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Pad thai noodles with shrimp

Pad Thai noodles with shrimp is one of my most favorite Asian meals, along with Tom Ka Soup and Thai red curry sauce. I’ve been making my own Pad Thai for the last 4 years now: it has become a staple meal at our house. We hardly even order Thai food take-outs any more – that’s how much we like our own Pad Thai:

Pad thai noodles with shrimp

What’s nice about Pad Thai is that it is so easy to make! Even the ingredient list is not very long or complex.

Pad thai noodles with shrimp


First, you prepare a sauce by simply combining together fish sauce, honey, tamarind paste (or lime juice), rice vinegar and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan on medium heat.

Pad thai noodles with shrimp

Next, you cook veggies in peanut oil, add eggs and scramble them, then cook shrimp. In the meantime the noodles are cooked according to package instructions. Then, you combine everything together: the sauce, veggies with eggs and shrimp, and pasta! Make sure the sauce coats the pasta, and that’s basically it! Nothing complicated! I did provide the detailed instructions below, but the whole preparation and cooking process should not take more than 30 or 40 minutes! Especially on the second or third try when you’ll get the hang of it.

Pad thai noodles with shrimp by JuliasAlbum.com, on Flickr

Pad Thai noodles with shrimp

Total time: 40 minutes


  • 2 or 3 tablespoons tamarind paste or lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces rice stick noodles or fettuccine pasta
  • reserved pasta water
  • 3/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped

4 servings

1) Combine tamarind paste (or lime juice if you don’t have tamarind paste) with fish sauce, honey, and rice vinegar in a small pan over medium heat until honey gets really soft and all ingredients are mixed. Mix in red pepper flakes

2) Heat 3 tablespoons of peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add chopped green onions, garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and scramble them until just done. Add shrimp and bean sprouts – continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, just until shrimp begins to turn red.

3) In the mean time, cook pasta or noodles according to package instructions. Drain but do reserve a good amount of cooked pasta water.

4) Add drained noodles to the large skillet with eggs mixture, on low heat. Also add the sauce from step 1 and 1/4 cup of chopped toasted peanuts. Stir everything to combine well. Add a bit of cooked pasta water, if necessary, to make the sauce less thick and easier to coat the noodles.

5) To serve, place 1/4th of Pad Thai noodles on each plate. Top each serving with remaining chopped toasted peanuts.



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  • Ashley September 15, 2013, 8:22 am

    I really need to try making pad thai at home. It’s the one thing we still order out for. I’m not sure why I have never tried making it – that really needs to change! Yours looks delicious!

  • Monique September 15, 2013, 9:16 am

    Looks so fresh and delicious Julia~
    Love dishes such as this one~

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen September 15, 2013, 10:07 am

    Fabulous recipe and photos, Julia! Cannot wait to make this at home. Thanks for sharing!

  • [email protected] September 15, 2013, 12:58 pm

    I haven’t made pad thai in what seems like years. I need to again – you’ve definitely inspired me! Good stuff – thanks.

  • Laura Dembowski September 15, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Your pad thai looks wonderful! I really need to try making it. It sounds like a flavorful and healthy dinner.

  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You September 15, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Oh, Julia…What a great plate awaiting for being devoured! Thai is one of my fav cuisines. I’d be so happy to eat these noodles!

  • veganmiam.com September 15, 2013, 5:30 pm

    Pad Thai is my favorite, I love spicy flavors, too. I also made a vegan fish sauce recipe if you’re interested: http://veganmiam.com/recipes/vegan-fish-sauce

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 15, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Yes please! I love pad thai.

  • [email protected] September 15, 2013, 8:58 pm

    Pad Thai is one of my absolute favorite foods, but I have never, ever made my own. Will be trying your recipe for sure. It looks fabulous!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 15, 2013, 10:43 pm

    Not only does this look absolutely delicious but the colors are so beautiful in it!

  • Olga September 16, 2013, 4:19 am

    This looks fantastic and mouthwatering! So colourful!

  • Tash September 16, 2013, 4:27 am

    Hello Julia 🙂

    I love Asian flavours and this looks like a quick and easy evening meal which is fresh, light and the perfect antidote to stodgy cold-weather foods! Yum!

  • Orchidea September 16, 2013, 6:55 am

    Pad Thai is also one of my favorite Thai dishes and I often order it when we go out to our favorite Thai restaurant. There are quite many Thai people in Stockholm and there are also many Thai restaurant, we have found our favorite… but I would really like to try making it at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  • [email protected] September 16, 2013, 8:03 am

    That is one beautiful plateful!! Will be making it soon. 🙂

  • [email protected]'s Recipes September 16, 2013, 9:28 am

    Looks so flavourful and moreish! I can’t wait to try it!

  • laurasmess September 16, 2013, 10:55 am

    Love this dish Julia. Beautiful photography, gorgeous colours, freshness abounds! Perfect for the change of season over here – I’m bookmarking this for our first week of gorgeous sunshine (with a nice cold beer!) x

  • Asmita September 16, 2013, 11:16 am

    This looks outstanding! We love pad thai and this would a big hit at my place. Yummy!

  • Baltic Maid September 16, 2013, 12:47 pm

    This looks amazing. I have been craving Asian food lately. This dish makes me so hungry right now. I used to have all the ingredients ready in my pantry but since I moved it takes a bit of time to stock up my pantry again. Next shopping trip I’ll add these ingredients though… Looks too good. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Daniela September 16, 2013, 3:06 pm

    The Pad Thai is stunning, so are the pictures!
    What a great post, Julia.

  • Yelena September 16, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Love this dish, but never cooked myself. Yours looks so good! Yummy-))

  • Monet September 16, 2013, 6:51 pm

    We love pad thai, but we haven’t made it at home. This post is totally inspiring me! I’m printing off the recipe now so I can go grocery shopping. Thank you for sharing! Another delicious post and a great start to the week. I hope you had a beautiful Monday!

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker September 17, 2013, 2:15 am

    Julia, this sounds amazing! I love Pad Thai and I’m glad I can now make them at home. Thanks for the recipe. Pinning!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal) September 17, 2013, 7:26 am

    I’ve never used honey in Pad Thai…I can’t wait to try your version.

    • Julia September 18, 2013, 8:26 pm

      Just a little bit of honey (1/4 cup) balances well with salty stuff (fish sauce) and sour ingredients (lime juice or tamarind paste). 🙂

  • Liz September 17, 2013, 1:10 pm

    I love Pad Thai, too…but can never seem to find tamarind paste…so glad to know there’s a substitute. I’ll have to comb our Whole Foods to see if I can spot some…it’s been way too long since I’ve made this and your recipe looks amazing.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 18, 2013, 1:42 am

    Mmmm… this looks so comforting and relish! I could never not order a pad thai whenever we dine out 🙂

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu September 18, 2013, 7:01 pm

    I love anything pad thai, and these photos are just beautiful Julia!

  • Leah September 21, 2013, 4:52 pm

    This looks so good but I’ve never made asian food and not sure what fish juice is or where I would find it in the grocery store. I looked today in the Asian section and saw fish sauce, is that the same? It looks like it has tons of sodium. Thanks!

    • Julia September 23, 2013, 1:40 am

      Yes, you would find fish sauce in the Asian section. It has a very distinct stink 🙂 when you open it but it really adds flavor! I think it does contain a ton of sodium, because it is generally used in Asian cooking as a way to make things salty (plus flavor it imparts).

  • Jocelyn @ BruCrew Life September 21, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Mmmmmm!! That is the sound that I’m making as I stare at this scrumptious dish!!!

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant September 22, 2013, 5:14 pm

    This looks amazing, Julia! I’ve never made Pad Thai before. I’m pinning this recipe to try for later.

  • Monica September 23, 2013, 11:13 am

    Hi! I love thai food and pad thai in particular! I finally learned how to make a simple version of it not long ago and it’s so nice to make a lighter spin of it to enjoy at home. Yours absolutely delicious! I am happy looking at all the bright pictures on your blog right now. : )

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook September 23, 2013, 2:01 pm

    I love trying new Pad Thai recipes and this is our next! We love Pad Thai and Pad Si Ew! Such gorgeous delicious photography, Julia!

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