25 Tantalizing Paleo Thai-Inspired Recipes
Thai food is fragrant and full of color and flavor.
Thanks to lime, lemongrass, basil, ginger – plus (optional) spicy chilies!
There are so many tasty Paleo-friendly Thai recipes to try…
From a vibrantly colored Thai-style Carrot Soup, to the rich and creamy Thai Bay Scallop Curry and Spicy Thai Noodle Salad…
…you never know, you could even discover a few new favorites!
And if you’re having guests over, you can combine these recipes for a Thai-inspired meal:
- Soups like Coconut Lemongrass Shrimp Soup or Thai Pork Ribs Soup make great starters.
- Thai Sweet Chili Sauce is a great dip to have on the table!
- There are main course options like Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut-Free Satay Sauce or Thai Beef and Eggplant Curry.
- And for a sweet dessert treat, try Thai Fried Bananas or Thai Iced Tea Pops.
Table Of Contents For Paleo Thai-Inspired Recipes
- Paleo Thai-Inspired Soup and Sauce Recipes
- Paleo Thai-Inspired Chicken Recipes
- Paleo Thai-Inspired Pork and Beef Recipes
- Paleo Thai-Inspired Fish and Seafood Recipes
- Paleo Thai-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes
- Thai-Inspired Dessert Recipes
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Paleo Thai-Inspired Soup and Sauce Recipes
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: pork spare ribs or other meats, red shallots, lemongrass, galangal or ginger, water, kaffir lime leaves or cilantro, lime juice, fish sauce, salt, chilis (optional), green onions (optional).
Thai soups tend to be really spicy and to use hot chilies, but this can still be a really tasty dish without the heat. Spare ribs can often be quite a cheap cut but they are packed with flavor as the meat is close to the bone. This soup has the traditional Thai flavorings – salty and spicy with a subtle heat from the galangal and freshness from the lime and lemongrass.
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: chicken stock, ginger or galangal, serrano pepper, lime leaves, lemongrass, coconut milk, shitake mushrooms, cauliflower, bok choy or cabbage, coconut aminos, fish sauce, salt, white pepper, lime juice, cilantro.
Ideal after a busy day, this Thai soup is easy to prepare, yet it is so satisfying and filling. This recipe uses the traditional Thai flavors of lime, lemongrass, and fish sauce to give a delicious soup. It might easily become a family favorite. Lime keffir leaves can be difficult to find. But remember that they can be frozen, so when you can find them, buy loads and freeze for later!
Chicken soup has long been used as a pick-me-up if you are not feeling too well or are a bit run down. So why not try this recipe which really lifts the spirits! Also the aromas from the basil make the dish smell just as good as it looks.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, honey, water, fish sauce, garlic, red jalapeno or Serrano pepper, arrowroot powder.
Sweet chili sauce makes an absolutely brilliant dipping sauce for just about everything! And making your own means you are in control of how hot you make it, although many children love the heat from it! This recipe only takes a few minutes to prepare and gives you a fantastic addition for party catering – everyone will be so impressed that you’ve made your own!
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: raw brown shrimp, coconut cream, chicken stock, button or straw or shiitake mushrooms, lemongrass stalk, ginger or galangal, Thai chili (optional), fish sauce, lime, salt, cilantro.
Contrary to common ideas, soups can take only minutes to put together so you don’t have to have hours of free time! Using the coconut cream gives this soup a real richness and creamy texture. Although this recipe uses shrimp, it would taste just as good if you use chicken.
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: onion, ghee or clarified butter, red curry paste, carrots, water, chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce, salt, pepper, cucumber.
The color of this soup alone would leave you wanting more! Funny how things taste better when they look good. The curry taste of this soup is great and the freshness of the cucumber helps to offset this taste really well. This is the perfect recipe to use if you have carrots that are a bit past their best.
Paleo Thai-Inspired Chicken Recipes
Sautes are perfect for a quick and easy lunch on a busy day when you don’t have spare time to cook, and this one can be prepared and cooked in under half an hour! The basil gives this dish a fragrant freshness which complements the chicken really well. Serve on a bed of cauliflower rice or spoon it into lettuce wraps for a light and summery lunch.
Ingredients: chicken breast, coconut aminos, almond butter, lime juice, cilantro, curry powder, garlic, ginger, coconut milk, water or chicken stock.
Chicken skewers make a lovely addition to a barbecue or as party food when you are entertaining. This is also a fantastic way to get the kids to try healthier foods too – try cutting the chicken into smaller pieces and serving them with toothpicks. The sauce in this recipe should be fairly thick, so you might want to adjust the amount of water you use or use stock to give better flavors.
Ingredients: chicken breast, green onion, broccoli florets, ginger, tamari sauce, garlic, cilantro, coconut oil, cucumber, salt.
Pad See Ew is one of my favorite dishes – it combines simple Thai flavors with noodles, chicken, and broccoli. Cucumbers are used here for the noodles. But most of the other flavors in this dish are pretty traditional. So you can enjoy an authentic Thai dish from the comfort of your home. And knowing that’s Paleo of course!
Ingredients: Sunshine Sauce, eggs, coconut aminos, coconut oil, onion, snap peas, spaghetti squash, chicken, cashews or almonds, sunflower seeds, scallions, cilantro, lime juice.
Pad Thai is perhaps the most well known of the Thai dishes (in the West). Traditionally it’s a noodle dish, but this Paleo Pad Thai recipe uses spaghetti squash instead. But you will still get the delicious flavors of this great dish.
– Steph Gaudreau
Ingredients: garlic, shallots, ginger, lemongrass, coconut oil, red curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, sweet pumpkin or butternut squash or other hard squash, chicken breast, limes, Thai basil or cilantro.
Garlic and ginger are both traditional ingredients in most curry recipes. Both contribute to the health-giving benefits of this curry, making it a great pick-me-up if you are feeling a bit low. This dish can be served over cauliflower rice or veggies, or why not just eat it the way it is! This is a mild curry, but if you prefer a hotter one you can add in Thai chilies such as birds’ eye ones.
Here is another quick and easy recipe that makes the perfect lunch or dinner for the whole family. You can use just the breast of the chicken, but if you use a mix of white and dark meat it tends to give the dish a more intense flavor.
– Cavegirl Cuisine
Ingredients: garlic, ginger, avocado oil, carrots, coconut cream or coconut milk, chicken broth, Napa cabbage, chicken breasts, coconut aminos, Asian fish sauce, Thai chili paste or hot sauce, sesame oil, scallions, cilantro.
This Paleo Thai recipe is packed with traditional Thai flavors such as fish sauce and ginger. And if you can find galangal, you’ll enjoy an even more authentic flavor. This stew is filling, satisfying and delicious and would even make an impressive addition to a Thai-inspired dinner for family or friends. Remember that ginger can be stored in the freezer, then you only have to take out what you need without wasting any!
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: coconut oil, red curry paste, curry powder, turmeric, ground coriander, coconut milk, chicken stock, chicken thighs, fish sauce, Thai chilies, lime wedges (optional), red onion (optional), pork rinds (optional), cilantro (optional).
This is a delicious dish popular in Northern Thailand. The flavors are simply divine! Serve it with vegetable noodles for a more filling meal.
Paleo Thai-Inspired Pork and Beef Recipes
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: beef, fish sauce, arrowroot flour/powder, coconut oil, red curry paste, coconut milk, lime juice, honey or coconut sugar (optional), kaffir lime leaves, eggplants, coriander.
Sometimes when you are following a food regime for a reason, all you really miss is a creamy curry sauce, so here is one to try. It has the flavors of Thai cuisine, thanks to the lime and fish sauce, and is satisfying and filling. Try to cut the beef into regular pieces and that will ensure it cooks through at the same time. If you don’t have eggplant then you could use butternut squash instead – just make sure to adjust the cooking time.
– I Breathe I’m Hungry
Ingredients: turkey or pork, egg, almond flour, cilantro, red chili pepper or jalapeno, fish sauce, ginger, butter or green leaf lettuce, Green Tomato Chutney.
Photo Credit: Melissa from I Breathe I’m Hungry
This recipe is a great go-to if you are feeding someone who is gluten intolerant as it is so tasty, yet so healthy! Lettuce wraps are also a great dish to give the kids as they can eat with their fingers. This would also be a good idea to serve outside for a summer lunch for friends and family.
Paleo Thai-Inspired Fish and Seafood Recipes
Ingredients: coconut oil, red curry paste, onion, bell pepper, coconut milk, sweet potato, lime juice, coconut aminos, fish sauce, sesame oil, scallops, spinach.
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
This Thai-inspired curry is rich and creamy, especially if you add the sweet potato, yet with not too much heat! If you find it difficult to find fresh scallops you can easily use frozen scallops which are a bit cheaper. And if you are working to a tight budget you can use white fish or shrimp instead. This curry has a wonderful texture and would make a great dinner for a cold evening. Serve this on its own or over cauliflower rice.
Ingredients: avocado oil or coconut oil or ghee or butter, red curry paste, lime juice, white fish fillets, cashews, cilantro, lime wedges.
These fabulous curry-coated fish filets look so impressive that they would be a perfect dish to serve for a dinner party! You can use whatever white fish you like (cod, haddock, or tilapia would all work well). You will find that citrus and fish are the perfect partners and the lime juice gives a lovely zesty flavor. The cashews can also be omitted if anyone has a nut intolerance.
Ingredients: littleneck clams, ginger, garlic, shallot, lemongrass, Thai basil leaves, avocado oil, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, lime juice, radishes, green onions.
Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified
This recipe involves a fair amount of work, especially when cleaning the clams, but it is SO worth it! You end up with such a wonderful dish that would impress anyone at a dinner party, especially with the little slices of radish and ginger at the end. If you bruise the lemongrass before adding it to the pan you will find it releases its flavor much better, but remember to remove it before serving!
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: sea salt, lime juice, molasses, garlic, serrano chili peppers, cherry tomatoes, onion, coconut oil, carrot, green beans (optional), basil leaves, lemon grass, coconut milk, zoodles, shrimp.
This recipe is for people who are serious fans of garlic and chilies, although it can be made milder by removing the chili seeds. You might expect this strong sauce to mask the flavor of the shrimp, but they really work well together! You can make the zoodles very simply with a spiralizer, or if you don’t have one just cut the zucchini into thin strips. It would also taste great with ribbons of cucumber, which could also help to cut down the heat.
Paleo Thai-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes
– Slim Palate
Ingredients: jicama, carrots, shallots, cilantro, Thai basil or regular basil, almonds, dried shrimp, garlic, Thai or serrano or birds eye chili, coconut sugar, lime zest, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind paste, salt.
Photo Credit: Joshua from Slim Palate
Jicama is a root vegetable which is common to Mexico and parts of Asia and is a great ingredient for stir-fries and other dishes. It has various health benefits including promoting growth of good bacteria in the gut. It has a natural sweetness in its flavor making it a great addition to this salad. And for a vegetarian meal, just omit the dried shrimp and fish sauce.
– Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, zucchinis, carrot, sweet onion, Thai chili pepper, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, coconut aminos, tahini, lime, salt, pepper, scallions, cilantro.
Using different vegetable noodles in this salad makes it look appetizing before you have even tasted it! This salad is a good mix of textures and colours with a wonderfully tasty dressing to lift the flavors of the vegetables and the zingy lime juice gives the salad a tangy edge. As with other dishes, you can adjust the amount of chili you use to suit your palate.
– That Paleo Couple
Ingredients: Japanese eggplant, coconut aminos, garlic, fish sauce, white onion, Thai chilies, avocado oil, sesame oil, basil, white pepper.
This is a delicious recipe that you can prepare and cook in a matter of a few minutes! Great for dinner after a busy day and rich in flavor and heat from the chilies. Cooked eggplant has quite a meaty texture, meaning that this is a satisfying meal option. Don’t worry about cooking the basil – it wilts down very quickly in the same way as spinach so you can add it at the end of cooking.
Paleo Thai-Inspired Dessert Recipes
Fried bananas are normally found on the dessert menus of most Asian restaurants. But you can make these yourself at home for a Thai treat without the gluten! The batter may stick a bit better if you pat the banana slices with kitchen paper first, then place them straight in the hot oil. If you have children around you might even find these sweet treats don’t even make it onto the dinner table!
– Seasonal & Savory
Ingredients: black tea bags, star anise, saffron (optional), water, coconut sugar or maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract.
Sometimes on hot days all you need to quench your thirst and cool you is an ice pop, and iced tea ones are particularly refreshing. These creamy treats have a real aniseed kick and can be made as sweet as you need by adjusting the amount of sugar. These taste even better if you make the tea flavor quite strong but be careful of the caffeine hit you may get! Ideal to keep in the freezer for a summer dessert or a tasty snack.
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