14 Easy Vietnamese Dinner Recipes

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Easy Vietnamese dinner recipes for a quick and filling meal you can make for your family after a busy day.

a collage of Vietnamese dishes for easy weeknight dinner

These recipes are perfect for weeknight meals as they can be either cooked in an hour or prepared ahead. The list has a mix of main and side dishes you can choose and combine to create a tasty and nourishing meal.

Traditional Vietnamese Meals

Typical Vietnamese meals for weeknights are usually quick and easy to prepare since it is common for both parents to work. When planning a meal, Viet people try to include a variety of tastes, textures, and colors while taking time limit into consideration.

Traditional family dinner usually has rice and several accompanying dishes. For a meal for 2-3 people, you should aim to have two dishes (though three dishes will be more ideal). Then add one extra dish per extra person.

The main dish usually has a deep savory flavor to eat together with rice. Other dishes are lighter or more delicate to keep the overall flavors of the meal in balance. Also keep in mind that Vietnamese meals often have a soup dish to help send the rice down.

Easy Vietnamese Dinner Recipes

1. Caramelized Pork Belly (Thit Kho)

Thit kho is a great example of classic Vietnamese family food. It may take up to 2 hours to cook, but you can make it ahead the day before, or make a big batch during the weekend and freeze.

a plate of Vietnamese caramelized pork belly and eggs
Vietnamese caramelized pork belly with eggs (thit kho tau) is a beloved comfort food of Viet families. Pork belly is gently braised until it has a beautiful caramel color and becomes so flavorful and tender.
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2. Steamed Fish with Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce (Ca Hap)

By using fish fillets instead of a whole fish, the prepping and cooking process will become effortless. You can use grouper, red snapper, halibut, cod or even salmon for this recipe.

a steamed fish fillet with soy sauce, ginger, scallion, onion and carrot
Steamed Fish with Ginger, Scallion and Soy Sauce is a restaurant-quality dish you can easily cook at home in just 30 minutes. Serve this light yet flavorful dish with rice for a healthy and delicious meal.
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3. Beef & Potato Stir-fry (Bo Xao Khoai Tay)

This dish is my childhood favorite. It has a savory taste with flavorful beef and tender potato slices. We usually cook it as a main dish served with rice.

a plate of stir-fried beef and potato
Vietnamese Beef Potato Stir-fry (Thit bo xao khoai tay) is delicious, flavorful and filling. Add this quick and easy stir-fry to your family dinner rotation.
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4. Grilled Pork Chops (Suon Nuong)

Another restaurant-style dish you can make at home. Marinate the pork chops in the morning and then all you need to do is to grill it in the evening for dinner. You can serve it with rice, a fried egg and perhaps a wedge of Vietnamese egg meatloaf.

Vietnamese grilled lemongrass pork chops served with a fried egg and rice.
These grilled pork chops are full of sweet and savory flavors and infused with lemongrass fragrance. This is one of the easiest Vietnamese restaurant dishes to make at home.
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5. Fried Tofu with Scallion and Fish Sauce (Dau Ran Tam Hanh)

A rustic side dish ready in 15-20 minutes. Crispy and piping hot fried tofu is dipped in scallion fish sauce mixture to soak up delicious flavors. You may also want to try this Vietnamese lemongrass tofu version.

A crispy slice of tofu that has been dipped in scallion fish sauce, served with rice
Vietnamese Fried Tofu with Scallions (Dau ran tam hanh) is a rustic Northern Vietnamese dish, featuring crispy fried tofu dipped in scallion fish sauce mixture. It is a tasty side dish or even main dish you can make in just 20 minutes.
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6. Steamed Clams with Thai Basil and Lemongrass (Ngheu Hap Sa)

Many Vietnamese people love to start their dinner with a lightly cooked seafood dish that highlights the natural sweetness of the seafood.

a skillet of steamed clams with Thai Basil and lemongrass
This Steamed clams with Thai basil and lemongrass is super quick and easy to make with minimal prepping. It is packed with delicious flavors and irresistible aromas.
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7. Steamed Squid with Ginger and Scallion (Muc Hap)

Squid is another seafood that can benefit from steaming. Just make sure you don’t overcook the squid or it will become rubbery.

a bowl of freshly steamed squid
This Vietnamese-style Steamed Squid highlights the natural flavors of squid. Quick and easy to prepare for weeknight dinner.
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8. Rotisserie Chicken (Ga Roti)

Ga Roti features juicy chicken in a savory and lightly sweet sauce. You can use chicken drumsticks, thighs or whole chicken legs and marinate them in the morning. Then in the evening, you can put the dish together within an hour for dinner.

Vietnamese Rotisserie Chicken (Ga Ro ti)
Vietnamese Rotisserie Chicken (Ga Roti) features juicy chicken in a savory sauce with a hint of sweetness. Serve it with rice for a filling dinner.
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9. Fried Eggs and Tomatoes (Trung Chien Ca Chua)

This fried eggs and tomatoes is a light dish with lovely flavors to accompany any strongly-flavored main dish. Everything is cooked in one pan, and it takes just 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

a serving plate with omelet fried with tomatoes and onions
This Vietnamese omelet with tomatoes and onions is made with simple ingredients, but you will be surprised at how good it tastes. Eggs are fried into an omelet with browned spots to enhance the flavors. The recipe is vegetarian adaptable.
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10. Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac)

An easy and delicious one-pan meal that doesn’t require a lot of effort. You can eat it with rice, or serve it with simple salad and fries on the side.

a plate of Vietnamese shaking beef placed on a bed of greens and tomato slices.
Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac) is an easy and delicious one-pan meal that is excellent for everyday meals as well as special occasions. This dish features tender and flavorful beef plated on a bed of green cress and fresh tomatoes.
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11. Tomato Egg Drop Soup (Canh Trung Ca Chua)

This simple egg drop soup is in the daily meal rotation of many busy families and college students or young adults who just move out in Vietnam. You can use silken tofu instead of eggs for a different variation.

A pot of Vietnamese tomato egg drop soup.
This Tomato Egg Drop Soup uses just a handful of affordable ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Ready in 15 minutes, this light and tasty soup is a great addition to a hassle-free meal.
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12. Crab Fried Rice (Com Chien Cua)

Fried rice is always a crowd-pleaser. Crab fried rice may sound fancy but it is so quick and simple to make. If you need something even easier, try this garlic fried rice instead.

a plate of crab fried rice
This Crab Fried Rice is so simple but surprisingly tasty with natural sweetness from crab meat and richness from eggs. It is great for daily meals as well as special occasions.
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13. Bitter Melon and Egg Stir-fry (Kho Qua Xao Trung)

I will be honest here and say that this isn’t the crowd-pleaser type of dish. Bitter melon is an acquired taste because of its bitterness. Good news is the richness of eggs will help tone down its bitterness significantly in this recipe.

Vietnamese Bitter Melon Egg Stir-Fry is a quick and easy dish with health benefits. It requires very few ingredients and you need only one pan to cook it. Gluten-free and/or vegetarian options are available.
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14. Beef Pasta Stir-fry (Nui Xao Bo)

Noodle stir-fry is always good for a quick and easy weeknight meal, especially when you are bored with eating rice. Nui Xao Bo consists of pasta, beef and any kinds of vegetables you like. Everything comes together in half an hour.

a pan with freshly-cooked Vietnamese style pasta with beef (Nui xao bo)
Vietnamese Beef and Pasta Stir-Fry (Nui Xao Bo) is composed of pasta, beef and your choice of vegetables, all coated with a tasty savory sauce. This quick and easy stir-fried pasta is great for any meals of the day.
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I’d love to hear what you think about the recipes, so please feel free to leave a comment. New recipes are added every week so let’s connect on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates. You can find my collection of Vietnamese recipes here.

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