06/12/2016 07:33 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Asian-Inspired Summer Meals


This summer, enjoy the vibrant flavors of Asia without ever leaving your own kitchen. From Asian BBQ Chicken to Shrimp Pad Thai, all of these dinners are fun, fast and fuss-free.

1. Asian BBQ Chicken


Think of this dish as Chicken Teriyaki with a South Asian flair, or India meets the other flavors of Asia. GET THE RECIPE

2. Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Red Chili Sauce


I've had Coconut Shrimp at many restaurants, but this homemade version beats them all. It's remarkably easy to make: you can do all of the preparation in advance, and the sauce comes straight out of a bottle. GET THE RECIPE

3. Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad


Satisfying and full of bright Southeast Asian flavor, this salad is 100% dinner-worthy. It's easy too: you simply shred a rotisserie chicken, chop some veggies, whisk the dressing, and dinner is done. GET THE RECIPE

4. Honey, Lime & Sriracha Chicken Skewers


These chicken skewers marinated in honey, lime juice and Sriracha are every bit as good as they look -- and, if you've never tried Sriracha, this is the perfect recipe to taste just how delicious it is. GET THE RECIPE

5. Easy Thai Shrimp Curry


In this recipe, shrimp are simmered in a rich and fragrant coconut sauce infused with lemongrass, ginger, hot green chilies and fresh herbs. It's easy to make -- in fact, with just a few essentials in your pantry, you're never more than 25 minutes away from this delicious meal, alive with the vibrant flavors of Thailand. GET THE RECIPE

6. Grilled Ginger Chicken with Apricot Chutney


This chicken is flavored with Southeast Asian spices and lots of fresh ginger. The chicken is actually delicious on its own -- in fact, my kids prefer it that way -- but it's even better paired with the homemade apricot chutney. GET THE RECIPE

7. Mirin Glazed Salmon


This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson. Most of the ingredients are right out of the pantry, and you can have it on the table in 20 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

8. Thai Ginger and Sweet Red Chili Shrimp


This is an authentic-tasting Thai dish, yet it's easy to make and you can find all the ingredients at most supermarkets. The flavor comes from lots of fresh ginger and garlic, and of course, one of the best bottled sauces you can have in your kitchen -- Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce. GET THE RECIPE

9. Broiled Asian-Style Flat Iron Steak


Flat iron steak is one of my favorite cuts of beef for home cooking. It's similar to flank or skirt steak, only more tender -- in fact, after the tenderloin, it's the second most tender cut. Plus, it's inexpensive. Here, I've broiled it and topped it with a rich Asian-style brown sauce. With buttered rice and a steamed vegetable, it's an easy and elegant dinner that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

10. Shrimp Pad Thai


I make this Pad Thai with ingredients from the Asian foods aisle of my neighborhood grocery store -- and, while not quite authentic, it tastes pretty close to the version we all know and love served at most Thai restaurants. GET THE RECIPE