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Take-out recipes are the best but do you know what’s even better? Take-out recipes that you can make at home! These are the best of the best and you will want to try them all!!

I don’t know where to start because these recipes are so good! There is something for everyone when you include this copycat bang bang shrimp, some classic orange chicken and these air fryer cream cheese wontons.

A collage of 6 Asian recipes with the words" better than take-out recipes" in the middle.

Take-Out Recipes

Boy, do I have the ultimate round-up of amazing recipes for you today! My husband and I used to really enjoy getting take-out on busy weeknights, at least until I started making better than take-out recipes at home! I’ve rounded up the best versions of Asian-inspired dishes for you. We’re talkin’ all of the favorites – orange chicken, sesame chicken, broccoli beef, chow mein – it’s all here! There’s no need to spend the money on takeout when you can make it better at home!

Not only are these recipes so delicious but they are easy to make! There are grilled options, oven-baked, skewers, wraps, and everything in between. Asian food is one of my all-time favorite foods and it’s because the taste cannot be beaten! There are so many on this round-up that you are going to have a hard time picking a favorite! Which one will you make first??

Tips for Cooking Asian Food

To make sure that your Asian food actually does turn out better than take-out recipes, I’ve compiled a list of quick tips!

  • Fresh vegetables: I know, I know. It’s tempting to use frozen vegetables or canned ingredients because they are readily available but trust me when I tell you that you must use fresh vegetables! This is key to having your dish turn out perfectly.
  • Gather up the ingredients first: Sometimes, recipes call for unique ingreients that you might not have on hand. Head to the store before you plan on cooking and pick up all of your ingredients beforehand. So many times people try and substitute for things and then wonder why they didn’t turn out. Don’t do this and make sure you plan ahead!
  • Know your rice: Rice is not all made equal. Make what the recipe calls for whether thats long grained rice, brown rice or jasmine rice. It makes a difference!

Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers

Grilled Asian Garlic Steak Skewers are marinated in a delicious asian sesame sauce and grilled to tender and juicy perfection!

Ingredients: top sirloin steak, red onion, soy sauce, garlic cloves, sesame oil, vegetable oil, sugar, grated ginger, sesame seeds, Sliced green onions, skewers

20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein

20 Minute Garlic Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein has melt in your mouth tender beef with broccoli, carrots, and noodles. The sauce adds such amazing flavor to this incredibly easy meal!

Ingredients: lo mein noodles, broccoli florets, olive oil, flank steak, garlic cloves, carrot, packed brown sugar, reduced-sodium soy sauce, hoisen sauce, sesame oil, ground ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, pepper

Sticky Asian Glazed Chicken

Sticky Asian glazed chicken is tender and juicy chicken coated in a sticky-sweet Asian sauce. This meal is ready in just thirty minutes, and the flavor is incredible!

Ingredients: thinly sliced Chicken Breasts, Olive Oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, Sweet Chili Sauce, ginger, of dried red pepper flakes, minced garlic, Juice of one lime

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian turkey lettuce wraps are packed with tender meat and seasoned, crunchy veggies. These light and tasty wraps are the perfect healthy appetizer or even dinner!

Ingredients: ground turkey, shredded carrots, mushrooms, sliced water chestnuts, green onions, garlic, hoisin sauce, low sodium soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, red chili paste, butter lettuce leaves

Asian Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled flank steak marinated in a bold Asian-inspired mixture of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sriracha, and fish sauce to add a tasty boost of flavor.

Ingredients: soy sauce, vegetable oil, minced red onion, maple syrup, minced garlic, minced ginger, chopped cilantro, kosher salt, fish sauce, sriracha, black pepper, flank steak, lime juice, lime

Asian Barbecue Burgers with Sweet Chili Lime Mayo

Asian Barbecue Burgers with Sweet Chili Lime Mayo are crazy and tender juicy burgers infused with asian spices. Topped with an asian slaw and a sweet chili lime mayo you will never go back to boring burgers again!

Ingredients: 85% lean ground beef, package McCormick Grill Mates Korean BBQ Marinade, coleslaw, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, mayonnaise, Sweet Chili Sauce, lime juice

Slow Cooker Sticky Asian Ribs with Sticky Sauce

Slow Cooker Sticky Asian Ribs with Sticky Sauce are the very best fall of the bone tender ribs you will ever make! Slow cooked to perfection in a sweet and tangy asian sauce. They get slathered right before serving in a finger licking good sticky sauce!

Ingredients: racks pork baby back ribs, light brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, pepper, kosher salt, ground ginger, ground pepper, onion powder, garlic, sweet chili sauce, reduced sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, honey, cornstarch, water

Cashew Chicken

This homemade Cashew Chicken is way better than takeout!  Tender chicken is stir-fried and tossed with a luscious garlic sauce and cashews.

Ingredients: chicken breasts, salt and pepper, cornstarch, olive oil, Soy Sauce, chicken broth, Garlic Cloves minced, Brown Sugar, Hoisen Sauce, Sesame Oil, whole unsalted cashews

Easy Fried rice

An easy and delicious fried rice that will go perfectly to any chinese dish!

Ingredients: cooked rice *, sesame oil, small white onion, frozen peas and carrots, soy sauce, eggs, chopped green onions

Asian Pan Seared Salmon Salad with Honey Sesame Dressing

Asian Pan Seared Salmon Salad is bright and vibrant and complete with an amazing honey sesame dressing that takes this salad to a whole new level of delicious!

Ingredients: 4 ounce salmon fillets (I used sock eye salmon), olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh romaine, red cabbage, shredded carrots, mandarine oranges, edamame, sliced almonds, Tablespoons[url:1]Pearl River Bridge Light Soy Sauce[/url], Gold Plum Chinkiang Vinegar, honey, garlic, fresh ginger, olive oil, Sesame oil, sesame seeds

Asian Chicken Salad

This Asian chicken salad is packed with crispy greens, crunchy chicken, toasted almonds, and chow mein noodles. It’s tossed with a light and delicious creamy vinaigrette and will be your new go-to salad!

Ingredients: Honey, Rice Wine Vinegar, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, sesame oil, chicken breasts*, oil, egg, milk, flour, cornflakes, romaine lettuce, red cabbage, Napa cabbage, carrots, roasted almonds, chow mein noodles, salt and pepper to taste

Cream Cheese Wontons

Crispy, fried to perfection pastry wraps around savory smooth cream cheese filling for a homemade version of everyone’s favorite restaurant style Cream Cheese Wonton.

Ingredients: cream cheese, green onion, garlic powder, salt, wonton wrappers, oil for frying

Asian Glazed Salmon

Blanketed with an insanely good soy garlic glaze, this juicy Asian glazed salmon is to die for! With how healthy and delicious it is, it will become your new lunch go-to!

Ingredients: brown sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, Dried red pepper flakes, minced garlic, lime juice, salmon fillets

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Asian turkey lettuce wraps are packed with tender meat and seasoned, crunchy veggies. These light and tasty wraps are the perfect healthy appetizer or even dinner!

Ingredients: ground turkey, shredded carrots, mushrooms, sliced water chestnuts, green onions, garlic, hoisin sauce, low sodium soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, red chili paste, butter lettuce leaves

Asian Edamame Ramen Salad

Summer salads are probably one of my all time favorite things, not that I don’t eat salads all year round because honestly, I do. All. the. time. And that’s one thing that’s so great about this Asian edamame ramen noodle salad, you can make it and serve it all year round.

Ingredients: large 16-ounce bag of tri-color cole slaw, Asian noodles, mandarin oranges, edamame, green onions, shaved almonds, avocado, Asian sesame dressing, optional: sesame seeds, vegetable oil, honey, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and black pepper

Thai Peanut Sesame Noodles

Thai Peanut Sesame Noodles is an asian favorite that combines creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic all mixed with linguine noodles tossed in this amazingly sweet and savory sauce. 

Ingredients: Peanut Butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, chicken broth, minced garlic, ginger, Sriracha chili sauce, linguine noodles, sesame seeds for garnish, green onions for garnish

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken with Vegetables is a delicious weeknight meal made entirely in one pan. Best of all, the sweet and savory sauce is so easy to make and so much better than takeout!

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetables

Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken is an easy one pan meal made with tender chicken, crispy veggies with the most flavorful sweet and tangy Asian sauce.

Ingredients: low sodium soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, garlic cloves, grated ginger, cornstarch, water, Salt and black pepper, boneless skinless chicken breasts, broccoli florets, sliced carrots, Additional vegetables, edamame beans, Green onions and sesame seeds for garnish

Garlic mushroom noodles tossed up in a wok

Garlic Mushroom Noodles

Garlic Mushroom Noodles is an easy side that goes well with grilled chicken, pork chops or asian mains. Silky smooth egg noodles are tossed in a quick sauce with sauteed mushrooms and lots of golden garlic!

Ingredients: .5 pounds dried Egg Noodles, Vegetable Oil, Garlic Cloves, Button Mushrooms, Soy sauce, Chilli Flakes, Rice Vinegar, Sweet Chilli Sauce, toasted Sesame Oil, finely chopped Scallions

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

A delicious and tangy orange chicken that is made right in your slow cooker!  This is better than takeout and a meal that the entire family will love! 

Ingredients: Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cornstarch, vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, Soy Sauce, sesame oil, orange marmalade, brown sugar, salt, of pepper

Mongolian Chicken Noodles

Mongolian Chicken Noodles – a one pot 30 minute meal perfect to curb those takeout cravings. Made with chicken, veggies, gluten free rice noodles and a delicious savory Asian-inspired sauce.

Ingredients: chicken breasts, sea salt, sesame oil, uncooked 1/4″ inch thick gluten free dried rice noodles, olive oil, broccoli florets, grated carrots, bell pepper, garlic, grated or minced fresh ginger, low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, Hoisin sauce, cornstarch, water, red chili flakes or Sriracha sauce, toasted sesame seeds, thinly sliced green onions

Honey Orange Glazed Chicken

Honey Orange Glazed Chicken combines delicious spices and a sweet and tangy honey orange glaze. This makes the perfect meal for your family and has amazing flavor!

Ingredients: orange juice, cider vinegar, brown sugar, honey, chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, chicken thighs, olive oil, salt and pepper

Super Easy Mongolian Beef (Tastes Just like P.F. Changs!)

Easy Mongolian Beef has crazy tender beef with a crispy seared edge that gets coated in the most amazing sauce. This is way better than P.F. Changs!

Ingredients: flank steak, cornstarch, vegetable oil, low sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, water, minced ginger, garlic cloves, of red pepper flakes, green onions

Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken

This Slow Cooker Mongolian Chicken takes just five minutes to throw into the slow cooker and the flavor is out of this world! Tender and juicy slow cooked chicken in a lightened up Mongolian sauce that is sure to wow your family!

Ingredients: boneless, cornstarch, Olive Oil, mince Garlic, Low Sodium Soy Sauce, Water, Brown Sugar, grated Carrots, green onions

Better than Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Amazing chicken fried rice that is better than take out! This chicken fried rice has moist and tender chicken with flavorful peas and carrots and long rice cooked together. Make this unique and your own with this favorite Chinese rice!

Ingredients: vegetable oil , soy sauce , chicken, cooked rice *, sesame oil, white onion, frozen peas and carrots, soy sauce, eggs, chopped green onions

Better than Takeout Ham Fried Rice

Fried rice loaded with ham and veggies that is so delicious it is better than takeout!

Ingredients: ham, rice, sesame oil, small white onion, frozen peas and carrots, soy sauce, eggs, chopped green onions

Chicken Chow Mein

This delicious Chicken Chow Mein is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal that your entire family will love! It’s made with fresh veggies, noodles, and sautéed chicken, tossed in a simple chow mein sauce.

Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken breasts, oil, shredded cabbage, carrots, ribs celery, green onions, garlic, refrigerated Yaki-Soba noodles, For the sauce:, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, freshly grated ginger, light brown sugar, cornstarch

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Wontons

Air Fryer Cream Cheese Wontons are creamy and smooth inside and crispy golden outside. These wontons are the perfect appetizer or snack! 

Ingredients: cream cheese softened, green onion finely chopped, garlic powder, salt, wonton wrappers, olive oil spray

Wonton Shrimp Stirfry

Ingredients: shrimp, broccoli florets, red bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, minced garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sriracha, sesame oil, chicken broth or vegetable broth, corn starch, crispy wonton strips, crushed red pepper flakes, green onions

Closeup of egg rolls

Egg Rolls

These egg rolls are filled with a filling of ground chicken and vegetables and deep fried till crispy and golden brown. Serve them with a sweet chilli dipping sauce for a fantastic appetizer!

Ingredients: vegetable oil, minced garlic, minced ginger, finely chopped celery, coleslaw mix, ground chicken, oyster sauce, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, sriracha, chopped green onions, egg roll wrappers, oil for frying