How many Asian fruit recipes have you tried? Each one offers a unique flavor and texture that is authentic to their continent.
There are so many to choose from; these fruits all look like the ripest, juiciest things you’ve ever had.
If you’ve never been out of the country, try these recipes.
Did you know you can use Asian fruits for a variety of recipes?
Here are 30 mouth-watering Asian fruit recipes that will take your taste buds on a trip across the globe and back again.
From the juicy mangoes of India to the tiny litchis of China, we’re going to cover some of the most popular fruits from across Asia and the dishes that put them front and center.
So whether you’re looking for a new way to use dragon fruit or want to try something exotic like durian for the first time, this list has everything you need to get started.
From Buddha’s Hand Marmalade to Jackfruit Pulled Pork, we’ve got a recipe for every type of craving.
Make sure to take advantage of #15.
It’s one of the most novel recipes you’ll ever try.
Native to Southeast Asia, the sweet lychee is perfect with smooth and creamy textures.
This take on a classic fruit salad highlights nutty flavors and adds some cherries which are comparable in taste to lychees.
It’s a dessert that grown-ups will love more than kids–a leveled-up version of the traditional salads.
This spread is a zesty taste of heaven.
It can be used on toast, in a salad dressing, or just eaten with a spoon.
It’s also great for meat lovers because it pairs well with cured meat.
These vegan chips make great appetizers or snacks.
It’s also tasty with coffee or tea.
Make a couple of extra batches, for it can be pretty addictive.
Many Filipino children will remember climbing a santol tree and enjoying the sweet-sour fruit with their friends.
Bring this fruit to mom at home, and she might make a special dinner with it.
This recipe adds a spicy kick to finely minced santol.
Plus, like many fruits and vegetables in the country, this winner can swim in coconut milk for a flavorful meal.
You’ll want to make this recipe at least once a week.
The main ingredient is sticky rice.
It’s the ultimate complement to various ingredients and works exceptionally well with dates.
The two are a match made in heaven—they’re both saccharine and chewy, with just enough saltiness to keep things interesting.
Pulasan is similar to lychee and rambutan in texture on the outside and the inside.
This Malaysian fruit is more enjoyable with chili seeds and a touch of lime and sour plum.
The sweet-sour-spicy explosion of flavors can be refreshing amid tropical weather.
This recipe calls for Namwa Bananas–a specialty hybrid in Thai.
Adding sesame seeds and coconut shavings to the coating makes the sweet fruit tastier.
It’s a great snack that kids will surely love.
This recipe uses jackfruit pulled apart into shreds.
If you’ve never had it before, it has a rich smoky flavor similar to pulled pork.
The best part?
It’s super easy to make and requires minimal ingredients.
This yummy treat is the ultimate dessert for anyone whose mouth is watering at the thought of miniature, albeit juicy, Alphonso mangoes and smooth, creamy cheese.
This recipe will make your mouth water as you imagine this decadent treat’s honeyed and savory combination of flavors.
Like most tropical fruits, this one has a delightful sweet-and-sour taste.
You can it the entire fruit raw–including the skin.
This recipe incorporates this humble fruit as a filling in a classy cake.
There’s also the addition of some berries and Monkfruit for sweetness.
A textured layer on the top makes this dessert a sensational treat.
A frozen treat that will make you feel like you’re getting a double dose of summer.
It’s tangy and loaded with a tropical taste.
This parfait is a tropical paradise in a jar.
The first layer has three cups of dairy-free yogurt, the foundation for any good parfait.
And then, we add some diced rambutans, mangoes, and papayas.
You’ll be amazed at how much flavor these fruits add to your breakfast.
There’s more: Sprouts B Complex is the secret ingredient that will make this parfait your new favorite.
20. Umeboshi Chicken
If you love umeboshi and chicken, this is a great way to combine the two into one delicious meal.
The umeboshi will give your chicken a salty kick while adding extra fat and protein from the nuts.
Finally, mirin balances out the saltiness and helps bring out the flavor of the umeboshi.
21. Longan Congee
If you enjoy Asian cuisine, you’ve probably already had congee.
Sweeten the deal with the sweet fruit longan, aka dragon’s eye (because of its core).
Cooking it with sticky rice lessens its musky taste since you only use the pulp.
Add some goji berries and lotus seeds for some added texture.
Take it from the tree into a fancy martini glass, making it a delectable mousse that’s not overly sweet to the taste.
It’s a unique recipe you can whip up when you have unexpected guests you want to entertain.
23. Calamansi Pie
You’ve heard of lemon meringue pie, but what about this citrus fruit native to the Philippines?
Filipinos add Calamansi to their savory dishes like Pancit canton noodles and beef steak.
In this recipe, Calamansi takes the spotlight in a refreshing eggless pie with a yummy crumbly base.
24. Pomelo Bars
This dessert is a delicacy that any true Foodie would love to eat.
The pomelos add an intensely sour flavor that cuts through the richness of the buttery crust.
What could be more refreshing than a bowl of Rose Apple Rice on a hot day?
This recipe is super simple: just boil the Chambakkas/Water Apples with a bit of salt, and then mix in coconut, green chilies (optional), and sugar to taste.
If you’re feeling adventurous, throw some curry leaves for a spicy kick.
And for seasoning, just fry up some mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dhal, and red chilly with a bit of salt and sugar.
Toss it all together and enjoy.
The marinade for these ribs is incredibly delicious before you even put them in the oven.
They’re so easy to make, too.
All it takes is a quick soak in tamarind paste and some time to marinate.
29. Yuzu Marmalade
Skip the basic orange marmalade for this Japanese citrus fruit delight.
This tasty spread is excellent on pancakes and toast.
Add it to yogurt, too, for some fun.
Papaya, mango, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple, and star fruit come together to create a salad full of flavor that will be hard to stop eating.
We recommend serving it with a side of honey lime dressing to complement the natural sugary quality of the fruits.
The bottom line
There you have it!
These 30 Asian fruit recipes will pique your interest in the possibilities of Asian fruits, whether you’re looking for a new way to eat fruit from your garden or something exotic and distant.
If you’re feeling creative, try one of these recipes and leave your suggestions and thoughts in the comments below.
- Wood Apple Chutney
- Creamy Almond Jelly & Lychee Salad
- Buddha's Hand Marmalade
- Fried Sukun (Onion Seasoned Fried Breadfruit)
- Durian Ice Cream
- Ginataang Santol (Cotton Fruit In Coconut Milk)
- Jujube Date Sticky Rice Cake
- Asian Pear Slaw With Ginger & Lime
- Pulasan Asam Boi
- Litchi & Avocado Salad
- Thai Fried Bananas (Gluay Kag)
- Kumquat Upside Down Cake
- Jackfruit Pulled Pork
- No Bake Indian Mango Cheesecake
- Star Fruit Crumble
- Goji Berry Almond Date Power Balls
- Mangosteen Popsicles
- Kyoho Grape Smash
- Tropical Fruit Parfait
- Umeboshi Chicken
- Longan Congee
- Chikoo Fruit Mousse – Sapodilla Recipe
- Calamansi Pie
- Pomelo Bars
- Maja Langka
- Sri Lankan Del Curry
- Rose Apple Chambaka Rice
- Tamarind Glazed Pork Spareribs
- Yuzu Marmalade
- Tropical Fruit Salad With Honey Lime Dressing
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