35 Healthy Asian-Inspired Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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HERMIT58 3/4/2021
I think recipes that are suggested should always include the calorie count. Report
BONNIE1552 3/1/2021
Thanks. Report
PASQUALE51 10/2/2020
Should read ‘healthful’ Report
NASFKAB 10/2/2020
Excellent ideas Report
Thanks Report
love the pics hope to try some of these thanks Report
Thanks for the recipes Report
Thank You for the great recipes. Report
Some of these look delicious. I saved some recipes. Report
Have to try some of those. Report
Only the vegetarian ones! Report
Many of these sound delicious, but having been stung before on calories I will put them in the recipe mode of my tracker so I know for sure. Report
I am definitely copying some of these and plan to save time,money, and calories by adjusting if needed. Thanks. Report
Several recipes looked that they might be good, but how can we track when nutritional information is not provided? And from the ingredients in some recipes (which lacked such info), I question how "healthy" they might really be. Report
Will be trying a few of these Report
Going to try a few of these recipes Report
Thanks for sharing Report
Looks good Report
These look great and I printed a few! Hopefully consolidated in a cookbook? Report
Good Report
All of these look soooo good. I am probably hungry. Haven't had my breakfast yet. Report
Great information Report
I love Asian food so anytime I can make it healthier is always great! Report
Thanks for the Asian related recipes. Report
It all looks yummy! Report
looks good Report
I would have to change some ingredients to make it fit into my carb and sodium count Report
Some of these look pretty good Report
Now I’m hungry. Report
awesome thanks Report
Yummy! Report
Great article- lots of recipes. Report
Now, I just need a personal chef to cook all these dishes for me ;-)) Report
Great ideas. I saved the URL Report
Lots to try. Report
I love Asian cuisine! Report
great ideas thank you Report
Thanks for sharing. Report
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Delicious looking Report
Love hibachi chicken! Report
As pretty as they are tasty Report
Great recipes Report
all so good recipes..thanks Report
these all look so yummy. I'm going to have to try some of them Report
would like nutritional value for each posted Report
No nutrition info on SparkPeople? Report
Great article! Report
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