Easy Pad Thai Recipe: Make Tasty Pad Thai Your Way at Home by Jan Mostrom

Easy Pad Thai Recipe: Make Tasty Pad Thai Your Way at Home

Pad Thai is one of my go-to recipes to order when we are out in an Asian restaurant. This Pad Thai recipe is so easy it can be made your way, with any protein you like, right in your own kitchen in about 30 minutes.

For this easy Pad Thai recipe you will need to shop for the following ingredients: rice noodles, cooking oil, a protein (chicken breast, tofu or shrimp), a shallot, fresh garlic, eggs, limes, fish sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar and soy sauce. You may also want some fresh bean sprouts, crushed red pepper flakes, green onions and peanuts for garnishing.

Serve this easy Thai recipe for lunch or dinner. It's a great meal-prep recipe, too!

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Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 4 ounces rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil or your favorite cooking oil (divided)
  • 8 ounces chicken breast, tofu or shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1 large shallot, finely diced
  • 4 fat garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 eggs, scrambled with a fork with a generous pinch of salt
  • 1 lime


Optional Toppings

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Recipe Notes

  • Don't substitute white vinegar for the rice wine vinegar in this recipe. It will make the dish too sour.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Soak the rice noodles. Put rice noodles in a shallow pan and cover with boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes or until just soft and then drain. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  2. Whisk the two eggs in a bowl with a fork and add a generous, three-finger pinch of salt. Set aside.
  3. Make the sauce by whisking the fish sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and soy sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Season your protein with salt and black pepper (thin-sliced chicken, chunks of tofu blotted dry or shrimp, peeled and deveined). Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan or wok over medium-high heat. Cook the seasoned chicken, shrimp or tofu until cooked through. Set aside.
  5. Have all your ingredients near to the saucepan, chopped shallots and garlic, eggs, cooked noodles, your protein and the sauce. On medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté shallots and garlic for about 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Move the vegetables to the side and add another tablespoon oil. Pour in the egg. Cook the egg and break into small chunks and push to the side.
  7. Add the last tablespoon of oil and the rice noodles. Keep stirring the noodles until they are warmed and a little crispy. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.
  8. Add the sauce and mix thoroughly.
  9. Add the protein, mixing for another 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat, squeeze the juice of one lime and taste. Add salt or sweetener, as needed.
  10. Add half of the toppings you would like and toss. Divide into two plates and top with the remaining toppings.

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Elisa Schmitz
Absolutely love pad thai! So fun to make it at home. Never have tried but certainly will now, thank you! #yum
I can’t wait to make this.
Jan Mostrom
bepositive lmk how you like it! I'm going to make it again with chicken this time!

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