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. 

39 recipes collection for cheap Asian dinner ideas.

Ordering takeout is easy, but it can be expensive—especially if you have to feed a family.

Here are some money-saving Asian dinner recipes that are easy to prepare, healthy, satisfying, and delicious. They include popular dishes like u Kung Pao Chicken, Crispy Beef, Mapo Tofu, Kimchi Ramen, Yaki Udon, Thai Red Curry Chicken, and more.

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.

39 Asian Dinner Recipes on a budget

Korean chicken bulgogi, dak bulgogi, made with gochujang

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.
Ground beef bulgogi and kimchi are served together as a one dish meal.

Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowl

This ground beef bulgogi makes an easy Korean ground beef rice bowl within 20 minutes. With the basic pantry ingredients, this Korean ground beef recipe is a perfect family dinner solution for busy weeknights.
Spicy Korean pork stir-fry is served with rice and lettuce.

Spicy Pork Bulgogi (Jeyuk Bokkeum)

Make Korean spicy pork bulgogi quickly at home. Stir-fry thin pork slices with gochujang in 20 mins. Follow the recipe tips for a restaurant-style Jeyuk Bokkeum.
Thai red curry is made with chicken and vegetables in a pot

Easy Thai Red Curry Chicken and Vegetables

This easy Thai red curry with chicken and fresh vegetables captures the authentic flavor of Thai and makes a quick and healthy weeknight meal. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
A bowl of Chinese crispy beef is served with rice on a tray

Chinese Crispy Beef Under 30 Minutes

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.
A bowl of egg fried rice is garnished with green onion.

Fluffy Egg Fried Rice: Quick and Easy Chinese Dish

Learn how to make delicious egg fried rice in just 15 minutes. This popular Chinese dish features stir-fried rice with scrambled eggs, green onions, garlic, and soy sauce. Fluffy and delicious!
Kung pao chicken is served on a platter with a bowl of rice on the side.

Easy, Authentic Kung Pao Chicken

Learn to cook Kung Pao Chicken at home with our simple step-by-step guide. Experience Sichuan cuisine's spicy flavors with chicken, chilies, and peanuts. Ideal for beginners!
Yaki udon is stir-fried in a wok.

Quick Yaki Udon (Stir-Fried Udon Noodles)

Yaki udon is a simple Japanese dish made with stir-fried udon noodles, vegetables, and protein coated in a savory sauce. With just a few basic ingredients, you can make this delicious dish in just 20 minutes!
One Pot Korean Noodles and Vegetables are topped with lunch ham slices.

One Pot Korean Noodles and Vegetables

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.
Crispy Korean chicken nuggets are tossed in a sticky glaze with a pair of spoon.

Dakgangjeong (Korean Chicken Nuggets)

Dakgangjeong is a Korean dish made of crispy, bite-sized pieces of boneless chicken thigh that are coated in a sweet and spicy sauce. It is often served as a snack or appetizer.
Keema curry is an easy Indian curry made with ground beef and peas

Ground Beef Curry (Beef Keema Curry)

Beef Keema curry is a simple Indian ground beef curry. With a few everyday ingredients, you can make a delicious Indian curry in no time – perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
Japchae is Korean glass noodle stir-fry with beef and vegetables

Japchae: Korean Stir-Fried Glass Noodles Made Easy

Japchae is a treasured Korean stir-fried dish made with sweet potato noodles & veggies. Learn to make this healthy, tasty treat with ease, including vegan & vegetarian options!
Spicy Korean Chicken Stew, dakdoritang, is simmered with carrots and potatoes.

Spicy Korean Chicken Stew (Dakdoritang)

Dakdoritang is a Korean chicken stew that combines sweet, savory, and spicy flavors to create a delicious and comforting dish. It's easy to make and a great way to add some heat to your dinner routine.
Korean honey garlic chicken is garnished with fresh chilies and served in a bowl on a tray.

Korean Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

These pan-fried Korean honey garlic chicken wings are a party winner. They are healthier than the deep-fried wings. Making these is super easy and simple, with just a few ingredients.
Sesame soba noodles are topped with crumbled seaweed

15-Minute Sesame Soba Noodle Bowl

This sesame soba noodle recipe makes a terrific weeknight dinner. Topped with crumbled seaweed and fried dumplings, you’ll have a hassle-free simple soba noodle bowl ready in 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Spam fried rice is served in a bowl with a spoon

Quick Spam Fried Rice

Spam fried rice with egg takes less than 20 minutes to cook. Crispy pan-fried Spam, fluffy eggs, and simple vegetables creates a delicious weeknight meal that the whole family will love.
Mapo tofu is dished in a blue bowl with a spoon.

Authentic Sichuan Mapo Tofu Recipe

Sichuan Mapo Tofu, a spicy Chinese tofu dish, is easy to make at home with our authentic recipe. With soft tofu and ground pork in a savory sauce, it promises a fulfilling meal that goes great with rice.
Teriyaki chicken drumsticks are in the oval platter over a floral napkin.

Skillet Teriyaki Chicken Drumsticks (Easy 25 Minute Recipe)

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.
Tofu and eggs are cooked in a skillet with spicy sauce to serve with rice

Spicy Tofu and Egg in a Skillet

This Korean spicy tofu and egg dish in a skillet is a quick and easy to whip up, but is satisfying enough to justify making it for dinner. Gluten-free and vegetarian adaptable!
Hong Kong noodles with shrimp served on a platter.

Pan-Fried Hong Kong Noodles

These pan-fried Hong Kong noodles offer a crispy and chewy texture, along with a smoky and savory flavor that you can personalize with your favorite ingredients. This versatile Cantonese dish takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.
A bowl of kimchi ramen is served on a tray with a pair of chopsticks on the side.

5-Minute Kimchi Ramen

Kimchi Ramen is a quick and tasty meal in just 5 minutes made from Korean instant ramen with kimchi, canned tuna. Perfect for busy days.
Philly style bulgogi cheesesteaks are ready to serve.

Philly Style Bulgogi Cheesesteak

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.
Kimbap (Gimbap) is Korean seaweed rice rolls

Kimbap (Korean Seaweed Rice Roll)

Kimbap is Korean seaweed rice roll including rice, vegetables, and seaweed. It serves as a perfect finger food. This easy to follow recipe help you make beautiful Korean kimbap at home.
Crispy outside and cheesy inside kimchi fried rice recipe.

Crispy Kimchi Fried Rice Recipe with Cheese

Crispy on the outside and cheesy inside, this kimchi fried rice recipe with cheese brings the best of both worlds.
Jjajangmyeon sauce is served over noodles garnished with cucumber slices in a bowl.

Jajangmyeon: How to Make Korean Black Bean Noodles

Learn how to make authentic jajangmyeon at home with this easy recipe. This guide walks you through making the perfect bowl of these iconic Korean black bean noodles, complete with savory Chunjang sauce, stir-fried meat and vegetables, all paired with chewy noodles.
Grilled mackerel is served with soy sauce and lemon wedges in a white plate

Healthy Grilled Mackerel Fish in Parchment

Enjoy this easy grilled mackerel fish recipe that delivers smoky, crispy skin and juicy, tender flesh. Using the parchment paper method, you can eliminate unwanted fish odors while reaping all the benefits of Omega 3.
Korean noodles with beef sauce and cucumber

Easy Korean Beef Noodles

Create tasty Korean beef noodles with this easy recipe. Ground beef makes a flavorful sauce that perfectly complements tender wheat noodles. With just a few ingredients and basic cooking skills, make a satisfying and delicious meal your whole family will enjoy.
Crispy tonkatsu is served with homemade tonkatsu sauce and crisp cabbage

30-Minute Easy Tonkatsu: Japanese Pork Cutlet Recipe

Learn how to make crispy Tonkatsu, a popular Japanese pork cutlet, in just 30 minutes! Unlock the secrets to crafting this beloved Japanese pork cutlet that's crispy on the outside and incredibly juicy on the inside. This guide includes step-by-step instructions and an irresistibly tangy homemade Tonkatsu sauce. Ideal for quick and special dinners alike.
A bowl of chicken curry with potato and carrot are placed on a napkin and paired with baguette slices and rice noodle nests on the side.

Vietnamese Chicken Curry Soup (Ca Ri Ga)

This Vietnamese chicken curry soup (Ca Ri Ga) 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.
Chinese pepper steak stir fry is best to serve hot with rice

30-Minute Chinese Beef and Pepper Stir Fry

Beef and Pepper Stir Fry (Pepper Steak Stir Fry) with the authentic Chinese flavor! This easy recipe pairs melt-in-your-mouth sirloin steak with vibrant bell peppers, all smothered in a savory black bean sauce infused with garlic and ginger. Enjoy restaurant-quality taste right at home, all whipped up in less than 30 minutes.
Authentic Thai Basil Beef (Pad Gra Prow)
This authentic Thai basil beef (Pad Gra Prow) features thinly sliced beef stir-fried with garlic, chili, and Thai basil for a tasty and aromatic experience.
Check out this recipe
Thai basil beef stir fry is served with rice on a plate.
Sayur Lodeh is Indonesian vegetable curry in coconut milk

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.
Butadon, Japanese pork rice bow, made with pork belly

Pork Belly Rice Bowl Recipe (Butadon)

A delicious pork belly recipe to create Butadon (Japanese pork and rice bowl) with a quick and easy homemade Teriyaki sauce.
Thai beef massaman curry is made with store-bought massaman curry paste.

Easy Beef Massaman Curry

Cook this easy and delicious Thai beef Massaman curry with potato and a store-bought Massaman curry paste. You can have a rich flavorful curry without much effort.
Chicken breast and mango is stir-fried quickly in sweet chili sauce and served with rice.

20-Minute Mango Chicken Stir-fry

Mango chicken stir-fry is a healthy and delicious dish that can be prepared in just 20 minutes! With lean chicken breast and fresh mango in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce, it's the perfect option for a quick and tasty weeknight meal.
Korean Braised Chicken (Andong jjimdak) is simmered with onion, carrot, potato, and sweet potato noodles.

Korean Braised Chicken (Andong Jjimdak)

This Korean braised chicken (Andong Jjimdak) uses chicken pieces, onion, carrots, and potatoes, along with sweet potato glass noodles, and braised in a spicy soy sauce together with dried red chilies.
Quick ramen and vegetable stir-fry is topped with fried egg and bonito flakes in a bowl.

10-Minute Ramen Stir-Fry with Vegetables

Make this satisfying ramen and vegetable stir-fry in 10 minutes. Use any vegetable you have in your fridge. Egg and bonito topping is an optional choice.
Quick stir-fried beef and fresh broccoli florets are serve with rice.

Best Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Tender beef and fresh broccoli florets are stir-fried together with a savory sauce. This beef and broccoli stir-fry recipe is a healthy, quick dinner choice and ready in 15 minutes.
Beef and Cucumber Stir-fry makes a quick rice bowl dish under 20 minutes.

Beef and Cucumber Stir-fry

If you have abundant cucumbers, this quick tender beef and cucumber stir-fry is a perfect rice bowl dish for an easy weeknight meal.
Ground beef bulgogi and kimchi are served together as a one dish me

39 Asian Dinner Recipes on a Budget: Korean Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowl

This Korean ground beef bulgogi recipe makes an easy Korean beef bowl within 20 minutes. It is perhaps one of the most satisfying ground beef recipes.
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  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef, preferably 90% lean
  • 2 green onion , finely chopped, optional

For bulgogi sauce


  • 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.
Calories: 386kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 1149mg, Potassium: 394mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 3mg
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