16 Quick and Easy Asian Recipes for Dinner Tonight

16 Quick and Easy Asian Recipes for Dinner Tonight

Stir-frys, noodle dishes, lettuce wraps, and more! Get ready for big, inventive flavors with these Yummly original Guided video recipes.

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Tick, tock. You’ve made it home from work and are craving something super flavorful. The kids are hungry. The cat’s hungry. You’re hungry. Tick, tock. Asian cooking—that sounds good. You remember the groceries you swooped up over the weekend: boneless chicken thighs, a bottle of toasted sesame oil, and a box of gochuchang, the sweet and spicy Korean red pepper paste that gives everything it touches a massive flavor boost. Easy Korean Sticky Chicken! That’s the recipe plan, with a side of rice and a green salad. You’re on it.

A gif of grating ginger to make the sauce for Easy Korean Sticky Chicken

With the Yummly Guided Video Recipe loaded up on your device, you quickly see that this is basically a stir-fry. No problem! Chop, chop, stir. You’ve cut up the chicken and tossed it with cornstarch. Out comes the grater and some measuring spoons, and you’re on to the sauce. Fresh ginger, garlic, mirin, honey, the toasted sesame oil and gochuchang, rice vinegar: This is going to be good. Tick, tock. You fire up the stove. The chicken is sizzling. The sauce is sizzling. Your pot of rice has steamed to perfection. Rrrrring. Dinner, done, in 20 minutes!

Asian recipes in 30 minutes or less

Even when there’s almost no time to cook, you can whip up a quick and satisfying meal following the basic stir-fry formula of Healthy Protein Meets Tasty Sauce. Vary the ingredients a bit for Thai, Chinese, or Korean flavors; add veggies or incorporate noodles; and you quickly have seven deliciously different dinners. 




Easy Korean Sticky Chicken

A picture of a platter of small pieces of chicken coated in sauce and topped with green onions and sesame seeds

Easy Korean Sticky Chicken by Yummly

The irresistible flavors of this healthy Asian chicken recipe echo Korean fried chicken wings, but without the hassle—or calories—of deep frying. 




Dragon Noodles with Crispy Tofu

A picture of three bowls of noodles with chunks of tofu and cilantro leaves

Dragon Noodles with Crispy Tofu by Yummly

Looking to add more plant-based cooking to your repertoire? With chewy rice noodles and golden-brown tofu, this easy Asian noodle recipe for Dragon Noodles with Crispy Tofu checks the boxes for gluten-free as well as vegan. Plus, the dish has loads of personality from the spicy sriracha sauce. 




Quick and Easy Pad Thai

A picture of a bowl of rice noodles with shrimp, peanuts, and green onions

Quick and Easy Pad Thai by Yummly

Pad Thai may be your favorite dish to order at Thai restaurants, but it’s a cinch to make yourself when you have a grocery-store-friendly version of the classic recipe—and a video to show you how it comes together. Pick up rice stick noodles, fish sauce, and chili garlic sauce online or from your grocery store’s Asian foods aisle. At home, stir up a quick, citrusy sauce; boil the noodles; and stir-fry shrimp and eggs. Toss all the ingredients together, and dinner is ready in 30 minutes.




Beef and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

A picture of two bowls of Beef and Snap Pea Stir-Fry sprinkled with sesame seeds

Beef and Snap Pea Stir-Fry by Yummly

Flank steak can be chewy if you don’t prep it the right way, and the video for Beef and Snap Pea Stir-Fry shows you how to slice it thinly across the grain so it will be tender and cook quickly. A simple Chinese sauce of dry sherry, soy, and oyster sauce seasons the meat and crisp snap peas. All you need to add is a pot of rice.




Quick Stir-Fried Ginger Chicken

A picture of a bowl of chicken chunks, green beans, and carrots with chili flakes on top and chopsticks

Quick Stir-Fried Ginger Chicken by Yummly

If you’re in the mood for an easy Chinese chicken recipe with tender, juicy chicken breast meat and crisp vegetables, you’ve landed in the right place. As with any great stir-fry, a few techniques guarantee success for Quick Stir-Fried Ginger Chicken. Get your prep completed before you fire up the wok or saute pan, because the cooking goes quickly. Don’t crowd the pan, and don’t stir too often.  




Korean Bulgogi

A picture of a platter of Korean Bulgogi topped with sliced green onions

Korean Bulgogi by Yummly

You don’t need to go to a Korean restaurant (or have a Korean grandmother) to make Korean Bulgogi, a fantastic version of Korean bbq beef. But you do want to let the meat stand in the marinade at least 8 hours for best flavor, so grab a few minutes in the morning or the night before you plan to cook to get it started. At dinner time, all you do is brown the meat briefly on a grill pan or in a frying pan. Serve the beef with lettuce (if you want to make wraps), and kimchi.




6-Ingredient Orange Chicken

A picture of a bowl of chunks of chicken coated in orange sauce with sliced green onions and a spoon

6-Ingredient Orange Chicken by Yummly

Who needs Chinese takeout when you’ve got a healthy, easy Asian recipe like 6-Ingredient Orange Chicken that’s ready in only 20 minutes?

Asian recipes under 45 minutes

Adding a few more minutes to your prep and cooking time compared to the 30-minute category opens up the possibilities of crowd-pleasing grain bowls, one with a Korean bent and the second with pan-Asian-inspired flavors. There’s also a classic Chinese recipe for a noodle dish with shrimp and fresh vegetables, and a simple South Indian curry.




Korean Ground Turkey Rice Bowls

A gif of spooning toasted sesame oil over Korean Ground Turkey Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Turkey Rice Bowls by Yummly

Toasted sesame oil and gochuchang, the sweet and spicy Korean red pepper paste, turn what could be a very ordinary combo of ground turkey, rice, and zucchini into a deeply flavorful one-bowl dinner. Finish Korean Ground Turkey Rice Bowls with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and more toasted sesame oil.




Sesame Fried Egg and Mushroom Quinoa Bowls

A picture of a bowl of quinoa topped with a fried egg, edamame, mushrooms, black sesame seeds, and green onions

Sesame Fried Egg and Mushroom Quinoa Bowls by Yummly

Here's a great example of how you can set yourself up for weeknight success by expanding your broader pantry. If you keep a few basic Asian seasonings on hand (namely, toasted sesame oil, mirin, soy sauce, roasted seaweed, and sesame seeds) as well as a few staples (quinoa, eggs, and frozen edamame), all you need are fresh mushrooms to make healthy, filling Sesame Fried Egg and Mushroom Quinoa Bowls.




Spicy Shrimp and Vegetable Lo Mein

A picture of a bowl of spaghetti tossed with shrimp, green onions, red bell pepper, and sliced snap peas

Spicy Shrimp and Vegetable Lo Mein by Yummly

Good old spaghetti is the starting point for this next one-dish meal, Spicy Shrimp and Vegetable Lo Mein. Swing by your market’s international aisle for the chili bean sauce, a salted paste made from fermented soybeans that adds a spicy, pungent flavor; or buy it online. You’ll also need shaoxing (Chinese cooking wine)—though dry sherry is a good sub if it's not available. Once you boil the pasta and stir together the sauce, all you do is stir-fry the shrimp and vegetables.




Coconut Shrimp Curry

A picture of a bowl of white rice topped with Coconut Shrimp Curry and cilantro sprigs

Coconut Shrimp Curry by Yummly

Fresh curry leaves give authentic nutty flavor to South Indian curries like this one. Once you buy them online or at an Indian market, you can keep them in the freezer so you’ll be ready to simmer up this delicious weeknight dish using canned coconut milk in just 35 minutes.

Asian recipes in 1 hour or less

Expand your weeknight Asian cooking universe to 60 minutes, and you allow for even more complexity in your seasonings, plus, what-ho, a little simmering time for Indian flavors to meld in the last two recipes.




Healthy Thai Turkey Patty Lettuce Wraps

A gif of spooning peanut sauce over Healthy Thai Turkey Patty Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Thai Turkey Patty Lettuce Wraps by Yummly

The flavors you love in Thai food—salty, sour, spicy, and sweet—come together in ground turkey patties served with fresh herbs, chilies, and lettuce wrappers. Sriracha and store-bought peanut sauce make weeknight-friendly sauces for dunking and drizzling.




Salmon and Coconut Rice Bowls with Sriracha Honey

A picture of two plates of coconut rice topped with salmon fillets and cucumber slices, with a bowl of sauce and more cucumbers on the side

Salmon and Coconut Rice Bowls with Sriracha Honey by Yummly

A sweet and spicy combo of honey, sriracha, ginger, and soy sauce serves as both glaze and sauce for broiled Salmon and Coconut Rice Bowls with Sriracha Honey.




Crispy Sesame Tofu Broccoli

A picture of a bowl with pieces of tofu and broccoli coated in sauce and topped with sesame seeds and sliced green onions

Crispy Sesame Tofu and Broccoli by Yummly

The easy technique for pan-frying tofu in a little oil until it’s crispy is a keeper, and one you’ll want to watch and commit to memory for your own creative riffs on this vegan recipe. If you opt for gluten-free tamari, the recipe can be gluten-free as well.




Big Batch Chana Masala

A picture of a bowl of chickpeas in a sauce with chopped cilantro and a wooden spoon

Big Batch Chana Masala by Yummly

Made from canned chickpeas and tomatoes and supermarket seasonings, vegan Big Batch Chana Masala is Indian comfort food and its best—and easiest.




Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

A picture of a bowl of rice with chicken pieces in a sauce

Quick Chicken Tikka Masala by Yummly

Instead of marinating chicken pieces in spices for hours, grilling them in a clay oven, and adding them to a rich tomato-based sauce, the recipe for Quick Chicken Tikka Masala has you skip the marinating, brown seasoned chicken in a hot skillet, and then add it to the masala mixture. This version clocks in at 50 minutes!

More Asian easy weeknight recipes

We've got loads more easy recipes for Asian favorites on Yummly, including ones for ramen, pho, soba, fried rice, noodle soup, noodle salad, and chow mein. Just type what you're craving into the search bar on any page.




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