37 Quick & Easy Asian Recipes to Try at Home

Cooking may seem like a daunting task if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen, but I’m here to tell you (and show you) how you can get started with some of my favorite delicious and easy Asian recipes. Whether you’re a noodlehead or live for rice, there is at least one recipe for any beginner in the kitchen. 

The more you cook and practice your kitchen skills, the better you’ll learn exactly what flavors you prefer, how much seasoning you like in your meals, and more. Below is a full list of Asian recipes that range from Vietnamese, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and even Americanized Asian foods that are further broken down by the main dish, side dish, veggie specific, and dessert. 

Easy Asian main dish recipes

If you need a main dish for your upcoming dinner or party, try these easy recipes below. If you are in a crunch for time, you can choose a recipe that doesn’t need any cooking time, like ahi tuna poke or handrolls (temaki). If you want more of a challenge, try some recipes that require braising like thit kho. Don’t be frightened of braising because it’s a pretty hands-off method of cooking once you get it in the pot. 

  1. Thịt Kho (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs)
thit kho - vietnamese pork and eggs

2. Pork Bulgogi (Spicy Korean Pork)

spicy pork bulgogi on sizzling plate

3. Chinese Sausage (Sticky Rice & Fried Rice)

Chinese sausage w sticky rice and sides

4. Japanese Hand Rolls (Temaki Sushi)

finished hand roll in cone shape

5. Pork Tocino (Easy & No Artificial Colors)

plate of pork tocino for breakfast

6. Filipino Spaghetti (w/ Sweet Spaghetti Sauce) 

filipino spaghetti, with hot dog and cheese on a fork

7. Chicken Tinola (Filipino Tinolang Manok) 

finished pot of chicken tinola

8. Chicken Adobo (Adobong Manok – Filipino Braised Chicken)

chicken adobo bowl with rice on the side

9. Filipino BBQ Pork Skewers 

Filipino BBQ pork skewers

10. Vietnamese Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (Gà Xào Sả Ớt) 

spicy lemongrass chicken and rice

11. Vietnamese Pork Chop (Sườn Nướng) 

vietnamese pork chop with rice and veggies

12. Miến Gà Recipe (Vietnamese Chicken Soup w/ Glass Noodles)

bowl of Vietnamese mien ga with sprig of cilantro nearby

13. Bánh Mì – Vietnamese Sandwiches w/ Pork Belly 

loaves of Vietnamese banh mi

14. Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Súp Nui Gà)

Viet chicken soup with macaroni

15. Vietnamese Pork-Stuffed Fried Tofu In Tomato Sauce

Close-up of fried, pork-stuffed tofu in a tomato sauce () | HungryHuy.com

Easy Asian veggie dish recipes

For those who want a little more vegetables in their lives (or you have some dietary restrictions), try these veggie-focused dishes that are easy to whip up for dinner or any side dish. If you need a little protein, you can easily make some Vietnamese fried tofu with tomato sauce.  

  1. Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce (Gai Lan)
gai lan with fried garlic slices

2. Chinese Cucumber Salad (Smashed Cucumber Salad!)

small plate of Chinese cucumber salad

3. Easy Onion & Garlic Bok Choy

cooked bok choy in a pan

4. Sunomono Salad (Japanese Cucumber Salad) 

sunomono cucumber salad

5. Vietnamese Fried Tofu w/ Tomato Sauce (Đậu Sốt Cà Chua) 

bowl of tofu in tomato sauce

Easy Asian side dishes & appetizer recipes

To complement any main dish, there are also simple recipes for side dishes or appetizers. If you like soup as your appetizer, it’s super easy to make some miso soup. Alternatively, if you have extra time, you can learn to wrap your own lumpiang shanghai at home and freeze half for later cooking too. 

  1. Grilled Clams (Viet Style w/ Onions, Peanuts & Garlic)
grilled clams with green onion, peanuts, oil

2. Easy Coconut Rice (Stovetop & Rice Cooker)

bowl of coconut rice and curry

3. Korean Potato Salad (Gamja Salad)

plate of Korean potato salad / gamja

4. Thai Basil Fried Rice w/ Chicken

Thai basil fried rice in a wok

5. Easy Garlic Fried Rice (Sinangag Filipino)

mixing rice with browned garlic in the pan

6. Lumpia Shanghai (Crispy Filipino Spring Rolls) 

dipping lumpia shanghai into sauce

7. Asian Garlic Noodles (Buttery, Garlicky & Fast!) 

tray of garlic noodles

8. Vietnamese Green Mango Salad with Shrimp (Gỏi Xoài) 

Vietnamese green mango salad with shrimp

9. Green Papaya Salad (Vietnamese Style with Beef Jerky)

Viet green papaya salad with dressing

10. Vietnamese Fish Sauce – Nước Chấm

bowl of Vietnamese dipping sauce

Easy Asian dessert & drink recipes

Nothing is a complete dinner unless you end it with the best part of the meal (well for me that is)–dessert! Now for me, dessert can be anything in between cakes, cookies, drinks, smoothies, and more honestly. In many Asian cuisines, they even have fruit cocktails that are also known as dessert soups. All of these recipes are pretty simple to follow and don’t require too many additional ingredients. 

  1. Turon (Crispy Filipino Banana & Jackfruit Lumpia)
turon / fried banana lumpia

2. Ube Crinkle Cookies (Filipino Purple Yam Cookies) 

baked ube crinkle cookies

3. Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

iced matcha latte & whipped cream

4. Pandan Waffle (Bánh Kẹp Lá Dứa) 

pandan waffles

5. Vietnamese Avocado Smoothie (Sinh Tố Bơ) 

sinh to bo, avocado smoothie

6. Chè Thái (Vietnamese Fruit Cocktail)

che thai cups

7. Vietnamese Banana, Coconut & Tapioca Dessert (Chè Chuối)

Vietnamese che chuoi

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