Pad Thai


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.

Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings, about 1 1/ cups each


  • 6 ounces dried wide rice noodles

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 8 ounces small shrimp (see Tip), peeled and deveined

  • 4 cups mung bean sprouts

  • ½ cup sliced scallion greens

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • Chopped dry-roasted peanuts (optional)

  • 4 Lime wedges


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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.



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 (per serving)

355 Calories
9g Fat
49g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 1 1/4 cups
Calories 355
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 7g 14%
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 157mg 52%
Vitamin A 463IU 9%
Vitamin C 13mg 15%
Folate 82mcg 21%
Sodium 1392mg 61%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Magnesium 53mg 13%
Potassium 320mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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