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Gluten-Free Thai Recipes

Healthy, flavorful, beautiful Thai recipes!


Thai recipes add huge flavor and loads of healthy vegetables and herbs to gluten-free diets. Here are my favorite gluten-free Thai recipes from Darlene Schmidt, our talented About.com Guide to Thai Food.

Carefully read labels when buying Asian sauces. Several brands including A Taste of Thai, Eden Foods and San-J make gluten-free fish sauce and wheat-free Tamari soy sauce. They also make sauces with gluten so reading labels is very important! Look for sticky rice flour, also called sushi or sweet rice flour at Asian markets where it is often less expensive than when purchased at health food stores or online.

1. Chicken Pad Thai

2010 Copyright Darlene Schmidt
Look for gluten-free rice noodles at Asian groceries or try the Thai Kitchen brand gluten-free Pad Thai noodles, available at most large groceries. Also check out Darlene's visual step-by-step guide to preparing Pad Thai. A basic step in preparing great Pad Thai is not to overcook the rice noodles!

Recipe for Chicken Pad Thai

How to Make Pad Thai Noodles - Step-by-Step Guide

2. Spicy Roasted Snack Peas

If you love Wasabi Peas, you'll love this healthy, homemade snack and appetizer recipe for Spicy Roasted Peas. Darlene uses frozen peas in this easy recipe.

Recipe for Spicy Roasted Peas

3. Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are so much fun to eat! This delicious recipe for Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps makes a wonderful appetizer or light lunch fare. Be sure you use gluten-free fish sauce. If you can't find it, substitute gluten-free soy sauce.

Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

4. Gluten-Free Thai Chicken Pizza

2010 (c) Teri Lee Gruss, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Thai pizza is loaded with fresh, authentic Thai flavor from the green curry peanut butter sauce to the fresh crunch of julienned carrots, chopped peanuts and minced cilantro.

Use a store-bought crust like Udi's Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts for a really fast and easy homemade gluten-free pizza or make your own homemade gluten-free pizza crusts ahead of time and freeze for the ultimate fast and easy Thai pizza.

Recipe for Gluten-Free Thai Chicken Pizza

Read a review of Udi's Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Recipe for Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

5. Coconut Brown Rice Recipe

Here's a Thai recipe made for gluten-free diets! Coconut milk and shredded coconut add just the right amount of mild sweetness to this lovely Thai side dish. Try this luscious recipe as an out-of-the-ordinary breakfast cereal too. I did and I love it!

Recipe for Coconut Brown Rice

6. Chicken Satay

This recipe for authentic Thai Chicken Satay starts with economical chicken thighs and a fabulous homemade marinade paste. Be sure to use gluten-free fish sauce and soy sauce in this recipe or substitute 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt instead.

Recipe for Chicken Satay

Recipe for Authentic Thai Peanut Sauce
Be sure to use gluten-free soy and fish sauce in this recipe.

7. Easy Coconut Shrimp

Here's a healthy Thai coconut shrimp recipe for special occasions that doesn't involve frying- this terrific recipe is baked!

Recipe for Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp
Be sure to read "Gluten-Free Panko Crumb" option at the end of the recipe.

8. Mango Dipping Sauce

This lovely Thai dipping sauce is so fresh and delicious you will find yourself dipping all kinds of foods in it. Darlene suggests serving mango dipping sauce with coconut shrimp and cooked shrimp. It's a terrific alternative to cocktail sauce!

Recipe for Mango Dipping Sauce

9. Thai Coconut Pudding Cake

If you love coconut you'll love Coconut Pudding Cake. Coconut milk, coconut extract and toasted shredded coconut add triple coconut flavor to this fabulous Thai dessert. Rice flour and eggs are used to thicken this easy recipe.

Recipe for Coconut Pudding Cake

10. Sticky Rice Layer Cake

This classic, beautifully layered and colorful Thai dessert is both gluten and lactose free. It is made with sweet rice flour, sometimes called sticky rice or sushi rice flour, tapioca starch and coconut milk. Look for rice flour in Asian markets, where you can often save money on this versatile gluten-free flour.

Recipe for Sticky Rice Layer Cake

Step-by-Step Guide - How to Make Rice Rainbow Cake

11. Bananas and Lychee in Sweet Coconut Milk

Darlene says of this recipe, "Don't be deceived by its simplicity - the taste is so wonderfully sweet and exotic that I find it addictive! It's also a low fat dessert that happens to be incredibly healthy." Along with bananas you will need "lychee," a beautiful Chinese fruit with a sweet pulp and high in vitamin C. It is usually available canned but if you can find fresh lychee, all the better!

Recipe for Bananas and Lychee in Sweet Coconut Milk

What Do Fresh Lychee Look Like?

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