It’s easy to think of Thai curry-based dishes as exotic and something to enjoy only when you go out, but the truth is you can make curry recipes easily at home! Read on to master simple Thai recipes by basing them on three dishes you already know.

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Chicken soup

To turn the popular chicken soup into an authentic red curry recipe you need Thai red curry paste as well as skinless and boneless chicken breasts cut into thin strips. Use coconut milk instead of chicken broth. For vegetables you need one red pepper, also sliced into thin strips, a couple of spring onions finely diced, half a cup or so of green peas, and a tablespoon each of fresh coriander or basil leaves.

Boil the red curry paste and coconut milk in a pot, add the chicken and then the vegetables. Cook on medium to low heat until the chicken strips are tender but the vegetables still slightly crispy. Once cooked, stir in the coriander and basil.

The simple use of coconut milk and red curry turns chicken soup into one of the most popular Thai recipes around! The dish can then be eaten over rice or with noodles. For a vegetarian version, simply remove the chicken strips, or use tofu instead.

Breaded fish fillet

This is a dish you can prepare in less than five minutes: take some fillets, slap on some bread crumbs, and stick them in the oven. But with the addition of curry and one lime, you now have a legit Korma curry recipe on your hands!

Preheat the oven to 200 C. Use a food processor to turn three slices of bread into crumbs. Mix in a tablespoon or so of Korma curry paste, then whiz some more until evenly mixed. Rub the juice of the lime on four thick fish fillets, then evenly coat with the curried crumbs. Cook for about seven minutes or until the tops of the fillets are crispy and golden.

Pork barbecue

Who doesn’t love a barbecue? Take a cue from the ingredients in a Thai green curry recipe with pork, set aside your usual marinade, and get set for a fun twist on barbecue!

Take a 13 ounce can of coconut milk, pour it in a pan, and add a bit of soy sauce, sugar, salt, pepper, and half a teaspoon of green curry paste. As your grill heats, bring the coconut oil sauce to a boil then add your pork pieces into it. Once your grill is ready, skewer the meat and now you’re all set.

Introducing new dishes into your repertoire doesn’t have to be hard, for the examples above show that all you need to do is take three staple recipes and simply change a few ingredients to give them a new look and taste. And what’s more, it’s so easy to tweak Thai recipes to suit your preferences and those of your friends and family too! Whip up one or all of the dishes above as soon as you can, and get set to enjoy them as permanent additions to your meals from now on.