“Cilantro” and “coriander” are often used interchangeability, but they have different tastes and textures. Cilantro refers to the coriander plant’s flat, parsley-like leaves, and coriander is the plant in seed form. While fresh cilantro has become a popular ingredient in the salsas and guacamoles that are prominent in Mexican cuisine, the bold-tasting herb is also used in many Indian and Asian dishes, from chutney and dal to soup and salad.
Cilantro is most commonly used as a garnish, but because, like many herbs and spices, it contains health-boosting antioxidants, don’t be afraid to try recipes that call for a hefty handful of the herb. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up a sampling of AsianSupper’s most delicious cilantro recipes.
6 Cilantro Recipes to Try
Vegetarian Thai Pomelo Salad (Yum Som O) A sweet and tangy blend of shredded coconut, lime juice, grapefruit, and Asian pears.
Thai Vermicelli Noodle Salad (Yum Woon Sen Gai) A delicious mix of bean thread noodle, chicken, lemongrass, garlic, chili, and lime juice on bed of lettuce.
Edamame Noodles with Shrimp This light noodle dish is somewhere between a warm salad and a stir-fry—it’s perfect for summer!
Spicy Smokin’ Asian Salmon Cakes An Asian fusion recipe with plenty of heat.
Crab Fried Rice (Khao Phat Pu) Fish sauce, chilies, and lime juice make this recipe a unique take on fried rice.
Steamed Red Snapper with Lime Juice A simple and delicious dinner recipe with only six ingredients.