20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

Whether you dine out in China or at a friend’s, the table becomes covered in an assortment of side dishes that everyone eats family-style. They run the gamut from vegetables to rice to soup to dumplings and grabbing bits and bites of everything throughout the dinner is nothing short of heavenly.

In your own kitchen, if you’re looking to accentuate an Asian-inspired dish or simply want to try something new, these 20 quick and easy Asian side dishes will definitely make your meal more memorable.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

1. Chinese Beef Dumplings

These savory beef dumplings stay juicy on the inside thanks to the addition of broth. Melded with carrots, onions, peas, and corn, they are the ultimate pop-able side dish that will disappear quick!

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20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

2. Easy Chinese Broccoli

This quick steamed Chinese broccoli paired with fresh mushrooms in a sublime brown sauce requires less than 10 ingredients and only 20 minutes to get onto your dinner table.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

3. Soy Sauce Fried Rice

Meet the perfect partner for your stir-fry! This fried rice side can easily take over as a main, made rich with animal fat, fried egg and plenty of green onions for a flavor sensation.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

4. Chinese Egg Drop Soup

Talk about a soup-er side! This recipe is exactly like the egg drop soup you’ll find at your corner Chinese restaurant only you won’t have to wait for delivery. In fact, you can make this fuss-free soup in less time than it takes for delivery to arrive.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

5. Cheesy Shrimp Baked Spring Rolls

It might not be authentically Chinese, but how can you pass up crispy spring rolls bursting with shrimp and cheese? You can’t, so give in and make them!

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

6. Fried Cabbage

No more excuses for getting a proper veggie side on the table. This recipe has just 4 ingredients and all the authentic flavor you’d get if you found yourself in China. This simple cabbage dish with chili peppers has just the right amount of spice though you can adjust it to your liking if you’d rather keep things cool.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

7. Roasted Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Get that Kung Pao taste with your Brussels sprouts and you can bet every plate will be licked clean. These come out with a perfectly crispy texture and with authentic Kung Pao sauce, you’ll want to serve it even if you’re not making an Asian-style main dish.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

8. Shrimp Fried Rice

Goodbye, takeout. Hello, shrimp fried rice on your own stove! This recipe bursting with plump pink shrimp and a bounty of vegetables could be all you eat for dinner, or it could be your new favorite side. Perhaps a little of both? It’s fast enough for a busy mid-week meal, so grab your wok and get to it!

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

9. Garlic Broccoli Stir-Fry

This simple side dish is the best way to bring a little Asian fusion to your table. The broccoli stays firm while the garlic crisps for a flavorful sensation on the palate. Tired of doing your broccoli the same way every time? This recipe will definitely shake things up!

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

10. Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget

Trick the kids with this crispy, crunchy, and healthy side of fried tofu. Serve it with the sauce of your choice for dipping and you won’t have a crumb leftover!

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

11. Hoisin Roasted Asparagus

Add some Asian-flair to your usual asparagus side. The sweet and savory hoisin sauce helps give it just the right char for a sublimely elegant side that pairs as well with Chinese dishes as it does a perfectly seared steak.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

12. Chicken Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Want something light and refreshing with your dinner? These spring rolls are a game-changer! Rice paper wrappers neatly tuck away baked chicken breast with crispy cuts of carrots, bean sprouts and cucumber. Served with a perfectly crave-able peanut sauce, these only taste naughty!

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

13. Sichuan Dry Fried Green Beans

Still serving those mushy green beans? Just stop. These slightly-spicy slightly-fried green beans stay crispy from cooking to plate so you’ll never have to endure a plate of mush again.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

14. Five Spice and Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Give your potatoes a new spin by adding Chinese 5-spice powder and extra garlic to the mix. It’s the side that everyone will definitely want seconds of!

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

15. Stir Fried Corn with Pine Nuts

Take vegetable medley to a new level with this Chinese dish that offers a bit of sweetness and nuttiness with a robust array of vegetables that include corn, carrots, cucumber and pine nuts.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

16. Chinese Chicken Salad with Creamy Dressing

Grown weary of your usual side salad? Make this one with a textural and flavorful sensation for every part of your palate. The creamy and nutty flavors meld together for an unforgettable salad you just might find yourself making twice in the same week!

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

17. Miso Glazed Carrots

If your kids pick at their vegetables, try out this recipe for miso-glazed carrots. Thanks to the miso, it lends a sweet flavor that’s also a little buttery and a lot delightful.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

18. Chicken Fried Rice

Another fried rice option, yet no less delicious. This one made with chicken will receive happy clucks from everyone at the table.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

19. Chinese Style Green Vegetables

This versatile side can be made with baby bok choy, spinach, Chinese broccoli, lettuce or any easy-to-wilt green. Covered with plenty of garlicky goodness, it’s a side dish you must try for a light and refreshing accompaniment to your meal.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

20. Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup

This silky-textured soup of hot and sour flavors comes together beautifully for a vegetarian version of the iconic Chinese restaurant staple that tastes even better in your kitchen.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

If you give any of these recipes a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it @omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.

20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

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10 thoughts on “20 Quick and Easy Asian Side Dishes

  1. Kathryn Dodd

    I’ve never been fond of vegetables, but I’ve noticed lately, that I have less aversion, or even enjoy (to the small capacity that my brain is willing to admit that at this stage) them when eating at some of Asian restaurants we frequent. I tried okra for the first time in a Malasian curry dish, and far from being the slimy mushy texture that everyone I know describes, it was pleasant, firm, and the seeds were a unique entertaining (because I have to crunch them) texture. I’m super happy to see these recipes, because I know I need to add more veggies to my diet, and at least this way, I can enjoy them while I do it. 🙂

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    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Kathryn, I won’t say I’m a big fan of vegetables, but I do love them when they are super flavorful. You can find many good Asian vegetables dishes because they tend to use bold seasonings, like the curry dish you mentioned (btw it sounds totally awesome!). Definitely check out the eggplant in garlic sauce on my blog. It’s one of my most popular recipes and it’s a great way to enjoy eggplant. Happy cooking and hope my recipes help you to enjoy veggies a bit more 🙂

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  2. J-Mom

    I’m so glad I came across this page. I like one-pot meals because it’s so easy. I don’t have to think of combinations to match the main dish. But sometimes you do need side dish. And it’s difficult to find good ones. I did the broccoli one tonight.

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  3. Joyce Kilmartin

    Wow, there are some great ideas here. I am going to try three of them tonight with the lettuce wraps that I had planned. Thank you

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  4. Sarah Silva

    Wow, so glad I found this ! I just returned from a 10 month stay in China and I ate almost every one of these. The cabbage and the cauliflower is my favorite 🙂

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  5. Red Salt Cuisine

    such a nice post, i love to read your article and so many dishes we can make so quickly and i love to cock instantly and quick, so many new dishes are here, i will be try them once. such a nice post, thanks for sharing!

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