Thai Recipes: Thai Food Ideas for Families

Thailand, once known as Siam, has a rich history and a diverse cuisine. Thai recipes emphasize fresh ingredients that are cooked simply and quickly – often with a spicy finish thanks to chili. Help your kids explore the flavors of Thailand by trying these Thai recipes. Start out with tangy Thai chicken meatballs, beef satay and crab rangoon. Both have a zippy dipping sauce that will entice your kids to give ’em a dunk. For main dishes, keep things cool with Thai crunch salad with peanut dressing and Thai chicken lettuce wraps. Finish off your meal with Thai sticky rice pudding with coconut sauce.

Tangy Thai Chicken Meatballs

Mix together ground chicken, ginger, garlic, breadcrumbs, lime juice and curry paste to form these tangy Thai chicken meatballs from Thai Kitchen. Once your kids have rolled the meat mixture into balls, bake until cooked through. Roll in Thai sweet red chili sauce.

Beef Satay

Soak bamboo skewers in water while you’re preparing the rest of this beef satay recipe from Rasa Malaysia. Marinate thin-cut beef strips in a combination of oil, water, chili powder, coriander and turmeric powders, shallots, garlic, lemongrass, sugar and salt. Thread the beef onto the skewers and grill on both sides.

Crab Rangoon

No assortment of Thai recipes would be complete without this one for crab rangoon from the Brown Eyed Baker. Combine cream cheese with canned crabmeat along with green onions, sesame oil, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Scoop a spoonful of the crab-cream cheese mix into the center of a wonton wrapper and seal the edges to form a triangle. Fry each triangle until crisp.

Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing

The twangy zip of this Thai crunch salad with peanut dressing from Once Upon a Chef comes from a cool mix of creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, lime, garlic and ginger. Mix up the dressing and then set aside. Time to start chopping! Shred Napa cabbage and top with carrot matchsticks, thin-cut red bell pepper, English cucumber, sliced scallions and edamame. Drizzle the peanut dressing and you’re ready for dinner.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wraps are all the rage these days. Try them out at home with this recipe for Thai chicken lettuce wraps from Tastes Better from Scratch. Cut chicken into small cubes and saute in oil, garlic and onions – cook through. Layer the chicken mixture in lettuce wraps along with shredded carrots, green onions, and a sauce spiked with sweet chili.

Thai Sticky Rice Pudding with Coconut Sauce

Simple, sweet and chewy. This Thai sticky rice pudding with coconut sauce from the kitchn is the perfect way to end your meal. Soak the sticky rice in water overnight then steam to cook. Prepare the sauce by heating together coconut milk and sugar. Place the cooked rice in bowls and top with the sauce along with fresh fruit.


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