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Low-Carb Pad Thai with Carrot Ribbon Noodles

Updated on August 10, 2014

Replace Noodles with Delicious Carrot Ribbons

One of my favorite dishes in the world is Pad Thai. I always believed the dish was too complicated to prepare, so the only time I got to enjoy it was when I was in a city large enough to have a Thai restaurant. Now I can have it at home, and it's healthier than ever when I make it myself.

The secret is in the "noodles." I have replaced the noodles with carrot ribbons that I make myself with whole carrots and my carrot peeler kitchen tool.

I hope you enjoy my low-carb vegetarian (with vegan option) recipe!

All photos on this page are my own.

Vegetarian Thai Cooking

Buddha's Table: Thai Feasting Vegetarian Style
Buddha's Table: Thai Feasting Vegetarian Style

This author and chef has tested his recipes time and again with many many people to make sure they are delicious and easy to follow. This is an excellent cookbook for the beginner who wants to learn more about cooking for vegetarians in the Thai style. You'll be cooking tasty Thai, vegetarian cuisine in no time.

Carrot Ribbon Pad Thai
Carrot Ribbon Pad Thai

Noodles are fine and all, but when I'm trying to shed my winter weight and when carrots are affordable, sweet and plentiful, they make a delicious, nutritious option.

After peeling the carrots, I simply continue to use the peeler to shave long ribbons from the carrots. I set the ribbons aside in a bowl where they wait for their turn in the pan. They bring a fresh, subtly sweet flavor to the whole dish, and they make a colorful delivery vehicle for other flavors like garlic, green onion, and ginger.


Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: -10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1-2 people


  • 2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil (or other oil you prefer)
  • 6 medium carrots
  • 1 egg (or make it vegan with tofu)
  • 2 -3 green onions
  • 3 -4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped lightly salted dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp. Thai peanut sauce


  1. Prepare ingredients - mince garlic and ginger, chop green onion, chop peanuts, and create carrot ribbons.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil in a small frying pan. Scramble the egg and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 Tbsp. grapeseed oil in a large frying pan. Add minced garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
  4. Add minced ginger and saute for 1 minute.
  5. Add chopped green onion and saute for 1-2 minutes, until onions are wilted.
  6. Add carrot ribbons and saute, tossing the whole mixture for about 5 minutes, until carrots are wilted.
  7. Add scrambled egg to the mixture, tossing all ingredients until well mixed.
  8. Hold back about 1 teaspoon of chopped peanuts. Add remaining peanuts to the carrot mixture and toss again.
  9. Add 2 Tbsp. Thai peanut sauce and toss again.
  10. Top dish with remaining chopped peanuts and serve.
5 stars from 1 rating of Low-Carb Pad Thai with Carrot Ribbon Noodles

Tools for this Recipe

OXO 20081 Peeler, Swivel, Black
OXO 20081 Peeler, Swivel, Black

It may look too simple for this high-tech world, but the basic peeler is the best kitchen tool for this job. I like this Oxo peeler with the easy-grip handle, because it makes it more comfortable in the hand to create a LOT of carrot ribbons.

OXO SteeL Garlic Press
OXO SteeL Garlic Press

Again Oxo comes through with an affordable and brilliant kitchen tool. This garlic press works great and has a built in cleaner to push out the garlic pulp. Rinse right after using and clean-up is easy peasy.


Make Your Own Thai Peanut Sauce

Premade sauces certainly make our lives easier, but they're not always the healthiest options. They are frequently high in sodium and other ingredients that we should consider avoiding. If you prefer to make your own Thai peanut sauce, here are a few recipes to consider.

Thai Peanut Sauce

Watch if you want a no-cook version of the recipe from Chef Jet Tila.

Are you ready to try carrot ribbons instead of noodles?

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    • AcornOakForest profile imageAUTHOR

      Monica Lobenstein 

      4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @OhMe, The carrots make a delicious base for this dish. I made this for some friends, and they said, "This makes me think I could use carrots for any noodle dish out there." I hope they share with me when they do. Thanks for the visit!

    • AcornOakForest profile imageAUTHOR

      Monica Lobenstein 

      4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @Paula, Making my own sauce is my next step too. When I look at the ingredients on the bottle of commercial sauce, I shudder a little. And with homemade, I get to make it to my tastes. Thanks for stopping!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This sounds delicious. My grandson loves carrots so I might have to give your recipe a try.

    • Paula Atwell profile image

      Paula Atwell 

      4 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Definitely going to try this recipe. My vegetarian daughter and I were experimenting with peanut butter sauce and noodles this summer. We tried commercial ones and decided we needed to find a recipe that we liked to try next. :)

    • AcornOakForest profile imageAUTHOR

      Monica Lobenstein 

      4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @Erin Mellor: I have seen it done in other dishes,though I have never used zucchini ribbons myself. It is worth a shot.

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      Erin Mellor 

      4 years ago from Europe

      I'd never have thought of this, but now I'm wondering - would zucchini ribbons work?


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