50 Homemade Asian Recipes That Are Better Than Takeout (2024)

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50 Homemade Asian Recipes That Are Better Than Takeout (1)

ByAlyssa Asaro

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Updated: Apr. 04, 2024

    Learn how to make your favorite Asian recipes, including Vietnamese pho, Mongolian beef and fried rice, at home with these delicious dishes.


    Saucy Beef with Broccoli

    Having a busy weekday and need a tasty meal on the table? This 30-minute Chinese dinner has a garlic and ginger sauce that is to die for!

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    Larb Gai

    This Thai chicken salad is made with chiles, mint and basil. It’s so fresh and light that you’ll want it again and again.

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    Thai Drunken Noodles with Beef

    Winner, winner, weeknight dinner! Thai drunken noodles are the solution to a problem you didn’t know you had.

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    Mango Lassi

    Mango lassi is a sweet Indian drink made from yogurt and mangoes. It’s perfect for a hot day!

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    Also, if you like experimenting and trying different recipes; dive into thischicken satay recipewith a creamy, peppery peanut sauce for dipping.


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    Easy Pad Thai

    This quick and easy Pad Thai is a nice change of pace dinner. This dish dates all the way back to World War II!

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    Korean Pulled Pork Tacos

    These sweet and spicy tacos are a crowd-pleaser. With ginger, soy sauce and Sriracha, they’re as delicious as they are colorful. If you like this, then here’s our collection of incredible Korean food.

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    Malai Kofta

    Malai kofta is a popular vegetarian Indian recipe of fried vegetable balls in a rich, creamy sauce. In this recipe, the sauce is a tomato-based curry sauce and the balls are formed with potatoes and paneer.

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    This Thai-inspired soup highlights one of the most underrated vegetables, bok choy. The simple broth is light and garlic-y.

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    Mango Chicken Thighs with Basil-Coconut Sauce

    This Asian curry is an explosion of flavor. From the light fruitiness of the mango to the sweetness of the coconut, this dish will wow anyone who eats it.

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    Gingered Short Ribs with Green Rice

    These slow cooker Korean-style ribs are so tender with just the right amount of kick. Just looking at the photo is enough to make your mouth water.

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    Coconut Mango Thai Beef Curry

    This sweet Thai curry packs quite a punch. It’s prepped in a cinch and can also be made with chicken.

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    Chinese Scallion Pancakes

    Chinese scallion pancakes are made with dough versus batter. They reheat wonderfully and are the perfect tool for mopping up sauces.


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    This bulgogi-inspired recipe is predominately seasoned with ginger and soy sauce. The sweet and tangy meat just begs to be thrown over rice.

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    Korean Wontons

    These mild wontons are filled with vegetables and beef. Fried to perfection, they make a great appetizer.

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    Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

    If you haven’t tried pho, what are you waiting for? The ginger-beef soup is light but filling. Depending on what region’s pho you’re trying to replicate, you have so many topping and garnish choices!

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    These South Asian savory pastries are filled with potatoes and peas. The street food is made to be eaten with your hands as a crispy appetizer.

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    General Tso’s Stew

    Anyone who orders takeout knows General Tso’s chicken. This version takes the Chinese classic, and gives it a new form. This chili-like soup will become your go-to dinner when you’re looking for a night in.

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    Chicken Korma

    Chicken Korma is one of the more mild curries. It comes together in under an hour and is wonderfully spiced with ginger and cloves.

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    Ceylon Chicken Curry Noodle Soup

    It’s not a secret that all chicken soups are comforting. But what sets this South Asian soup apart from others is the coconut base and curry seasoning. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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    Chapati Breads

    This Indian flatbread goes well with any spiced dish. The leftovers can be used for sandwich wraps.

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    Kulfi is a spiced Indian ice cream treat. With pistachios, almonds and cashews, this is a great treat for those who like sweet and savory desserts.

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    Japanese Curried Beef Stew

    This take on Japanese curry is lighter than an American beef stew. The potatoes, carrots and beef make it still hearty and filling.

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    Mongolian Beef

    Any meat lovers out there? Meet your new favorite 30-minute dinner. This Chinese-inspired stir-fry really highlights an underused pantry staple, hoisin sauce.

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    Vietnamese Chicken Banh Mi Sandwiches

    Traditionally, banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich, is made with pork. This version uses spicy chicken sausage to add a kick to the pickled vegetables.

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    Kung Pao Chicken

    Kung Pao chicken is a spicy, Chinese stir-fry with peanuts and chili sauce. While similar to General Tso’s, this dish has a more mild and balanced sauce.

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    Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps

    You won’t miss bread with these crunchy and tangy lettuce wraps. There’s no shortage of flavor with jalapeños, peanuts and mint. The hoisin sauce sends them over the top!

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    Cashew Chicken with Ginger

    A soy sauce and brown sugar base is the start of a great meal. This cashew chicken is made fresh with mushrooms and bell peppers.

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    Kimchi Fried Rice

    Kimchi is made with fermented Napa cabbage. It’s spicy, sour and tangy, making it a great addition to fried rice.

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    Easy Pepper Steak

    You get takeout because of the convenience. But what if cooking it was just as fast? This Thai favorite takes only 10-minutes to prep and the result will blow you away.

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    These Filipino-style meatballs can be served as an appetizer or stirred into soup. You won’t want to skip out on the banana ketchup dipping sauce!

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    Filipino Chicken Adobo

    This saucy chicken is savory and tangy. With a marinade like this, it tastes even better the next day!

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    Slow-Cooker Malaysian Chicken

    The sweet potatoes in this chicken dish work to make the sauce thick and creamy. Peanut butter is the unsung hero of this weeknight dinner!

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    California Sushi Rolls

    These sushi rice rolls are simpler to make than you think, and taste as good as any restaurant rolls. For the best results, use sushi rice to ensure the right sticky consistency.

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    Indonesian Pork Satay

    Sesame oil and Thai chili sauce pair perfectly with peanut butter to form a tasty sauce. The lime juice ties the pork skewers together for a memorable dinner.

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    Instant Pot Sesame Chicken

    Your family will love the flavorful sauce in this sesame chicken; it’s the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. If you serve gluten-free meals, simply swap the soy sauce for tamari.

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    Hoisin Pork Tenderloin

    This ramen noodle recipe can be made with any cut of pork. It plates like a restaurant meal and tastes even better!

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    Tandoori Chicken

    A hand-mixed spice rub makes this chicken go from a regular weeknight meal to a special occasion dinner. The honey-lime sauce practically melts into the spicy yogurt chicken.

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    Grilled Garlic Naan

    No curry dish is complete without garlic naan. You couldn’t ask for a better dipping vehicle for sauce!

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    Japanese Sushi Rice

    Despite the name, you can use sushi rice for a lot more than just sushi. It can go into rice bowls, lettuce wraps and stir-fries. Looking for more? Here are some quick Japanese recipes to master at home.

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    If you’re looking for a beginner recipe for rice paper wrappers, look no further! This handheld meal is refreshing and a great way to get everyone on board with veggies.

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    Slow-Cooker Butter Chicken

    Butter chicken with garlic naan sounds like the best meal for a night in. And here’s how you make it! This dish is similar to tikka masala, but creamier.

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    Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork

    This Chinese barbecue pork is made easier in the slow cooker. The versatile meal can be served over rice, in a bun or even in a salad.

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    Pork Pancit

    Pancit refers to Filipino noodle dishes. This one has pork, but you can try it with chicken, sausage and even Spam!

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    Easy Chicken Fried Rice

    Chinese fried rice is a takeout staple. Who knew it was so easy to make? Wow your family and friends with this easy and healthy chicken dinner.

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    Vietnamese Chicken Meatball Soup with Bok Choy

    This Vietnamese soup is served all year long. And we can see why! This meatball soup can be easily packed for the best work lunch you’ve had all week.

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    Chicken Pot Stickers

    You can’t go wrong with chicken and mushrooms! With a soy and ginger dipping sauce, these Chinese pot stickers will steal the show at your next party.

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    Sticky Rice with Mango-Coconut Sauce

    This Thai treat is simple and refreshing. You can eat it hot or cold!

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    Japanese Tonkatsu

    These breaded pork cutlets are so diverse. They can be eaten with side dishes or incorporated into the main dish, like a curry. The dipping sauce is a must-try!

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    Filipino Veggie Glass Noodles

    This version of pancit is vegetarian. The glass noodles in this dish are called that because they’re translucent when cooked.

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    Originally Published: April 12, 2021


    Alyssa Asaro

    After writing food and lifestyle content for various publications, Alyssa found herself curating email newsletters and writing recipe collections for Taste of Home. In her spare time, she tries out recipes, writes poetry and watches movies.

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