Although it's a question you have to ask yourself every day, figuring out what to make for dinner always poses a challenge every now and then. That's why it's helpful to arm yourself with a variety of easy recipes that you can quickly throw together after a busy day.
In the spirit of adding a few new recipes to your usual weeknight rotation, we've rounded up some seriously mouth-watering Chinese-inspired dishes that are easy enough for anyone to make (yes, really).
Whether you're already a master at preparing Chinese cuisine and are looking for a few new, easy recipes or you're more of a Chinese take-out connaisseur hoping test your skills in the kitchen, there are plenty of easy Chinese recipes to try out. From vegetable potstickers and beef with broccoli to sweet and sour pork and vegan fried rice, here are eight flavorful dishes to try.
Vegan Fried Rice
You might not associate Chinese food with vegan options, but this recipe for easy fried rice from Minimalist Baker will convince you that tasty, vegan Chinese food exists. Instead of adding in proteins like egg and chicken, this recipe uses tofu as an alternative. You can also make your own homemade sauce with soy sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, garlic, chili-garlic sauce, and toasted sesame oil. It calls for just 10 simple ingredients and takes just 15 minutes to prep.
Asian Chopped Salad with Hoisin Marinated Pork Kabab
This satisfying chopped salad from the Modern Proper is bursting with Chinese-inspired flavors. It starts with pork that's marinated in hoisin sauce and cooked on the grill until slightly charred. Place the skewers on top of the contents of any Asian chopped salad kit for a super easy lunch or weeknight dinner. Be sure to add peppers and black sesame seeds to finish the dish.
Vegetable Potstickers With Toasted Sesame Honey Soy Sauce
The idea of making potstickers from scratch may seem intimidating, but this recipe for vegetable potstickers from Half Baked Harvest makes it simple. You can use just about any combination of vegetables that you have on hand like mushrooms, cabbage, and carrots and season them with soy sauce and ginger for flavor. Once the filling is cooked, you'll assemble the potstickers in wonton wrappers and cook them in a skillet on the stove. Dip your finished potstickers in a homemade sauce made with garlic, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, chili sauce, soy sauce, and honey for a yummy appetizer or main course.
Char Sui Pork Tenderloin
For a warm and hearty meal, try this easy Chinese recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon for Char Sui pork tenderloin. Although traditional Char Sui is made with pork shoulder, this recipe calls for pork tenderloin because it's healthier and easier to cook. All you have to do to prepare this dish is whip up the marinade made with ingredients like soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, sugar, and spices. Coat the tenderloin in the marinade and let sit for as little as four hours or as many as 24. When you're ready, roast the pork in the oven and serve over a bed of rice.
Beef with Broccoli
This beef with broccoli recipe from Foodie Crush and Iowa Girl Eats allows you to make one of the most popular Chinese take-out dishes right at home. It calls for flank or sirloin steak, vegetables, and plenty of tasty seasonings. The best part is, you can opt to make this version of the classic dinner gluten-free.
Asian Basil Beef and Mango Noodle Salad
For a quick and easy Chinese recipe, try your hand at this Asian basil, beef, and mango noodle salad from Half Baked Harvest. It comes together in a snap after you cook the rice noodles and beef. Simply mix them together with a salad mix of carrots, red peppers, green onions, mango, and cabbage for a simple meal inspired by Asian cuisine.
Sweet and Sour Pork
Another dish you'd typically find on a Chinese take-out menu, this recipe for sweet and sour pork comes from Foodie Crush and The Clever Carrot. It's a healthier version of the meal made with pork tenderloins, a sweet and sour sauce, pineapple, and peppers. Simply slice up the pork and sear it in a skillet on the stove. Next, you'll sautée the vegetables and add the pork back into the pan along with the pineapples and the sweet and sour sauce.
Ginger Sesame Chicken Potstickers With Sweet Chili Pomegranate Sauce
This recipe for ginger sesame chicken potstickers is from Half Baked Harvest and will surely find its way into your regular dinner rotation after you master the dish. A flavorful, healthy meal, the recipe calls for your choice of ground chicken, turkey, pork. You'll also use vegetables like kale, onion, and carrots to fill the inside of sesame crusted wontons. For dipping, prepare a sweet chili pomegranate sauce made with chili sauce, pomegranate juice, soy sauce, and pomegranate arils.
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