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Yummy Pad Thai Recipes - Amazing!

Updated on March 1, 2013

Pad Thai - Spicy And Delicious!

Pad Thai is one of my favorite foods ever. I first tried it at a local Thai restaurant and fell in love. It is great with eggs, tofu, or even some vegetables!

Since my discovery of Pad Thai I have spent a lot of time trying to create a great recipe for it. It has taken a lot of research as well as trial and error but I have managed to come up with several great recipes!

I'll be sharing my favorite quick and easy pad thai recipe as well as a few tips. Enjoy!

What is Pad Thai?

Pad Thai is a very delicious fried noodle dish that is common in Thailand. It is traditionally made with stir fried rice noodles, eggs, fish sauce, tamarind sauce, red chillis, bean sprouts, and some kind of meat or tofu.

Note: While traditionally this is made with meat and fish sauce, all of my recipes will be 100% vegetarian or vegan. Many restaurants also make this without fish sauce for vegetarians.

It is usually garnished with peanuts, coriander, and lime. The lime juice is usually squeezed on top of the dish. Many restaurants will also offer you other Thai seasonings or garnishes that you can mix in with your noodles.

This yummy food is my absolute favorite. Now, it is usually rather spicy, but I know not everyone likes that. Also, this spicy isn't the same as with Mexican food. They use different spices and when it is too spicy I actually think it burns more.

I'm going to share my favorite Pad Thai recipe that is rather mild and then show you how to spice up your dishes if you prefer a more spicy Pad Thai.

I know you'll love these recipes the first time you try them!


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Pad Thai Equipment

I normally cook my Pad Thai in my wok. It is like an electric skillet but rounded. They also make stove top woks. This isn't necessary but it seems to cook the food more evenly when I'm making fried rice or noodle dishes. I highly suggest picking one up if you love Thai food!

Tofu Pad Thai
Tofu Pad Thai

You could double this recipe if you want to make it for two or triple it for three but be careful not to go overboard! This cooks better in your wok or pan in smaller quantities because it will start to get unwieldy or cook unevenly if there is too much. I cook this for two quite often and it works really well.

Note: Vegans can omit the eggs and this will still be delicious. Feel free to remove the tofu if you don't like tofu, though it does add protein to the dish. The non-vegetarians I know usually like this with prawns or chicken.

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  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • Yields: 1


  • 1 portion of rice noodles or pad thai noodles (About 1/4 inch thick)
  • A 1 inch slice of tofu cut into cubes
  • 3 chopped scalions
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 finely chopped knob of ginger
  • 1 finally chopped clove of garlic
  • 1 finally chopped fresh chili
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce substitute (You can use Golden Mountain Sauce or read below for a recipe for a home made substitute.)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3/4 tablespoon chunky peanut butter
  • Sesame oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 lime
  • Crushed peanuts (optional)


  1. The first thing you need to do is cook the rice noodles. Now, rice noodles are a bit different than most noodles as you don't boil them to cook them. Get a big bowl and put your uncooked rice noodles in it. Boil some water in a pot and pour the boiling water in the bowl high enough to cover the noodles. You don't need to cover the bowl or anything but you should stir the noodles every 2-3 minutes. It should take around 10 minutes to cook the rice noodles this way but check and test the noodles. They should be slightly undercooked because they will absorb water while they cook in the stir fry. Next you'll want to rinse the noodles in cold water and set them aside.
  2. Heat up your wok with a splash of sesame oil. Once it is hot you want to add the tofu blocks, scallions, bean sprouts, ginger, garlic, chili, fish sauce, soy sauce, and peanut butter to the wok and quickly stir fry it. Once the tofu blocks are warmed up and the ingredients are well mixed you can add the noodles. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until everything is combined and hot.
  3. Next you will add the egg. Move all of the noodles and sauce to one side of the wok. Crack the egg on the other side and fry the egg like you would a scrambled egg. Once the egg is cooked you mix it in with the noodles.
  4. Put the pad thai on a plate, squeeze 1/2 of a lime worth of lime juice on top and top with crushed peanuts. It is ready to eat!
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Vegan Fish Sauce

If you can't find Gold Mountain Sauce or just want to make your own substitute, you can use the recipe below. Fish sauce is actually made with fermented fish so some people prefer to use fermented tofu for the recipe, but this is much more simple and gives your pad thai almost the same taste.


  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


  1. Mix the three ingredients in a bowl. I suggest only making how much you need rather than a whole bottle since this doesn't keep too well. It starts to get thick from the sugar and generally doesn't taste as good after sitting in the fridge for a week.

Spicing Up Your Pad Thai

If you love spicy pad thai you can easily make this recipe more spicy with the addition of a few other ingredients.

I use two main things to spice up my noodles. The first is a seasoning mix made with red pepper flakes, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Mix 1/2 of a teaspoon of paprika and cayenne pepper to a tablespoon of red pepper flakes. Sprinkle it on a little bit at a time until it is as spicy as you want. You can also buy thai pepper flakes at some stores and is is what they tend to use in restaurants.

The easier way is to use shiracha sauce. Don't use much because it is very spicy and will change the flavor if you add more than a small squirt but it will work really well! It is a red sauce with a chicken on the front of the bottle and you can find it at most any grocery store.

What is your favorite Thai food?

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Pad Thai is one of my favorite things to eat. I get it whenever I can. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Honestly; I love it all ;)

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      I love Pad Thai. Beef Massaman is also an amazing dish.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love pad Thai. The flavor is so unique. I can smell that peanutty goodness now!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Looks delicious! :)

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      I've never tried pad Thai, thanks for the recipe

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      AmandaTWaH 5 years ago

      @annieangel1: No, I'm HORRIBLE at food photography. I'm actually taking a class on it at the community college starting in a week so I can start taking my own pictures. I think it has something to do with lighting... I can never get anything to look good.

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      Ann 5 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I'm not fond of spicy food but this Thai recipe looks great - are those your own photos Amanda?

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Besides Pad Thai, I really like a dish served here at our Dara Thai restaurant called "Evil Jungle Princess," which has a red coconut curry sauce. (I think that's what it is, but I know it definitely has coconut milk in it.) I usually order it with steamed tofu, and it's also got straw mushrooms, cabbage and a little mint in it. It's delish!

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      Anime-e 5 years ago

      This looks so good! Something that's worth trying for sure!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      All I need now is a wok. This doesn't look too hard to make... and your instructions are very clear. Thanks!

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      FineArtByCari 5 years ago

      I can't wait to try this recipe! I've been wanting to make pad thai for quite some time. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I'm going to try this. Thanks for this lens with a vegetarian slant to the recipe. I think the egg could also be left out without too much difference, so I'll make mine vegan :) Blessed by Squid Angel.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Never had Thai food but this does sound quite good.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      So nice! I like your directions. I can tell you're an expert at doing this. "Squid Angel blessed."

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      Love Pad Thai... home made and restaurant

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yum! Your recipe looks really good and easy! I love the flavor of pad Thai.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      I love Thai food!

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      sibian 5 years ago

      Tom Yum by far