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. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2013

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 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; 8.8 g total fat; 157 mg cholesterol; 1392 mg sodium. 49.3 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; Full Nutrition

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: 1 stars
09/25/2015
Very bland The main ingredient missing is tamarind paste. Can't make a tasty pad Thai without it. Also adding cilantro and fresh Thai chiles adds more flavor. I doubled the amount of shrimp and added ground chicken as well. Soy sauce is not a substitute for fish sauce. Can substitute agave or honey for the brown sugar. Read More
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: 5 stars
10/04/2014
I found this recipe very good and easy. I did slice my shrimp in half and marinated them in chili oil while preparing the rest of the ingredient. Mixed together the brown sugar with the wet ingredients and poured them on at the end. As well as added cilantro with lime juice before serving. Will make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2013
Easy and awesome I love this recipe! I make it even easier by using Ka-Me Thai Rice Stir-Fry Noodles. They're ready to serve noodles so you just have to mix them in - no cooking needed. 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
Rating: 2 stars
03/30/2013
Not loving this particular recipe When the recipe called for 4 oz of noodles I knew something was wrong and then when the egg went in first I felt more wrong about the dish. This was the worst Pad Thai dish I have ever made and I've made about 3 previously that were awesome and have had Pad Thai a million times. This recipe is lacking in so many ways and I can only expect that someone who has never ever had Pad Thai may think it's good. It was all wrong on every level. Not making this one again and trying to forget I ever did. Sorry EW..while many of your recipes are great; this one is just nasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2012
I made this as called for and thought it was delicious. More veggies such as chopped broccoli carrots and cilantro would be a great addition! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2012
More veggies I would use 1 cup of scallions instead of half a cup 1 chopped onion and carrot sticks. It will also add more color to it. And garnish with cilantro. Pros: good flavor healthy easy to make Cons: not enough vegetables and too many noodles Read More
Rating: 1 stars
02/14/2012
i thought this was one of the grossest things i have ever ate in my life. i highely recommend that people do not eat this or even feed it to their pets 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: 4 stars
12/07/2011
Really good! This was great. I used slightly more noodles doubled the sauce and used thinly sliced chicken breast in place of the shrimp. It was full of flavor! I topped it with cilantro which was a nice touch to the flavors. Pros: Easy to make 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
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
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
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This has become a family favorite! I use chicken instead of shrimp sometimes. My picky eater even goes back for seconds. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
My wife rated this a five star. I left out the cilantro and the dish was very easy and very very tasty. Read More
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
Great recipie made as is and easy to make! Read More
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
10/29/2011
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