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Easy Shrimp Pad Thai Noodles

Use this traditional Pad Thai recipe to make delicious restaurant-style Pad Thai that is perfectly sweet and savory and takes only 30 minutes to make!

July 5, 2021
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 30 mins



  1. Cook the flat rice noodles according to their package instructions until they are just tender, and rinse under cold water.
  2. Mix the fish sauce, soy sauce, sriracha hot sauce, light brown sugar, rice vinegar, and creamy peanut butter to form the pad Thai sauce and set aside.
  3. Now heat one and a half tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan or wok over medium-high heat and add garlic, bell pepper, and shrimp, chicken, or tofu to it. If using shrimp, cook about 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until pink and avoid overcooking. If using chicken, cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until just cooked through, flipping only once.
  4. Push everything to the side of the pan before adding a little more oil and the two beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs and break them into small pieces with your spatula as they cook.
  5. Add noodles, pad Thai sauce, bean sprouts, and peanuts to the pan (reserve some peanuts for topping at the end) and toss everything to combine.
  6. Top your Pad Thai with green onions, the remaining peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Shrimp Pad Thai
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 23 g46%
Total Fat 23 g29.5%
Cholesterol 224 mg74.7%
Sodium 1991 mg86.6%
Potassium 454 mg9.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • This recipe makes Pad Thai sauce without tamarind, but you can substitute 2 tablespoons of tamarind paste in place of the rice vinegar if you prefer.
  • Rice noodles have a unique flavor and texture, but you can try substituting with another flat pasta like linguine if you can't find them in your area.
  • While you can substitute fish sauce with soy sauce or oyster sauce, try your best not to skip it whenever possible as it has a very savory unique flavor.
  • Use a large pan to stir-fry the noodles in the absence of a wok. The larger surface area allows for more evaporation of water and prevents mushy, clumpy noodles.
  • Cook the beaten eggs like you'd cook scrambled eggs. Wait until they solidify but are still moist, and then move the egg around the skillet as it cooks to scramble lightly.
  • Roll your lime on the countertop while applying pressure before cutting it open to burst the juice capsules and get extra juicy lime wedges.
  • Use this pad Thai recipe to make vegan or vegetarian pad Thai by leaving out the egg and substituting the fish sauce with more soy sauce.
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This chicken and shrimp Pad Thai recipe is exotic, fresh, light, and deceptively easy to make. The easy pad Thai recipe uses only a handful of pantry ingredients and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes, making it the perfect dish for an impressive, fancy-looking dinner that doesn’t take forever to make. These Asian Thai-style noodles are also filling, highly customizable, and allow for a unique layered flavor.

What Is Pad Thai?

Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish made by sautéing rice noodles, scrambled eggs, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, peanuts, bean sprouts, and other vegetables in a wok with a rich and delicious pad Thai sauce. It originated in Thailand around World War Two and was created by the Thai government to promote a sense of national unity. It is now common street food in Thailand and one of the most popular menu items at Thai restaurants around the United States. It is also called Thai-style stir-fried noodle.

How to Make Pad Thai?

These easy pad Thai noodles couldn’t be simpler to make. To make pad Thai, sauté garlic, bell pepper, shrimp, chicken, or tofu in a saucepan or wok and add beaten eggs. Once the eggs are cooked and scrambled, add noodles, bean sprouts, peanuts, and a pad Thai sauce made by mixing the fish sauce, soy sauce, sriracha hot sauce, light brown sugar, rice vinegar, and creamy peanut butter. Toss to combine and serve with green onions, roasted peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges.

How to Make Pad Thai Sauce?

What is Pad Thai Sauce made of? Traditional pad Thai sauce is made of fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, and tamarind paste. The tamarind is responsible for the dish's signature sour flavor but can be substituted with ketchup or rice vinegar as it can be quite hard to find. The original pad Thai sauce now has many variants with peanut butter, cayenne pepper, etc., all of which deliver the perfect fusion of sweet and savory.

Is Pad Thai Gluten Free?

Yes! Pad Thai traditionally uses rice noodles that are completely gluten-free, although some soy sauce and fish sauce brands also contain wheat. When eating Pad Thai at a restaurant, ask about the ingredients to ensure it is gluten-free, and be sure to check the ingredient label if buying Pad Thai at a store.

How to Store Pad Thai?

You can store any leftover pad Thai noodles in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Avoid freezing, as the rice noodles and shrimp will likely lose their texture and get mushy once thawed. Bake in the oven, microwave with a sprinkle of water, or sauté evenly on the stove to reheat.

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