These easy vegan Asian recipes are made with authentic ingredients to make you feel like you’re in a Chinese, Korean or Thai restaurant.
Vegan Asian Recipes
It’s easy to bring your leftover rice back to life by adding garlic, ginger, oven-baked tofu and veggies. It’s tofu fried rice, y’all!
When there’s a nip in the air, warm up over a Chinese Hot Pot. Veggies simmered in the super flavorful broth will warm you head to toe.
3. ‘Egg’ Rolls
Sadly, most egg rolls are grease-laden and unhealthy. Not these! Packed with veggies and oven-baked, these have all of the flavor without any of the guilt.
4. Mapo Tofu
Restaurant Mapo Tofu is usually made with pork. Never fear, a vegan-friendly recipe is here — and it has every bit of that mouthwatering spice you crave.
Dreaming of comfort food with some serious spice? These Sichuan Noodles are tossed in soy, garlic, ginger and chili and will completely deliver on the comfort factor and the taste.
Have your takeout bills been skyrocketing lately? Remember, you can make your own Sweet and Sour Tofu at home with fresh, healthy ingredients.
Sticky pork buns are a vegan no-no. This recipe, however, uses plant-based ingredients to create a sweet and salty filling wrapped in a pillowy bun.
Vegan ribs? Did I hear that right? Oh yeah! They’re made with a seitan base and slathered in a decadent hoisin and Chinese five-spice sauce.
Got 15 minutes? You have just enough time to make Singapore Noodles — curried vermicelli noodles tossed with cabbage, green onions, red peppers and cilantro. Yum!
In the world of ingredients, bean sprouts are usually an afterthought. In this fast and healthy stir-fry, however, they are the star of the show!
If cooking eggplant has frustrated you in the past, try this easy recipe. Prep, make the sauce, stir-fry and you’ve got an enjoyable side or main dish.
12. Wonton Soup
The go-to comfort soup in my house is and always has been wonton soup, not chicken noodle. This vegan recipe will show you exactly why!
13. Veggie Lo Mein
Who said a plant-based diet had to be a wimpy-taste diet? This lo mein has oodles of umami, crunchy veggies and is totally easy to make.
Has there ever been a more unfairly maligned vegetable than Brussels Sprouts? Finally, this Kung Pao preparation gives them the star treatment they’ve always deserved.
15. Easy Ramen
Most ramen broths simmer for hours to develop their rich flavors. Not in this version! In only 30 minutes, you’ll have a real contender for your go-to ramen recipe.
16. Tofu Katsu Curry
You want crunch? We got panko-crispy tofu. You also want savory with sweet? Try the ginger carrot curry sauce with garam masala. Herbs too? A sprinkling of cilantro to finish.
Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Yakisoba, a Japanese stir-fried noodle dish, has flawlessly made the transition to veganism. Deliciousness to ensue!
18. Miso Soup
In the mood for some Asian flavor? In a mere 20 minutes and with only five ingredients, you can make your own miso soup at home!
Hey! Don’t go all the way to Japan to enjoy okonomiyaki, a savory cabbage and rice flour pancake. Make this popular street food on your very own stovetop.
If you want to impress a dinner guest, make this Onigiri Six Ways. They are delightful Japanese rice balls, all uniquely flavored and lovely to boot.
What’s a vegan to do when everyone’s eating sushi? Bring your own vegan tomato sashimi! Is it tuna? No! It’s a marinated tomato draped over the rice!
22. Homemade Gyoza
Want some fun family time? Make gyozas. Set up an assembly line and in no time you’ll have a dumpling pile ready to be pan-steamed to perfection.
Usually made with skewered chicken, this vegan version of Yakitori is all about the veggies. You’ll absolutely fall in love with this glaze, by the way, so make extra!
24. Soy Milk Hot Pot
Tonyu nabe, a creamy, soymilk Japanese hot pot broth, should be in every soup-lover’s repertoire. A favorite of sumo wrestlers, it’s versatile and packs a serious nutritional punch.
Sure, you can eat veggies. For a fun twist, why not make a quick tempura batter and honor those vegetables with a traditional Japanese preparation? Don’t forget the dipping sauces!
Kimchi is a superfood packed with vitamins and immune-boosting probiotics. Did I mention it’s also delicious? In only a few days, you’ll have a month’s worth of this vegan version.
When regular ramen sounds boring, make Rabokki — a spicy and chewy Korean dish with tteok, tube-shaped rice noodles, and ramen. So flavorful and addictive, everyone will ask for the recipe.
28. Soft Tofu Stew
Wondering what to do with leftover kimchi? Use it to make Korean Soft Tofu Stew — Sundubu Jjigae. Spicy with a little sweet, this stew is incredibly nutritious and comforting.
Yes, you can have the flavors of Korean barbecue in a vegan dish. These bulgogi lettuce wraps use marinated mushrooms and tofu instead of meat for a healthier, plant-based take.
Think you know Korean food? Have you tried Tteokbokki? Made with tteok, tube-shaped chewy rice cakes that eat like pasta, its spicy sweet sauce is nothing short of addictive!
Jajangmyeon, noodles with black bean sauce, is traditionally made with pork. Vegans, don’t worry — it’s the fermented black bean paste that delivers the flavor, so no one misses the meat.
As a hangover cure or a for a quick weeknight meal, there’s really nothing better than kimchi fried rice. Add some Ssamjang Tofu for that extra touch of delicious.
Want something colorful, comforting and flavorful? You need a bowl of bibimbap right away! Rice with different preparations of veggies that together make a fabulous meal.
Japchae, stir-fried Korean glass noodles, is one of those delightful dishes that can be customized to whatever veggie preferences you have.
35. Kimchi Stew
Hot soup on a cold day is nice but add a little spice to that heat and oh baby! Kimchi stew will soothe what ails you.
36. Korean BBQ Tacos
Sure, you can have regular tacos but why not up the excitement and make Korean barbecue tacos. Sweet and salty with a vegetable crunch, this recipe will become a family favorite.
37. Cucumber Salad
Need a side dish that’ll wake up a lackluster main course? This crunchy fresh cucumber salad checks all of the flavor boxes — spicy, savory, sweet and tart.
38. Pickled Radishes
Pickled radishes are not just a condiment for Korean food. They’re so easy to make, healthy and add a tangy spice to sandwiches and salads of all kinds.
Ssamjang, a dipping sauce extraordinaire, is one reason why Korean cuisine is so addictive. Make your own, have it on hand and banish that bland food for good.
40. Pad Thai
There are a lot of Pad Thai recipes out there but this one is vegan, easy, takes only 30 minutes. You couldn’t ask for more!
41. Tom Kaa Gai
The coconut broth infused with lemon grass in this vegan Tom Kaa Gai is to die for. The tofu replaces the chicken but looses none of the tangy flavor.
How about grilling some tofu satay? The creamy peanut sauce gets a blast of spice from the red curry paste and whoa — you’ll feel like you’ve journeyed to Thailand.
43. ‘Crab’ Cakes
Psst. You wanna know the secret to making vegan “crab” cakes? It’s all about artichoke hearts, baby. That and a little seaweed for that dash of seafood flavor.
Pumpkin soup in the fall is a must — why not give it a Thai twist? With red curry paste, lime and coconut milk, you’ll never see pumpkin the same way again.
45. Tom Yum Soup
There’s something about those soul-replenishing Thai soups — and this Tom Yum Gai soup is no exception. It even has “yum” in the name!
46. Pad See Ew
With a few tweaks, Thai dishes can easily become vegan. Pad See Ew is an example. It’s noodles with plenty of heart-healthy veggies in a spicy and sweet sauce.
47. Red Lentil Dal
Red Lentil Dal is a dinner winner! It’s economical, easy to make and very nutritious. Make extra, you’ll want it for lunch the next day.
When you picture biryani, you usually imagine a chicken and rice dish that takes hours to prepare. This version breaks all of the rules. It’s fast, vegan and easy!
49. Butter ‘Chicken’
Vegan Butter Chicken? Why not! Swap out the chicken for tofu. Swap out the butter and cream for vegan butter and vegan cream cheese. Add in some spices and voila!
50. Aloo Gobi
If your family turns their noses up at veggies, try offering them Aloo Gobi. Healthy cauliflower is disguised alongside potatoes in a spicy sauce that is plate-sopping worthy.
Here’s a fun experiment — serve Cauliflower Tikka Masala, rice and naan to your non-vegan friends and see how many bites they take before they realize it’s vegan.
You would think that cheese would be required to make Matar Paneer, considering paneer actually means cheese. You would be wrong! Tofu can more than handle that taste requirement.
Who doesn’t love sheet pan dinners? Everything laid out, on one pan, all ready to go. This version has all of the flavors of tandoori cooking.
Palak Paneer is a decadent, warmly-spiced spinach dish in a creamy sauce. Veganizing it was easy — tofu for the cheese and coconut milk for the cream. So sinfully good!
55. Bombay Potatoes
When the Brits interpret Indian food, the results can be delicious. Take Bombay Potatoes. Most common in the UK, it’s baby potatoes cooked in a spicy masala. So good!
56. Rice Pilaf
Everyone needs a go-to rice pilaf recipe. This one works in either the Instant Pot or on the stove and always ends up with a perfect fluffy texture.
57. Naan Bread
When you realize that you have the power to make your own naan, your life will change. It’s an instant side dish, whenever you need one!
58. Easy Pho
No, Easy Pho is not a contradiction in terms. Thanks to this recipe, you can have a flavorful broth in only 30 minutes.
I’ve been waiting for someone to veganize a banh mi and finally it’s happened — white bean meatballs with pickled veggies and a spicy sriracha mayo that brings it all together.
Sure, you could make a carrot, cabbage, cilantro and noodle salad. You could also roll up those same ingredients into a spring roll and really get the party started.
Making crispy Vietnamese pancakes called Bánh Xèo are a wonderful way clear out those leftover veggies from the refrigerator. They are low in calorie and high on flavor.
More tasty vegan Asian recipes:
- Garlic Teriyaki Tofu
- Green Bean Curry
- Mongolian Noodles and Veggies Stir Fry
- Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls
- Three Colour (Sanshoku) Dango
- Mango Sticky Rice
- Spicy Chai Boba Smoothie aka Bubble Tea
- Honeydew Bubble Tea
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