5 Thai-Inspired Dinner Recipes You Can Whip Up in 30 Minutes or Less

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Are you stuck in a cooking rut? While quick meals are a lifesaver during this busy time of year, relying on the same old recipes can cause a bit of kitchen fatigue. Why not spice things up a bit in a literal sense by adding these five Thai-inspired dinner dishes to your recipe arsenal?

They all take 30 minutes or less to cook, and many of them share common ingredients, making grocery shopping a cinch. If you’ve never tried cooking Thai food before, you’ll be surprised how easy it can be!

Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth

Thai Halibut in Coconut Curry Broth

If you want to know how to make a delicious curry in a hurry, look no further than this Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth recipe from The Food Network. First, cook up a tasty sauce with shallots, curry paste, coconut milk and chicken broth. Then, bake the fish in the same pan, and serve topped with the sauce on a bed of cooked spinach. This recipe is packed with protein from the fish and iron from the spinach.

Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce

Tilapia Thai Coconut Curry Quick Recipe

Looking for a quick seafood meal that’s not fish sticks? This flavorful Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce recipe from Food.com is a great, healthy choice. With ingredients like dark sesame oil, cumin, red curry paste, garlic and lime, you’ll love the way the ingredients turn a tender, mild Tilapia fillet into a Thai taste explosion.

Thai Steamed Mussels

Thai Steamed Mussels

For a Thai take on a French favorite, try out this easy recipe for Thai Steamed Mussels from Food.com. Just boil the lime juice, coconut milk, wine, curry paste, garlic, fish sauce and sugar in a large pot, then add the mussels, and cook for 5–8 minutes (or until they open). Best of all, since this recipe is all cooked in one pot, doing the dishes will take hardly any time at all!

Steamed Fish With Lime and Chile

Thai Steamed Fish

You may be short on time, but you don’t have to be short on Thai thanks to this Steamed Fish With Lime and Chile recipe from Epicurious. Simply score a whole back bass or rainbow trout, and steam it for 12–15 minutes with traditional Thai ingredients like lime juice, fish sauce, chiles and cilantro.

Crispy Tilapia in Curry Sauce

Crispy Tilapia Curry Sauce Recipe

This Crispy Tilapia in Curry Sauce recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen is a delicious blend of textures with crunchy, fried Tilapia, a sweet and spicy coconut curry sauce and fluffy jasmine rice. All you need to do is lightly flour the Tilapia fillets, cook for several minutes in a wok or skillet and then simmer the Tilapia in a sauce made up of coconut milk, lime, panang curry paste and fish sauce.

Thanks to these recipes, you can skip the extra calories and cost that come with takeout and make your own speedy Thai food at home! Once you try one of these recipes, you’ll be sure to keep it in your regular rotation of quick-to-make dinners.

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