If pressed to pick one cuisine to cook and eat for the rest of my life, I think it would have to be Asian. Now that’s a total cheat, since the idea of Asian cooking encompasses a vast array of more specific Asian cuisines, from Thai to Japanese to Chinese . . . and those cuisines encompass a whole array of other more discrete Asian cuisines (take Chinese food—we have Szechuan, Catonese, Hunan, etc., etc. . . .)

And a smidge of a confession—I would eat sushi every day if the fates would allow. It’s my favorite food, yet it’s one I don’t make myself (I am happy to leave that to the professionals, though my boys gave me a ten-pound bag of sushi rice and a sushi rolling mat for Mother’s Day last year. Sweet, hopeful, befuddled boys).

But other than that little no-go, my pantry is bursting with ingredients like ponzu sauce and chili garlic paste, my fridge never without fresh ginger and miso. But you don’t need a full-on Asian pantry, just a handful of ingredients to make perfect, simple dishes..

Here are just a few of my favorite (easy!) Asian recipes to jump into.


5 Great Simple Asian Dishes

Simple Asian Salmon with Sautéed Corn and Zucchini / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Simple Asian Salmon

4 ingredients, not including the salmon. Wow, right?

Seriously, by the time you preheat the oven the salmon will be in its marinade, and you’d better have started the rice and made a salad or whatever because dinner is about to be ready! Or try these clean and spicy Asian greens.


Asian Baby Back Ribs

A sticky, tender Chinese-style rib recipe that you can make on a grill or in the oven.

I created these as a Father’s Day Gift to my husband, Gary, who loves ribs more than anyone else I know, with the exception of my own father. My kids are no slouches in the rib-loving department either. Serve them with Asian Kohlrabi and Apple Slaw.


Korean Pork Chops

Please, just look at that glorious crust.

These can be cooked indoors, or on the grill, if you like, and would be great with Carrot, Cabbage and Kohlrabi Slaw with Miso Dressing or Thai Cucumber Salad.


Vietnamese Shrimp Salad / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Vietnamese Shrimp Salad

Bright and beautiful and free from regrets. Wish I could say that about everything in my life.

A one-dish warm-weather meal.


Smoky Sweet Thai Grilled Flank Steak Salad / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com

Smoky Sweet Thai Grilled Flank Steak Salad

A fantastic Thai twist on a steak salad. Gary said he would have paid good money for this meal. Aw.

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