Top 10 Thai Pastes and Sauce Recipes

Make Your Own Thai Curry Paste or Thai Sauces!

For Thai paste and sauce that tastes authentic and is simple to make, try one of these delicious recipes! Making your own Thai paste or sauce isn't difficult, and the results taste so much better than the store-bought variety. Use these pastes and sauces to create a variety of delicious Thai dishes, from curry to noodles to your favorite grilled foods. 

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    Thai Green Curry Paste

    Thai Green Curry Paste

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    Thai green curry paste is surprisingly easy to make, and it's so much healthier & fresher-tasting than the store-bought variety. Added to your favorite meats or seafood, noodles, vegetables, tofu, or wheat gluten, this paste will create sumptuous curries. Or use it to make delicious soups or noodle dishes.

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    Thai Yellow Curry Paste

    Thai Yellow Curry Paste

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    Thai yellow curry paste is so versatile, you'll want to try it with a variety of meat, seafood, vegetarian, noodle and soup recipes. This fragrant yellow curry paste makes Thai food easy to prepare and quick as well, especially if you make the paste ahead of time and keep it on hand in the refrigerator.

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    Thai Red Curry Paste

    Thai Red Curry

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    This Thai red curry paste recipe is EASY to make from scratch. Homemade curry paste makes for tastier curries, and they're much healthier too. Red curry paste makes for excellent Thai curry, including curry chicken and seafood curries, beef curry, vegetarian curries, and fish curry.

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    Thai Penang Red Curry Paste

    Thai Panang Chicken

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    This delicious Thai red curry paste recipe hails from southern Thailand and carries with it flavors from Malaysia, Burma, and even India (Penang is a state in northern Malaysia). Try this homemade Thai red curry paste with your choice of beef, chicken, tofu, wheat gluten, or beans and vegetables—you'll love its aroma and unique blend of flavors!

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    Spicy Thai Chili Sauce ('Nam Prik Pao')

    A bowl of Nam Prik Pao, Thai chili sauce.

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    Although you can buy the famous Thai chili paste "nam prik pao" in most Asian food stores, I prefer making my own homemade version. This way there are no preservatives and I get to add my own healthy oil. There are hundreds of versions of homemade nam prik pao in Thailand - each cook makes it his or her own way, so have fun experimenting with this recipe and making it your own.

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    Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

    Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

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    Instead of buying sweet chili sauce, try making this easy recipe! It only takes a few minutes to put together, and you can find everything you need for it in your pantry or at your local supermarket. Makes a superb condiment for many Thai dishes - excellent with noodles, plus chicken, fish, and seafood. Also wonderful as a marinade for grilling or as a dip for finger foods. Try it with grilled fish, chicken or chicken wings, shrimp, spring rolls, fresh rolls, etc... Enjoy!

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    Thai Peanut Sauce/Dip (also known as 'Satay Sauce')

    Real Satay Peanut Sauce

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    While most Western versions of peanut sauce are made with peanut butter, this Thai peanut sauce recipe starts with real peanuts - and you'll taste the difference! At the same time, it's super easy and quick to make. This peanut sauce can be used for a variety of purposes, from a dip for veggies to a sauce for chicken or beef satay. Or use it to make a yummy cold noodle salad or marinade.

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    Easy Thai Mango Sauce/Dip

    Mango sauce in a bowl and bottle with a fresh mango on a white background.

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    This Mango Sauce/Dip is easy to make, and always gets rave reviews when I serve it. Use as a dip for cooked shrimp (great with coconut shrimp!), calamari, spring rolls or fresh rolls, or whatever appetizers you happen to be serving up. You can also use this mango sauce in stir-fries such as mango chicken or shrimp stir fry.

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    Thai BBQ Sauce

    Thai sweet chili sauce in a bowl garnished with Thai basil.

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    This homemade Thai BBQ Sauce recipe is so easy to make, and much superior to store-bought varieties (also healthier and less expensive!). It's a dark, tangy-sweet sauce that has enough spice to make your meats, fish or seafood, ribs, or just plain old burgers taste summer delicious.

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    Thai Tom Yum Paste

    Tom yum paste marinade

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    This Thai Tom Yum paste is more than a just a spice base for Tom Yum soup. It's also a beautiful marinade that works wonders with all types of fish and seafood, chicken and pork. Just slather on this flavor-popping spice mix, then either bake, pan-fry, or grill for a dish that sings with true Thai taste. My family just loves it as a marinade for baked chicken drumsticks.