22 Exotic Vegan Thai Recipes

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Heat the wok and enjoy these vegan Thai recipes featuring noodles, soups, curries, desserts, and more. Each recipe is made with quality fresh ingredients that are mouth-wateringly delicious!

Thai cuisine is among the most beloved in the whole world. But tangy bowls of green curry and plates of pad thai noodles don’t have to be reserved with back-packer trips to southeast Asia. 

Make flavorful and authentic recipes from the comfort of your kitchen! You’re sure to find something for your next weeknight rotation here.

Check out more Asian recipes, like our Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese recipes, next.

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Exotic Vegan Thai Recipes

Thai Vegetable Stir Fry
Ready in only 20 minutes, this perfect weeknight dinner is packed with vegetables and plant-based protein. Delicious served alongside rice and a refreshing Thai tea, it's a meal the whole family will enjoy.
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back pan on a chopping board with freshly cooked pumpkin stir fried vegetables
Potato Curry
Get out your soup pot and fill your kitchen with the intoxicating aroma of red curry and cinnamon sticks. Chunks of starchy potato soak up the yummy curry broth and add a tasty bulk to the meal – made from budget-friendly ingredients!
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Raw Vegan Pad Thai
Lighten up your meal with this raw pad Thai recipe. Colorful ribbons of raw vegetables are tossed with a rich peanut sauce and dotted with cooked tofu and cashews. A flavorful meal full of vitamins and fiber!
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two bowls of colorful spiralized veggies topped with edamame, tofu and a creamy peanut butter sauce
Green Curry Fried Rice
This umami-rich fried rice is bursting with traditional Thai flavor. Made with earthy lemongrass and robust chilies, it's fragrant and features an assortment of vegetables in one comforting bowl – the best fried rice!
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Thai Green Curry
Skip the restaurant order and make your own high-quality green curry. This rich and floral coconut curry is dotted with spongy tofu, bell peppers, and Thai basil. A bright and colorful meal that's weeknight and meal-prep friendly!
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Boiled Tofu Vegan Thai Green Curry
Pad Thai
A Thai round-up wouldn't be complete without a perfect pad Thai noodle recipe. This fail-proof recipe is comforting, tangy, spicy, and all-around crave-worthy! Brighten each bowl with a spoonful of crushed peanuts and a spritz of fresh lime – so delicious!
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30 Minute Vegan Pad Thai
Tom Yum Soup
Enjoy a tangy tom yum soup with simple, stable ingredients. The aromatic broth is perfectly simmered and fragrant with lemongrass and red curry paste. Bulk up each serving with your choice of veggie, rice, or kelp noodles to make it a meal!
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Vegan Tom Yum Soup
Tom Kha Soup
A coconut-based broth soup that's elegantly seasoned with fresh lemongrass, ginger, and spice. A complex-tasting yet simple tom kha soup that's both comforting and nourishing. Transport your taste buds with every spoonful!
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Vegan Tom Kha
Thai Basil Tofu
This Thai basil tofu is tossed with a sweet chili-lime sauce and packed with flavor. An exciting medley of taste and texture, this meal is family-approved and a wonderful addition to your rotation of weeknight meals!
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Lemon Basil Tofu
Harnish the incredible diversity of tofu with this mouth-watering lemon basil recipe. A touch of maple brightens the zesty lemon soy base and awakens the whole dish with a fun and playful assortment of flavors – meal-prep-friendly!
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Lemon Basil Tofu
Massaman Curry
Treat your taste buds to an ultra-rich bowl of Massaman curry! This peanut-infused curry is the ideal viscosity, coating each spoonful with thick broth. An assortment of vegetables, sweet potato, and tofu round out each nourishing bowl.
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Vegan Massaman Curry
Thai Green Papaya Salad
No Thai menu is complete without a zesty papaya salad! Easy to make at home and just as good as any restaurant, this recipe features a colorful assortment of julienned papaya and vegetables with a fish-sauce-free Thai dressing.
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Black Sticky Rice Pudding
Black sticky rice is a unicorn among desserts. Its sinister black color adds the allure, while a garnish of coconut milk, fresh mango, and toasted coconut cheer up each bowl. Made from only a few staple ingredients, it is simple yet satisfying!
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Black Sticky Rice Pudding
Pineapple Fried Rice
Take yourself on holiday with this sweet yet savory pineapple fried rice! A beautiful celebration of Thai flavors, this playful rice is bursting with vitamins. Juicy chunks of fresh pineapple flavor each bite, making you feel like you have your toes in the sand and a warm breeze on your face!
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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Pad See Ew
Searching for a savory dish that "hits the spot”, this pad see ew is the ideal soy noodle recipe. Flat, thick noodles are tossed with a rich sauce and dotted with Chinese broccoli. Ready in only 30 minutes!
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Vegan Pad See Ew
Pad Prik King
Enjoy this protein-packed and well-spiced Pad Prik King. Featuring seitan or firm tofu with curry paste and knotted long beans. It's an aromatic recipe that can be spiced to your preference, making it great for the whole family!
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Coconut Lemongrass Soup
This coconut lemongrass soup will become your all-time favorite. It's the perfect balance of heat and sweet and packed with vitamins. Make a large batch and enjoy it throughout the week – meal-prep friendly!
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Mixed Vegetable Satay With Peanut Sauce
Satay is a beloved Thai street food, known for its bold spices and chard-grilled flavor. These homemade, colorful tofu and vegetable skewers are no exception! Marinated in a coconut sauce, the chunks of tofu and vegetables are perfectly cooked and served with a to-live-for peanut sauce.
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Mixed Vegetable Satay
Sticky Coconut Rice With Mango
A beloved Thai dessert, this mango sticky rice is a beautiful example of simple ingredients creating a memorable and tasty treat. With only five ingredients, create a treat that everyone will ask for seconds! It can be prepared in advance and enjoyed chilled, making it an excellent addition to dinner parties!
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Vegan Mango Sticky Rice
Pad Kee Mao
This hawker favorite, pad kee mao, is a drunken rice noodle thickly coated in a rich, savory soy-based sauce. The savory noodles are lightened with a bundle of Thai basil, chilies, and fresh green onion. The added herbs and spices round out the dish with delicious complexity!
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pad kee mao
Pandan And Mung Bean Cake
Southeast Asian desserts are unique; this layered steamed cake is no exception. Vibrant pandan and mung bean layers create a green and yellow stack while the texture is soft and chewy. It is a fun combination of flavor, texture, and color – so yummy!
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22 Exotic Vegan Thai Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Heat the wok and enjoy these vegan Thai-inspired recipes featuring noodles, soups, curries, desserts, and more. Each recipe is made with quality fresh ingredients that are mouth-wateringly delicious! 
Serves 4

Ingredients

Tofu Satay

  • 1 block 14 oz extra-firm tofu
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Bamboo skewers soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
  • Peanut sauce for serving

Instructions

  • Press the tofu using a press or a heavy object wrapped with a clean kitchen towel. Cut tofu into cubes.
  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, curry powder, turmeric, garlic powder, and ginger to create the marinade.
  • Add the tofu pieces to the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once this time has elapsed, thread the marinated tofu pieces onto the soaked bamboo skewers.
  • Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Grill or pan-fry the tofu skewers, turning them occasionally, until all sides are golden brown and slightly crispy. This takes about 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve on a platter with peanut sauce or your favorite dipping sauce! Enjoy.

Notes

  • Meal prep this dish by leaving the marinated tofu for up to a few hours in the refrigerator for more flavor.
  • You can add veggies to the skewers alongside the tofu if you like!
  • Find 20+ more vegan Thai recipes in the article above.
Course: Asian
Cuisine: Thai
Nutrition Facts
22 Exotic Vegan Thai Recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
117
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
6
g
9
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Sodium
 
444
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
12
g
24
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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