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Three Quick & Easy Healthy Thai-Style Dishes You Can Cook at Home

Updated on July 12, 2017
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Quick & easy healthy everydayThai style cooking

For the working mothers who are as busy as I am every day of the week, you are probably eating out quite often or making many different trips to the drive-thru. Well, that means the family is missing a nutrition and well-balanced meal. Allow me to provide three quick, easy, and balanced meals that the entire family will enjoy. These healthy meals can be prepared on a busy weeknight in no time at all.

Thai food is famous all over the world for its enchanting taste and spices. Some may think that Thai food is difficult to prepare, but that is not necessarily true, after breaking the receipt down into steps, it is very simple to master. It is so simple to cook that you do not need a kitchen full of out of the ordinary, hard-to-find ingredients to prepare delicious Thai-style dishes right at home.

Believe it or not, these three recipes can be prepped quickly, made easily, and the food is delightful. So delicious that they will make you want to skip the takeout and eat at home. These dishes show that Thai cooking is anything but boring. It is great to make light work of dinner especially when a hard working mother wants to minimize her time in the kitchen. Here are three easy and tasty recipes that can be cooked in no time at all.

Classic Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Recipe

The pineapple fried rice recipe is a classic and a real vegetarian dish. It is an awesome meatless dinner choice, and I am sure everyone in the family will love it. The prep time is 30 minutes. As it needs to cook for 8 minutes, therefore the total time to prepare is 38 minutes. To prepare this, you will need one can of pineapple, ½ cup of roasted unsalted cashews, 1/2 cup of peas, and flavored sauce.


  • one can of pineapple chunks
  • cooked rice - 3-4 cups
  • vegetable 1/4 cup or faux chicken stock
  • two shallots
  • three cloves garlic
  • one red or green chili
  • frozen peas, ½ cup
  • one small carrot, 1/4 cup
  • ¼ cup raisins,
  • roast unsalted cashews
  • three onions (spring)
  • fresh coriander, 1/3 cup
  • sauce (Stir fry)
  • Three tbsp. Fish sauce
  • Two tsp. Curry powder

Serves 5-6

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Total time: 38 minutes

Taste Tip: to give a little more flavor, add a little extra soy sauce. Also, add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to prevent salty taste. Top it with spring onion and coriander.

How to Make Thai Pineapple Fried Rice

Thai Baked Salmon with Black Bean Sauce

The Baked Salmon with Black Bean Sauce is a Chinese dish that is incredibly easy to make. The entire family will love how the ironic-tasting black bean sauce enriches the delightful flavor of the salmon. The prep time is 10 minutes. As it needs to cook for 12 minutes, therefore, the total time to prepare this is 22 minutes. For this, you will need fresh fish placed in a flat-bottom baking dish and black bean sauce.


  • fresh salmon steaks or fillets - 2-3
  • Black bean sauce
  • chicken stock - 1/3 cup
  • Two tbsp. Prepared black bean sauce,
  • Two tbsp. Sherry OR cooking sherry
  • three cloves garlic
  • one thumb-size piece galangal OR grated fresh ginger
  • One tbsp. Lime juice
  • One tbsp. Fish sauce
  • One tbsp. Brown sugar OR 1 tsp. White sugar
  • Fresh red chilies, 1-2, dried crushed chili, 1/3 to 1/2 tbsp.
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • two spring onions, thinly sliced
  • a drizzle of sesame oil
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Serves 2-3

Cook time: 12 minutes

Prepare: 22 minutes

Prep: 10 Minutes

Marinate Time: 40 minutes

Taste Tip: squeeze lime or lemon juice to the sauce to prevent salty or spicy taste. Also, include extra fish sauce if you feel the dish is missing the taste and add a little more chili if you'd like it spicy.

Salmon w/ Corn & Bean Salsa (mini) - Hot Thai Kitchen

Thai Tossed Green Salad

Thai tossed green salad is a wonderfully cooling side dish that will go with any Thai Food receipt. It is effortless to put together in a matter of minutes. You can add any simple salad dressing of your choice that is delicious, fresh, and low in fat and calories. You will need lettuce in a salad bowl, spring onions, and basil. The total time to prepare this is 15 minutes.


  • one small leaf lettuce
  • two green onions
  • cucumber, 1/2 to 1
  • one cup fresh coriander /cilantro
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • Salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • One tbsp. Lime juice
  • Two tbsp. Fish sauce or for vegetarians: one tbsp. soy sauce
  • one - two cloves garlic
  • One tsp. brown sugar

Serves 2-3

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

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  • 2 trout fillets, each weighing about 140g/5oz
  • a small knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 mall red chilli (not bird's eye), seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 lime, grated zest and juice
  • 3 baby pak choi, each quartered lengthways
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves 2 people


  1. Nestle the fish fillets side by side on a large square of foil and scatter the ginger, garlic, chilli and lime zest over them. Drizzle the lime juice on top and then scatter the pieces of pak choi around and on top of the fish. Pour the soy sauce over the pak choi and loosely seal the foil to make a package, making sure you leave space at the top for the steam to circulate as the fish cooks.
  2. Steam for 15 minutes. (If you haven’t got a steamer, put the parcel on a heatproof plate over a pan of gently simmering water, cover with a lid and steam.)
  3. Serve with Thai jasmine rice for a flavour-packed low-fat meal.

Thai Style Steamed Fish Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 476
Calories 269
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 14 g5%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 35 g70%
Sodium 1068 mg45%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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