This healthy pad thai recipe has less than half the calories and sodium of the traditional Thai-restaurant favorite. Look for dried wide rice noodles, sometimes called “Pad Thai noodles” or “straight-cut,” in the Asian-food section at most supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Serve with sliced cucumbers with a rice vinegar and cilantro vinaigrette.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013

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Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until just al dente, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or large deep skillet over high heat until very hot. Add garlic and stir-fry until golden, about 10 seconds. Add eggs and cook, stirring, until scrambled, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp and the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; stir-fry until the shrimp curl and turn pink, about 2 minutes.

  • Add the noodles, bean sprouts, scallion greens, vinegar, fish sauce, brown sugar and crushed red pepper; toss until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with peanuts and serve with lime wedges.

Tips

For sustainable shrimp, look for shrimp that's certified by an agency like the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find it, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Nutrition Facts

355 calories; protein 20g; carbohydrates 49.3g; dietary fiber 2.9g; sugars 12.5g; fat 8.8g; saturated fat 1.8g; cholesterol 157.3mg; vitamin a iu 462.6IU; vitamin c 13.4mg; folate 82.3mcg; calcium 87mg; iron 1.8mg; magnesium 52.6mg; potassium 319.8mg; sodium 1392mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 7g.
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Reviews (20)

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20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I made this exactally as the recipe called for. Delicious and definately a keeper!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
delicious! This was easy to make...took me less than 40 minutes. I got the ingredients prepared while the noodles were soaking and then it was just stir-fry from there. It was a tiny bit spicy for my weak pallet...but my fiance loved it. Who knew pad thai could be easy and healthy! Pros: Easy tasty and makes enough for 2- 3 Cons: Spicy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This dish was amazing! I added some cloud ear mushrooms fresh Thai basil and cilantro I had on hand and I like really spicy food so I added in 3 Thai red chillies and some siracha sauce. It was a big hit!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Fantastic and easy! This was so good and easy too! Kind of difficult to mess up I used chicken instead of shrimp and it was wonderful! Will definitely add to weeknight rotation. Pros: Easy tasty Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Definitely need to add to this one. I added cilantro soy sauce red onion or shallots and lime juice to doctor it up a bit. This preparation is a lot easier than others so with the extra ingredients it is a keeper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2013
Will Keep on Hand This meal is super easy to make and takes no time at all to prepare and cook. I added 2 tsp extra of chili & garlic sauce and fresh cilantro at the end and it really kicked it up a notch. My family loves it with chicken more then shrimp but ate both meals. Pros: quick affordable and healthy Cons: I like it with chicken more then shrimp Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2015
Easy Pad Thai This is the first time I have made Pad Thai and was surprised how easy it was. Really liked the wide rice noodles. I didn't have fish sauce so I used soy sauce. Would like to try the fish sauce next time. I also used pea shoots because I couldn't find pea pods. I would also use more shrimp next time. Pros: Easy to prepare very tasty Cons: Needed more shrimp Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2011
This sounds suspiciously similar to Trader Joe's recipe (on the noodle bag.) We love it around here. We add matched stick carrots to bump up the veggie content. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was wonderful! i followed this recipe without changing much! instead of adding sugar i added splenda and i just added some extra onions! but i loved it! It was almost too tasty to believe it was healthy! Read More
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