Fresh Thai Chile Peppers
While many different varities of chile peppers are found in Thai cuisine, we offer the most common variety known as prik ki nu, or "bird chile". Our chiles are very spicy, with high heat level and nice appearance. You can expect your fresh chiles to arrive with fresh green stems and clean appearance, ready for cooking.
Most of our Thai recipes call for Thai chiles and these will work fine for all of your Thai cooking needs. If your local grocer has a good selection of chile peppers, feel free to use whatever is available and don't let the type of chiles stop you from cooking Thai food. Habanero will offer higher heat than Thai chile, and jalapeno will be lower. You can mix and match as you prefer, or just order the real thing from us.
Our Thai chiles are grown in the United States and we have a year-round supply. We most often ship mixed green/red Thai chiles, as shown, but on a seasonal basis we may have only green.
Add to Cart 16 oz Fresh Thai Chile - $16.95 - Includes Shipping
Add to Cart Fresh Thai Produce Kit - Lemongrass (2 lb), Thai chile (8 oz), galangal (8 oz), and 2 fresh limes - $26.95 - Includes Shipping
We ship fresh USA-grown Thai chiles via Priority Mail, quick delivery within 2-3 days straight to your mailbox. They are packaged well and should be refrigerated promptly. Please Note: if you order only fresh produce, select "$0.00" as shipping charge at checkout (because the prices below include shipping). Occasional delays due to Mother Nature & harvest conditions. Call 888-618-8424 if you need a definite delivery date. If you order fresh chiles and any other non-fresh items, you must checkout with "Ground" as the shipping method, and you will receive the other items separately. We also offer a Fresh Thai Produce Kit.
Thai chile is an annual plant that grows into a bush (see pictures below). The fruit contains many white seeds and you can remove the seeds to tone the heat level down if you prefer a milder flavor. Fresh chiles are a great source of vitamin A, B and C. We also offer whole dried chile peppers and we offer ground Thai chiles which are both very high-heat.
Good quality fresh chiles will keeps for a weeks in the fridge before they change color and break down. For long-term storage, freeze in a ziplock bag. Freezing will maintain flavor, but the chiles become a bit soft/mushy when defrosted for later use.
Fresh Market, Bangkok
Fresh Market, Bangkok
Fresh Market, Bangkok
Hot Varieties: Suan, Ga-Liang, Chee fah lek
Mild Varieties: Chee Fah, Luang, Yuak
Fresh Thai Chile Bush, Kanchanaburi
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We recommend fresh Thai chiles in the following ImportFood.com Thai recipes:
Prawn Soup with Lemongrass, "Tom Yum Goong" (street vendor video included)
Thai Curry Paste Made From Scratch (street vendor video included)
Street Vendor Prepares Pad Prik Gaeng (street vendor video included)
Street Vendor Prepares Seafood Stir Fry with Basil (street vendor video included)
Thai Papaya Salad, "Som Tum" (street vendor video included)
Thai Style Wide Noodles In Thick Sauce, "Kuaytiao Lad na" (street vendor video included)
Shrimp Cake Dipping Sauce, "Nam Jim Tod Mun" (street vendor video included)
Catish with Green Mango Salad, "Pla Dook Foo" (street vendor video included)
Thai Fried Rice with Chicken, "Khao Pad Namprik Pao Sai Kai" (street vendor video included)
Thai Crispy Fish Topped with Chili Sauce, 'Pla Rad Prik'
This is a very spicy crispy fish that's surprisingly simple to make using just a few ingredients. It's best to use fresh red Thai chile peppers. Regarding the fish, here we used tilapia you can use any fish such as cod, catfish, trout, salmon, etc. We had the fish cleaned and gutted but left the head on. You may prefer to remove the head, or even use fish fillets -- it doesn't matter.
Note that when you've finished frying your fish, put it in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes or so as you prepare the sauce, as this will make it even more crispy.
Thai Green Curry Chicken, 'Gaeng Khiao Wan Gai'
This is a simple and authentic Thai recipe that we enjoy preparing with chicken and just a bit of fresh seasonal greens (in this recipe we used green beans). Our basic recipe a delicious green curry with nice flavors that a Thai purist would enjoy. The dish is also made with Thai eggplant or Tiny eggplant.
You might also be interested in our similar recipe for a red curry (Gaeng phed gai). We also have a slightly more complicated recipe for Green Curry with Fresh Chile, Chicken, Eggplant & Kaffir Lime, Gaeng Khiao Wan Gai.
Spice up your food with this simple, homemade heat. The combination of sour vinegar with hot Thai chiles is a common condiment in Thailand (called "nam som"), but this goes along great with American food too--especially southern favorites like collard greens, fried chicken, green tomatoes, etc.
Use the link below to order, and we'll send you a nice mix of red/green.
You might want to pickup some little jars like this from a local kitchen store (we got these at Cost Plus World Market for $4), and make your own hot sauce to give away as gifts for the holiday season.
Fill your glass jar with red and green Thai chile peppers, stemmed, filling to 1-2 inches from top of jar. Bring 1 cup white wine vinegar (as shown) or cider vinegar, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand for about 5 minutes.
Pour hot mixture over peppers in jar. Cover and chill 3 weeks, this allows the peppers to fire up the vinegar mixture. The longer it sits, the spicier it becomes. Store in refrigerator for 6 months or more.
If you order using link below, we'll ship only ideal quality, which may take a week or so.
Try our Tom Kha Kit. Extraordinary Value.
"Tom Kha Gai" is one of our favorite Thai recipe, and it's been a favorite of our customers for years. Here's everything you need to make several large servings of the best fresh home-made authentic Tom Kha. A thoughtful mix of fresh Thai herbs with all ingredients. Expedited to your door via 2 day shipping to ensure fresh delivery. You'll also be able to make other Thai recipes. This is a great value and includes one Amazing Elephant Tom Kha. Checkout with Ground shipping and we'll upgrade it to expedited 2 day at no extra charge.
|3 stalks fresh lemongrass||1 large (8 oz) fresh galangal||1 Amazing Elephant Tom Kha|
|20 fresh kaffir lime leaves||1 Tra Chang fish sauce|
|3 8.5 oz all natural coconut milk||1 ground Thai chiles|
|3 oz fresh Thai chiles||2 fresh limes|
Thai Cafe Kit
A thoughtful mix of fresh Thai herbs with ingredients to make a delicious authentic tom yum soup, tom kha soup, Thai green curry and red curry. Expedited to your door via 2 day shipping to ensure fresh delivery (upgraded at no charge). You'll also be able to make quite a few servings of other Thai recipes. This is a great value and will have you cooking healthy Thai meals right away. Checkout with Fedex Ground but we'll upgrade it to expedited 2 day at no extra charge.