Easy Thai Seafood Recipes That Will Rival Any Restaurant

Top Thai seafood recipes

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Try some of these wonderful seafood recipes from the Thai kitchen. Few cuisines prepare delicate shellfish as well as Thai, and these recipes are also simple enough to make for everyday eating. They are also beautiful and wonderful-tasting — perfect for serving company. ENJOY!

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    Mussels in a Thai Basil Coconut Sauce

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    This Thai mussel recipe makes an incredible appetizer, or add a salad and enjoy as the main course. Fresh mussels are steamed in white wine, then briefly simmered in a basil and coconut sauce. The dish is finished off with a sprinkling of fresh red chilies, coriander, and more basil for a true seafood treat.

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    Fillet of Fish Baked in Banana Leaf (or Foil)

    Fish fillet on banana leaf

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    You'll love this tender and wonderful-tasting Thai baked fish. Slathered in a fragrant coconut sauce, the fillet is then wrapped in banana leaves (OR tin foil/parchment paper) and baked in the oven. Coconut rice makes an excellent optional accompaniment, or serve with plain rice or potatoes. Nearly any type of fish will work in this recipe, including salmon, red snapper, cod, tilapia, sole, etc). An easy fish recipe that's also fun to make and the taste is truly gourmet.

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    Crab in a Thai Tomato-Chili Sauce

    Crab in Thai Tomato-chili sauce

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    If you enjoy shellfish, you're going to love this Thai recipe for crab made with a rich-tasting red tomato-chili sauce. The flavorful sauce marries well with the tender crab meat. Either frozen or fresh crab (in the shell) can be used — King Crab or Snow Crab are both delicious. This dish is so good, it will leave you craving more.

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    Pan-seared Scallops in a Thai Sauce

    Thai pan-seared scallops

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    This scallop recipe will teach you everything you need to know to cook fantastic pan-seared scallops. Very gourmet, this dish is surprisingly easy to make - the cooking time is literally 10 minutes! And the results? If you like seafood, you're going to fall in love with these melt-in-your-mouth scallops. 

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    Special Thai Orange Seafood Soup

    Thai seafood soup

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    This wonderful soup is similar to hot & sour soup, although I like it better!  In Thai, it's known as "Geng Som Pla", an ancient dish from the Central Plains region of Thailand.  It's a fiery-hot soup with both sour and sweet overtones that make for a lively combination, especially when paired with your choice of fish and/or seafood.  Makes a beautiful appetizer or main course dish.

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    Thai Crab Cakes

    Thai crab cakes

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    This Thai Crab Cake recipe creates wonderful crisp-on-the-outside and moist-on-the-inside crab cakes. Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) is easy to find these days at most supermarkets, or see the recipe for a gluten-free version. 

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    Classic Thai Fish Cakes

    Thai fish cake

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    Thai Fish Cakes are a common street food in Thailand and are very flavorful compared to most Western fish cake recipes. They aren't battered, which I find allows for more of the fresh taste of the fish, spices, and herbs to come through. This also means they're easier and quicker to make. Enjoy!

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    Thai Seafood Curry

    Thai seafood curry

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    If you enjoy seafood, you'll love this sumptuous curry. The recipe starts with a homemade, rather tart curry sauce that marries beautifully with fish & seafood. Use your own assortment of seafood, then add some nutritious vegetables plus cubes of pineapple for a healthy, one-pot gourmet delight that will impress your friends and family.

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    Thai Garlic Shrimp (Quick & Easy!)

    Thai garlic shrimp

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    Sumptuous, succulent shrimp easily stir-fried in a tangy Thai garlic sauce - and it takes only 15 minutes to make! Salty-sweet, garlicky, and a little spicy, it's the perfect dish to serve any night of the week. Also beautiful enough to serve at a party as an appetizer or finger food (see serving tips below). Goes nice with rice, or crusty French bread. Even your kids will go wild for these shrimp (just reduce the chili content). 

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    Scallops in a Thai Red Curry Sauce

    Scallops red curry sauce

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    This ​Thai recipe for scallops is fragrant, pleasantly spicy, and succulent. Scallops are marinated and stir-fried in an easy red curry that also provides a dipping sauce (or you can serve these scallops "floating" amid the red curry). Excellent for entertaining or simply as an everyday treat.

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    Thai Coconut Shrimp

    Thai coconut shrimp

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    Imagine biting into a succulent deep-fried shrimp covered in a light tempura-like batter flavored with the taste of coconut — scrumptious! This Coconut Shrimp recipe is fantastic to serve as an appetizer, tapas plate, or party food.

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    Stir-Fried Lemon Lime Shrimp

    Stir-fried lemon lime shrimp

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    This Thai shrimp recipe features both lemon and lime flavors for the ultimate shrimp dish. And unlike most shrimp recipes, it doesn't contain a lot of cream or butter. Coconut milk is used instead, which means this dish is lighter but still wonderfully rich in flavor.

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    Grilled Garlic Shrimp (In the Shell)

    Grilled garlic shrimp recipe

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    This grilled garlic shrimp is very delicious, plus simple to make. Jumbo or large shrimp are grilled either in their shells or with shells removed. They are marinated in a very quick and easy garlic sauce, then grilled to perfection (only 5-8 minutes). 

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    Thai Mussels in a Lemongrass White Wine Sauce (With Fresh Thai Herbs)

    Steamed mussels in lemongrass

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    This fragrant mussel recipe makes a superb appetizer or main entree to serve guests, or that very-special-someone in your life. Thai herbs and spices, such as lemongrass, lime leaf, fresh coriander, and basil, create a wondrous broth that marries perfectly with the taste of the mussels without ever overpowering them. Gourmet-delicious!

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    Chili-Garlic Shrimp (Easy Oven Recipe)

    Chili garlic shrimp

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    This spicy shrimp recipe will be a hit with your friends and family, and it's ready in less than 30 minutes! Includes make-ahead tips for parties.

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    Beautiful Grilled Scallops

    Grilled scallops with mango

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    Try this Thai recipe for Grilled Scallops. Either fresh mango or peaches are equally delicious, depending on what is fresh and available where you live. Either sea scallops or larger bay scallops can be used in this recipe. Simple to make, and a gourmet delight to eat!