Healthy Thai Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Thai recipes including Thai curry, pad Thai, chicken and seafood. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Beef Pad Thai

Rating: 5 stars 4
We've bulked up the serving size of beef pad thai by adding in lots of healthy veggies like matchstick carrots, snap peas and scallions. Look for whole-grain brown-rice pad thai noodles to add an additional 3 grams fiber to each serving.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Spaghetti Squash with Peanut Sauce & Edamame

Rating: 4 stars 4
This gluten-free, vegan version of peanut noodles has a high protein content thanks to edamame and peanut butter. Spaghetti squash turns delicately sweet when roasted, which pairs wonderfully with the peanut sauce.
By Carolyn Casner

Sweet Potato Pad Thai

Rating: 4 stars 2
Sweet potato "noodles" (spiralized sweet potatoes) are a nutritious, gluten-free alternative to starchy rice or wheat noodles. Look for them in the produce department of your supermarket. If you have a spiralizer, you can certainly make your own "swoodles" (start with 2 medium sweet potatoes).
By Carolyn Casner

Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Snow Pea Coconut Rice

Rating: 5 stars 1
An entree that's sure to please picky eaters at your table, this Thai-inspired chicken recipe with coconut rice and snow peas is a great choice for a weeknight dinner. Double the chicken to serve more or to have extra on hand to pair with the leftover rice the next day.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Black Sticky Rice

Black sticky rice, a delicious whole-grain alternative to white rice, is purplish black in color and has a chewy texture. This recipe gives you a simple method for how to make black sticky rice. Look for it in natural-foods stores in the bulk department or with other whole-grain rice.
By Naomi Duguid

Peanut Noodles with Shredded Chicken & Vegetables

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
If you can't find a bagged vegetable medley for this easy noodle bowl, choose 12 ounces of cut vegetables from your market's salad bar and create your own mix.
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Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Thai spices and creamy coconut milk distinguish this version from traditional butternut squash soup. Curry paste is a convenient way to add complex flavor, but if you want to make sure this soup is vegan or if you are allergic to shellfish, check the ingredient list carefully--some brands contain shellfish.
By Carolyn Casner

Green Papaya Salad

Rating: 4 stars 1
This Thai-inspired salad makes use of the papayas that grow throughout Hawaii. This version is tossed with tender, sweet pea shoots. Make an extra batch of the vinaigrette to keep on hand in the refrigerator--use it as a marinade for vegetables, a flavorful dressing for fresh melon or as a sauce to splash over grilled fish or chicken.
By David Patterson

Spicy Thai Noodles

Rating: 4 stars 1
Sauces made with heavy creams are loaded with calories and saturated fat. This recipe uses a peanut sauce that has all the richness of a cream sauce but with heart-healthy fats instead. Be careful--if using a store-bought sauce, check the ingredients list for added sugars!
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Chicken Pad Thai

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
A delicious balance of sweet, sour and salty flavors complements rice noodles and chicken in this quick and easy pad thai. We trimmed calories and boosted flavor by cutting back on the sugar you'll find in many restaurant versions. As with any stir-fry, be sure to have all your ingredients prepped before you begin--the steps move quickly once the cooking starts.
By Carolyn Casner

Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Spicy peanut sauce is the perfect match for these marinated grilled chicken strips.
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Baked Tilapia Curry

Rating: 3 stars 2
This healthy fish-and-vegetable curry recipe is made with yellow curry paste, but any Thai curry paste--red or green--will work. Serve with sautéed green beans and brown basmati rice to soak up all the delicious sauce.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Ginger-Garlic Dipping Sauce
Rating: 4 stars 1

In addition to being a delicious dipping sauce for dumplings, this can be used as a marinade for chicken, pork or tofu.