33 Easy Asian Recipes For Busy Weeknights That Can Be Prepared in 30 Minutes or Less

Are you in need of some quick and easy meal ideas? Look no further! We’ve put together a collection of 33 tasty Asian recipes that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. Perfect for those busy days when you don’t have the time or energy to spend hours in the kitchen.

Pad Thai

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This easy authentic Pad Thai recipe is incredibly quick to prepare and has a perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour flavors. Ready from start to finish in 30 minutes or less!

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Lemongrass Chicken

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This Grilled Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken recipe is incredibly quick and easy to prepare, loaded with flavor from the lemongrass chicken marinade and grilled to perfection

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Beef Noodle Stir Fry

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If you have spaghettini (or spaghetti), beef, onions, sugar and soy sauce then you have all the ingredients for this delicious and simple stir fried beef noodle dish. Easy, simple and a great meal to enjoy while watching tv on a lazy weekday evening.

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Teriyaki Chicken Yaki Udon (Stir-fried Udon Noodles)

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If you love teriyaki chicken and a thick sweet and savory sauce with chewy noodles, this is a fantastic noodle dish to try. To make this even easier, you can use leftover or store-bought rotisserie chicken and use frozen udon noodles which don’t require any additional parboiling.

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Asian Chili Garlic Prawns with Snow Peas

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This simple recipes uses frozen shrimp and snow peas which is tossed in a easy to make sweet and spicy sauce made with hoisin sauce. Delicious served with a side of rice!

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Cheese Ramen

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This cheese ramen is a lot richer and thicker than your typical soupy cheese ramen. It’s creamy, comforting and made with a simple cheddar cheese sauce cooked with thick and chewy instant ramen noodles.

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Teriyaki Salmon

If you’re looking for a lighter meal, this delicious pan fried teriyaki salmon recipe is coated with sesame seeds (which makes it a breeze to pan fry without it sticking to the pan) which gives it a crispy crust and brushed with a sweet teriyaki sauce. Delicious on its own or served with a bit of rice.

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Thai Basil Chicken

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Thai Basil Chicken is a delicious and simple Thai dish made with diced or ground chicken, yardlong beans (or green beans), and lots of fresh Thai basil tossed in a savory umami sauce. If you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner, this would be it! You can have this ready from start to finish in about 15 minutes if you’re using ground chicken, and your taste buds will love you for it!

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Creamy Thai Red Curry

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Thai red curry is spicy, creamy and comforting and very easy to incorporate any type of leftover into. It uses a store-bought Thai curry paste which makes it a cinch to put together. Try this delicious Thai curry if you’re looking for warm and cozy meal to curl up to.

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Turkey Udon Noodle Soup

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This udon noodle soup uses a simple miso soup that can be put together in 15 minutes. Add your leftover in place of the turkey (or use leftover turkey) and you have a cozy meal that’s great for any weekday!

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Kimchi Fried Rice with Spam

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If you have any leftover kimchi you are looking to get rid of, try this kimchi fried rice recipe. The older your kimchi the better this one will taste! You can also substitute the spam with any type of meat as well, which makes this a very versatile recipe.

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Pad Woon Sen (Thai Glass Noodle Stir Fry)

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If you’re looking for a simple noodle dish, this would be it. This is a excellent dish that also makes use of any type of veggies you have in your fridge, so if you’re looking to clean up the fridge, try this noodle recipe!

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Cumin Beef Fried Rice

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Fried rice is one of the simplest and quickest ways to get dinner on the table, especially if you have any type of leftover rice. Use any type of ground meat for this recipe and combine it with a bit of spice and voila! Dinner is served.

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Easy Chinese Beef and Broccoli Noodles

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This easy to make recipe is as easy as it comes using very easy to find ingredients like sliced beef, broccoli and spaghettini. It’s stir-fried in a simple sweet soy sauce made with soy sauce and sugar. Ready in 20 minutes!

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Vietnamese Grilled Lemongrass Pork Chops (Thit Heo Nuong Xa)

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This juicy and moist porkchop is loaded with flavor and marinated with garlic, soy sauce and lemongrass. It can be made over a grill for a smokier flavor or a cast iron pan over a stovetop. If you have never tried this classic Vietnamese dish, then I highly encourage you to try it, especially when paired with the delicious sweet and tangy Vietnamese nuoc cham dipping sauce.

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Pan Fried Lamb Shoulder Chops with Miso Butter

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These thin lamb chops steaks are seared and cooked on a cast iron pan with garlic and sage and topped with a miso butter, which melts over everything to give it an incredible umami and salty flavor. Quick to make and definitely a must try if you love lamb chops.

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Tuna Mayo Deopbap (Korean Tuna Rice Bowl)

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This simple recipes uses a can of tuna, mixed with garlic butter and drizzled with mayo and sweet soy. If  you’re looking for a easy, one bowl, flavor dinner tonight, this one is as easy as it gets!

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Three Cup Chicken

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Typically, chicken wings are deep fried but these ones are braised! If you love chicken wings then you definitely need to try these ones that are braised in a sweet and savory soy sauce with ginger and garlic.

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Stir-Fried Kimchi Rice Cakes

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Having frozen rice cakes in the freezer makes it super easy to get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. You can add any type of meat or veggies (like kimchi) to it and stir fry it with a sauce and voila!

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Thai Basil Turkey Fried Rice

This Thai basil fried rice recipe is incredibly easy to put together and a flavor bomb. You can use any type of ground meat to make it and you can also use any type of frozen veggies to keep things simple and shave off even more cooking time!

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Easy Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

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This Thai soup is very similar to tom yum, but it also has coconut milk in it as well which makes it creamier and a lot more flavorful. If you’re craving Thai, and you want something easy to make then definitely consider this Thai coconut soup which can be made with chicken or veggies.

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Maple Curry Yaki Udon

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This chewy udon noodle recipe is very easy to put together especially if you have any leftover meat. It’s tossed in a sweet and savory curry sauce, similar to the popular Japanese curry sauce.

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Chinese Tomato and Egg Stir Fry

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Similar to tomato sauce, this traditional Chinese recipe makes use of fresh tomatoes, but doesn’t fully cook them down so you get delicious burst of tomatoes in every bite. The sauciness along with the bits of scrambled eggs is delicious when served with a side of rice.

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Tteokbokki (Spicy Korean Rice Cakes)

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If you’re looking for a warm and cozy dish, and craving something chewy then you should definitely try tteokbokki. This easy-to-make dish is made with chewy rice cakes cooked in a spicy, sweet, and savory cozy sauce.

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Chinese Steamed Spare Ribs with Black Beans

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This simple traditional Chinese steamed spare ribs recipe is absolutely delicious and loaded with garlic and umami from the black bean sauce. The best part is it takes less than 15 minutes in the steamer to cook so you can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes.

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Dry-Fried Long Beans and Minced Pork with Olive Vegetables

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This simple recipes stir fries minced ground pork with long beans (which can be substituted with green beans). It’s simple, flavorful and can be served with rice or eaten as-is.

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Kani Salad (Japanese Crab Salad)

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There’s something absolutely delicious about imitation crab meat, especially when paired with a creamy mayo. This easy to make Japanese crab salad takes less than 15 minutes to make and can be served over rice to give you that sushi kick you you’re craving.

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Chinese Stir-Fried Ketchup Shrimp

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This classic and traditional Chinese shrimp recipe is a must try if you love sweet and tangy flavors. Stir-fried shrimp is pan fried with garlic and onions and tossed in a perfectly balanced sweet and tangy ketchup sauce.

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Chinese Scrambled Eggs and Shrimp

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This classic Chinese scrambled eggs with shrimp recipe literally takes 15 minutes to put together and consist of fluffy scrambled eggs with shrimp! It’s simple, and delicious and perfect for busy weekday nights.

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Vietnamese Sweet and Sour Soup (Canh Chua)

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This easy to make Vietnamese sweet and sour soup is made with tamarind, pineapples and veggies. Traditionally, it is made with fish, but you can use simpler ingredients like frozen shrimp or chicken as well to get this one the table more quickly. It has a perfect balance of sweet and tangy and is similar to Thai tom yum soup but its not spicy.

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Easy Cold Soba Noodles (Zaru Soba)

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There isn’t much cooking involved in this simple Japanese noodle dish, which makes this a fantastic meal to have on any weeknight – especially if you are looking to have a light meal.

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Easy Egg Fried Rice (5 Ingredients)

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If you have rice, eggs and salt, you can have a simple egg fried rice on your table in less than 15 minutes, especially if you’re using leftover rice. You can have this on its own or serve it with store-bought rotisserie chicken!

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Black Garlic Shirataki Noodles with King Oyster Mushrooms

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If you’re looking for a low carb option, then these springy shirataki noodles are it. This recipe stir fries shirataki noodles with mushrooms and tossed in a smoky savory sauce.

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14 Chinese Takeout Recipes You Can Make at Home to Save Money

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15 Delicious Asian Side Dishes You’ve Never Tried Before But Should

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15 Delicious Asian Side Dishes You’ve Never Tried Before But Should

19 Quick and Easy Ways to Use Leftovers for Dinner Tonight

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19 Quick and Easy Ways to Use Leftovers for Dinner Tonight 

11 Asian Beef Recipes We Can’t Get Enough Of

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