35 Healthy Asian-Inspired Recipes

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Herbs and spices and curry, oh my! There's nothing better than enjoying a flavorful Asian dish from your favorite Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean or Malaysian restaurant—unless it's preparing it yourself from the comfort of home. With an amazing recipe, the right ingredients and some culinary creativity, you can create a kung-pao-tastic dish that's just as delicious as your favorite takeout joint—and most likely considerably cheaper and way healthier.
 
Need some Asian inspiration? Here are some of our favorite regional recipes from talented food bloggers, along with a few from our own SparkPeople members.

Grilled Asian-Inspired Chicken Legs with Special Fried Rice: These grilled chicken legs are marinated in a combination of Asian-inspired flavors for an exotic flair.


Asian Broccoli Salad: This easy, light salad comes together in minutes for a healthy and delicious lunch or side dish. Add your favorite chopped nuts or other toppings to make it your own.

Image courtesy of Amanda's Cookin'
 
Asian-Style Tofu Curry with Roasted Eggplants: Flavored with lemon grass, basil and roasted eggplant, this savory curry pairs nicely with Chinese fried rice or Singapore rice noodles.

Image courtesy of Archana's Kitchen

Sesame Crunch Salad: Featuring a creamy, flavorful dressing over crunchy vegetables, this dish is proof that a vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free salad can be far from boring.

Image courtesy of The Big Man's World

Asian-Style Honey Roast Chicken: Enjoy the crispy, savory skin and honeyed sweetness of this marinated and roasted chicken.

Image courtesy of The Cooking Jar

Easy Cauliflower Curry: Here's a delicious way to sneak more veggies into your diet. The recipe creator recommends cauliflower, peppers, green beans and potatoes in this version, but you can use whatever you happen to have on hand.

Image courtesy of Hurry the Food Up

Asian Chicken Zoodle Lettuce Wraps: Ground chicken, mandarin oranges and vegetables are stir-fried in soy sauce with ginger, chili garlic sauce and garlic. Top with zucchini noodles or your favorite rice noodles.

Image courtesy of A Cedar Spoon

Easy Asian Noodle Salad with Chili Toasted Peanuts: This chilled noodle salad makes a perfectly portable lunch or a light side dish.

Image courtesy of Fake Food Free

Asian-Inspired Braised Duck Legs: Tender, fall-off-the-bone braised duck legs are finished with a sweet, sticky Asian-inspired glaze.


Asian Chicken Mason Jar Salad: In this healthy make-ahead lunch, rotisserie chicken is combined with edamame, carrots, peppers and an easy soy ginger dressing.

Image courtesy of Family Food on the Table

One-Pot Beef and Broccoli: Requiring just one pot and six ingredients, this easy weeknight meal might just take less time than picking up takeout.

Image courtesy of Foraged Dish

Peanut Crusted Chicken with Bok Choy and Eggplant: Partly inspired by traditional Thai peanut satay sauce, this nouveau peanut chicken recipe pairs well with a side of roasted eggplant and ginger and sesame dipping sauce.

Image courtesy of Foraged Dish

Spicy Stir-Fried Octopus with Vegetables: For adventurous cooks who prefer the spicier things in life, this is a must-try.


Asian Salmon Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing: Made with cucumbers, greens and avocados, this is a nutritious 15-minute meal that's also gluten- and dairy-free.

Image courtesy of Avocado Pesto

Sticky Garlic Cauliflower: This all-veggie version tastes exactly like  the sticky garlic chicken version at your favorite Chinese restaurant.

Image courtesy of Amanda's Cookin'

Asian Turkey Burger: This one-bowl, 10-ingredient, 30-minute, Asian-inspired turkey burger is juicy and flavorful, especially when paired with creamy Sriracha lime mayonnaise.

Image courtesy of Simply Sissom

Spicy Asian Chicken and Noodle Soup
: You’ll love this light and flavorful chicken noodle soup made with Asian flavors and a little bit of spice.

Image courtesy of A Cedar Spoon

Miso Ramen: A good miso base is essential for any ramen dish. Whether you’re preparing make-ahead lunches or a family dinner, it's worth the effort—once you make it, it heats and serves nearly instantly.

Image courtesy of Fake Food Free

 
Asian Pork Tacos with Spicy Slaw: Packed with flavor and perfect for taco night, pork tenderloin is marinated in an Asian sauce, grilled and thinly sliced, then added to your favorite taco shell with all the fixings.

Image courtesy of A Cedar Spoon

Cold Asian Noodle Salad with Peanuts and Sesame: This quick-and-simple recipe makes a quick weeknight dinner along with a warm soup.

Image courtesy of Archana's Kitchen

Asian Vegan Cucumber Rolls: This low-carb, low-calorie, gluten-free snack combines the tangy Asian flavors of tofu, avocados, red pepper, lightly pickled carrots and radishes.

Image courtesy of Avocado Pesto

Asian Dumplings with Rice
: Get the whole family involved in making these fun, hands-on and delicious dumplings.


Asian-Inspired Pork Chops: Enjoy this Asian-inspired version of a traditional favorite.


 
Asian Chicken Salad: This healthy, hearty salad is packed full of fruit and vegetables.


Quick 10-Minute Shrimp Teriyaki Stir-Fry
: Can’t decide between salty and sweet? This tender shrimp dish will satisfy all your cravings in minutes.

Image courtesy of Gimme Delicious

Asian-Inspired Cabbage Soup: Don't be fooled by its healthy name—the broth of this comfort soup is enhanced with Asian flavors inspired by both Vietnamese Pho and Malaysian Soto.

Image courtesy of The Cooking Jar

Asian Pepper Steak Kabobs: Grab your skewers for this easy-to-make recipe that's perfect for grilling and absolutely delicious.

Image courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Dipping Sauce: The Girl Who Ate Everything paired these delicacies with green beans and brown rice.

Image courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

Asian Pan-Seared Salmon: This simple, flavorful salmon recipe is easy to whip up and tastes like a million bucks.

Image courtesy of The Big Man's World

Asian Ramen Slaw: We dare you to find someone who doesn't love this tangy, crispy, 10-minute Asian ramen slaw.

Image courtesy of A Pinch of Healthy

Asian Pork Tenderloin: Pop it in the slow cooker and top with a ginger glaze for a simple and savory family dinner.

Image courtesy of Simply Stacie

15-Minute Asian Beef Soup: Packed with flavor yet low in fat, this soup can be customized with any vegetables or protein you have in your fridge.


Asian Shrimp Edamame Stir Fry: Shrimp, vegetables and edamame are stir-fried with Asian flavors and garnished with fresh cilantro, green onions and sesame seeds.

Image courtesy of Cedar Spoon

Crispy Sesame Cauliflower BitesFrom after-school snacks to party platters to a dinner side dish, these spicy, sticky and crispy veggie bites are a delicious stand-in for chicken.

Image courtesy of Gimme Delicious

Healthy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps: Lean ground turkey is cooked with onion, fresh ginger and soy sauce, spooned into a lettuce cup, then topped with crunchy shredded carrots, green onions, peanuts and Asian peanut sauce.

Image courtesy of Tastes Lovely

Which of these would you like to try?


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