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.
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.
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.
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.