These affordable Asian dinner recipes include variations on fried rice, stir-fried dishes, meaty entrees, comfort soup, and much more. They are easy to make and each one tastes fabulous for the entire family to enjoy.
Ordering takeout is easy, but it can be expensive—especially if you have to feed a family.
Here are money-saving Asian dinner recipes that are easy to prepare, healthy, satisfying, and delicious.
Plus, these recipes use inexpensive ingredients from your local grocery store, or everyday items that you have in your pantry or in the refrigerator in your kitchen.
There’s nothing better than adding your personal touch to the Asian family dinners you create from the comfort of your own home.
From rice to noodles, stir-fry to curries, these frugal Asian-inspired dinner recipes have something for everyone. Whether you are a meat lover or a vegetarian or anywhere in-between, these recipes are sure to please you and your family.
Asian Dinner Recipes on a budget
Chicken Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Chicken)
Chicken bulgogi is an easy and quick Korean BBQ chicken to prepare on a busy weeknight. You can grill this slightly sweet and savory chicken dish, broil it in the oven, or pan-fry it.
This Chinese crispy beef is a restaurant-quality recipe featuring super crispy strips of beef smothered in a sweet tangy glaze. Easy to prepare and loaded with flavor, your Asian dinner will be ready in less than 30 minutes.
The Korean noodle and vegetable dish is a perfect one pot meal one pot meal for hot summer days and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. Use any cold cut meats or deli ham, and whatever vegetables you have in hand to suit your taste.
Dakgangjeong is a crispy Korean chicken coated with a sticky, tangy, sweet, and spicy sauce. Chicken thigh pieces are deep-fried twice and glazed with a dakgangjeong sauce made with gochujang and chili sauce
These skillet teriyaki chicken drumsticks are a no-fuss one pan recipe prepared on the stove top. The tender, moist chicken drumsticks are coated with an irresistible sticky teriyaki glaze made with pineapple juice.
These Hong Kong style Cantonese pan fried noodles are crispy, chewy, and packed with smoky yet savory flavor. You can customize this versatile noodle dish with pretty much anything you feel like adding.
This fantastic Korean fusion Philly cheesesteak style bulgogi cheese steak sandwich is packed with flavor and texture. It’s a simple and quick sandwich that takes 15 minutes — no need to marinate the bulgogi beef at all.
This Vietnamese chicken curry is made with madras curry powder, lemongrass, and coconut milk. The addition of coconut water makes it lighter while still maintaining a rich flavored broth. Serve with baguette (banh mi) or rice noodles.
Easy Vegetable Curry with Coconut Milk (Sayur Lodeh
Vegetable curry in coconut milk is a popular dish in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. This easy coconut curry recipe is loaded with veggies and packed with flavor. Turmeric is used to give it a beautiful shade of yellow.
Authentic Chinese beef and pepper stir-fry is easy to make at home and tastier than any takeout dinner. Thin slices of beef sirloin steak are quickly stir-fried with onion, peppers, and fermented black beans. It takes only 20 minutes from start to finish.
Grilled mackerel cooked in a parchment pouch eliminates concerns about fish odor when cooking. This mackerel recipe also proves that pan-fried mackerel can look just like grilled mackerel, but without the open flame.
Mix all the bulgogi sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook until soft, about 1-2 minutes. Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned and fully cooked.
Pour the sauce mixture over the beef and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to simmer until it is heated through and the sauce reduces, about 2 minutes. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately.