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Fresh Thai Chile Peppers

Fresh Thai Chile Peppers
Add to cart$18.95 16 oz via Fedex 2 Day 

Currently offering excellent quality mixed red & green chillis for immediate shipment.  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.

We ship fresh USA-grown Thai chiles via Fedex Express, quick delivery within 2 days straight to your door. Checkout with GROUND shipping and we will upgrade to Express at no extra charge.

They are packaged well and should be refrigerated promptly.  Occasional delays due to Mother Nature & harvest conditions. Call 888-618-8424 if you need a definite delivery date. 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

Fresh Market, Bangkok

Fresh Market, Bangkok

Fresh Market, Bangkok

Hot Varieties: Suan, Ga-Liang, Chee fah lek

Hot Varieties: Suan, Ga-Liang, Chee fah lek

Mild Varieties: Chee Fah, Luang, Yuak

Mild Varieties: Chee Fah, Luang, Yuak

Fresh Thai Chile Bush, Kanchanaburi

Fresh Thai Chile Bush, Kanchanaburi



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We recommend fresh Thai chiles in the following Thai recipes:

Pad Kee Mao / Drunkards Noodles

Miang Kham

Panang Beef

Prawn Soup with Lemongrass, "Tom Yum Goong" (street vendor video included)

Street Vendor Prepares Basil Chile Seafood with Egg, "Grapao Goong Plamuk Khai Dao" (video included)

Son in Law Eggs, "Khai Look Koei"

Yum Met Mamuang Himaphan, Spicy Fried Cashew Nuts

Thai Curry Paste Made From Scratch (street vendor video included)

Thai Beef Flambe, "Neua Pad Kimao"

Turmeric Chicken Soup, 'Gai Tom Khamin'

Street Vendor Prepares Pad Prik Gaeng (street vendor video included)

Street Vendor Prepares Seafood Stir Fry with Basil (street vendor video included)

Tom Yum Style Stir-Fried Rice, "Khao Pad Tom Yum"

Thai Fried Pork with Fresh Basil, "Pad Kaprao Moo"

Thai Papaya Salad, "Som Tum" (street vendor video included)

Thai hotdogs tomyum flavor, Thai-American style

Gai Tom Kha Namsai, Rayong Style Tom Kha Soup

Thai Cashew Chicken , "Gai Pad Med Mamuang Himaphan"

Thai Masaman Chicken, "Gaeng Masaman Gai"

Thai Style Wide Noodles In Thick Sauce, "Kuaytiao Lad na" (street vendor video included)

Rice with salty chili sauce & seafood (Chantaburi-style), "Khao Kruk Prik Klua"

Thai Fried Clams in Roasted Chile Paste, Hoy Lai Ped"

Grilled Meat Dipping Sauce, "Nam Jim Jeaw"

Shrimp Cake Dipping Sauce, "Nam Jim Tod Mun" (street vendor video included)

Lime Pork, "Moo Manao"

Thai green curry with chicken & eggplant, "Gaeng khiao wan gai"

Beef Rendang (Indonesian)

Thai Five-Spice Soup with Rice Chips, "Kua Chap"

Thai Beef Salad, "Yum Nuea"

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)



Spicy Thai Fish Cakes, 'Tod Man Pla'

Tod man pla is one of the most famous Thai dishes but seems to be rarely offered on the menus of Thai restaurants in the United States. We're happy to show you how to make it, step-by-step, with great results.

Here we just used cod pieces which can found at local supermarkets.

Also see our Thai Street Vendor video for detailed guidance.


Squid Pad Ki Mao

Squid Kee Mao is a popular dish served throughout Thailand and it should be served with a high level of chile heat, as we make it here. Use plenty of fresh Thai chile peppers.

For this we use butter to fry the paste, rather than vegetable oil, but you can use either.

Any fresh basil works well, it doesn't have to be the Thai sweet basil variety.

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.


Lemongrass Beef

Prepare fresh lemongrass beef in minutes; a healthy recipe with a nice aroma and lovely citrus flavor. Chop your lemongrass finely as shown, and cook it quickly over medium/high heat.

Thai Druken Noodles, Kee Mao, Chicken

This is a new, slightly less-spicy version of our original kee mao recipe. Kee Mao are drunken noodles, meaning eaten drunk, fiery hot spice level, with beer and/or other alcohol.

The fresh ginger is a nice touch but optional and not authentic Thai for Kee Mao.  Add more fresh Thai chilli peppers to increase heat level.

We like using dark thick soy sauce to give the chicken a darker color but you can also use thin soy sauce instead.

This has a touch of MSG which is optional but recommended here to get the optimal flavor.


Thai Sweet & Sour Sauce, 'Nam Jim Priao Wan'

This is a simple, Thai-style, sweet and sour sauce. Note that it isn't pink! The sauce is spicy and has complex flavors.

Serve with any grilled meat. We enjoyed it here with chicken, som tum, sticky rice, and hard-boiled eggs.


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.


Korean Barbecue Rib Noodle Salad

This is an authentic Asian noodle salad with Korean barbecue ribs. Prepare the various components then place a handful of noodles in a bowl, followed by salad, peanuts, and spoon over everything the sauce.  Top with sliced rib meat to complete the salad.


hotpeppersauce 1lSpice 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.





tomkhaset 1015 1mTry 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  





cafekit 1015 1mThai 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.

4 stalks fresh lemongrass  1 ground Thai chiles 1 red curry paste (Hand brand)
20 kaffir lime leaves  1 Tra Chang fish sauce 1 Amazing Elephant Tom Kha
3 8.5 oz all natural coconut milk  4 oz fresh Thai chiles  
1 chile paste prik pao  1 green curry paste (Hand brand)  







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