Superfast Asian Recipes
These recipes, with flavors from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and more, all take 20 minutes or less to prepare.
Crunchy panko breadcrumbs are a Japanese secret that we use to make foods crisp without deep-frying. The crispy pork chops in this dish are enhanced with a two-minute sauce featuring the sinus-clearing horseradish heat of wasabi, and each serving contains just 215 calories. Serve with brown or white rice and your favorite vegetable.
One of our favorite ingredients, Sriracha, brings its considerable chile heat to this dish, but coconut milk counters the burn with sweet creaminess. Try this recipe with sliced pork tenderloin or tofu in place of chicken, or leave out the rice and serve with romaine or Bibb lettuce leaves as lettuce wraps.
With its brilliant purple stems and assertive flavor, Thai basil is a great choice here, but regular basil will work too. The aromatic herbalness of the basil gets a boost from spicy curry paste, pungent fish sauce, and tangy lime juice for an authentic Thai taste. This preparation is also good with pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, or shrimp.
A combination of a five-minute soy-wasabi marinade and high-heat searing leaves a lovely brown crust on the fish in this recipe. You can try it with tuna, too; in that case, sear just a few minutes so the fish is medium-rare. Any kind of easy rice dish, from plain white to Garlic and Ginger Rice, makes an excellent side.
With its familiar flavor and inviting warmth, fried rice is a great comfort food. This simple vegetarian version of the dish comes together in just about the time it takes to cook rice, and has just 376 calories per serving―both faster and healthier than delivery. You can easily substitute chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp for the tofu; just make sure the meat is cooked through before removing from the pan.
The creamy-spicy peanut sauce in this dish is addictive; good thing this dish weighs in at under 500 calories per serving. Any protein―pork, beef, tofu, even edamame―can replace the chicken, and the sauce also makes a great salad dressing or dipping sauce for saté.
Salty-sweet hoisin sauce is one of the secrets to more authentic Chinese flavor, but it's easy to find as just about any supermarket. It's the base of a thick sauce in this six-minute stir-fry that tops rice noodles. The picture shows thin rice vermicelli, but rice noodles are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The secret of Thai cooking is to balance strong flavors. In this dish, pungent fish sauce, fiery serrano chile pepper, and sweet mandarin oranges come together to create flavor big enough to stand up to the tender steak, which cooks to medium-rare in about eight minutes. Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce are a great partner for this recipe and come together in minutes.
Cornstarch serves two purposes in this dish: A quick dredge in it gives the tofu and shrimp a nice crisp coating, and it also makes the sauce thick and glossy, just like you'd get at a restaurant. For an extra nutrition boost, serve over brown rice, or use rice noodles for something slightly different.
Main-dish salads are quick as can be, include a variety of flavors, and are among the most healthful dinners you can make. This recipe adds a great honey-ginger sesame vinaigrette to sweet carrots and snow peas, crunchy almonds, and tender chicken, while keeping calories well under 200, saturated fat under a gram, and providing more than a third of a day's protein per serving.
This Chinese-inflected recipe is unbelievably simple. A little chili garlic sauce, ginger, soy sauce, and peanut butter give nice flavor to pork, with a bed of nutty buckwheat noodles adding substance to the dish. Use whatever veggies you have on hand―onion, carrot, or bok choy work just as well as bell pepper―and serve with fresh fruit like pineapple, melon, or grapes for a sweet counterpoint.
This light and fresh pasta salad, with its easy sweet-sour-spicy dressing, is wonderfully versatile. Serve as a side to just about any pork, beef, or salmon dish, or mix in canned tuna, leftover chicken, or chopped hard-boiled egg for a simple and healthful brown-bag lunch at work or school.
Shellfish deserve a more prominent place at the weeknight dinner table, as they cook in a flash―five minutes in this recipe―and are so very tasty. Here, curry paste, fish sauce, coconut milk, and clam juice create an explosion of spice and briny flavor. Beyond rice, many different starches will work to soak up the juices; try noodles, flatbread like Naan, or crusty French bread.
This soup cooks for all of nine minutes, but that doesn't mean it's short on flavor. Full of powerhouse ingredients like fish sauce, ginger, and curry, as well as coconut milk for creaminess and lots of chicken, shrimp, and vegetables, a bowl of this soup is a satisfying and delicious meal, for just 262 calories per serving.
Who doesn't like eating with their hands once in a while? This seven-ingredient finger food builds immense flavor in about five minutes of prep time. Quick-cooking bean threads, also called cellophane or glass noodles, can substitute for any kind of Asian noodle, especially in Chinese and Korean recipes, and are available at most large supermarkets.
The simple brown sugar-and-spice rub gives these pork chops a nice crust and excellent flavor. The technique of lightly scoring their surface before applying the rub ensures it is well distributed throughout the meat―try it with any kind of steaks or chops. A skillet gives great results here, but this recipe can be just as easily prepared on the grill for an extra smoky element.
Get Asian flavor on the go with these no-cook, make-ahead, easily portable wrap sandwiches. Deli roast beef is dressed up with a sesame-and-lime dressing in a three-minute sandwich that will make you the envy of the lunchroom. Make a batch and stick them in the fridge for a great grab-and-go supper on busy nights.
Chow mein noodles have a nice chewy texture that's a great match for the tender chicken and crunchy carrot and snow peas in this recipe. It's the same savory Chinese-American dish you can get at any restaurant, but our version has less than two grams of saturated fat per serving. Asian-flavored sautéed greens, like spinach or bok choy, are an excellent side.
We bet making this restaurant classic at home never even crossed your mind, but this version is a breeze and just as tasty and special as the original. We substitute flour tortillas for the traditional crepelike pancakes to make things even easier. This meal can make any weeknight a dinner to remember.
Soba noodles, made from buckwheat, are a great item to keep in the pantry for easy meals: They cook quickly and contribute complex carbs and filling fiber to any dish, Asian or otherwise. The addition of edamame and shrimp makes this recipe a nutritional powerhouse, providing more than half of the protein and almost a third of the iron you need in a day with only 418 calories and 1.3 grams of saturated fat per serving.
This Chinese-style inspired dish with an abundance of aromas begs to become one of your favorite Asian dishes. Tofu and sautéed vegetables are combined in a spicy sauce and then laid over a bed of jasmine rice. Don’t forget the last minute sprinkling of peanuts before serving to give just the right amount of crunch.
Once you take your first bite, you’re not going to want to put the fire out. Spice-levels from the habanero pepper are kept in check with a balance of sweet notes found throughout this dish. Not to mention, the cooling basil and cucumber that will give a blast of freshness to your palate.
You won't believe that a 20-minute meal can have this much flavor. Fresh veggies, tender chicken, and a savory sauce are served on a bed of quick-cooking instant rice. This meal is both convenient and delicious enough to serve for any occasion.
All of our favorite Asian flavors are here in this delicous bowl. Tender chicken cutlets are given a crunchy topping and served on a bed of savory, sweet, and spicy ingredients.
For a gluten-free dish, look for gluten-free soy sauce and soba made from 100% buckwheat flour. You can also substitute angel hair pasta or rice noodles for pasta.