Easy Pad Thai Recipe

Easy Pad Thai with shrimp and tofu is done in less than 30 minutes, allowing you to skip the cost and calories of take-out. Dinner couldn’t be more comforting and easy!

Easy Pad Thai Recipe

I have been enjoying authentic Pad Thai for many years from an array of Asian restaurants. It is one of my all-time favorite dishes, with its spice, noodles, comfort and varying textures. I have always been intimidated by the idea of making it myself because it seemed too complicated. I’m happy to report that it does not have to be a complicated recipe! Ingredients for Pad Thai are actually easy to find and the ingredient list is not a hundred miles long, as I’d envisioned. This easy Pad Thai recipe far exceeded my expectations and I will be making this again and again in my kitchen.

Easy Pad Thai Recipe

What is in Pad Thai sauce?

Typically included in Pad Thai sauce is a combination of vinegar, sugar, fish sauce and spice. If the sauce is too “fishy” for your taste, increase the amount of sugar used (1 tablespoon at a time).

Is Pad Thai bad for you?

The short answer is: It can be! The serving sizes you will find at a restaurant are massive, so if you eat the entire massive helping in one sitting, well..! Making Pad Thai at home will make it much healthier because you are not likely to stuff so much of it in your face at once. Here are some tips for making the dish even healthier:

  • Decrease the amount of rice noodles in the recipe and add more bean sprouts.

  • Replace the soy sauce with a low-sodium version.

  • Decrease the oil used in the recipe by half.

Easy Pad Thai Recipe

Where can I find fish sauce and rice noodles?

Most grocery stores have an Asian foods section that carry fish sauce and rice noodles. If not, visit a nearby Asian foods store.

What do you serve with Pad Thai?

Great options to serve with Pad Thai are: steamed dumplings, lettuce wraps (these Chicken Lettuce Wraps are my FAVE!), egg rolls, spring rolls, or egg drop soup. This Crunchy Bok Choy Salad would be another yummy option!

Easy Pad Thai Recipe

If you’ve been intimidated by the process and ingredients involved in making Pad Thai (much like myself), I promise this will be WAY easier than you ever dreamed. Please give this recipe a try and come back and let me know how much you loved it!

It’s Halloween, so I’m preparing to eat some major candy tonight. Have a wonderful day and rest of your week, friends!

Easy Pad Thai Recipe
ethic, main, dinner
Asian, Main
Yield: 6

Easy Pad Thai

prep time: 10 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 25 mins

Easy Pad Thai with shrimp and tofu is done in less than 30 minutes, allowing you to ditch take-out. Dinner couldn’t be more comforting and easy! Asian rice noodles make this dish gluten-free.


  • 14-oz. package rice noodles
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp (if using frozen, thaw before using)
  • 10-oz. package extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Bean sprouts, chopped peanuts, green onion slices and lime wedges, for topping


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and immediately remove from heat. Let sit for 8 minutes, drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, heat the canola or vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and tofu and cook for 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp and tofu to a dish (do not clean out skillet).
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the eggs to the skillet. Using the edge of a spatula, cut through the eggs as they cook to create small egg pieces. Add the noodles to the skillet, along with rice vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, shrimp and tofu. Stir mixture and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until heated through. Serve immediately and top with bean sprouts, peanuts, green onions and/or lime wedges, if desired.
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