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55+ Vegan Asian Recipes (Easy & Authentic)

These easy vegan Asian recipes are made with authentic ingredients to make you feel like you’re in a Chinese, Korean, or Thai restaurant.

For more hearty and flavorful vegan recipes, see our vegan Mexican recipes, vegan casserole recipes, tofu recipes, vegan jackfruit recipes, and vegan eggplant recipe roundups.

Vegan Asian Recipes


1. Fried Rice with Tofu

vegan asian recipes
Photo: Zestful Kitchen

It’s easy to bring your leftover rice back to life by adding garlic, ginger, oven-baked tofu, and veggies. It’s tofu fried rice, y’all!

2. Chinese Hot Pot

Chinese Hot Pot
Photo: This Vibrant World

When there’s a nip in the air, warm up over a Chinese Hot Pot. Veggies simmered in the super flavorful broth will warm your head to toe.

3. ‘Egg’ Rolls

'Egg' Rolls
Photo: Make It Dairy-Free

Sadly, most egg rolls are grease-laden and unhealthy. Not these! Packed with veggies and oven-baked, these have all of the flavors without any of the guilt.

4. Mapo Tofu

Mapo Tofu
Photo: Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Restaurant Mapo Tofu is usually made with pork. Never fear, a vegan-friendly recipe is here — and it has every bit of that mouthwatering spice you crave.

5. Sichuan Chilli Noodles

Sichuan Chilli Noodles
Photo: Chef Cape Town

Dreaming of comfort food with some serious spice? These Sichuan Noodles are tossed in soy, garlic, ginger, and chili and will completely deliver on the comfort factor and the taste.

6. Sweet and Sour Tofu

Sweet and Sour Tofu
Photo: Cupful of Kale

Have your takeout bills been skyrocketing lately? Remember, you can make your own Sweet and Sour Tofu at home with fresh, healthy ingredients.

7. Char Siu Bao (Sticky Pork Buns)

Char Siu Bao (Sticky Pork Buns)
Photo: Lazy Cat Kitchen

Sticky pork buns are a vegan no-no. This recipe, however, uses plant-based ingredients to create a sweet and salty filling wrapped in a pillowy bun.

8. Chinese Style Ribs

Chinese Style Ribs
Photo: Rabbit and Wolves

Vegan ribs? Did I hear that right? Oh yeah! They’re made with a seitan base and slathered in a decadent hoisin and Chinese five-spice sauce.

9. Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles
Photo: Love and Good Stuff

Got 15 minutes? You have just enough time to make Singapore Noodles — curried vermicelli noodles tossed with cabbage, green onions, red peppers, and cilantro. Yum!

10. Bean Sprout Stir Fry

Bean Sprout Stir Fry
Photo: Omnivore’s Cookbook

In the world of ingredients, bean sprouts are usually an afterthought. In this fast and healthy stir-fry, however, they are the star of the show!

11. Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce

Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce
Photo: Omnivore’s Cookbook

If cooking eggplant has frustrated you in the past, try this easy recipe. Prep, make the sauce, stir-fry and you’ve got an enjoyable side or main dish.

12. Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup
Photo: Cilantro and Citronella

The go-to comfort soup in my house is and always has been wonton soup, not chicken noodles. This vegan recipe will show you exactly why!

13. Veggie Lo Mein

Veggie Lo Mein
Photo: Short Girl Tall Order

Who said a plant-based diet had to be a wimpy-taste diet? This lo mein has oodles of umami, crunchy veggies and is easy to make.

14. Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
Photo: Well Vegan

Has there ever been a more unfairly maligned vegetable than Brussels Sprouts? Finally, this Kung Pao preparation gives them the star treatment they’ve always deserved.


15. Easy Ramen

Easy Ramen
Photo: The Almond Eater

Most ramen broths simmer for hours to develop their rich flavors. Not in this version! In only 30 minutes, you’ll have a real contender for your go-to ramen recipe.

16. Tofu Katsu Curry

Tofu Katsu Curry
Photo: Cupful of Kale

Do you want crunch? We got panko-crispy tofu. Do you also want savory with sweetness? Try the ginger carrot curry sauce with garam masala. Herbs too? A sprinkling of cilantro to finish.

17. Yakisoba

Photo: Okonomi KItchen

Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Yakisoba, a Japanese stir-fried noodle dish, has flawlessly made the transition to veganism. Deliciousness to ensue!

18. Miso Soup

Miso Soup
Photo: The Soulful Cook

In the mood for some Asian flavor? In a mere 20 minutes and with only five ingredients, you can make your miso soup at home!

19. Okonomiyaki (Savoury Pancakes)

Okonomiyaki (Savoury Pancakes)
Photo: Okonomi Kitchen

Hey! Don’t go all the way to Japan to enjoy okonomiyaki, a savory cabbage and rice flour pancake. Make this popular street food on your very own stovetop.

20. Onigiri (Six Ways)

Onigiri (Six Ways)
Photo: Lands and Flavors

If you want to impress a dinner guest, make this Onigiri Six Ways. They are delightful Japanese rice balls, all uniquely flavored and lovely to boot.

21. Tomato Tuna Sashimi

Tomato Tuna Sashimi
Photo: Rooty Fruity Vegan

What’s a vegan to do when everyone’s eating sushi? Bring your vegan tomato sashimi! Is it tuna? No! It’s a marinated tomato draped over the rice!

22. Homemade Gyoza

Homemade Gyoza
Photo: Okonomi Kitchen

Want some fun family time? Make gyozas. Set up an assembly line and in no time you’ll have a dumpling pile ready to be pan-steamed to perfection.

23. Yakitori

Photo: Avantgarde Vegan

Usually made with skewered chicken, this vegan version of Yakitori is all about the veggies. You’ll fall in love with this glaze, by the way, so make extra!

24. Soy Milk Hot Pot

Soy Milk Hot Pot
Photo: Gastro Plant

Tonyu nabe, a creamy, soymilk Japanese hot pot broth, should be in every soup-lover’s repertoire. A favorite of sumo wrestlers, it’s versatile and packs a serious nutritional punch.

25. Tempura

Photo: Gourmandelle

Sure, you can eat veggies. For a fun twist, why not make a quick tempura batter and honor those vegetables with a traditional Japanese preparation? Don’t forget the dipping sauces!


26. Kimchi

Photo: Okonomi Kitchen

Kimchi is a superfood packed with vitamins and immune-boosting probiotics. Did I mention it’s also delicious? In only a few days, you’ll have a month’s worth of this vegan version.

27. Rabokki

Photo: The Korean Vegan

When regular ramen sounds boring, make Rabokki — a spicy and chewy Korean dish with tteok, tube-shaped rice noodles, and ramen. So flavorful and addictive, everyone will ask for the recipe.

28. Soft Tofu Stew

Soft Tofu Stew
Photo: Naturally Nidhi

Wondering what to do with leftover kimchi? Use it to make Korean Soft Tofu Stew — Sundubu Jjigae. Spicy with a little sweetness, this stew is incredibly nutritious and comforting.

29. Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps
Photo: Making Thyme for Health

Yes, you can have the flavors of Korean barbecue in a vegan dish. These bulgogi lettuce wraps use marinated mushrooms and tofu instead of meat for a healthier, plant-based take.

30. Tteokbokki

Photo: The Gentleman’s Plate

Think you know Korean food? Have you tried Tteokbokki? Made with tteok, tube-shaped chewy rice cakes that eat like pasta, its spicy sweet sauce is nothing short of addictive!

31. Jajangmyeon

Photo: Pickled Plum

Jajangmyeon, noodles with black bean sauce, is traditionally made with pork. Vegans, don’t worry — it’s the fermented black bean paste that delivers the flavor, so no one misses the meat.

32. Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice
Photo: The Foodie Takes Flight

As a hangover cure or a quick weeknight meal, there’s nothing better than kimchi fried rice. Add some Ssamjang Tofu for that extra touch of delicious.

33. Bibimbap

Photo: The Foodie Takes Flight

Want something colorful, comforting, and flavorful? You need a bowl of bibimbap right away! Rice with different preparations of veggies that together make a fabulous meal.

34. Japchae

Photo: The Plant-based Wok

Japchae, stir-fried Korean glass noodles, is one of those delightful dishes that can be customized to whatever veggie preferences you have.

35. Kimchi Stew

Kimchi Stew
Photo: Connoisseurus Veg

Hot soup on a cold day is nice but add a little spice to that heat and oh baby! Kimchi stew will soothe what ails you.

36. Korean BBQ Tacos

Korean BBQ Tacos
Photo: The Lean Clean Eating Machine

Sure, you can have regular tacos but why not up the excitement and make Korean barbecue tacos? Sweet and salty with a vegetable crunch, this recipe will become a family favorite.

37. Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad
Photo: Pickled Plum

Need a side dish that’ll wake up a lackluster main course? This crunchy fresh cucumber salad checks all of the flavor boxes — spicy, savory, sweet, and tart.

38. Pickled Radishes

Pickled Radishes
Photo: My Korean Kitchen

Pickled radishes are not just a condiment for Korean food. They’re so easy to make, healthy, and add a tangy spice to sandwiches and salads of all kinds.

39. Ssamjang (Korean Spicy Dipping Sauce)

Ssamjang (Korean Spicy Dipping Sauce)
Photo: Foodie with Family

Ssamjang, a dipping sauce extraordinaire, is one reason why Korean cuisine is so addictive. Make your own, have it on hand, and banish that bland food for good.


40. Pad Thai

Pad Thai
Photo: Nora Cooks

There are a lot of Pad Thai recipes out there but this one is vegan, easy, and takes only 30 minutes. You couldn’t ask for more!

41. Tom Kaa Gai

Tom Kaa Gai
Photo: Making Thyme for Health

The coconut broth infused with lemon grass in this vegan Tom Kaa Gai is to die for. The tofu replaces the chicken but loses none of the tangy flavor.

42. Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce

Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce
Photo: Cupful of Kale

How about grilling some tofu satay? The creamy peanut sauce gets a blast of spice from the red curry paste and whoa — you’ll feel like you’ve journeyed to Thailand.

43. ‘Crab’ Cakes

'Crab' Cakes
Photo: The Hungry Herbivores

Psst. You wanna know the secret to making vegan “crab” cakes? It’s all about artichoke hearts, baby. That and a little seaweed for that dash of seafood flavor.

44. Spicy Thai Pumpkin Soup

Spicy Thai Pumpkin Soup
Photo: Peel with Zeal

Pumpkin soup in the fall is a must — why not give it a Thai twist? With red curry paste, lime, and coconut milk, you’ll never see pumpkin the same way again.

45. Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup
Photo: Loving It Vegan

There’s something about those soul-replenishing Thai soups — and this Tom Yum Gai soup is no exception. It even has “yum” in the name!

46. Pad See Ew

Pad See Ew
Photo: Darius Cooks

With a few tweaks, Thai dishes can easily become vegan. Pad See Ew is an example. It’s noodles with plenty of heart-healthy veggies in a spicy and sweet sauce.


47. Red Lentil Dal

Red Lentil Dal
Photo: The Curious Chickpea

Red Lentil Dal is a dinner winner! It’s economical, easy to make, and very nutritious. Make extra, you’ll want it for lunch the next day.

48. Biryani

Photo: Hilda’s Kitchen Blog

When you picture biryani, you usually imagine a chicken and rice dish that takes hours to prepare. This version breaks all of the rules. It’s fast, vegan, and easy!

49. Butter ‘Chicken’

Butter 'Chicken'
Photo: Plant-Based Jane

Vegan Butter Chicken? Why not! Swap out the chicken for tofu. Swap out the butter and cream for vegan butter and vegan cream cheese. Add in some spices and voila!

50. Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi
Photo: The Blender Girl

If your family turns their noses up at veggies, try offering them Aloo Gobi. Healthy cauliflower is disguised alongside potatoes in a spicy sauce that is plate-sopping worthy.

51. Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Cauliflower Tikka Masala
Photo: Vegetarian Gastronomy

Here’s a fun experiment — serve Cauliflower Tikka Masala, rice, and naan to your non-vegan friends and see how many bites they take before they realize it’s vegan.

52. Matar Paneer with Tofu

Matar Paneer with Tofu
Photo: The Minimalist Vegan

You would think that cheese would be required to make Matar Paneer, considering paneer means cheese. You would be wrong! Tofu can more than handle that taste requirement.

53. Tandoori Sheet Pan Dinner

Tandoori Sheet Pan Dinner
Photo: The Curious Chickpea

Who doesn’t love sheet pan dinners? Everything is laid out, on one pan, all ready to go. This version has all of the flavors of tandoori cooking.

54. Palak Paneer with Tofu

Palak Paneer with Tofu
Photo: No Sweat Vegan

Palak Paneer is a decadent, warmly-spiced spinach dish in a creamy sauce. Veganizing it was easy — tofu for the cheese and coconut milk for the cream. So sinfully good!

55. Bombay Potatoes

Bombay Potatoes
Photo: Whisk Affair

When the Brits interpret Indian food, the results can be delicious. Take Bombay Potatoes. Most common in the UK, it’s baby potatoes cooked in a spicy masala. So good!

56. Rice Pilaf

Rice Pilaf
Photo: Where You Get Your Protein

Everyone needs a go-to rice pilaf recipe. This one works in either the Instant Pot or on the stove and always ends up with a perfectly fluffy texture.

57. Naan Bread

Naan Bread
Photo: Simple Veganista

When you realize that you have the power to make your naan, your life will change. It’s an instant side dish, whenever you need one!


58. Easy Pho

Easy Pho
Photo: Rhubarbarians

No, Easy Pho is not a contradiction in terms. Thanks to this recipe, you can have a flavorful broth in only 30 minutes.

59. ‘Meatball’ Banh Mi

'Meatball' Banh Mi
Photo: Connoisseurus Veg

I’ve been waiting for someone to organize a banh mi and finally, it’s happened — white bean meatballs with pickled veggies and a spicy sriracha mayo that brings it all together.

60. Tofu Spring Rolls

Tofu Spring Rolls
Photo: Delish Knowledge

Sure, you could make a carrot, cabbage, cilantro, and noodle salad. You could also roll up those same ingredients into a spring roll and get the party started.

61. Bánh Xèo (Veggie Crepes)

Bánh Xèo (Veggie Crepes)
Photo: Full of Plants

Making crispy Vietnamese pancakes called Bánh Xèo is a wonderful way clear out those leftover veggies from the refrigerator. They are low in calories and high in flavor.

What are your favorite vegan Asian recipes?

Let me know in the comments below!

55+ Vegan Asian Recipes (Easy & Authentic)

55+ Vegan Asian Recipes (Easy & Authentic)

These easy vegan Asian recipes are made with authentic ingredients to make you feel like you’re in a Chinese, Korean, or Thai restaurant.


Prep Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Asian

Servings: 4

Calories: 400kcal

Author: Kate @ The Green Loot

Calories: 400kcal















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