A white bowl filled with homemade pad thai including rice noodles, shrimo, cilantro and other toppings tossed in a pad thai sauce.
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Pad Thai

This amazing Pad Thai recipe is easy, approachable and can be made in under 30 minutes, fresh ingredients and a delicious homemade pad thai sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 4
Calories: 596kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces flat rice noodles
  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 8 ounces uncooked shrimp, chicken, or extra-firm tofu , cut into small pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 red bell pepper , thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions , chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cilantro , chopped

For the Pad Thai sauce:

  • 3 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 5 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar * see note
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce , or more, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter , optional

Instructions

  • Cook noodles according to package instructions, just until tender.  Rinse under cold water.
  • Mix the sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
  • Heat 1½ tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan or wok over medium-high heat.
  • Add the shrimp, chicken or tofu, garlic and bell pepper. The shrimp will cook quickly, about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until pink. If using chicken, cook until just cooked through, about 3-4 minutes, flipping only once.
  • Push everything to the side of the pan. Add a little more oil and add the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs, breaking them into small pieces with a spatula as they cook.
  • Add noodles, sauce, bean sprouts and peanuts to the pan (reserving some peanuts for topping at the end). Toss everything to combine.
  • Top with green onions, extra peanuts, cilantro and lime wedges. Serve immediately!

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Notes

To use tamarind paste in the sauce, substitute 2 Tablespoons in place of the vinegar.

Nutrition

Calories: 596kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 224mg | Sodium: 1991mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 1290IU | Vitamin C: 58.8mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 3.4mg