25 Hearty Thai Recipes That Beat Takeout – Pad Thai, Noodles

Is winter the ultimate season to order warm, cozy takeout meals? 100% yes. But is waiting the whole summer to enjoy those savory-sweet flavors really worth it? Maybe not. If you can’t stop yourself from feeling intense takeout cravings, it’s likely time to consider some cooking options that will abide by you (and your stomach’s) wishes.

Now is the perfect time to make a homemade, hearty Thai dish that will warm you up, fill you up, and won’t break the bank (curse you, hidden delivery fees). These hearty Thai recipes only require a fraction of your day to prepare, they’re packed with healthy veggies and protein, are full of flavor, plus they’ll yield the right amount of food to save for later. Leftovers… score! We’ve got some vegetarian and vegan Thai dishes on deck, too. Try your hand at these delicious dishes this winter, and you might just confuse yourself for your fave takeout restaurant’s cook.


Colorful Zoodle Pad Thai

Colorful Zoodle Pad Thai

This low-carb dish is super eye-catching from all of the vegetables included, plus it’s a super healthy vegetarian Thai food option. (via Brit + Co.)


Thai Fish Curry

Thai Fish Curry

If you’ve never made curry at home, this year is your chance to try it out and get creative in the kitchen. The fish in this recipe is delicately cooked in the curry sauce, making every single bite soft and flavorful. (via The Endless Meal)


Better Than Takeout Thai Drunken Noodles

Better Than Takeout Thai Drunken Noodles

Spend the 30 minutes you would normally be spending waiting for takeout to arrive at the front door to prep this Thai drunken noodle dish. You’ll get a hearty fix of vegetables, plus you can customize this dish with the exact amount of spice you desire. (via Half Baked Harvest)


Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry

Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry

Dinner can be as simple as throwing a handful of your fave veggies in a pan! This stir fry recipe is made for those busy weeknights when you really don’t feel like cooking for too long, but still want a filling meal. (via Feel Good Foodie)


Easy Chicken Pad Thai

Easy Chicken Pad Thai

Save some money on delivery fees and make this Pad Thai with ease at home. This dish that’s bursting with healthy veggies and filling protein is sure to leave you satisfied. Pro tip: top your noodles with some chili garlic sauce to warm up! (via A Spicy Perspective)


Thai Tom Kha Soup

Thai Tom Kha Soup

This is one of our favorite Thai recipes because brings you the sweet, spicy flavors of traditional Thai lemongrass soup that we all know and love, thanks to our local takeout spot! If you want to enjoy this hearty soup for days on end, you might be better off making it at home, with tons of leftovers to be eaten. (via Chef Bai)


Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

Spice up your dinnertime with this filling soup recipe! Its flavors are super bold, all while filling you with all of the good, healthy stuff. (via A Spicy Perspective)

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Classic Thai Fried Rice

Classic Thai Fried Rice

Adding pineapple to a spicy fried rice dish just seems like the right thing to do. You’ll be entranced by the complex flavors that it brings, plus, a dish has got to be healthy if it has fruit in it, right? (via A Spicy Perspective)


Sticky Tofu

Sticky Tofu

Tofu gets coated in sweet, sour, *and* sticky sauce that carries the rich flavors of Thai food. You could enjoy these alone, or atop a hearty bed of rice! (via Crowded Kitchen)


Easy Thai Shrimp Curry

Easy Thai Shrimp Curry

Try this twist on coconut shrimp that adds curry into the mix. It’s only going to take you half an hour to make, and you seriously won’t regret it after that first bite. (via Salt & Lavender)

Vegan Hearty Thai Recipes


Vegan Thai Lentil Lettuce Wraps

Vegan Thai Lentil Lettuce Wraps

These nourishing wraps get filled with a ton of different veggies to satisfy any meal time. Once you dip one into the peanut sauce included in this recipe, you’ll want approximately ten more! (via Vanilla and Bean)


Red Curry Noodle Soup

Red Curry Noodle Soup

It’s truly mind-blowing how simple this vegan noodle soup is — 15 minutes and it’s steaming hot, ready to enjoy! Rice noodles are arguably the best part of a Thai soup dish, so make sure you throw some thin noodles in your pot. (via Feel Good Foodie)


Vegan Thai Curry

Vegan Thai Curry

This one’s for all the vegans out there. Immerse yourself in flavorful red curry flavors and prepare to feel warmed from the inside out. You won’t want to eat anything else on a cold winter day. (via The Endless Meal)


Vegan Easy Peanut Thai Ramen

Vegan Peanut Thai Ramen

Ramen is always the way to go when you need a quick, filling meal. Opt out of the microwavable packets and its gross lingering after-effects, and make your own homemade ramen! This recipe uses all whole ingredients to make sure your next bowl doesn’t leave you feeling bloated. (via Chef Bai)


Thai Coconut Curry

Thai Coconut Curry

Curry will leave you so warm from the inside out. It’s not good unless the spice has opened your sinuses, in our opinion. This recipe will deliver the best on all fronts, plus it’s vegetarian with a stellar vegan option! (via Live Eat Learn)


Thai Curry with Udon Noodles

Thai Curry with Udon Noodles

You won’t be able to stop spooning this delicious soup into your mouth. This vegetarian and vegan udon noodle soup is delicately balanced with savory and spicy notes, and is all-together super addicting. (via The Endless Meal)

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