With lots of veggies, spices, and of course heaps of peanut sauce, there’s a lot to love about Thai cuisine. But the best part? It’s SO vegan and vegetarian friendly! Here are 15 delicious vegan Thai recipes you need to try!
I’m about to make a bold statement: Thai food is my absolute favorite. I have lots of favorites (so much good food in the world!) but I’m pretty sure Thai is up there at the top.
So, what’s so special about Thai cuisine? First off, so much flavor! It’s all about the spices, and delicious Thai dishes come in both mild and spicy varieties, but all are full of flavor. And the richness. With loads of peanuts, cashews and coconut milk, Thai cuisine always feels like a super indulgent treat.
But what I love the most is how so many Thai dishes are either vegan by default or easily veganized.
Watch out though — lots of seemingly vegan Thai dishes you’ll see on restaurant menus actually contain fish sauce or shrimp paste other non-vegan seasonings. The solution: cook your own. Here are 15 delicious vegan Thai recipes to get started with!
This spin on yellow curry packs in the veggies, with asparagus, bell peppers and golden potatoes. Feel free to switch it up by using your favorites, or whatever happens to be in season. Get the recipe here.
With lots of spices and a heavy hit of peanut butter, massaman curry is a proven crowd pleaser. This vegan curry puts a twist on traditional versions with the inclusion of sweet potatoes. Get the recipe here.
I couldn’t call a collection of vegan Thai recipes complete without everyone’s favorite! Red curry packs in the heat and goes great with crispy tofu and eggplant in this easy vegan stew. Get the recipe here.
This refreshing soup is made with a gingery lemongrass broth, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. It’s full of flavor and light enough to be enjoyed year round. Get the recipe here.
Red curry paste and a splash of coconut milk serve as a spicy stir-fry sauce in this easy vegan spin on a Thai favorite. Get the recipe here.
Have you ever had Thai basil? It’s warmer and spicier than the Italian basil most of us are used to. Get your hands on some so you can make this flavor-packed Thai fried rice from Vegan Richa. Get the recipe here.
…and if you absolutely can’t get ahold of some Thai basil, try this hack: use regular basil and add a bit of Chinese five spice. The flavor profile is similar and it works great in these vegan drunken noodles. Get the recipe here.
Panang curry is basically red curry with the addition of some peanut butter. So basically the best idea ever. This vegan version uses portobello mushrooms in place of the steak you’d find in many traditional versions. Get the recipe here.