Top 12 Thai Summer Grilling Recipes

Make your summer taste the best ever with a Thai grilling recipe!  These dishes abound with flavor and sizzle.  In Thailand the grilling traditional is long and complex.  Thai chefs and streetside cooks build layers of flavor into all their grilled and barbequed dishes, which is why they taste so amazing.  Try one and see how much everyone at your table loves it. (p.s. the spice-heat level can always be adjusted to suit everyone`s taste!)


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    Thai BBQ Chicken with Dipping Sauce
    Thai BBQ Chicken with Dipping Sauce. Taken by D.Schmidt for

    If you like good BBQ chicken, Thai Barbecue Chicken is something you'll want to try. It's simple to make, and the results are stupendous. Includes a special marinade that imbues the chicken with taste and gives it that beautiful reddish barbecue color. Serve with a quintessentially Thai sauce that is super-easy to make (no cooking involved!) and gives your BBQ chicken that extra hit of flavor. 


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    Grilled Lemongrass Chicken
    Grilled Lemongrass Chicken - best Ever! (and easy too). D.Schmidt for

    This lemongrass grilled chicken blows other recipes out of the water. Plus it's super simple to make. Just toss a few ingredients into your food processor, marinate, and grill. At our home, we like ours medium-spicy, hence the 2 chillies in the ingredients list, but feel free to adjust this according to your own spice-o-meter. Serve it up with rice or over salad; there's no need for a side sauce, it's that flavorful!


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    Chicken Satay
    Best Ever Chicken Satay (recipe passed down through generations). D.Schmidt

    My mother-in-law did give me permission to publish her satay on the internet, so I'm not as poor of a daughter-in-law as you might imagine.  However, her family secret is obviously a secret no longer - and with taste like this, it shouldn't be a secret.  You're quite simply going to be blown away by the succulent taste of this satay recipe (better than any restaurant). Strips of chicken or beef are marinated in a special Thai paste, then skewered and grilled on the BBQ, grilled on an...MORE indoor grill, or broiled in your oven. Serve with her homemade peanut sauce for the ultimate taste experience (recipe included). A great summer party food!


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    Ultimate Thai Grilled Steak!
    Ultimate Thai Grilled Steak!. D.Schmidt for

    If you're a steak lover and never had a Thai-marinated steak, be prepared to find yourself hooked on it -- and never seasoning or marinating a steak any other way.  This is exactly what happened to my husband who used to order steak regularly in restaurants, but now passes them by on the menu because they just can't compete with this recipe.  I heartily agree.  This marinade reigns supreme. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean. 


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    Thai Tom Yum Grilled Shrimp
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

    This Thai Grilled Shrimp is extremely flavorful and is sure to please anyone who loves Thai flavors. Scallops can also be added to your skewers, if you wish. This is now my husband's favorite shrimp recipe. Give it a try!


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    Thai Grilled Salmon with Coconut Sambal
    Thai Grilled Salmon with Coconut Sambal - Easy & Amazing!. D.Schmidt for

    For an easy-breezy summer recipe, try out this grilled salmon with coconut sambal.  Both the marinade and the sambal sauce are a cinch to make, and together they taste summer-delicious.  This dish is wonderful serves a variety of ways: with plain rice, with salad, or over some summer vegetables (shown here: stir-fried spinach).  Enjoy!


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    Delicious Grilled Thai Honey-Garlic Chicken!
    Delicious Grilled Thai Honey-Garlic Chicken!. D.Schmidt

    This Thai version of Honey Garlic Chicken turns ordinary chicken breast or thigh into an amazing-tasting meal, plus it's super-easy to make. Here I've grilled it, but it's just as wonderful baked in the oven in case the weather doesn't cooperate (both methods included here). Makes a great dinner served together with rice or over a salad, or whatever side dishes you desire.


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    Peel & Eat Thai Garlic Shrimp (Easy!)
    Peel & Eat Thai Garlic Shrimp (Easy to Make!). D.Schmidt for

    Summer shrimp are delicious when grilled on the barbecue, and this Thai recipe is absolutely superb!  You have to try it to know what I'm talking about. Perfect for a barbecue party, whether you want to go casual, or gourmet! Excellent paired with either a cold lager, or a chilled glass of your favorite white or rose wine.


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    Thai Grilled Whole Fish with Coriander-Chili Sauce
    Thai Grilled Whole Fish with Coriander-Chili Sauce. D.Schmidt for

    This fish recipe comes to you direct from the street-side eateries of Thailand.  You'll love the tenderness of the fish combined with the simply fantastic coriander-chili sauce. Nearly any whole "white-fleshed" fish can be used for this recipe (here I've chosen rainbow trout, but feel free to substitute whole snapper, sea bream, talapia, gray mullet, or the fish of your choice).


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    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad
    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad. D.Schmidt for

    This Thai chicken salad is easy to make and pops with flavor. As a bonus, it's low in calories and fat while remaining extremely high in taste. The chicken is marinated in a light peppercorn marinade, then grilled (or oven-broiled) and served over a bed of cool greens together with a tangy Thai dressing.


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    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad - 'makes grown men cry!'
    Thai Grilled Chicken Salad - 'makes grown men cry!'. D.Schmidt for

    This Thai Grilled Chicken Salad has been said to make grown men cry (see reviews for this recipe for more on this!). It starts with strips of chicken breast marinated in a garlic-pepper sauce. Place grilled chicken over a bed of summer greens that has been tossed in a lemongrass-coriander-lime dressing, top with a sprinkling of fresh basil, and you have a complete meal that is so delicious, you'll want to make it your number one salad this summer.


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    Grilled Pineapple 'Pops'
    Grilled Pineapple 'Pops'!. D.Schmidt for

    Ready for a dessert you can make right on the barbecue? Fantastic is the only way to describe the taste of this fresh dessert idea. Includes all the instructions you will need to buy and cut a fresh pineapple (it's very easy to do!). Also includes make-ahead tips, so you can easily serve this dessert recipe at your next barbecue party.