Was fun to make my own curry and it was very good! Five stars for the homemade curry paste."


Spicy Beef with Basil (Pad Gra Prow)

"I crave this now and then and when I do, I have to drive across town to my fave Thai restaurant. But not anymore! I made this recipe exactly as written and I was floored by how well it came out."

-Patrick P.

Thai Beef Salad

"I knew this would be a good salad, but it's probably the best salad I've ever made. The herbs all complement each other so well, along with the tangy lime leaves and the spicy pepper."


Spicy Peanut Chicken Curry

"Oh yes, I failed to mention that this recipe is super easy. The only ingredient out of them all that you have to dice is the chicken. That's it. The rest you just dump in. LOVE THAT!"


Chicken Pad Thai

"I really loved this recipe. I have always wanted to know how to make my own pad Thai; I love it and have tried it at so many different restaurants. I think this is just as good—or better—than the versions from any restaurants I have tried it at."


Chicken Satay

"We grilled the chicken, but I didn't have time to baste it or marinade it very long. So instead, I mixed the coconut milk in with the marinade. It was still excellent, even with the changes in implementation."


Thai Noodles in Spicy Peanut Sauce

"This is a recipe that I've tweaked and adjusted to yield a warm noodle side-dish, but it can also stand alone as a main dish. It's quick and easy and full of flavor! I serve it with chicken satay. The leftovers are yummy hot or cold."


Thai Iced Tea

Pro tip: Don't spend too much time searching for Thai tea; you probably won't have much luck finding it, because it is not a specific product. You can make this sweet beverage using any strongly-brewed black tea, like Ceylon.

Coconut Rice

"I made this to go with my fish tonight. I loved the slight coconut flavor from the milk."


Coconut Curry with Chicken & Pineapple

"This recipe introduced me to the fantastic flavor of coconut milk and curry paste, it's insane how good it is, don't even think of skimping on any of the ingredients, you need them all."

-Le Beast

Panang Curry with Beef

"I really like that this recipe adds ginger, chilies, garlic and lemongrass on top of the paste. Some people think that using a paste eliminates the need to add these ingredients, but it really does help bring this dish to life."


Pad See Ew

A Thai take-out staple, this dish of eggy stir-fried noodles is going to quickly become your go-to weeknight meal — just add your favorite protein.

Spicy Vermicelli Salad (Yam Wun Sen)

This glass noodle salad is vegetarian, and features a lightly sautéed mixture of mushrooms and vegetables.

Chicken Khao Soi

"The soup is delicious, but the add-ins are what really make it shine. I served each bowl with limes, bean sprouts, fresh cilantro leaves, sambal oelek and crispy fried onions. I'd recommend the fried onions especially."


Red Curry Paste (Gaeng Pet)

"Oh baby that was good. Beads of sweat are still running down my brow, and Raul is sprawled exhausted and satisfied on the sofa."

-Jeff 631750

Quick & Easy Shrimp Pad Thai

With 10 minutes of active preparation and 20 minutes for soaking the noodles, this easy Pad Thai comes together in no time flat. Not a fan of shrimp? Toss some cooked chicken in with the 5-ingredient sauce to make a delicious alternative.

Cashew Chicken

"This really is quite close to the real thing—what you get in the small ranaharn (restaurant) run by Khun Yai (grandma). Khun Yai would probably add straw mushrooms. Six dried chilies minimum."

-Bo Stenberg

Slow-Cooker Massaman Curry

"This was awesome! I didn't have time to do it in the slow cooker, so I just did it in a normal pot."


Tom Yum

"Very easy and delicious! I couldn't find actual stalks of Lemongrass, so I improvised by steeping Lemongrass (the kind that comes in a tube in the produce section) in some cheesecloth with lime zest (to substitute for the lime leaves)."

-Mad scientist

Mango with Sticky Rice

"I didn't have mango. So I picked some raspberries and blueberries for the fruit. It was yummy."


Spicy Thai Honey-Glazed Grilled Chicken

"I often take fresh kaffir lime leaves and chop them finely and add them either instead of or in addition to the cilantro. The flavor of the lime leaves goes exceptionally well with the fresh aromatic flavor of the lemongrass. Thanks for sharing one of the finest chicken recipes ever!"

-Suzys kitchen

Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

"I made some Thai Egg Rolls the other night for a snack and was looking for something good to dip them in. I came across this and decided to try it. I am SO glad I did! Delicious sauce flavored with both spice and sweet."


Drunken Noodles

"I'm afraid I'd have to resort to profanity to describe how much I enjoyed this dish. Fabulous! It was very easy to prepare. Double the soy sauce, oyster sauce and brown sugar."

-Kevin Young

Green Beans & Tofu in Peanut Sauce

"I liked the technique for making the peanut sauce. Using hot water made it smooth and easy to mix."


Tom Yum Gai

Tom yum (hot and sour soup) meets gai (chicken) in this fragrant soup, which is perfumed with lemongrass, kaffir lime, ginger, fish sauce and lime juice.

Chicken & Mango Curry

"This recipe is fabulous. I made it exactly as written and served it over jasmine rice. Observations: I would use thigh meat rather than breast, and mince the ginger before adding. I also gave fleeting thought to omitting the straw mushrooms—that would have been a mistake."


Thai Vegetables with Basil

"Oh yes! This was the nectar of the Gods. I have always loved the flavor combination of basil and cilantro. I used slightly different vegetables (snow peas, bell pepper, bok choy, etc.) but the sauce was delicious."


Stir-Fried Vermicelli with Shrimp (Pad Wun Sen)

As opposed to the salad called yam wun sen, this pad wun sen is a dish of stir-fried glass noodles. This recipe features both pork and shrimp, along with carrots, green onions and a nice dose of fish sauce.

Thai Chicken with Basil

"I made following the recipe and wouldn't change a thing. Perfection in every bite! We love jasmine rice, so this was a real hit with my family. "


Green Papaya Salad (Som Tam)

This spicy salad mixes sting beans and unripe papaya with a sweet-and-sour dressing that combines fish sauce, lime, chilis and a hint of sugar.

Slow-Cooked Thai Chicken Thighs

"I also used natural creamy peanut butter, which I would recommend over Jif or Skippy... The more natural peanut flavors complement the dish better than the added ingredients in other brands."


Bangkok-Style Chicken Pad Thai

"The sauce was spicy enough to suit our personal tastes. I enjoyed the noodles so much, I was nearly finished before I took a bite of the chicken which was also delicious."

-Miss Fannie

Chicken & Noodles in Spicy Peanut Sauce

"Made this tonight for the first time and it was awesome. Only thing I would say is that definitely make double the sauce."


Slaw with Spicy Thai Vinaigrette

"This is a wonderfully versatile vinaigrette. I have never made it for coleslaw, but have used it many times on chilled noodles/pasta with veggies and chicken. It has such a fresh flavor."

-Steph in Ottawa

Green Curry with Chicken (Gaeng Keow Wan Gai)

"I think it makes a big difference to make the paste yourself, so don't skip this step people! It doesn't take more than a few minutes, and you can do it a few days ahead if you need to."

-A la Carte

Thai Cucumber Salad

"Take this dish over the top by adding a little Thai basil. Very nice and fresh tasting; love the pop from the lime zest!"


Spicy Beef Salad (Nam Tok Neua)

"We used brown sugar since we couldn't find palm sugar. I would have never thought to put fresh mint with the other ingredients, but now that I've tried it I can't imagine eating the dish without it."


Vegetarian Panang Curry

Pro tip: "Brown the tofu in a hot skillet, so it does not break up in the sauce."

-Cornip L.

Green Curry Paste (Gaeng Keow Wan)

"Excellent green curry paste! I put everything in the blender and mashed all the ingredients together for about five mins. When I lifted the lid up, the Thai aromas wafted out. Smelled just like Thailand and tasted like it too."

-Chef floWer

Ginger Beef Stir Fry (Pad Khing Neua)

"It is simple to make and has a lovely ginger kick. I suggest serving with basmati rice, however rice noodles also work well. A tip from the book is to put the beef in the freezer for an hour before preparing so that it is easier to slice thinly."


Thai Sticky Pudding (Kanom Nam Tan)

"You need to stir or whisk non stop because it will catch on the bottom. We had no idea of what to expect but I will give 5 stars for an excellent cultural and culinary experience."


Chiang Mai Curry Noodles

"In Northern Thailand, kao soi is a meal for one, served up in an enormous bowl and garnished with a playful tangle of crunchy egg noodles fried crisp for a contrast in texture to the tender noodles and smooth, sunny-colored sauce."

-Sandi From CA

Black Rice Pudding

"This black rice pudding tastes like it has berries in it but it doesn't! Sweet black rice can be found at Asian markets and it turns purplish when cooked."

-Pepper Monkey

Chicken Pad Thai

"Really good! The pasta was extra creamy, not dry like the pad Thai we get in a Thai restaurant."


"Tiger Cries" Spicy Beef Salad

"I loved this salad! All those flavors work together to create a real taste sensation for your tongue! I love the slightly sweet, limey, lemony dressing paired with beef and the coolness of the greens and cucumber mixed with that essential ingredient: mint! Yum!"


Pork Larb

This meat salad is fragrant and rich from the use of kaffir lime and lemongrass, as well as a healthy dose of fish sauce. It's served with full leaves of lettuce and can be eaten almost like a taco.

Crispy Noodle Salad with Pork & Chicken (Mee Krob)

"Few things are more fun in the kitchen than watching rice noodles fluff up in an explosion of culinary POOF. (That's a scientific term.) I honestly can't imagine this dish being complete without using ALL of the toppings (jalapeño, cilantro and scallions)."

-Sandi From CA

Grilled Coconut Chicken Thighs

Pro tip: "Sometimes I hate to use the grill so this does well in the broiler too. Just use a baking sheet lined with foil topped with a non-coated cooling rack."

-mixn vixn

Red Rice Pudding

"Thai red rice has a firm texture and a nutty flavor giving this dessert a unique flavor and appearance. Be sure to stir often throughout the cooking process so the pudding doesn't get stuck to the bottom of the pot."


Thai Peanut Stir-Fry Sauce

"Excellent...can easily adjust for personal taste (more brown sugar if you want it a little sweeter, more cayenne for a little more spice, etc)."

-Recipe Junkie